Program Description

This small group problem based interactive Challenging Cases in Opioid Use and Misuse workshop builds on the knowledge and expertise from the first three webinars.

During extensive collegial discussion on challenging case scenarios, participants will develop the collaboration practice skills to manage challenges around opioid prescribing and addressing addiction.

Participants will have an opportunity to role play and communicate about difficult subjects with chronic pain patients such as the necessity of tapering opioid dose, the diagnosis of addiction, and exploring addiction treatment options.

Three times during the program, video vignettes with standardized patients are used with targeted observer checklists and case discussion. All exercises are debriefed immediately afterwards. 

Program Outline

Learner Outcomes

Learning Objectives for Workshop

Manage problematic situations with chronic pain patients:

  • Patients on high doses of opioids who are not functioning well, but do not have opioid use disorder
  • Patients at high risk of opioid use disorder
  • Patients using opioids extra-medically

Effectively communicate with chronic pain patients: 

  • The potential benefits of tapering opioid dose
  • A diagnosis of opioid use disorder
  • Opioid use disorder treatment options

Develop approaches and practice tools to work with other health care professionals to manage complex patients:

  • Pharmacists
  • Acute care physicians
  • Pain and addiction specialists

Approximately two weeks prior to the program date, and with your paid registration, you will be provided your pre-program assignment and location information for the workshop. Following the workshop, you will be required to complete a post program practice application assignment that will be submitted electronically.


For more information visit: http://www.cpd.utoronto.ca/opioidprescribing/workshop/


This course is presented by University of Toronto Faculty, and is an in-person, full day workshop. This is the fourth and final section in the Safe Opioid Prescribing Series.


Completion of the Webinar Series is mandatory before registering for this course. This includes the completion of the pre-webinar assignments, attendance and participation in the three webinars, and the completion of the post-webinar assignments:

  • Assessing Complex Chronic Pain

  • Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

  • Addressing Opioid Challenges and Addiction

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