Preventing the Use of Marijuana: Focus on Women and Pregnancy (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:   This course offers an overview of marijuana use during pregnancy and includes a discussion of contributing socioeconomic, personal, and risk factors.  Potential harms are examined.  The course explores broader evidence-based practices that focus on preventing substance misuse, including SBIRT, integrated clinics, health communication campaigns, contingency management, postpartum home visits, and policies.  Six effective prevention programs are highlighted.

This course is recommended for social workers and counselors and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  

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Course Reading:  Preventing the Use of Marijuana:  Focus on Women and Pregnancy; Chapters 1-3

Publisher:  SAMHSA

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills and knowledge by exploring marijuana use during pregnancy.

Learning Objectives:  Identify risk factors for marijuana use during pregnancy.  Identify harms associated with marijuana use by pregnant and postpartum women.  Give an example of an effective practice to prevent substance use during pregnancy.

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1: Chapter 1// THC has been found in breast milk for up to ______ days after maternal marijuana use.
2: A persisting pattern of cannabis use that results in clinically significant functional impairment in two or more domains within a 12-month period describes
3: Compared to women who do not use marijuana during pregnancy, women who use marijuana during pregnancy
4: __________ onset of marijuana use is associated with a higher risk of developing cannabis use disorder.
5: Many women who use marijuana during pregnancy believe it is relatively safe.
6: Policies that punish women for their substance use during pregnancy is an example of a(n)
7: Compared to marijuana of 30 years ago, marijuana today is widely recognized as ________ potent.
8: Marijuana use is ________ common in pregnancies with severe nausea and vomiting.
9: Chapter 2// Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment best describes
10: The integrated clinic model has been around since the 1970's and the majority of states have these clinics.
11: Contingency management relies on what technique for treating SUD's?
12: Approximately 1 in _____________ women experience postpartum depression.
13: Policies that restrict advertising to minors resulted in reductions in
14: Chapter 3// The best available data comes from programs that focus on preventing _______________ among pregnant and postpartum women.
15: The Baby and Me Tobacco Free program features
16: Advertising restrictions feature

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 clinical continuing education credits.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.