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

October 2, 2017
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 Avenue
2nd Floor, room 2128
Boston, MA


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.

Intended audience

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


The learner will: Define opioid addiction, Explain methods used to evaluate patients for treatment with buprenorphine, Identify the clinically relevant pharmacological characteristics of buprenorphine and buprenorphine/naloxone, Outline tools for monitoring and supporting patients engaged in buprenorphine treatment.

Sponsored by

Boston Medical Center, the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Treatment, and the GE Foundation.

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-18-161 Continuing Education Credits approved: 7.5 Expires: September 30, 2018 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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