Medicinal Use of Marijuana for Mental Health Diagnoses: A Critical Review of the Evidence


Kim Ernest, PhD, LPC


This training will be done remotely via Zoom.  If you are a guest to PCS, feel free to email our training department at to obtain the Zoom connection information.  Know that all registrants will receive an email with the Zoom info the day before the training.

Public opinion, policy, and behavior surrounding the topic of marijuana has shifted considerably within the United States over the last 10 years.  In 2016, marijuana for medicinal use was legalized in the state of Pennsylvania and on February 15th, 2018, medicinal marijuana became available to the residents of Pennsylvania.  At present, 23 diagnostic categories qualify an individual for marijuana use if certified by a doctor and purchased at a legal dispensary.  However, it appears in many instances, the policy has moved beyond the empirical evidence leading to a potential disjunction between current clinical practices and the supporting evidence.  Specifically, medical cannabis is legal for the treatment of anxiety disorders, opiate use disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders and autism.  While treatment of these disorders with cannabis is becoming more commonplace, little empirical evidence exists to support these clinical practices.  The purpose of this training will be to review the existing literature surrounding the treatment of mental health diagnoses with marijuana, explore some of the ethical and practical considerations, and review challenges associated with its use in outpatient and community re-entry settings.




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Credits Available

4 APA CE Credits For Psychologists, Social Workers or Professional Counselors
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Seminar Location



June 05, 2020
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: $50


Seminar Contact

Adam Hultstrand

Director of Education

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