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Two (2) CE hours* are available for each evening for $10 for LMHCs and NCCs.
The Implications of Marijuana Legalization on Our Work with Youth: A Training and Community Dialog for Mental Health Professionals, Educators, and Youth Workers
Presenters: Rick Cresta, LICSW, and Maggie Giles, M.T.S., M.A
On November 8, 2016 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts became one of 7 states (along with the District of Columbia) to legalize marijuana for recreational use. What might this mean for those who work with young people? In the first part of this workshop, we will focus on how to engage youth in an exploration of their use without increasing defensiveness. We will explore the impact of chronic marijuana use in a variety of functional areas, including physical, behavioral, psychological and emotional. The impact of recent changes to the law on attitudes and behavior will also be discussed. The workshop will end with a community discussion.
1. Participants will identify their own biases about marijuana and explore the impact on work with teens and young adults.
2. Participants will be able to identify the physical, behavioral, psychological, and emotional impact of chronic marijuana use on adolescents
3. Participants will learn strategies to engage youth in exploration about their use without increasing defensiveness
About the Presenters:
Rick Cresta is an LICSW. He has over 20 years of experience working with adolescents in a variety of settings. He is in private practice in the Boston area specializing work with court-involved youth. Rick received both his MSW and MPH from Boston University. He is currently a part-time faculty at the BU School of Social Work. In addition, he provides training and consultation on substance abuse and adolescent issues to numerous agencies in the New England area.
Maggie Giles, M.T.S., M.A., is a member of the GSASS Counseling & Psychology Core Faculty & is interested in helping facilitate community conversations about the integration of substance use disorder into our work as counselors and other mental health professionals. In addition to her work at Lesley, Maggie is a consultant with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services where she works on several projects pertaining to co-occurring expertise and workforce development.
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*Sponsored by the Institute for Arts and Health at Lesley University (http://www.lesley.edu/institute/arts-and-health/ ). The Institute for Arts and Health at Lesley University has been appoved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4472. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Institute for Arts and Health at Lesley University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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