Preventing Marijuana Use Among Youth (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:   This course explores youth marijuana prevention and provides an overview of marijuana, its potency, methods of use, changes in use, and prevalence.  The course offers a discussion of short- and long-term adverse effects and harms.  Risk and protective factors are examined along with challenges to prevention efforts.  Promising substance use prevention programs and interventions are given.

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 Marijuana Use Among Youth; Chapters 1-2

Publisher:  SAMHSA

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills and knowledge by exploring youth marijuana prevention.

Learning Objectives:  Describe youth marijuana use, prevalence, and adverse effects.  Identify risk and protective factors.  Describe promising substance use prevention programs.

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1: Chapter 1// What is the principal psychoactive constituent of marijuana, producing psychotropic or mind-altering effects?
2: Overall, the market has been rapidly shifting to products with _________ THC concentrations.
3: The timing of a THC high from __________  can take 1 to 2 hours to feel an effect, and peak effects occur later and may last for several hours.
4: Marijuana use is 2.5 times higher among
5: Youth may experience substantial harm resulting from marijuana use, especially
6: People who begin using marijuana at or before the age of ___________ are 4 to 7 times more likely to develop a marijuana use disorder than adults who did not use under this age.
7: Frequent marijuana use between the ages of 14 to 21 is associated with
8: Blood levels of THC are a reliable way of indicating impairment from marijuana.
9: Perceived level of peer use among students aged 12 to 17 is __________ than the actual rate of use among peers.
10: Youth whose parents have ever used marijuana are about __________ more likely to use marijuana than youth whose parents have never used marijuana.
11: Which school's substance use disciplinary policies have been found to result in less marijuana use?
12: Chapter 2//  Which type of interventions take the broadest approach and are designed to reach all individuals within a particular population by reducing risk factors and promoting protective factors?
13: Regulation of the price of marijuana would be an example of a
14: Increasing the price of cigarettes by 10 percent reduces
15: There is a substantial body of literature that shows that increased exposure to alcohol and tobacco marketing leads to __________ in youth use of these products.

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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.