Training on health and legal issues related to Marijuana

Karen Wolownik Albert, Gateway Foundation talk on Marijuana


Please join us for the July Professional Networking Event.

Friday, July 21
9:30 to 11:00 AM
The Juniper Center
1440 Renaissance Dr., Suite 320
From board rooms to family rooms, marijuana legalization continues to be a hot topic. This is largely due to rapidly changing attitudes toward marijuana in the United States.

As the taboo surrounding marijuana appears to dissipate, this workshop will serve as an important reminder regarding the health repercussions and legal implications associated with marijuana.

Presenter: Karen Wolownik-Albert, LCSW – Executive Director Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers, Lake County facility in Lake Villa, Ill.

Is Marijuana Dangerous?

There is a public opinion that marijuana in not very dangerous. Many states are legalizing marijuana for medical and now recreational use. As Illinois’ largest behavioral issues disorder treatment provider, Gateway Foundation believes marijuana is very dangerous, particularly for our youth and persons struggling with behavioral issues.

This training will discuss how marijuana affects the body and brain, including short term and long term effects. The presenter will discuss current statistics and recent research that illustrates the effects of marijuana as well as treatment issues and strategies. Current use trends including potency of marijuana and synthetic marijuana will also be discussed. Lastly, the presenter will describe client vignettes to illustrate training concepts and answer participant questions.

Training Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn how marijuana affects the body and brain and be able to describe short and long term effects.
  2. Participants will learn about current use trends.
  3. Participants will discuss current changes in legislation across the country regarding marijuana, and how such changes may impact practice.
  4. Participants will increase understanding of treatment issues and strategies

About Karen Wolownik-Albert

Karen Wolownik-Albert, LCSW works as the Executive Director at Gateway Lake Villa and Gurnee. She has presented over 15 trainings during her 20 years in the field of mental health. Karen has done field instruction at various universities in Illinois and Michigan, and has educated and supervised MSW students in their therapeutic intervention and case management skills. Beyond her LCSW obtained in 2004, she is also a Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention Trainer, and Sex Offender Management Board Approved Trainer. Karen earned her Master of Social Work at the University of Michigan in 1999.

CEU’s Available

One (1)  State of Illinois CEU will be offered.
We are licensed to provide CEU’s for psychologists, social workers, counselors and marriage and family therapists.

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