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Virtual CE: Marijuana and THC: Deconditioning, Educating and Treating Patients and Clients
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 Export to Your Calendar 11/6/2020
When: Friday, November 6, 2020
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Presenter: Susan K. Blank, MD; Gregg Raduka, PhD; and Robert Margolis, PhD
Contact: Hannah Steinberg

Online registration is available until: 11/6/2020
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Marijuana and THC: Deconditioning, Educating and Treating Patients and Clients


Workshop Description:

Clinicians face additional challenges regarding cannabis use disorder compared to other substance use disorder. This workshop will assist psychologists to correct their clients’ misconceptions about this drug. Implications of Georgia’s new marijuana law will also be explained. Ethical issues related to psychologists’ recommending use of 5% THC oil (legal in Georgia for certain “medical conditions”), cannabis synthetics and derivatives as well as psychologists’ obligation to be informed about the risks as well as the benefits of these products will be discussed. Ways in which the marijuana industry capitalizes on racial disparity to sell more product will be addressed. (Intermediate)


CE Credit: 3


Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to describe the differences between marijuana, THC, CBD and hemp.
2. Participants will be able to describe how current attitudes, beliefs, laws (including Georgia’s new law), the marijuana industry and the media impact marijuana use, misuse, abuse and dependence.
3. Participants will be able to describe how the brain’s endocannabinoid system works.
4. Participants will be able to describe marijuana’s effects on brain development and function in children, adolescents, and young adults.
5. Participants will be able to explain additional risks of marijuana use, particularly by adolescents, young adults, and expectant mothers with and without cannabis use disorder.
6. Participants will be able to access and apply current, evidence-based strategies and tools to use when educating clients and their families regarding marijuana.


Presenter Qualifications:


The Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Atlanta Healing Center, Dr. Susan Blank is one of 26 doctors in the State of Georgia that is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr.  Blank is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia. She completed her residency in Psychiatry and Neurology at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and she received her training in Forensics at the University of Virginia. In 1993 Dr. Blank was hired by Gwinnett Medical Center to help open Summit Ridge Hospital in Lawrenceville and to serve as their first Medical Director. In 1999 Dr. Blank had the opportunity to work with Doug Talbott at the Talbot Recovery Campus in Atlanta, GA and receive her training in Addiction Medicine. 


Dr. Gregg Raduka is the founder, Executive Director and CEO of Let’s Be Clear Georgia, a non-profit prevention organization, and of Let’s Get Clear Georgia, a non-profit advocacy organization.  Both agencies’ mission is to reduce and prevent marijuana abuse and dependence. He is also the Director of Prevention/Intervention with the Council on Alcohol and Drugs where he administers over 15 different programs including the Georgia Rx Drug/Opioid Abuse Prevention Initiative and five regional Alcohol and other Substance Abuse Prevention Programs serving children and adolescents. He received his Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Maryland’s Institute for Child Study, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and an Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist.  He has closely followed Georgia’s marijuana legislation since 2014 due to drug legalization having such a major impact on increasing incidence and prevalence of drug use along with decreasing perception of harm.


Dr. Robert Margolis is a clinical psychologist who retired in 2017. Previously, he founded Solutions, an intensive outpatient program for adolescents which he ran from 1997-2017. Before that he was at Ridgeview Institute for 20 years where he served as Director of Psychological Services and the Program Director for the adolescent partial hospitalization program. He served as a member of the “Expert’s Working Group on Addictions” for the American Psychological Association for 20 years. He is the co-author of a textbook on the treatment of addictions for the APA press. He has authored a number of book chapters and published a number of peer reviewed journal articles on addiction. He has presented at more than 50 professional meetings on addiction and other topics.



Registration Costs (per workshop): 

Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before October 23, 2020 to receive this rate.)

  • $70: GPA Members
  • $105: Non-members
  • $20: *GPA Student Members

Registration (After October 23, 2020)

  • $80: GPA Members
  • $115: Non-members
  • $30: *GPA Student Members

Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

*If a GPA Student Member needs continuing education credits, he/she will need to pay the higher GPA Member fee regardless of status as a student.

Cancellation Policy:
All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Hannah Steinberg via email ( A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to October 23, 2020. No refunds will be given after October 23, 2020.

The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.