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The Cannabis Primer: What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know

Day Two: The Western Canadian Conference on Trauma and Addictions

Presented by Zachary Walsh, Ph.D.

Thursday, May 28, 2020  |  Edmonton, ab




Date & Location

Thursday, May 28, 2020 – Thursday, May 28, 2020

8:30am – 4:00pm

DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton

16615 109th Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.484.0821

 Full map & directions


Workshop Description

COVID-19/Coronavirus Updated Cancellation Policy HERE

Cannabis is already part of the lives of many Canadians, and all health professionals who work with individuals who use cannabis or are cannabis-curious.

Spend a day learning: What is THC? CBD ? Sativa? Indica? The many combinations? What’s recreational? What’s medical? Methods of delivery? When is it a problem? What’s for sale at the dispensary, the clinic or on the street? What are the questions to ask clients? What are the risks and benefits for anxiety, depression, trauma & psychosis?… and a lot more.

Understanding the new cannabis landscape will help you to successfully engage with clients; to know how to question and explore cannabis use. This workshop will help you into leading edge research and lots of information you never learned in school.

Zach Walsh is a Canadian psychologist and a leader in the field of cannabis and mental health.

Drawing from his own research, clinical experience and the latest empirical literature, he will discuss all you need to know about cannabis use in relation to mental health, cognition and well-being. You will learn about the risks and benefits for common mental health disorders, how cannabis use affects brain functioning as well as how to assess when cannabis use is a potential problem and more.


Workshop Topics:


Agenda & Learning Objectives

9:00am – 10:30am: Cannabis science 101 – cannabis history, constituents, and products. Introduction to the endocannabinoid system

10:45am – 12:00pm: Medical cannabis in Canada –  the hows and whys of the medical program in Canada, overview of patients experiences, cannabis for pain

1:00pm – 2:30pm: Cannabis and mental health  – PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction, psychosis and problematic use

2:45pm – 3:45pm: Cannabis research – PTSD case study, whats ongoing & whats next

3:45pm – 4:00pm: Mindful cannabis use & wrap up questions


Learning Objectives

  • Cannabis pharmacology – what do we know about THC, CBD and other active ingredients
  • The risks and benefits for anxiety, depression, trauma and psychosis
  • Cannabis and cognitive functioning from adolescence to old age
  • Cannabis, addiction and public health
  • How to assess when cannabis use is a problem
  • Guidelines for positive cannabis use

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.


This workshop may be may be eligible for CEUs from the following associations:  Show more
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW)
  • Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellor & Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT)
  • Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
  • Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (OSP)

* Please contact your accrediting body for more information on individual association requirements.


Your Presenter(s)

Zachary Walsh, Ph.D.

Zachary Walsh, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Psychology and Director of the Therapeutic, Recreational and Problematic Substance Use lab at UBC. Having completed a clinical internship and a research fellowship at the Brown University Centre for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Dr. Walsh is a registered clinical psychologist who has published and presented internationally on issues related to cannabis and mental health. His research has been supported by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Health Canada, BC Interior Health Authority, the Peter Wall Endowment, and the American Psychological Association. He is currently the Principal Investigator for several cannabis use studies, including a clinical trial of cannabis for PTSD.

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More information: blogs.ubc.ca/walshlab/



Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants, School Counsellors, Behaviour Specialists, Rehabilitation Consultants, Geriatric Specialists, and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.


Recommended Accommodation

DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton

16615 109th Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

phone:  780.484.0821

 Full map & directions


Our rates:

To make a reservation over the phone, please call 780.484.0821 or 1.800.661.9804

May 26 – 29, 2020
2 Queen Beds $155.00 plus tax per night
1 King Suite – $175.00 plus tax per night
1 King Hospitality Room – $325.00 plus tax per night

Rates are based on single or double occupancy. A $15.00 charge will apply for each extra adult. Maximum occupancy is 4 persons per room.

To Book Online: 

May 26 – 29, 2020 visit http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/Y/YEGNMDT-HTT-20200526/index.jhtml

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

Please keep in mind when booking Jack Hirose and Associates corporate guest rooms, reservations booked for most hotels can be cancelled within 48 hours . If you are booking guest rooms through third party websites in many instances the reservations booked cannot not be cancelled.



When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.


Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrollment $249 $269
Individual 2 Day Enrollment $449 $469
Individual 3 Day Enrollment $639 $659
Group 3-7 $619 $639
Group 8-14 $599 $619
Group 15+ $579 $599
Full-Time Student $579 $599

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: May 13, 2020
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, May 13, 2020.


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