Boston Medical Center (BMC) Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance (TTA)

A Resource for Healthcare and Social Services Professionals

Essentials of Office-Based Addiction Treatment

April 1, 2019
8:30 am–4:30 pm ET

This 8 hour course prepares nurses and other medical staff to manage office based addiction treatment with buprenorphine and naltrexone.

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Boston Medical Center
801 Massachusetts Ave
2nd Floor, RM 2128
Boston, MA



There will be 1-hour of pre-work for this course that provides the foundation for the training. It is strongly recommended that you complete this pre-work so that you are adequately prepared for the course. Please see below for additional information about the pre-work.

If you have questions related to the pre-work, please contact Lexie Bergeron at or 617-414-6638

This course will prepare nurses and other key members of the multidisciplinary care team to deliver medication for addiction treatment (MAT) such as buprenorphine and naltrexone using a chronic care management model. Topics covered will include the science of addiction as a brain disorder, the pharmacotherapy of medications used to treat opioid and alcohol use disorders (current standard of care), and practical tools for implementing these treatment modalities into an office-based setting and for supporting physicians or other clinicians as part of a care team. Attendees will learn to screen patients for substance use disorders, initiate medication, and provide ongoing care and counseling. Check-in for the course will be from 8:00 to 8:30 am and the training will run from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

For this training, there is pre-work that we are requesting participants complete in advance. For all attendees, we strongly recommend completing the pre-work.  The pre-work is the foundation for the work we will do together at the training; we cannot stress enough the importance of reviewing the material ahead of time. There are two options for completing the pre-work:

If you have dietary restrictions please feel free to let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them. Thank you.

This is an in-person training. There will not be an option to attend via webinar.

Intended audience

Nurses and other clinical staff providing treatment for substance use disorders in an office-based setting.


The learner will: Define opioid use disorder, Explain methods used to evaluate patients for treatment with buprenorphine, injectable naltrexone. Identify the clinically relevant pharmacological characteristics of buprenorphine and buprenorphine/naloxone, Outline tools for monitoring and supporting patients engaged in Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT).

Sponsored by

Boston Medical Center Grayken Center for Addiction, Department of Public Health, Bureau of Addiction Services

Accreditation information

Boston Medical Center grants 7.7 nursing contact hours to nurses who complete this program. You must stay for the entire program and complete this evaluation form. This program has no commercial support. Faculty and planners have no vested interests and there are no conflicts of interest. There will be no discussion of off label uses of drugs. Boston Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by American Nurses Association, Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Social Work Accreditation: Title: Essentials of OBAT Auth#: B-20-008 Continuing Education Credits approved: 7.5 Expires: September 30, 2020 This course is not a waiver training. Essentials of OBAT credit hours cannot be used to fulfill the training requirements for obtaining a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine.

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Grayken Center for Addiction TTA is a program of Boston Medical Center (BMC), a 514-bed academic medical center located in Boston's historic South End and the largest safety-net hospital in New England.

Funding for Grayken Center for Addiction TTA is provided by:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS)
GE Foundation
Opioid Response Network

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