ECHO Ontario Addiction Medicine and Psychosocial Interventions


Location: Videoconferencing
When: Mondays Weekly
Start: April 9, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Who: Healthcare Providers

CAMH and St. Michael’s Hospital are excited to bring to you ECHO Ontario Addiction Medicine and Psychosocial Interventions (AMPI). ECHO Ontario AMPI aims to help healthcare providers build capacity in the treatment and management of addictions. The project works to empower healthcare providers to use evidence-based best practices to reduce the need for specialist visits, improving the quality of care for patients seeking treatment for addictions and related disorders in Ontario’s primary care settings.

Whether you are a primary care provider, allied healthcare provider, front line worker, or case manager, don’t hesitate to join ECHO Ontario AMPI!

Why Join?
  • It’s free. ECHO is fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • It’s virtual. All you need is a computer and a web cam, or a smartphone.
  • It’s fun. Connect with a growing community of primary and community care providers (including physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and more) across the province and build a Community of Practice.
  • Earn CME and CACCF credits. ECHO has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 2.0 Mainpro+ credits per session and ECHO has been certified by the The Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for up to 2.0 credits per session (
  • It works for you – and our system. ECHO represents a significant opportunity to improve individual knowledge and skills and also reduce disparities in the quality of care for rural and underserved areas.
What Will I Be Learning?

ECHO Ontario Addiction Medicine and Psychosocial Interventions developed this curriculum based on the analysis of multiple needs assessments, conducted with provincial primary care providers. Flex sessions have been included in the curriculum to address additional learning needs identified throughout the ECHO cycle. For further information on the development of this curriculum, please contact:

Date Topic
9-Apr-18 ECHO Basics: Aims, Principles and Practical Tips for Participating in ECHO
16-Apr-18 Approach to Client Evidence-based strategies for effectively approaching a client
23-Apr-18 Complex Case Management
30-Apr-18 Assessment and management of Alcohol Use Disorder (MEDS)
07-May-18 Motivational Interviewing
14-May-18 Harm reduction approaches for Opioid Use Disorder
28-May-18 Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder
4-Jun-18 Introduction to the Community Reinforcement Approach
11-Jun-18 Introduction to the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT)
18-Jun-18 Withdrawal Management Programs
25-Jun-18 Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
                                                                                    SUMMER BREAK
17-Sept-18 Applying Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for Substance Use Disorders
24-Sept-18 Identifying Actual Risks for Cannabis and other substances
1-Oct-18 Distinguishing medical Marijuana use and substance use disorder
15-Oct-18 Assessment and Management of Concurrent Disorders
22-Oct-18 Assessment and Management of Medical Co-morbidities
29-Oct-18 FLEX – Debriefing Adverse Events
5-Nov-18 Trauma informed Care for Primary Care for Providers
12-Nov-18 Overview of PTSD and PTSD treatment for people who use substances
19-Nov-18 Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder
26-Nov-18 Flex Session – e.g. Complex Case Management Part 2
3-Dec-18 Perinatal care and working effectively with Children’s Aid Society
10-Dec-18 Advanced application of DBT for people who use substances: behavior chain analysis and diary cards
17-Dec-18 Advanced application of DBT for people who use substances: distress tolerance, TIP skills and assigning homework


What is the Structure of a Session?

Each session consists of:

  • Introductions and announcements
  • 20-30 minute presentation on a given topic (e.g., Introduction to Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT)).
  • 90 minutes of case-based learning, where healthcare providers (Spokes) present de-identified cases to the Community of Practice and receive recommendations from both the specialist Hub team and other community partner Spokes. All teach, all learn.

Hub Team

ECHO Session

Spoke Sites / Community Partners

ECHO Session- Multi-Screen


What is the Commitment?
  • Attend weekly 2 hour sessions (one representative from your organization should attend at least 70% of the 24 sessions held)
  • Present 1-2 cases to the group during the cycle.
  • Participate in evaluation activities (e.g., surveys, focus groups).
What is Your Contact Information?

Please email Yasmeenah, our Research Analyst, at !


Hub Team

ECHO Session



Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Cost?

All of our sessions are free, but require a commitment to actively engage in the peer learning community by sharing experience and presenting cases.

What Equipment is Needed?

ECHO Ontario at CAMH and UofT uses an internet-based video technology called Zoom. Participants can connect to the video sessions through their phone, tablet, laptop, or a computer with a webcam. Technical support is provided.

Is This Only for Physicians?

Any healthcare professional interested in engaging around a topic, sharing their experience, and learning from their peers can attend ECHO sessions. We welcome physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors, social workers, healthcare administrators, community health workers, pharmacists, and public health practitioners. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Will My Case Presentation Be Confidential?

Only non-identifiable information is shared during the sessions. Our sessions are PHIPA compliant and a secure place to share information.

Can My Client Make an Appointment at ECHO?

Clients do not attend and are not seen during Project ECHO sessions. Instead, these sessions facilitate a way in which community providers connect to specialists and other community partners who help co-manage patients.