Addictions Medicine & Psychosocial Interventions


CAMH and St. Michael’s Hospital are excited to bring to you ECHO Ontario Addiction Medicine and Psychosocial Interventions (AMPI). ECHO 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. 

The ECHO AMPI curriculum is based on analysis of multiple needs assessments conducted with provincial primary care providers. .

Addictions Medicine and Psychosocial Interventions

Location: Zoom Videoconferencing

Time: 1:00PM to 2:30PM EST

Length: 3 Modules

8 Sessions on Engaging Individuals in Evidence-Based Care (Apr 2023 -Jun 2023)

8 Sessions on Principles of Addictions Care (October 3, 2023 – November 21 2023)

8 Sessions on Concurrent Disorders & Complexity (Jan 2024 – Mar 2024)

When: Tuesday Afternoons (Weekly)

Target Audience: Healthcare Providers

To view curriculum content, please click on the toggle button below.

Below is a list of curriculum topics that are often featured in this module. 

This module focuses on strategies to engage patients in clinical care to address their substance use. 

  1. Evidence-Based Approaches to Patient Care
  2. Harm Reduction
  3. Motivational Interviewing
  4. Contingency Management
  5. Trauma-Informed Care
  6. Introduction to CRA/SMART
  7. Introduction to CRAFT
  8. Introduction to DBT

Below is a list of curriculum topics that are often featured in this module.

This module provides an overview of substance-specific interventions. Assessment and treatment (including pharmacological interventions) for a variety of substances use disorders including alcohol, cannabis, opioids, and stimulants.

  1. Alcohol Use Disorder
  2. Medical Complications of Alcohol Use
  3. Anti-Oppressive Practice in Addictions Care
  4. Intravenous Drug Use and Complications
  5. Opioid Use Disorder Buprenophine
  6. Chemical Dependency and Pain
  7. Stimulants
  8. Cannabis

Below is a list of curriculum topics that are often featured in this module.

This module will review assessment and interventions for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, with a focus on complex client populations (e.g., people with severe and persistent mental illness). 

  1.  Recap of Module1&2
  2. Substance-Induced Psychosis
  3. Severe and Persistent Mental Illness and Substance Use
  4. DBT Specific Skill Groups
  5. Advanced Behavioural Approaches: Chain Analysis and Functional Analysis
  6. Psychiatric Medications 101 and Polypharmacy
  7. Complex PTSD and Substance Use
  8. Special Topic in Addiction Medicine


Registration for Spring 2024 is now open. Click on the link below to submit an application.
If you have questions, click on the button below to contact us.


Welcome, Introduction, and Announcements – 10-15 minutes

Didactic Presentation – 20-30 minutes

Case Discussion – 30-60 minutes

Addressing Outstanding Questions and Session Wrap-Up – 15 minutes


Attend 60% of program sessions

Present an anonymized case

Participate in group discussions

Provide feedback through evaluation activities



Our program sessions are run by an inter-professional Hub Team from multiple health organizations across Ontario. 

Please click on the toggle buttons below to see who will be facilitating these sessions.

These individuals make up our AMPI Hub Team:

  1. Wiplove Lamba (Addiction Psychiatrist/Co-Lead)
  2. Nitin Chopra (Addiction Psychiatrist/Co-Lead)
  3. Josh Orson (Peer Specialist)
  4. Natalie Kelly (Social Worker)
  5. Sunny Wang (Clinical Pharmacist)
  6. Sarah Bonato (Librarian)