Key Info




Mondays Weekly


2:00PM - 4:00PM EST

Target Audience:

Healthcare Providers

Next Program Start Date:

January 17 - March 14, 2022

Session Structure:

Introductions & Announcements
(15 Minutes)

Didactic Presentation on a Weekly Topic
(30 Minutes)

Case Discussion
(60 Minutes)

Library Questions & Wrap-Up
(15 Minutes)


Attend Weekly Sessions
(At Least 60%)

Participate in Group Discussions

Present a Client Case

Provide Feedback Through Evaluation Activities

Hub Team:

Dr. Wiplove Lamba
Addiction Psychiatrist/Co-Lead

Dr. Nitin Chopra
Addiction Psychiatrist/Co-Lead

Jean-Paul Michael
Peer Specialist

Natalie Kelly
Social Worker

Sunny Wang
Clinical Pharmacist

Cina Schmidt-Hansen
Registered Nurse

Sarah Bonato

Addiction 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. 

The ECHO AMPI curriculum switched to a modular format, so that it is now delivered through three eight-session modules, rather than through the original 24-session program. 

Module 1: Engaging Individuals in Evidence-Based Care will be delivered in Spring 2021 and focuses on strategies to engage patients in clinical care to address their substance use.  

Module 2: Principles of Addictions Care will be delivered in Fall 2021 and 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.

Module 3: Concurrent Disorders and Complexity launches in Winter 2022, and 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). 

Sample Curriculum Schedule for ECHO AMPI Modules

Module 1: Engaging Individuals in Evidence-based Care

#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

Module 2: Principles of Addictions Care

#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 and Buprenophine

#6: Chemical Dependency and Pain

#7: Stimulants

#8: Cannabis

Module 3: Concurrent Disorders and Complexity

#1: Introduction to Philosophy of Care; Assessment and Treatment of Concurrent Disorders

#2: Substance-Induced Psychosis

#3: Severe and Persistent Mental Illness and Substance Use

#4: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy 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: Flex Session - Special Topic in Addiction Medicine