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Recorded, online, self-study webinar  presented by R. Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D., and R. Coleman, LMSW – 2 CEs ($35.00) This is a two-hour- long, beginning to intermediate level,  recorded webinar created in March, 2020, for social work and other clinical professionals. It was updated in 2022 with current comparison data that reveals trends of legalization vs non-legalization of marijuana in the US states. Campbell and Coleman  discuss the latest information on marijuana use, in terms of: health, economic issues, criminal justice and treatment. Participants will be able to: list two physiological effects of cannabis, describe two plant-based varieties of cannabis by psychoactive properties, describe one symptom of moderate-severe Cannabis Use Disorder,  list one assessment instrument for Cannabis Use Disorder, and describe two medical conditions for which cannabis is prescribed as medicine. Coleman says, “Because alcoholism and drug addiction are life-threatening disorders, the clinicians who work with people with substance use disorders (SUDs) should be given the best tools with which to operate.. . .more on Coleman’s bio. 

Richard Coleman, LMSW
Ruth Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D.

About the Authors:

Richard Coleman, LMSW 
is currently in practice in upstate New York. He has over 50 years experience working in mental health settings as a clinician and author, and 20 years experience in direct practice with Substance Use Disorders. He is an engaging and dynamic clinician. Read his bio here.
Ruth Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D.  is currently in private practice in New York City and in upstate NY. She is the Continuing Education Director of the non-profit organization Best Practice Trainers, Inc. (BPTI), which has a research and training mission. She has 40 years’ experience working in mental health settings as a clinician, teacher, and author, and over 20 years’ experience in direct practice with Substance Use Disorders. She is a thoughtful and thought-provoking writer. Read her bio here.

Refunds will be given in exceptional circumstances only within a month of registration. Previous payments will be honored only within the calendar year of registration.

Target audience: NYS Social workers and other clinical professionals who work with clients with Substance Use Disorders.
Content level: Beginning to intermediate

Course completion requirements

To earn CE credit, participants must log in, attend the entire course as determined electronically and complete a course evaluation and posttest with at least 75% accuracy. Participants will have a second chance with access to training materials if they do not pass at 75% the first time. Further attempts must be authorized by the CE Director. Certificates of completion will be available immediately after course completion. Course credit through any organization cannot be given retroactively. No partial credit can be given for any partially completed course.

Course interaction & system requirements
These online recorded webinars are self-paced/non-interactive. Course questions, comments and complaints can be directed to the Continuing Education Director Ruth Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D. by email at or by phone at 845-255-5022.

System requirements:
Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher
Internet browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher
Broadband Internet connections: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.
Media viewing requirements: Adobe Reader, Flash Player, & HTML5
DISABILITIES and technical difficulties: For disability accommodation or technical difficulties, please contact the Helpdesk at or contact Ruth at or call 845-210-0022 or 845-255-5022.
GRIEVANCES: BPTI maintains responsibility for this course. Course questions, comments and complaints can be directed to the Continuing Education Director by email at or by phone at 845-255-5022 or 845-810-0022. BPTI Grievance Policy can be found  here BPTI_Grievance policy 2020rev_4 

CASACs: Best Practice Trainers, Inc is a recognized CE provider for NYS OASAS (#0806) and has individual and provider level approval to offer CEs for this recorded webinar to re-credentialing CASACs. 
NYS Clinicians: Best Practice Trainers, Inc is a recognized CE provider for NYS Social Workers (# SW-0519) and LMHCs (#MHC-0124) and has provider level approval to offer CEs for these recorded audio/video based online courses and these recorded webinars to NYS SWers and LMHCs. Registrants should note that only 1/3 of contact hours needed  for NY LCSWs and LMSWs can come from non-interactive web coursework.

NJ and All Other Social Workers: the webinar Cannabis, #2821, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Best Practice Trainers, Inc. as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: [5/29/2020 – 5/29/2022]. An application has been submitted to ACE for a renewal of approval as of 3/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2.0 clinical social work continuing education credits. See a map showing what jurisdictions accept ACE here.