Enhanced Skills Program: Addiction Medicine_Residential Treatment Rotation Goals and Objectives

By the end of the rotation, the Addiction Medicine resident will be able to:

Medical Expert

  • Use patient assessment, along with consultation with members of the treatment team and other treatment professionals, to devise an individualized plan for optimal psychosocial treatment for individual patients
  • Match the level of psychosocial treatment to the treatment needs of individual patients.
  • Integrate the use of pharmacological treatment with psychosocial treatments in the management of individuals with addictive disorders.
  • Demonstrate competence in the performance of accepted psychosocial treatments for substance use disorders, in particular:
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Motivational enhancement therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Family therapy (for individuals with addictions and their families)
  • Contingency management therapy, as it is used in the management of addictive disorders
  • Be familiar with and able to work effectively with available community resources, such as 12-Step programs and other mutual help programs, and demonstrate a familiarity with 12-step facilitation
  • Demonstrate skill as a therapeutic group co-leader.


  • Effectively facilitate a family meeting in the residential treatment setting.
  • Discuss with patients in lay language, the neurobiology of addictive disorders.
  • Use facilitation skills to discuss group norms, and mediate conflict in group sessions.


  • Work as part of a team involved in intensive case management of individuals with addictive disorders, including the assessment of the need for intensive case management.
  • Demonstrate skill in working collaboratively with consultants and colleagues involved in individual or group psychosocial treatment delivery.
  • Respectfully communicates and collaborates with senior colleagues. 


  • Demonstrate knowledge of the factors affecting residential treatment availability, and the principles of managing this limited resource.

Health Advocate

  • Support health of patients/families by appropriate referrals to aftercare following residential treatment.


  • Facilitate the education of other health professionals by providing knowledge of clinical context relevant to patient presentation.


  • Communicate with the patient the parameters and terms of their professional relationship (i.e. sets boundaries), such as role clarity, after-hour care, availability or lack of availability via telephone and email correspondence