Course Detail: 19SW0213 - Cannabis - The Facts & Myths: What a Clinician Needs to Know

Course Description

Today, we are living in a society that is changing the way marijuana is viewed. With more than 90 % of people in the United States favor the of use of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes, as compared to 30 % in 2000. Currently, 30 states in the U.S have changed policies, legalizing cannabis in some form. The change in policies and the overall prominence of the drug have led to heated debates about the benefits and detriments of cannabis. Strong opinions have formed within these debates, often excluding or confusing scientific actualities of the drug. As cannabis laws in this country evolve, the need for informed and engaged professionals is paramount.

Throughout the presentation, we will explore the popular drug known as weed, marijuana, or cannabis. We will help participants develop an informed opinion through the examination of history, policies, and emerging dynamics around cannabis and take an in-depth look into the available treatments for cannabis use disorder and outcomes. Additionally, the presentation with expand knowledge of the therapeutic benefits and adversehealth conditions associated with cannabis use.

Who Should Attend?

  • - Social Workers
  • - Medical Professionals
  • - Mental Health Professionals
  • - Human Service Professionals


  • - Describe the properties of cannabis.
  • - Describe current trends of cannabis use and policy in the United States.
  • - Discuss some of the common misunderstandings and risks associated withcannabis use.
  • - Educate about the history of medical and non-medical use of cannabis.
  • - Discuss medical and abuse potential.
  • - Discuss behavioral health treatments for marijuana use.
  • - Increase awareness of informed substance counseling for cannabis use disorder

CEUs and Contact Hours

This lecture is worth 2 contact hours or 0.2 CEUs.


Christine Trompak is a graduate of East Carolina University where she received a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and Bachelors in Social Work. She is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate (LCAS-A). Christy is employed as an outpatient therapist at Greenville Psychiatric Associates, where she works with treating individuals affected by trauma along with general mental health and substance abuse counseling. Throughout her career, she has received specialized training and on-going supervision in trauma and substance abuse therapies, particularly Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). She volunteers with the local Center for Family Violence Prevention.

Kevin Parker is a graduate of East Carolina University where he received his MSW in Social Work, a B.A. in Psychology with minor in Child Development and Family Relations and a B.S. in Criminal Justice. He is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate (LCASA). Kevin is a veteran of the US Air Force. He is currently employed as the Behavioral Health Coordinator with Access East serving 27 counties in Eastern NC. He specializes in integrating behavioral health services into primary care, care management and providing direct consultation to 219 primary and specialty care practices and 60 care managers within the Access East Network. Kevin is also employed as an outpatient therapist at Greenville Psychiatric Associates providing general mental health counseling andmedication assisted treatment for substance use disorders. Kevin resides in Greenville with his wife and son.

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