(On-Demand) The Counselor's Guide to Addressing Medical Cannabis Use in Treatment

  • Thursday, February 16, 2023
  • Monday, January 31, 2050
  • On-Demand



About the Presenter

Dr. Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with certifications in addictions, alcohol and drug counseling, rehabilitation counseling, clinical mental health counseling, trauma treatment, forensic mental health evaluation, forensic behavioral analysis, and forensic psychometry. He serves as Visiting Instructor at the University of South Dept. of Mental Health Law & Policy, Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Southern Regional Director and Ethics Committee Liaison for the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association.  He has 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor and has been published in several academic journals and professional magazines in the counseling profession.  He was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Researcher of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2019, and he was awarded AMHCA’s Public and Community Service Award in 2020.


Since medical cannabis was legalized in Florida, counselors have noticed an increased number of clients presenting with medical cannabis cards, especially since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Many counselors were trained to be attuned to the dangers and drawbacks of potentially addictive substances such as cannabis, yet we also sometimes work with clients suffering from debilitating biomedical conditions who might benefit from medical cannabis.  This training was designed to provide a summary of research on both the adverse effects and legitimate medicinal uses of cannabis, prepare professionals for differentiating between use and abuse of medical cannabis, and introduce mental health professionals to a decision tree for choosing an appropriate course of action when working with clients presenting with medical cannabis cards.  

Learning Objectives

1. Identify disorders that may be treated by medical cannabis.
2. Recognize potential adverse health effects and drawbacks of medical cannabis use.

3. Implement a decision tree involving best practices for how to address medicinal cannabis use by clients in a counseling setting.

4. Assess for cannabis use disorders

On-Demand Course


CE-Broker Provider #: 50-13528

Approval Period: 11/30/2011 - 03/31/2025 

This event is offered by SMHCA - Approved Continuing Education Provider.  This course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, LMHC, LMFT, LCSW and Registered Interns.

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