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Online Training – “Medical” Marijuana: Ethical Considerations for Mental Health Practitioners

June 17 Login to Zoom 12:30 pm; Training 12:45 pm - 4:00 pm (ET) $109, 3 Ethics CEUs Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA Virtual Event,

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In the last few years there has been an explosion of teenagers and adults who are using medical marijuana. Clinicians are being asked to weigh in about the validity, safety, and efficacy of using THC and CBD products. They also need to ethically decide if they want to work with clients who insist on using these products, rather than well established and regulated drugs, to self-medicate and treat anxiety, depression, PTSD, or chronic pain.

In this workshop we will look at the current research regarding the acute and chronic medical and mental health impact and consequences of short and long-term use. Participants will get the most up to date information about the dangers and risks of medical marijuana. We will also process the ways in which kids and teens use THC products and the indicators of substance use and abuse in young clients.  Participants will also have the opportunity to process case examples as well as their own experiences with clients who have been using THC products. The presenter will also share case examples of clients who were self-medicating with medical marijuana, and the trajectory of their clinical symptoms while they were using, and when they stopped.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify at least four risk factors associated with acute marijuana use.
  • Identify at least four risk factors associated with chronic marijuana use.
  • Explain the impact that THC has on anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
  • Describe at least three ways that kids and teens are using marijuana, and at least four  red flags that let parents know their child is using TC products
  • Explain the impact that THC has on a developing adolescent brain.
  • Describe at least two ethical dilemmas that clinicians face in their work with clients who use or want to use THC and CBD as a part of their therapy treatment.


12:45 – 2:00 PM

  • Processing clinicians’ experiences and ethical concerns about working with clients who are using or want to use medical marijuana
  • Research related to the efficacy of medical marijuana
  • Medical marijuana and its effect on depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain
  • Kids, teens, and medical marijuana

2:00 – 2:15 PM | BREAK

2:15 – 4:00 PM

  • Risk factors associated with short-term and long-term medical marijuana use
  • Additional facts about the medical and mental health consequences of using THC and CBD products
  • Processing case examples to address the ethical challenges that arise when clients want to combine psychotherapy with medical marijuana

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Registration for each workshop closes one day before the workshop date.

If you want to sign up for this course and missed the registration deadline, please don’t worry. You can still contact Gerri Baum at gerrib@theferentzinstitute.com or call 410-409-7061 to inquire about joining the class. We will do our best to accommodate you. We appreciate your interest in our workshops and look forward to seeing you soon!

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts and Texas.  If your state is not among this list, we encourage you to check with your state licensing board to see if they will grant reciprocity.
The Institute maintains full responsibility for all programming. In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.


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"Lisa was able to present an unbiased, researched based workshop on a topic that can be viewed as controversial. She was supportive of participants' points of view, encouraging collaborative and non-judgmental dialogue between participants. Lisa's engaging points of reference assisted the flow of discussions." – Debbie Disney, LCSW-C

"Lisa is a phenomenal speaker; always takes the time necessary to hear and answer questions, researches her topics thoroughly and communicates her findings effectively!" – Emma L. Draganosky, LCSW

"Friendly, engaging, straightforward presentation of information and techniques." – Virginia Voigt, LCSW-C

"Thought-provoking questions about ethical dilemmas. Always respectful about clients and their desires to feel better. Lisa is a gifted teacher, very comfortable leading group discussion and encouraging deeper thinking. Her personal warmth, caring & sincerity consistently is present." – Martha Miller, LCSW-C

"I appreciate Lisa's authenticity as a presenter and therapist." – Michael Lockman, LCPC

"She [Lisa] is knowledgeable, and personable and always willing to consider the audience in discussion and reaction!!" – Leslie Streen Blum, LCSW-C, BCD

"Lisa's knowledge, personality, organization and coursework is relatable and easy to understand." – Patsy Milner, LCSW-C

"Lisa took a very current subject - the implications of the "medical" marijuana industry for mental health practitioners - that is potentially inflammatory and created a training that thoughtfully and safely encouraged meaningful dialogue and growth among the participants. I felt educated, validated and affirmed in the value of taking time to seriously consider the ethical implications of my role in the middle of this significant social and legal shift." – Madeline Vann, LPC, CSAC

"Lisa always does such a great job of providing informative trainings in a comfortable and engaging manner." – Alyne Hall, LCSW-C