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Cannabis: What Oncology Social Workers and Nurses Need to Know

Leora Lowenthal, LICSW, OSW-C, MPA and Carey S. Clark, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, RYT
Recorded on June 28, 2018

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About this Live Interactive Webinar 

This course will explore the basics of the human endocannabinoid system, how cannabis works in the body, and medication interactions. Issues around the differentiation between medicinal and recreational use of cannabis will be addressed. The social worker's role when working with patients who may wish to use cannabis for health and healing will be discussed. Ethics, legal issues, and concerns around prohibition and substance use disorder will be highlighted.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
  • Review how cannabis works with the human endocannabinoid system.
  • Identify the side effects and safety concerns associated with cannabis.
  • Consider prohibition and federal scheduling of cannabis.
  • Differentiate clinical roles amongst social workers, physicians and nurses.

    Leora Lowenthal, LICSW, OSW-C, MPA,is a Senior Clinical Social Worker at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she leads the social work program for a satellite cancer center in Needham, MA. Ms. Lowenthal’s education includes Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Administration respectively, and a post-graduate certificate in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities. In addition to her clinical work she has served on several boards, including three years as Education Director for the Association of Oncology Social Work. Ms Lowenthal currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Board of Oncology Social Work Certification and is a member of the Medical Advisory Council for the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation.

  Carey S. Clark, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, RYT has been a nurse for 24 years, with a wide practice background including experience within acute care settings, pediatrics, hospice care, and parish nursing. Dr. Clark is an associate professor at University of Maine at Augusta and the President of the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA). Dr. Clark leads the education and research committee for ACNA and she was recently selected to be on the Nursing Advisory Board for Thomas Jefferson’s Lambert Center for The Study of Medical Cannabis and Hemp. She has worked closely with the ACNA and The Cannabis Medicine Institute to develop learning modules for nurses around the endocannabinoid system. Dr. Clark has presented on the endocannabinoid system and the nurse’s role with supporting medicinal use of cannabis at the American Holistic Nurses Association national conference and the Oncology Nursing Society’s National Congress. Having supported individuals on their healing journey with medicinal use of the sacred herb cannabis, Dr. Clark looks forward to sharing her knowledge with other like-minded nurses.

Continuing Education Credits
Level - Intermediate
Participants will earn 1.5 CE credits upon successful completion of a quiz and a post-webinar evaluation. *CNE available on live webinar only. 

Course Designation
This course has been approved for 1.5 Clinical continuing education clock hours.

12:00 p.m. - 12:18 p.m.: Review how cannabis works with the human endocannabinoid system.
12:19 p.m. - 12:37 p.m.: Identify the side effects and safety concerns associated with cannabis.
12:38 p.m. - 12:56 p.m.: Consider prohibition and federal scheduling of cannabis.
12:57 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Differentiate clinical roles amongst social workers, physicians and nurses.
1:16 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Question & Answer

ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORK BOARDS (ASWB):  This organization, Association of Oncology Social Workers, ACE Approval #1351, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. AOSW maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19.  Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. 

Association of Oncology Social Work, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0320.

AMEDCO.pngNURSES: In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Association of Oncology Social Work. Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Credit Designation Statement – Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 contact hours for nurses. Learners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. **CNE IS AVAILABLE ON THE LIVE WEBINAR ONLY!

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF FINANCIAL COMMERCIAL SUPPORT: No financial commercial support was received for this educational activity.

Learners must complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion. Your chosen sessions must be attended in their entirety. Partial credit of individual sessions is not available. If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.  

The following table of disclosure information is provided to learners and contains the relevant financial relationships that each individual in a position to control the content disclosed to Amedco.  All of these relationships were treated as a conflict of interest, and have been resolved.
Last Name       First Name        Disclosure
Hein                 Melanie            Nothing to disclose
Kuhn                Emily                Nothing to disclose
Lowenthal        Leora               Nothing to disclose
Clark                Cary                Nothing to disclose

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