Key Info




Mondays Weekly


2:00PM - 4:00PM EST

Target Audience:

Healthcare Providers

Next Program Start Date:

September 21 - November 16, 2020

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

Alysha Prata
Clinical Pharmacist

Dipa Patel
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. 

Starting in Spring 2020, 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 was delivered in Spring 2020 and focused on strategies to engage patients in clinical care to address their substance use.  

Module 2: Principles of Addictions Care launches in Fall 2020 and will provide an overview of substance-specific interventions. Assessment and treatment (including pharmacological interventions) will be reviewed for a variety of substances use disorders including alcohol, cannabis, opioids, and stimulants.

Module 3: Concurrent Disorders and Complexity will launch in Winter 2021, and will review assessment and interventions for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders with focus on a 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: Flex Session

#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: Concurrent Disorders

#2: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

#3: Severe and Persistent Mental Illness

#4: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Specific Skill Groups

#5: Advanced Behavioural Approaches: Chain Analysis and Functional Analysis

#6: Applying Trauma-Informed Care in Motivational Interviewing

#7: Flex Session - Special Topic in Addiction Medicine

#8: Flex Session - Special Topic in Addiction Medicine