Prescribers Course

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8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Time (sign-in starts at 8:20 a.m.)
$262.50 ($250 course fee + $12.50 GST) includes course materials

Family physicians consistently rate navigating psychoactive prescribing amongst the most difficult areas of their professional lives. In a discipline where communication is the core skill set, talking to patients in realistic terms about the risks and benefits that attend the use of opioids, benzodiazepines and other potentially habituating medications challenges even the most seasoned practitioners.

The Prescribers Course comprises two components—self-paced online modules and a live online session. Completion of both segments is necessary to obtain the certificate of course completion.

Self-paced online modules:

  • Practice Standard: Safe Prescribing of Opioids and Sedatives
  • Navigating Psychoactive Prescribing

Live online session:

This is a synchronous, interactive online workshop where participants will learn new approaches, primarily through interview simulations in small groups, supported by sympathetic, experienced, clinical teachers.

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • identify common clinical pitfalls in the prescribing of drugs of potential misuse/abuse to patients
  • identify and apply clinical interviewing strategies that assist in the management of challenging cases in the office setting
  • develop and safely apply strategies to detect and manage potential misuse/abuse of controlled medications in clinical practice
  • implement changes to practice as a result of attending this course and reflecting on the implications of its content

Technical requirements

  • Computer with video and audio capabilities. The camera will need to be turned on for the entire duration of the course for participation.
  • Mobile devices, such as a smartphone or a tablet, are not recommended.


The Division of Continuing Professional Development, University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Continuing Medical Education Accreditation Committee (CACME) to provide CPD credits for physicians. 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 UBC CPD for up to 4.75 Mainpro+ credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity. CFPC Session ID: 202415-001






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