Becky DeKeuster, M.Ed
Marijuana can be a potent herbal remedy, and the emerging acceptance of medical marijuana (cannabis) has exciting yet complex implications for social workers. The current science and specific policy implications for social workers will be addressed, with a particular focus on the potential for harm reduction and treatment of health conditions.
By better understanding the beneficial uses and possible risks of therapeutic cannabis, social workers can play an important role in reducing the stigma that still attaches to consumers. Recent research developments in the areas of harm reduction, post-traumatic stress, and other health conditions will be examined.
Participants will learn:
- The history of medical cannabis and the political and cultural influences shaping contemporary cannabis policy (focusing on New England).
- Recent scientific advances focusing on the efficacy and risks of cannabis for harm reduction, post-traumatic stress, and other mental health conditions.
- About pragmatic policy considerations that may help social work agencies to navigate the divide between federal and state approaches to this complex issue.
Becky DeKeuster, M.Ed, is co-founder and Director of Community & Education of the Wellness Connection of Maine, which operates four of Maine’s eight state-licensed medical cannabis dispensaries. She has been active in shaping medical marijuana policy and working closely with legislators, substance abuse specialists, and others to increase their understanding of how marijuana policies can best serve patients.
Approved for 3 CEs for Social Workers. LMHCs applied for.
Early Bird Rates: Non-Members $90 / Members $60
Early bird rates end 10 business days before the program.