PACES Training
Provincial Addiction Curricula & Experiential Skills Training


Advances learners from a basic understanding to a mastery of the competencies required in the assessment and treatment of primary addiction and / or psychiatric comorbidities.

PACES provides accessible, self-paced, and personalized addiction and mental health education for all skill levels through e-learning modules, educational videos, simulated patient scenarios, and in-person skill-building sessions.

The PACES Learning Pathway consists of four learning phases, allowing individuals to develop their skills based on their unique needs.

View: An Introduction to The Provincial Addiction Curricula & Experiential Skills (PACES) Learning Pathway (video)

Content has been developed in collaboration with the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine and is recognized by the International Nurses Society on Addictions. PACES is an Accredited Group Learning and a Self-Assessment Learning Activity (Section 1 and 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Professional Development.  It is duly accredited with the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation. Upon completion, the learner has the option of requesting a CME certificate before progressing onto the subsequent pathway.

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Self-Assessment & Learning Plan

The 4 learning phases: beginning, developing, advancing and mastering. The pathway can be started at any point based on your individual knowledge level.

Unsure of where to begin? Complete the Addiction and Mental Health Workforce Competencies eLearning Module to develop an individualized learning plan that identifies the pathway most suited to your learning needs, or register for the interactive A Standard Approach to Concurrent Capable Practice Workshop Series to create your personalized learning plan with the support of a facilitator and virtual peers. Team registration is welcome.

Beginning Phase

This phase teaches foundational concepts and expectations for the care of individuals experiencing concurrent disorders. The maximum duration of each module is one hour. You can complete any one of or all of the following learning modules. Upon completion of the pathway, you can request a CME Certificate claiming a maximum of 7.0 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Section 3 study credits.

Developing Phase

This phase features the Standard Approach to Concurrent Capable Practice Workshop Series. Each workshop focuses on applying knowledge and developing core technical competencies and is based on the Enhancing Concurrent Capability Toolkit. You can participate in any or all of the workshops. Attend all eight workshops and achieve your Concurrent Capable Practice Certification of Accredited Learning, claiming a maximum of 16.0 MOC Section 1 study credits.

Questions regarding this workshop series can be directed to concurrent.disorders@ahs.ca.

Advancing Phase

This phase features simulated Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA-Sims). EPA-Sims focus on the application of competencies required in real-life clinical practice.

A learner’s skill and knowledge becomes entrustable when they demonstrate the ability to independently perform complex clinical tasks safely and appropriately.

The maximum duration of each EPA-Sim is two hours. You can complete any one of or all of the following EPA-sims. Upon completion, you can request a CME Certificate claiming a maximum of 12.0 MOC Section 3 study credits.

Mastering Phase

This phase features the Alberta Addiction Education Sessions (AAES).

This live-streamed learning event is designed to increase confidence and enhance skills in the management of complex addiction, psychiatric comorbidities and chronic non-cancer pain.

Each three-hour session consists of didactic lectures from subject matter experts and individuals with living/lived experience, followed by facilitated de-identified case reviews with clinicians specializing in the field. Registration for the sessions is not required. Upon completion, you can request a CME Certificate claiming a maximum of 25.0 MOC Section 1 study credits.

Acknowledgements, Faculty & Planning Committee Disclosures

The content within the PACES Learning Pathway has been compiled by a committee of subject matter experts recognized for their clinical expertise in the field of addiction medicine and or pain medicine and years of experience in providing addiction treatment across complex patient demographics. Each member has disclosed conflicts of interest in alignment with the National Standard for Support of Accredited Continuing Professional Development Activities.

The content has received no commercial sponsorship support. It was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance. The faculty and planning committee disclosures are included for review: