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What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know About Medical Marijuana: A Primer for Clinical and Forensic Evaluators (On Demand Webinar)

  • 26 Jun 2018
  • 3:00 PM
  • 01 Jan 2022
  • 5:00 PM
  • Online
  • 98


  • Select this option if you are a member of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators (i.e., CFMHE, applicant, or candidate) or you are a member of an organization that partners with NBFE (see for full list)
  • Choose this option if you are an NBFE board member, staff, or committee chair, or an employee of Darsey Black & Associates.
  • Select this option if you are NOT a CFMHE, CFMHE applicant, or a member of any organization that is partnered with NBFE

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Medical marijuana is now broadly or partially legalized in 28 states, though it remains illegal under federal law.  Variation in state and local laws can create confusion for mental health professionals.  Additionally, the expansion of medical marijuana raises a large number of questions for mental health professional in both clinical and forensic settings, such as:

  1. What does the law say about medical marijuana in my state?
  2. What is the difference between medical delta-9-tetrahydracannabinol (THC) and medical cannabidiol (CBD)? 
  3. How do I know whether my client is using medical marijuana therapeutically vs. abusing it?
  4. What does the research say about what conditions medical marijuana might be helpful for, and which ones it can make worse?
  5. What are the risks, side effects, and potential drawbacks of medical marijuana?
  6. How do I know my client is overmedicated?
  7. If my client uses medical marijuana, can employers discriminate against him or her?
  8. What do I do if a client is referred to me for substance abuse treatment but is legally taking prescribed marijuana?

This 2-hour webinar seeks to provide attendees with answers to some of these questions, and resources for others.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the difference between medical THC and CBD.
  2. Differentiate between the risk reduction perspective and total recovery perspective on marijuana use for individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.
  3. Identify what disorders might be treated by medical marijuana.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the positions of major healthcare associations on medical marijuana.
  5. Learn about dosing recommendations and indications for medical marijuana.
  6. Identify adverse health effects, side effects, and risks associated with medical marijuana.
  7. Review a list of questions to answer about medical marijuana laws in your state.
  8. Explore strategies to differentiate between marijuana abuse and therapeutic use of medical marijuana.
  9. List several preventative strategies to implement when working with clients who use medical marijuana.  

$20 for all of the following:

  1. Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluators (CFMHEs) and those who have applied to become CFMHEs
  2. Members of any organization that partners with NBFE, including American Mental Health Counselors Association, Darsey, Black, & Associates, Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association, Utah Mental Health Counselors Association, Vecchi Group International, and Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.

$30 for all other registrants who are not CFMHEs, CFMHE applicants, nor members of partnering organizations.

About the Presenter:

Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Certified Master's-Level Addictions Professional, and Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator specializing in substance abuse and co-ccurring disorders, clinical and forensic evaluation, and clinical supervision.  He is a counselor educator at the University of South Florida's College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, the Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, and the Chair of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association's Education, Training Standards, & Continuing Education Committee.  He is recognized by the American Mental Health Counselors Association as a Diplomate & Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Substance Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders.  He was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association and Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016.  An experienced presenter and trainer, he has also been published in the Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Addiction Professional, and the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services.  He is completing his Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision at the University of South Florida.

Continuing Education:

The National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE) has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6189.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  NBFE is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 

This workshop has been approved for 2 hours of continuing education with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling, CE Broker Tracking # 20-619291 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).  

NBFE is recognized and endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

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