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Cannabis: Igniting the Conversation

October 30, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 12:15 pm



Igniting the Conversation

Friday October 30, 2020
8:00 am – 12:15 pm

Live Virtual Event
via the Zoom platform

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Pre-Registration Required

Registration Fee – FREE
Continuing Education Fee – $45
Psychology Continuing Education Fee – $95

“Cannabis: Igniting the Conversation” is a half-day program designed to provide current, evidence-based data on the potential therapeutic benefits and adverse effects of medical cannabis. Healthcare providers will be updated on the latest research to acquire the knowledge and skills to communicate the potential benefits and risks of cannabis use to their patients and to engage youth to ensure healthy development and well-being. The public will be provided with the information needed to interact with healthcare professionals and to make informed decisions. Parents will be equipped to identify the impact of chronic cannabis use on adolescents and will learn strategies to engage with their children about their use without increasing defensiveness.


8:00 am – 8:45 am Effects of Cannabinoids on Endocannabinoid Pathways and Rationale for Therapeutic Effects
Karen Lounsbury, PhD
The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont
8:45 am – 9:00 am Q/A
9:00 am – 9:45 am Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Benefits and Adverse Effects
What’s the Research Evidence?

Godfrey Pearlson, MA, MBBS
Yale School of Medicine
9:45 am – 10:00 am Q/A
10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
10:15 am – 11:00 am Medical Cannabis Provider Requirements, Patient Certification, and the Benefits of Medical Cannabis
Barbara Shea Tracy, MSN, FNP-C
Medwell Health and Wellness
11:00 am – 11:15 am Q/A
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Chronic Marijuana Use In Teens
“What’s the Big Deal?”

Rick Cresta, LICSW
Boston University School of Social Work
12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Q/A and Evaluation

Continuing Education

Berkshire AHEC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5585. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Berkshire AHEC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Berkshire AHEC is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Berkshire AHEC is recognized as an approved provider by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Nursing Home Administrators to offer continuing education credits for nursing home administrators. Provider NH-09015-002. 4.8 Contact Hours

CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Berkshire AHEC at hbruno@berkshireahec.org. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.

Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at 413-842-5160 for the status of social work CE accreditation.

This course has been approved by Berkshire AHEC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 4 CE. NAADAC Provider #103559, Berkshire AHEC is responsible for all aspects of its programing.

Application for marriage and family therapist continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at 413-842-5160 for the status of marriage and family therapist CE accreditation.

Successful Completion Requirements
for Continuing Education Credits

Participants must sign-in and out, attend the entire program, and complete a program evaluation to receive continuing education credits. Certificates will be distributed to participants at the end of the program.

Special Requests

If you are hearing impaired, or are a person who is differently abled who requires accommodations, please contact Berkshire AHEC 15 days prior to the training.


Berkshire AHEC reserves the right to cancel a program due to low registration, speaker cancellation, or other uncontrollable circumstances. Notice of cancellation will be provided to registrants by phone, email, and on the berkshireahec.org website.


A refund of the continuing education fee, minus a $5 processing charge, is only available up until two weeks prior to a conference.

Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of Berkshire AHEC to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its individually and jointly sponsored programs. All planners and faculty participating in Berkshire AHEC programs are expected to disclose any conflicts of interest that they or their spouse/partner may have that has a direct bearing on the content of the continuing education program.

Grievance Procedure

It is the policy of Berkshire AHEC to provide a complaint resolution procedure that is timely and responsive to consumers of our services. Individuals wishing to register a grievance should contact the Center Director of Berkshire AHEC at 413-842-5160.

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