1.       Identify essential information required for providing effective treatment to patients with opioid substance abuse issues

2.       Identify essential information to be provided to patients seeking medication assisted treatment

3.       List the symptoms of opiate intoxication, overdose and withdrawal

4.       Identify required components of the medical assessment prior to beginning an opioid treatment program

5.       Identify the components of the induction assessment

6.       Accurately determine the level of patient motivation

7.       Identify the components of a comprehensive assessment

8.       Describe the most common medications used in the treatment of opioid dependence and their method and setting of delivery

9.       Identify the possible side effects of opioid agonist and partial agonist therapy

10.   Identify possible drug interactions with methadone and their effects

11.   Describe strategies to prevent or minimize harmful drug interactions in medication assisted therapy was identify medications or substances that alter opioid medication levels in the body

12.   Describe the criteria for take-home medications and maximum take-home doses

13.   Identify the six recommended focuses for counseling in medication assisted therapy

14.   Identify the eight standard components of counseling in medication assisted therapy

15.   Describe the five types of group counseling formats in medication assisted therapy

16.   Identify the 15 common topics for patient educational sessions in medication assisted therapy

17.   Describe the characteristics of the treatment plan appropriate during medication assisted therapy

18.   Identify possible associated medical problems commonly seen in patients presenting for medication assisted therapy

19.   Identify frequently use substance combinations and common reasons for use

20.   Understand the difference between opiate agonists and opiate antagonists


This course is based in part on Counselor Toolbox Podcast Episode 133: Pharmacology of Opiates: What are they & How do they impact the mind and body;  Episode 006: Psychopharmacology: and Medication Assisted Therapy for Alcohol and Opiate Abuse, Episode 127:  Treating Opiate Addiction