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Friday CE Series: Cannabis and the Adolescent Brain

  • Fri, March 10, 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • online via Zoom


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  • Members of SFCAMFT, RECAMFT, and East Bay CAMFT chapters are invited to participate in our session for free!

Hear about important considerations for this population.

Cannabis and the Adolescent Brain

2 CEs available

Free for Marin CAMFT members and reciprocal chapter members!

Workshop Description

With the use of legal cannabis growing, many clinicians (and parents) seek to understand the effect that cannabis use may have on an adolescent’s growing brain. What are the potential risks and how do you approach these with your teen client or their guardian? The presentation focuses on the history of cannabis use, the science behind the plant, how it impacts a developing brain, and a harm reduction approach to working with teens around their use. 

Educational Goals

Attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand the effects of cannabis use on the developing adolescent brain, including potential long-term consequences.
  2. Identify risk factors and warning signs for adolescent cannabis use and its potential impact.
  3. Develop strategies for preventing and addressing cannabis use among adolescents, including effective communication techniques for parents, educators, and health professionals.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the risks associated with adolescent use of cannabis and recognize the importance of early intervention and prevention strategies.

  2. Identify why the adolescent brain is particularly vulnerable to substance use at this stage of development. 

  3. Use tools to work with clients around using a harm reduction approach and develop an understanding of how motivational interviewing (MI) can be used as an effective approach for engaging adolescents in conversations about cannabis use, building rapport, and supporting behavior change.

  4. Understand how cultural and socioeconomic factors may impact cannabis use among adolescents, including how laws and policies may be disproportionately enforced. 


Bonnie KaufmanBonnie Kaufman is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. She holds a Masters in Education with a focus on Mental Health Counseling as well as a specialized Associates Degree in Chemical Dependency. Before moving to the Bay area, Bonnie worked in the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Student Support at Fordham University. Currently, she serves as Clinical Training Director for the Graduate Internship Training Program at Bay Area Community Resources. In addition to training new clinicians, she is in private practice where she specializes in littles (7-10), Teens, Tweens, and Parent support, focusing on anxiety, adjustment, gender, and identity issues..

The Zoom link and password are provided in the registration confirmation email after sign-up is completed.

Attendance at the live event in full and completion of the evaluation at the end qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education (2 CEUs).

Date: Friday, March 10
Time: 12 noon to 2 pm Pacific
Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members and reciprocal members, $20 for non-members.
Location:  Online via Zoom. Password and link sent upon registration.

Additional Information about Marin CAMFT CE Programs

For more information about the Friday Continuing Education Series or about joining the Marin CAMFT Continuing Education Committee, please contact our Director of Programs Norman Hering.

  • Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and/or LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. These CEs will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CAMFT Provider # 56895), which is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. We regret that at this time we are not able to provide CE units for Licensed Psychologists. Participants must attend the full duration of the program (on Zoom, or in person, per event details above) and complete the course evaluation to receive the CE completion certificate. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Contact our Director of Programs at for more information.

  • Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.

  • Refund Policy: Our refund policy requires a $20 processing fee, therefore refunds are not available for this program, as the maximum purchase price is $20. We also do not provide refunds in case of non-attendance by the registrant.  Please contact our Director of Programs at with any questions.

  • Request for Accommodations: If you need accommodations for this event, please contact the Director of Programs at
  • Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the Director of Programs.

  • Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, creed, national origin, citizenship status, religion, age, ability, or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

Continuing education credits are available for attendance in the Zoom presentation. You must stay on the Zoom meeting for the entirety of the training and complete the course evaluation afterward in order to receive a completion certificate.

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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