Advancing Interprofessional Management of Substance Use Disorders in Saskatchewan (AIMS-SK)

Module 1

Foundations of Harm Reduction & Substance Use Disorder 

The College of Medicine, CME along with Continuing Professional Development for Pharmacy Professionals (CPDPP) are launching a new program called Advancing Interprofessional Management of Substance Use Disorders in Saskatchewan ( AIMS-SK).  The AIMS-SK program is designed to improve health outcomes for individuals with substance use disorders.   

Target Audience:

The target audience is Physicians, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dentists, Social Workers, Addiction Counsellors, and other health care professionals are encouraged to attend.

Spring dates coming soon 
Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Platform: Zoom

Target Audience

The target audience includes family physicians, resident and specialist physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners, mental health professionals, pharmacists,dentists, physiotherapists, researchers, health sciences students; and radiation therapists. All health care professionals are welcome to attend.

Module 1 | Foundations Learning Objectives

At the end of Module 1 Foundations participants will be able to:

  1.  Describe the principles and importance of harm reduction for people living with a substance use disorder (SUD) in Saskatchewan.
  2. Understand the physiology and the diagnostic criteria for common SUDs.
  3. Explain recovery-orientated practice and developing the goals of treatment for people living with a SUD.
  4. Identify safer prescribing practices for potentially addictive medications, with a focus on opioid medications.
  5. Outline treatment options for opioid use disorder (OUD) and alcohol use disorder (AUD) available in Saskatchewan.
  6. Understand the spirit and principles of trauma- and violence-informed care and the motivational interviewing framework, and how they can be integrated into practice.
  7. Incorporate professional self-care into practice when supporting people with a SUD.

Module 1 |Pre-Work Online Courses:

Once your registration is completed and you have received instructions from the CME office (NSID - Network Services Identification number and details) you can login to Canvas to complete the pre-work online courses and access other materials for Module 1 | Foundations of Harm Reduction and Substance Use Disorder.

Pre-work online courses include:

  • Part I: Substance Use Disorder – the What and the Why
  • Part II: Principles of Harm Reduction

Please note that the pre-work online courses and reflection exercises at the end of each course, must be completed as a preparation for the virtual event on Spring dates coming soon . Part of the discussion will be based on the reflections you wrote.

This program has received an educational grant or in-kind resources from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.

Module 1 Agenda

Review timeline, topics, speakers & session specific learning objectives. 

Schedule is subject to change.

Module 1 Speakers


Dr. Sharon Acoose


Dr. Butt


Susanne Nicolay 



Barb Papp
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Dr. Andrew Yang
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Brenda Senger
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Jennifer King
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Module 1 Accreditation

Module 1 Accreditation Statement

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Continuing Medical Education Division, University of Saskatchewan for up to 7.25 credit hours.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada: This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the Continuing Medical Education Division, University of Saskatchewan up to 7.25 Mainpro+ credits.

Pharmacy Professionals: Module 1 has been accredited by CPDPP for 6.25 CEUs for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

Module 1 has been accredited by the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics for 10.0 credits for practicing paramedics.

Other Healthcare Professionals: Participation in this conference may be included as part of the continuing education and competence programs established by individual professional associations. 

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