The Counselor's Guide to Addressing Medical Cannabis Use in Treatment

  • Friday, September 30, 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Live via Zoom Online


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The Counselor's Guide to Addressing Medical Cannabis Use in Treatment

Online via Zoom

Friday, September 30th

1pm - 4pm ET


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.  

Attendees will receive a copy of a decision matrix that was developed by the presenter to implement practice guidelines and that was published in Counseling Today, Counselor, and The Advocate Magazine.

Learning Objectives

Objective 1 - Identify disorders that may be treated by medical cannabis.

Objective 2- Recognize potential adverse health effects and drawbacks of medical cannabis use.

Objective 3 - Assess for cannabis use disorders.

Objective 4 - Implement a decision tree involving best practices for how to address medicinal cannabis use by clients in a counseling setting.


Aaron Norton, Ph.D., LMHC, LMFT, CFMHE, CFBA

Dr. Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy serving as Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Florida, Southern Regional Director for the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and Past-President of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. He has nearly 20 years of clinical and forensic experience at Integrity Counseling, Inc., was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association and Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Researcher of the Year by Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2020, and has been published in several social science journals and professional magazines in clinical mental health counseling.  Dr. Norton developed the Decision Matrix for CMHCs Encountering Medical Marijuana Use in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Settings.


$10 for Counseling Students. 

$25 for SFACC Clinical

$40 for non‑SFACC members.  

Free for affiliate members/pastors.

Please email for your registration code.

Affiliate membership is free for Pastors, Church Ministry Leaders, Lay Counselors, Marriage Mentors, non‑licensed counselors, and retired counselors.

Partnered with the National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE) and sponsored by the Graduate Counseling Program of Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA).

This workshop has been approved for 3 (General) hours of continuing education with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling and the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking # 20-925446 (CE Broker Provider BAP #820).  

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