May 15, 2018 , 8:30 am , 4 pm

130 Pembroke Road Suite 100

Concord, NH

with Scott Gagnon, MPP, PS-C

A 6 hour training event on May 15, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

at NHADACA, 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 100, Concord, NH


PRESENTATION:   The legal and policy landscape around marijuana continues to evolve across the country.  Eight states, including now Massachusetts have legalized the recreational use of marijuana while currently about two dozen states have adopted some form of medical marijuana laws.  Meanwhile, research continues to unveil new findings around marijuana and its impact on mental, physical, and developmental health.  Between policy, science, and the emerging marijuana industry there is a lot to keep up with. The Internet adds to this with a lot of confusing, and at times, mixed messages when it comes to marijuana.  This can be particularly bewildering for parents, youth, and families, as well as the clinicians working with them.  This workshop provides an opportunity for treatment and recovery providers to learn the latest on marijuana with a focus on the latest data, scientific research, and evolving policies.  This workshop will also include information related to marijuana and pregnancy, an overview of the many different forms and routes of consumption of marijuana, and some emerging outcome data from the first states to legalize such as Colorado and Washington.  The workshop will provide tips and guidance to providers on how to engage clients on the topic of marijuana.  Finally, providers will receive an overview of the many reliable national resources available for the science of today’s marijuana.  Participants who attend this training will be able to:  List and describe what today’s marijuana looks like, including the many different forms and routes of consumption; Describe the latest scientific evidence of the impact of marijuana on youth and adults, including women who are pregnant; and utilize motivational interviewing techniques to discuss marijuana using the latest science and research available.

PRESENTER:  Scott M. Gagnon, MPP, PS-C, is the Director of Operations for AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc., directing and managing all Maine programs and staff. Scott is a Certified Prevention Specialist with more than a decade of experience in the field. Since December 2015, Scott has been serving on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Maine Substance Abuse Services Commission, appointed by Governor Paul R. LePage in 2012. Scott volunteers as the Chair of the marijuana policy education and advocacy group, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, Maine. He is also the Board President of the Maine Council on Problem Gambling. Scott has received several awards recognizing his contributions and leadership in the substance use prevention field including the 2013 Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse Award, the 2015 Maine Public Health Association Ruth S. Shaper Award, and the 2015 Healthy Androscoggin Will Bartlett Award. He most recently received a 2017 Patrick J. Kennedy Outstanding Advocate Award from the national Smart Approaches to Marijuana organization. Scott enjoys exploring and adventuring in Maine and abroad with his wife and three children.

Fee: *NHADACA Members:  $50;   *Non-Members  $60;   *NBCC add $5.   Lunch will be on your own.  For registration information contact:  603-225-7060,

6 Contact Hours Available
Certified Prevention Specialist Domain: 6
LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence:  7, 14-18
CRSW Performance Domains:  3
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A
(NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program). This Program is not eligible for NASW/NBCC credit hours


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