Fundamentals of Addiction

CSAM-SMCA fundamentals

Presented by seven leading Canadian practitioners, the CSAM-SMCA Fundamentals of Addiction Course provides early-career clinicians and students with a solid foundation for continued learning in addictions care and treatment. The course covers biopsychosocial approaches to addiction as well as assessment, diagnosis, brief intervention and referral to treatment. Hear relevant, practical 45-minute presentations on the most commonly used substances including alcohol, sedatives, cannabis, opioids and stimulants, and get a short introduction to concurrent disorders.

The 2022 Fundamentals of Addiction Course takes place the day after the CSAM-SMCA 2022 Scientific Conference.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Delta Bessborough Hotel
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Dr. Jennifer Brasch

Dr. Jennifer Brasch


Block 1


Presented by Dr. Ron Fraser and Dr. Melanie Willows

Biopsychosocial Approaches to Addiction

Presented by Dr. Ron Fraser

Assessment and Diagnosis; Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment

Presented by Dr. Dave Martell

Alcohol Use Disorder

Presented by Dr. Melanie Willows

Opioid Use Disorder

Presented by Dr. Morris Markentin

Lunch Break

Block 2

Sedative-Hypnotic Use Disorder

Presented by Dr. Peter Butt

Cannabis Use Disorder
Presented by Dr. Ron Fraser
Stimulant Use Disorder

Presented by Dr. Erin Knight

Concurrent Disorders

Presented by Dr. Jennifer Brasch

Wrap Up & Evaluation