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The Role of Behavioral Interventions in Buprenorphine Maintenance Treatment

Activity Type:

  • On Demand

Release Date: 2/20/2018

Expiration Date: 2/20/2021

  • AMA PRA Category 1 Physician: 1
  • Participation: 1



Buprenorphine has unique pharmacological properties that make it a useful treatment for opioid use disorder. Unlike other treatments, buprenorphine is the first medication to treat opioid dependency that is permitted to be prescribed or dispensed in physician offices. Under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000), U.S physicians can prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder in several settings including correctional facilities, community hospitals, medical offices, and health departments. 

Although counseling is a required part of office-based buprenorphine treatment of opioid use disorders; the nature of what constitutes appropriate counseling is unclear and sometimes controversial.

This webinar will review the literature on the role, nature, and intensity of behavioral interventions in office-based buprenorphine treatment for patients with opioid use disorders. Participants will understand the clinician's responsibilities in office-based buprenorphine treatment and will learn how to best tailor their practice to meet the needs of their patients


  • General Member - Free
  • Resident-Fellow Member - Free
  • Medical Student Member - Free
  • Non-Member - Free

Educational Objectives

  • Discuss the role, nature, and intensity of behavioral interventions in office-based buprenorphine treatment of opioid use disorders
  • Explain how research design can influence the effect of counseling in the treatment of opioid use disorder
  • Describe the interplay of buprenorphine, medical management, and counseling in the treatment of opioid use disorder

Target Audience

Physicians who have a waiver to treat opioid use disorder in an office-based setting and other interested clinicians.

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Begin Date: February 20, 2018
End Date: February 20, 2018

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple-choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • Roger D. Weiss, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Chief, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, McLean Hospital. Disclosure: GW Pharmaceuticals; Braeburn Pharmaceuticals.

Program Planners

  • John A. Renner, Jr., M.D., Boston University School of Medicine, Director, Addiction Psychiatry Residency Training, Boston University Medical Center and VA Boston Healthcare System. Disclosure: Stockholder: Johnson & Johnson and General Electric. 
  • Roke Iko, Program Manager, Sub-Specialty Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Hardware/Software Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.3+ 
  • Browser: Firefox (latest version), Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 7.0+, Microsoft Edge (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+ 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Macromedia Flash Player 10.3 or higher; Sound Card at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh:Mac OS X 10.4+ or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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