New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Westchester Chapter Co-sponsored with the ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW Presents


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Course Number: 252      Location: Westchester

Dr. Junella Chin

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: Registration:   9:30am - 10:00am
  Presentation:  10:00am - 1:00pm


Mental Health Association
29 Sterling Ave.
White Plains, NY 10606

This seminar is designed to focus on the health care team’s role in the utilization of medical cannabis for symptom management.  How does the healthcare team, more specifically a therapist or social worker, help a client who is self-medicating with cannabis? People who experience long-term chronic pain that is not abated can suffer from serious depression and also brain chemistry changes that negatively affect functioning.  Medical marijuana has been promoted as an alternative to opioids and other medications and medical procedures that can be dangerous and expensive.

Participants will learn some of the medical uses for marijuana and its efficacy as well as learn about new substances such as K2 that young people are using with such severe symptom reactions.  The focus of this seminar will be on how a social worker or therapist can use this information when treating clients who are experiencing significant pain.  I will discuss the state of current efforts to control the many mutations of these new marijuana-like substances and describe the current thinking on marijuana addiction, given the legalizations across many states, and thus how it affects a social worker or therapist’s approach with their clients.  The Community Relations Manager, (an MSW with over 20 years of experience as a social worker, advocate, and Approved Mediator), from Etain, the only women-owned marijuana dispensary in New York, will share her perspectives about clients who need marijuana in order to relieve symptoms and have a good quality of life.  


Teaching Methods:  Lecture with audience participation.     

HANDOUTS: Bibliography/References

Learning Objectives:

As a result of participating in this presentation, participants will be able to:   

  1. Define ways the following  medical reasons may be helped by the use of medical marijuana: Insomnia, Anxiety & Depression, Chronic Pain, Appetite and Weight Loss (cachexia, wasting syndrome), Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Cancer.
  2. List the pros and cons of Geriatric patients using cannabis.
  3. Identify signals that social workers can look out for when someone is requesting Medical Marijuana for recreational purposes vs. Medical care and discuss ways to speak with family members and health care providers regarding who may and may not benefit from the use of medical marijuana.

Dr. Junella Chin
lived and practiced medicine in California, a state with legalized medical cannabis since 1996. She is the co-founder and Medical Director of MedLeafRx, an integrative clinic focused on children with intractable epilepsy, cancer, and autism. She has seen firsthand just how much medical cannabis can benefit patients. Dr. Chin is a chronic pain survivor.  Doctors suggested opiate pain medications, steroids, epidurals, and ultimately surgery to fuse the spine.  As a result of her experience, Dr. Chin decided to dedicate her medical career in finding effective, integrative and holistic approaches to patient care.  She has been an advocate for better understanding of the science and medicine of cannabis and has been profiled for her work in St. Jude’s Medical, NY Hall of Science, Cornell Tech, Good Housekeeping , Huffington Post, USA Today, and NBC TODAY.

Dr. Chin and her team of doctors are now bicoastal, servicing patients in California and New York. They have been integrating medical cannabis since 2001. Dr. Chin is a frequent keynote speaker on the science and medicine of cannabis and has spoken at hospitals, conferences, and events all over the world. She serves on the Board of Advisors for a non-profit dedicated to serving at-risk teens with HIV/AIDS and is the Director of Education for the Association of Cannabis Specialists. 

Format will be a combination of lecture, discussion, case presentation, and experiential exercises. 

The space can accommodate approximately 65 attendees.

This presentation is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Who Should Attend: psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners, family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

  • Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed, as evidenced by signing in and out and completing a course evaluation.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Jennifer, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangements are made to accommodate your special needs:
  • For questions regarding course content or registration access please Contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Susan A. Klett, Ph.D, Psy.D, LCSW-R, Director of Professional Development at


Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers #0056;
Licensed Psychoanlalysts #P-0017; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0028 and Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0045

Social workers participating in this course will receive 3.0 continuing education clock hours.

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

Registration:    9:30am - 10:00am
Presentation:   10:00am - 1:00pm


                Members  $50
                Non-members $75
                Students with ID $20
    Student fees are only for social work
        master level, full time students.

On Site:
                Additional fee of $10.00

                          Please note:      
                   On Site charge takes
                  effect on May 30, 2019

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