Alberta Opioid Dependency Treatment Virtual Training Course

A self-learning experience anytime, anywhere

Course Overview

The focus of the Alberta Opioid Dependency Treatment Virtual Training Course is to provide healthcare providers with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to work with patients who have opioid use disorder (OUD).  

 The self-learning activity consists of seven online self-paced modules:

  1. The opioid crisis
  2. Understanding opioids
  3. Impact of opioid use
  4. Reducing harm and recognizing opioid poisoning
  5. Treatment planning: opioid agonist treatment (OAT) therapy
  6. Treatment planning: psychosocial interventions
  7. Special populations

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After participating in this course, participants will be equipped to:

  • Describe the current impact of the opioid crisis within Alberta, and Canada
  • Explain various opioids and their pharmacological principles
  • Describe opioid use disorder and how to properly assess for this condition
  • Recognize biopsychosocial treatment strategies for OUD
  • Describe harm reduction philosophies and strategies for OUD
  • Define OAT therapy and how it aligns with the spectrum of treatment intensity (1st line vs 2nd line treatment recommendations)
  • Explain how to initiate, stabilize and convert (partial to full agonist) individuals on OAT therapy
  • Describe how to taper and stabilize and withdraw individuals off long-term OAT therapy
  • Differentiate special population treatment considerations and OUD
  • Identify experts, mentors, and consultation services across the province which can provide expertise and support for competency development within OAT therapy 

Register

This online course is free for your access in our CME e-learning portal. 

Online

To obtain your prescription privileges upon completion of the online modules you will be required to send your certificate of completion to the CPSA.

The CPSA no longer requires for physicians to do a post-training preceptorship in order to prescribe methadone. Completion of the Alberta Opioid Dependency Treatment Virtual Training Course or its equivalent is all that is required.


For First Responders:

After participating in this course, participants will be equipped to:

  • Describe the current impact of the opioid crisis within Alberta, and Canada
  • Explain various opioids and their pharmacological principles
  • Describe OUD and how to properly assess for this condition
  • Recognize biopsychosocial treatment strategies for OUD
  • Describe harm reduction philosophies and strategies for OUD 

For prescribers maintaining OAT therapy:

After participating in this course, participants will be equipped to:

  • Define OAT therapy and how it aligns with the spectrum of treatment intensity (1st line vs 2nd line treatment recommendations)
  • Explain how to initiate, stabilize and convert (partial to full agonist) individuals on OAT therapy
  • Describe how to taper and stabilize and withdraw individuals off long-term OAT therapy 

For all healthcare professionals including prescribers initiating OAT therapy:

After participating in this course, participants will be equipped to:

  • Describe the current impact of the opioid crisis within Alberta, and Canada
  • Explain various opioids and their pharmacological principles
  • Describe OUD and how to properly assess for this condition
  • Recognize biopsychosocial treatment strategies for OUD
  • Describe harm reduction philosophies and strategies for OUD
  • Define OAT therapy and how it aligns with the spectrum of treatment intensity (1st line vs 2nd line treatment recommendations)
  • Explain how to initiate, stabilize and convert (partial to full agonist) individuals on OAT therapy
  • Describe how to taper and stabilize and withdraw individuals off long-term OAT therapy
  • Differentiate special population treatment considerations and OUD
  • Identify experts, mentors, and consultation services across the province which can provide expertise and support for competency development within OAT therapy  

CME Credits

Mainpro+ Self-Learning  
4.0 (for First Responders) 
4.0 (for prescribers maintaining OAT therapy) 
10.0 (for all healthcare professionals including prescribers initiating OAT therapy)

MOC Section 3  
4.0 (for First Responders) 
4.0 (for prescribers maintaining OAT therapy) 
10.0 (for all healthcare professionals including prescribers initiating OAT therapy)

Strategies for Mitigation of Bias

  • The course content closely follows the Canadian guidelines for care of patients with opioid use disorder established by the CIHR Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse, the British Columbia Centre for Substance Use, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta Methadone Maintenance Treatment Guidelines.
  • All clinical recommendations are referenced to the guidelines.
  • The course content was reviewed internally by all of the planning committee members.
  • The course content was reviewed by the Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development, University of Calgary.
  • The course content was reviewed externally by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, and the Alberta College of Pharmacy.