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Youth & Marijauna Webinar Series
Canada has one of the world's highest rates of marijuana use among teens. This is concerning given the risks to adolescent development and mental health. Research on what youth think about marijuana and how that relates to their choice to use is critical to informing preventive education, practice implementation and policy to minimize harm. It is especially significant given changes in recreational legalization on the horizon, which may have an impact on further use in this vulnerable population.

This 3 part webinar series shares the findings and implications of a recent qualitative research study, "Canadian Youth Perceptions on Cannabis", conducted by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) while building competencies on client-centred change, effective communications and interpersonal rapport to enhance the prevention of marijuana use by youth.
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Please select the events below that you would like to register for:
 March 08, 2017 at 01:00 PM - Part 1: What Youth Think about Weed
 March 15, 2017 at 01:00 PM - Part 2: Effective Youth Engagement to Enhance Prevention, Treatment and Recovery
 March 22, 2017 at 01:00 PM - Part 3: Framing the Conversation
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Title: Part 1: What Youth Think about Weed
When: March 8 1:00 EST

Webinar objectives are:
  • To identify key findings from the study “Canadian Youth Perceptions on Cannabis” related to what youth know, misconceptions, why youth use and other influences.
  • To understand why youth may hold certain misperceptions about marijuana and how to use this information to inform their future choices.
  • To learn practical examples of how to translate misconceptions into prevention messages.




Title: Part 2: Effective Youth Engagement to Enhance Prevention, Treatment and Recovery
When: March 15 1:00 EST

Webinar objectives are:
  • To learn what works about prevention, treatment and recovery related to youth marijuana use.
  • To discuss how to build a trusted, non-judgmental relationship with youth.
  • To learn practical examples of how to achieve a safer space with youth to discuss drug education.




Title: Part 3: Framing the Conversation
When: March 22 1:00 EST

Webinar objectives are:
  • To identify effective communication strategies with youth through the development of interpersonal rapport.
  • To discuss the spectrum of substance use from experimental, regular use, to dependence.
  • To learn practical examples of how to engage with youth on the topic of marijuana use while maintaining a respectful trusted relationship.


Speaker Information

Daniel Dacombe has been a Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba since 2010. He works in the Youth School-Based program and provides clinical and prevention services to students in southeast Manitoba. Part of his role is to develop and present youth-accessible resources on a variety of alcohol and drug related subjects, including Cannabis, and to help youth find healthy alternatives to substance use.

Anna McKiernan is a Research and Policy Analyst at the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, a national organization with a legislated mandate to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harms. In this role, Anna is responsible for initiating and facilitating national research in the substance abuse field including areas such as sport and substance use, cannabis use, drug-impaired driving and treatment of problematic substance use within the criminal justice system. Anna earned a MA in Sociology from the University Of Toronto and has been working in the road safety field for five years.

Katie Fleming is a Knowledge Broker at the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, which has a legislated mandate to provide national leadership and evidence-informed analysis and advice to mobilize collaborative efforts to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harms. In this role, Katie is responsible for developing relationships and networks with relevant stakeholders and partners by providing linkages and knowledge sources to organizations in CCSA’s network. She earned a MA in Criminology from the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology in 2012. Her focus at CCSA is in the areas of cannabis use, drug-impaired driving, youth drug prevention and prescription drug misuse.