The Implications of Marijuana Legalization on Our Work with Youth: A Training and Community Dialog for Mental Health Professionals, Educators, and Youth Workers

  • University Hall Room 3-094, Porter Campus, Lesley University 1815 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA, 02140 United States

Presenters: Rick Cresta, LICSW, and Maggie Giles, M.T.S., M.A

Description: 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.

Learning Objectives:

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

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