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Treatment Optimization of Psychosis

TOP Moving to LearningHub

The TOP online course is moving to a new home in LearningHub under the management of Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. To facilitate this move:

  • New registrations will cease on December 1, 2023
  • Complete the course by 11:59pm December 31, 2023 to avoid loss of course progress

BC-CfE Clinical Education & Training will continue to maintain all course completion certificates prior to this date. Learner data will not be transferred to the new platform.

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The Treatment Optimization of Psychosis Collaborative (TOP) and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) has developed this online course for health care professionals in the province of BC to support their continuing medical education needs. This course guides learners in the assessment and management of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders and treatment options, including clozapine. The course offers information applicable to clinical practice and quality patient care. The information contained in this course is consistent with clinical practice guidance for regions, organizations, and clinical care teams within Vancouver Coastal Health, however learners must ensure that they follow the guidance for their specific region and/or organization. Primary care and specialist referral pathways and resources are specific to the Vancouver Coastal Health region. Please ensure that you are familiar with referral pathways and resources if you are outside of this region.

Please note that this course is tailored to health care providers that want to increase their knowledge on the treatment and management of people living with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders. If you find that the course contents are too advanced for you at this time, please review the resources provided within the course for alternative learning materials.

The course is free of charge and has an open enrolment, which allows participants to register at any time during the year. All modules were delivered as live, bi-weekly sessions from June to October, 2021, for the TOP Collaborative. It is estimated that this course will take approximately 10 hours to complete.

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This course is best viewed using Google Chrome or Firefox.


Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:
  • Explain the impact and importance of early and appropriate treatment of schizophrenia
  • Summarize key components of the Canadian Schizophrenia Guidelines
  • Utilize rating scales to assess schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders
  • Identify clients who may benefit from the use of antipsychotic medications, including clozapine and depot injections
  • Describe the pharmacology of clozapine and depot injections, including drug, psychosocial, and comorbid interactions
  • Generate a plan to assess and manage side effects of clozapine and depot injection use
  • Apply motivational interviewing techniques to support clients who are prescribed clozapine and depot injection for the management of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders
  • Locate experts and services to support client care in the context of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders


In order to receive a certificate of completion all 6 quizzes and 2 worksheets are required to be completed. There is no threshold mark required to pass the quizzes and worksheets, however, we advise that you review correct answers when completing each assessment. Each quiz consists of multiple-choice questions that are related to the content of the learning module, with questions related to both knowledge recall and clinical application. The course assessments have been designed so that participants can review the course material during the quiz if necessary.

For those modules without quizzes, you must remember to click on the box that states, “Mark as Complete” otherwise you will not be able to receive your certificate. This button can be found underneath the module slides on the right-hand side (including the Appendices).


Upon completion of all the learning modules and quizzes a button labelled “Print Certificate” will appear. Once this button is clicked you will be redirected to a mandatory feedback form after which you will be able to print your certificate. You are not required to complete the supporting material to obtain the Certificate of Completion (e.g. Appendices), but you need to complete all learning modules, including those without quizzes (Introduction module). To receive your certificate, please make sure that you have pop-ups enabled.


The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program (MOC) of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has been approved by UBC CPD for up to 10 MOC Section 3 Self-Assessment hours (credits are automatically tripled). This Assessment program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 10 Mainpro+ Self Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity.


Prescribing is a clinical act requiring the prescriber to exercise professional, clinical judgment, taking into account the patient’s clinical history and other relevant circumstances including relevant guidelines and protocols and professional standards. Guidelines for the prescription of clozapine and its management vary between regions and organizations. The learner is responsible for ensuring they familiarize themselves with other relevant regional/organizational guidance and/or protocols and apply appropriate professional judgment. The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, the Treatment Optimization of Psychosis Collaborative, the planning committee, and the presenters assume no responsibility or liability for the use of guidance contained in this course.


  • Treatment Optimization of Psychosis Collaborative Planning Committee
    • Dr. Harish Neelakant
    • Dr. Tanya Fairweather
    • Dr. Randall White
    • Valeria Gal
  • Treatment Optimization of Psychosis Collaborative
    • Dr. Rolando Barrios
    • Dr. Randall White
    • Philip Charlebois
    • Jessica Anonuevo
    • Joanna Ferguson
    • Angie Semple
  • BC-CfE Clinical Education and Training Program
    • Dr. Silvia Guillemi, Director
    • Dr. Val Montessori, Director
    • Dr. Cathy Puskas, Clinical Educator
    • Tatiana Parrott, Program Coordinator
    • Kate Vanstone, Program Assistant
  • Fernando Prado and BC-CfE Communications Team
  • Nada Gataric and BC-CfE Oracle Programming Team
  • BC-CfE IT Team

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