×The Online Addiction Medicine Diploma Program has been redesigned and updated to bring learners a more interactive and seamless learning experience. The new program is called the Addiction Care and Treatment Online Certificate and has formally launched in partnership with UBC Continuing Professional Development and the UBC School of Nursing. The old diploma program is no longer accessible.

ABOUT THE CERTIFICATE

The Addiction Care and Treatment Online Certificate is a free online certificate course targeted at health care professionals interested in learning more about providing care to patients with various substance use disorders, including alcohol, tobacco, stimulants, cannabis, and opioids. This program was supported by an investment by the Province of British Columbia and the Ministry of Health.

For additional information please email us at [email protected].

The Addiction Care and Treatment Online Course can be divided into two sets of modules or educational streams:

  1. Addiction Care and Treatment Online Certificate (all core modules plus optional nursing modules)
  2. Substance Use and Addiction Nursing Certificate (with nursing specific content only)

Learners can select modules based on their learning goals, topics, or profession.

Upon completion of the Addiction Care and Treatment Online (all core modules plus optional nursing modules), you will be able to:

  • Incorporate screening, diagnosis, and brief intervention and referral to treatment for substance use and addiction in clinical practice
  • Select the appropriate pharmacological and psychosocial treatment interventions based on the best evidence as well as individual patient needs, circumstances, and preferences
  • Provide safe and effective treatment to patients and their families throughout the induction, maintenance, and/or discontinuation process across the continuum of care for substance use and addiction
  • Set treatment goals, monitoring and evaluating progress, and providing patient-centered support across the continuum of care for substance use disorders
  • Appreciate the complexity of substance use disorders, diversity of care, and providing informed referrals to evidence-based support services
  • Promote recovery, safety, wellness, and harm reduction to improve patient care and support for those with substance use and addiction
  • Implement strategies for safer prescribing practices for medications with addiction/diversion potential (i.e. opioids for analgesia, benzodiazepines)

Upon completion of the Substance Use and Addiction Nursing Certificate, you will be able to:

  • Apply principles of trauma-informed practice and harm reduction to improve patient care and support for individuals with substance use and addiction
  • Recognize and appraise various approaches to understanding and responding to substance use and addiction
  • Incorporate screening for substance use and care planning for individuals with substance use and addiction in clinical practice
  • Identify common signs of withdrawal and/or physical dependence related to opioids, alcohol, and tobacco and utilize related assessment tools
  • Identify potential harms that individuals might experience when using substances and identify strategies to mitigate these harms
  • Explain factors that contribute to overdose risk and apply nursing interventions related to overdose prevention
  • Apply nursing standards to a variety of clinical situations to ensure ethical practice
  • Overview of Substance Use Disorders
  • Screening and Care Planning
  • Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Stimulant Use Disorder
  • Cannabis Use Disorder
  • Co-occuring Substance Use Disorders
  • Concurrent Mental Health and SUD
  • Safe Prescribing
  • Specialized Assessments
  • Pain and Substance Use Disorder
  • Common Medical Complications
  • Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction
  • Safer Drug Consumption and Overdose Prevention
  • Psychosocial Interventions
  • Recovery Oriented Systems of Care
  • Policy, Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Outreach and Case Management
  • Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care
  • Case Review
  • Consolidating Knowledge
The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This course has been reviewed and approved by the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development. This Group Learning course meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 16.0 Mainpro+ credits. This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program eligible for up to 16.0 MOC Section 3 credits (16.0 credit hours) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. Remember to visit MAINPORT ePortfolio to record your learning and outcomes (credits are automatically tripled). Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.

FAQs

No. The target audience for this course is ALL health providers, but anyone interested is encouraged to register for this course.
Yes. The new Addiction Care and Treatment Online Certificate has nursing specific content designed in partnership with the UBC School of Nursing.
This course will take approximately 16 hours to complete. There are 22 modules with knowledge testing questions throughout. It is self-paced, so users can design a study schedule that works best for them.
Anyone can register and complete as many modules as they wish. However, those looking to obtain the formal diploma and/or a CME certificate need to complete all of the modules. Please note: you will need a score of 70% or higher on the knowledge testing questions to pass each module.

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