Webinar: Making the choice, making it work: an opioid agonist therapy handbook

Making the Choice, Making It Work: Treatment for Opioid Addiction provides information on opioid agonist therapy (OAT) such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone). The guide is a revision of CAMH’s very popular Methadone Maintenance Treatment Client Handbook. In order to update this resource, a rigorous engagement process was undertaken including consultations with clinicians, and focus groups and interviews with people with lived experience of opioid dependence.

This webinar will highlight the development process, including hearing first-hand from lived experience and clinical experts who contributed to the development of the handbook.  Additionally, the webinar will provide some content from the handbook including practical tips for how nurses and other health-care professionals can engage people in meaningful therapeutic discussions.  Finally the webinar will provide suggested areas for discussions that people should consider to support meaningful conversations with nurses and treatment providers and have more control in their care.

Target audience: Nurses including RN, NP and nursing students, primary care providers, public health, mental health/illness nurses, nurses working in acute care facilities and, other allied health-care providers and policy makers.

Watch the webinar recording and download the presentation slides.

Webinar topics:

  • Provide an overview of the handbook development process
  • Learn first-hand from those involved in the process how expertise from clinicians and people with lived experience was incorporated into the handbook
  • Provide practical tips for nurses and health care professionals on using this handbook with those who can benefit from it

Webinar presenters:

  • Andrew Johnson, Manager, Client and Family Education & CAMH Publications, CAMH
  • Sean LeBlanc, person with lived experience
  • Tim Ominika, Wellness Case Manager, Nadmadwin Mental Health Clinic


Funding for this educational opportunity is provided by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. This webinar series is co-hosted by the Opioid Resource Hub (PSSP/EENet) and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.