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OPA Multicultural Conference | Cannabis, Depression and Suicide: The Impact on Diverse Groups
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 Export to Your Calendar 11/14/2020
When: Saturday, November 14, 2020
8:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Live on Zoom OR Quest Conference Center
8405 Pulsar Place
Columbus, Ohio  43240
United States
Contact: Carolyn Green

Online registration is available until: 11/6/2020
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6 CE-Ethics for psychologists, social workers, counselors and marriage & family therapists

LIVE EVENT Registration Information: 

Our hope is to hold this live event as face-to-face workshop in Columbus at the Quest Conference Center; however, given the current state of the pandemic, we must be prepared to move this live event to a virtual platform as needed. If you register for the live event, you are committing to attend either the live in-person event in Columbus, or the live virtual workshop. A decision as to which option we will be using will be made no later than October 14, 2020.

Registration deadline is November 6, 2020.

Save $20 by registering on or before September 30, 2020 with the Early Bird Discount!

OPA Member Fee: $150 | OPA Student Member Fee: $100 | Non-OPA Member Fee: $180  

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR Registration Information:

If you want to watch the recorded version of this workshop as an on-demand webinar, please complete this online form to express your interest. 

Please note, post-production of this webinar will take several days. You will be notified when the webinar is available for purchase.

Program Description:

The rates of cannabis use have risen 65% among youth and young adults since the first state legalization in California in 1996. The rates of suicide have risen roughly 33% since 1999. While many can cite the medical benefits of cannabis, few are really aware of the research behind the claims. Often the benefits are exaggerated and the negative sequelae disavowed. This workshop will provide an overview of the both health costs and benefits of cannabis with specific focus on the relationship between cannabis, depression and suicide in diverse populations.


Learning Objectives:

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how cannabis works in our bodies
  2. Examine the substantiated benefits of cannabis
  3. Describe the adverse short/long term effects of cannabis
  4. Critically evaluate the research linking mood disturbance and cannabis use
  5. Critically evaluate the research linking suicide and cannabis use
  6. Identify the consequences of cannabis use within diverse populations
  7. Examine the impact of cannabis use on mental illness and suicide in diverse populations
  8. Explore the reasons for increased cannabis use
  9. Identify strategies for prevention of suicide and mitigation of use and effects of cannabis


Meet the Speaker:

Dr. Josephine Ridley is Supervisory Psychologist for Residential & Intensive Outpatient Programs and Assistant Chief, Psychology Service at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and is active in private practice where she works with adolescents, adults and geriatric clients. She serves as Program Director for the Cleveland VA’s Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Residency and Chair of the Psychology Diversity Committee. She has published in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of anxiety and depression, co-authored book chapters on suicide and mood disorders, and is active in research on depression and suicide. She served on the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation Advisory Committee and is certified by the SPRC/Zero Suicide Institute/Education Development Center as a Master Trainer of Trainers in Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk Workshop.


Key Literary References:

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2017. The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/24625.

Borges, G., C. L. Bagge, and R. Orozco. 2016. A literature review and meta-analyses of cannabis use and suicidality. Journal of Affective Disorders 195:63–74.

Broyd, S. J., H. H. Van Hell, C. Beale, M. Yucel, and N. Solowij. 2016. Acute and chronic effects of cannabinoids on human cognition—A systematic review. Biological Psychiatry79(7):557–567.

Firth, C. L., Maher, J. E., Dilley, J. A., Darnell, A., & Lovrich, N. P. (2019). Did marijuana legalization in Washington State reduce racial disparities in adult marijuana arrests? Substance Use &
Misuse, 54(9), 1582– 1587. https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2019.1593007

The Ohio Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists: OPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

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