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Let's Talk About Weed
November 10, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
This 3 hour (virtual) interactive workshop will explore our culture’s relationship with cannabis, from demonization to infatuation. In the wake of legalization in Virginia, it is important to gain a better understanding of what marijuana is and what it is not; dispel myths and gather the facts. Concerns about the use of marijuana in teens and young adults are addressed along with the impact of vaping and edibles and potential risks and consequences associated with regular use. Participants will learn about the impact of legalization and commercialization in other states to help prepare Virginia for what is to come. Break out sessions will be used to discuss and share ideas and strategies for keeping our youth safe.
In this workshop participants will learn to:
- Classify marijuana and its effects
- Show a basic understanding of concerns related to use in teens and young adults
- Track trends in marijuana use and marijuana vaping among youth
- Note differences between marijuana use in past generations to today
- Identify early intervention and treatment strategies for teens and young adults
Barbara Burke received her MSW from the VCU School of Social Work in 1978 and most of her work over the past 40 years has been with Substance Use Disorders. She recently retired from clinical practice, where she specialized in the assessment, early and treatment of Adolescents and Young Adults. Barbara believes in the importance of family involvement and meeting folks where they are. Her focus has been on helping young people understand their relationship with substances and their risk factors for dependence so they can make informed decisions. She is the co-founder of “Rams in Recovery”, a Collegiate Recovery Program at VCU where she remains part of the project team and a member of its advisory board. She is currently adjunct faculty in the VCU School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences where she teaches courses in Substance Abuse and Coping and Adaptation. She also contracts with the University of Richmond to provide early intervention groups and is a consultant to area schools.