Addressing Substance Use Webinar Learning Series (1/5)

Wed, 2017-04-05 12:00 - 14:00
About this Event:

A five-part webinar series designed for nurses and other health-care professionals who want to increase their knowledge and skills when engaging with persons and families who use substances. This comprehensive webinar series on substance use will increase capacity among nurses and other health-care providers across the continuum of care to facilitate evidence-based, high quality care for persons and their families experiencing substance use issues.

The increasing incidence of substance use disorders has created a need for health-care organizations to utilize the most effective approaches to substance use prevention and management. The use of evidence-based practices by health-care providers is critical to address this growing epidemic and provide the necessary supports for persons and their families.

The Addressing Substance Use Webinar Learning series consists of five, two hour learning module, once a week, for five consecutive weeks. The modules will be facilitated by well renowned clinicians, researchers, educators and leaders from various health-care settings across Canada.

Overall learning series objectives

  • Enhance knowledge and skills related to the following topics:
    • Addiction theory
    • Stigma
    • Screening and brief intervention
    • Comprehensive assessment
    • Evidence-based interventions
    • Harm reduction
    • Current trends among specific populations
  • Develop a greater understand regarding resources and supports that help with recovery, that are helpful to individuals with lived experiences
  • Explore the application of substance use evidence-based models, theories and concepts and how to effectively implement them into practice.
  • Expand knowledge about relevant evidence-based resources from the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) and other health-care agencies for the prevention, assessment and management of substance use.

Module 1 Objectives

  • Describe the mental health continuum model
  • Identify different types of licit and Illicit substances
  • Describe foundational concepts of substance use theory including population health approach, social determinants of health, trauma-informed practices, harm reduction recovery oriented approaches and cultural safety.
  • Apply diagnostic criteria of substance induced and substance use disorders in the DSMV
  • Examine stigma examining attitudes, value, beliefs, and associated language that may influence care

Persons and families with lived experiences
Experts in the area of substance use

Who should attend
Nurses or other members of the interprofessional team working in primary care, public health, acute care, mental health, community or home health-care settings and long-term care who are interested to increase their knowledge and skills regarding substance use and its impacts


  • Presentations by expert faculty in academia, research and practice
  • Learning with leaders who have applied models, theories and concepts relevant to substance use within their own health-care setting
  • Networking with colleagues
  • Linkages to evidence-based guidelines, resources and tools relevant to the management of substance use and mental health

Other info
The fee for this webinar learning series includes:

  • One web/ phone connection for each learning session x 5 consecutive weeks (dial-in number for each call is toll free)
  • Substance Use Webinar Learning Series: Back to Basics readings and resource list
  • Certificate of completion

Module 2 - April 12, 2017
Module 3 - April 19, 2017
Module 4 - April 26, 2017
Module 5 - May 3, 2017

For further information, please contact Kyle Dieleman at

Cost for Members: 
$210.69 CAD
Cost for non-Members: 
$280.92 CAD