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Presented by: Merrill Norton, Pharm.D., D.Ph., ICCDP-D

Conference Details:

6 Ethics Hours

When: June 19, 2020
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Where: Armstrong Center
13040 Abercorn St.
Savannah, GA 31419

** CEU Ethics Hours Pending Approval for GA and SC: Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Addiction Counselors


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How many times have you been asked by clients about Cannabidiol (CBD)? CBD is one of the many cannabinoids found in marijuana and hemp. This medication has become a popular alternative to treating pain, anxiety, insomnia and other concerns. Is there evidence-based medicine practices to back up those claims? Does your malpractice insurance cover any claims that may occur from the recommendations of CBD? But is it legal to recommend CBD to help relieve symptoms? Is it ethical for clients working toward Recovery?

With the legalization of cannabis products (THC and CBD) for medical and recreational purposes in many states and with a majority of US citizens advocating for the legal right to consume these products, the use of THC and CBD products will increase and may impact the human brain in many ways. The human brain can experience multiple complications with regular use of cannabis products and the long-term effects of these complications are unknown. Are CBD oils beneficial or do they cause long term dysfunctions of the central nervous system?

Now we know CBD as cannabidiol, an organic compound derived from the hemp and cannabis plants. We find it in health food stores and other shops. In pills and tinctures. Salves and creams. Chocolate bars, honey sticks, energy bars, sleeping masks and coffee, among many other things. And as the CBD boom continues to crest, we will encounter the substance in increasingly more products and outlets. This presentation will introduce the audience to the ethics and legality of the neuroscience of CBD oils, their benefits, and adverse drug effects.

Dr. Merrill Norton will provide training for Mental Health and Addiction Professionals on the State vs Federal Laws and Ethics of CBD (specifically AL, FL, GA, and SC). Participants will know how to answer questions about CBD safely and with fully informed responses for clients. This training is designed for all Mental Health Therapists and Addiction Counselors to understand the legality and Ethics in discussing the use of CBD as part of their care. Ethics will cover clinicians working with Chemical Dependency, Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Chronic Pain, Chronic Illness, and related adult and adolescent populations.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Evaluate medical cannabinoid products and their beneficial potential to include ethical and legal considerations of CBD products in a clinical practice;
  • Contrast the various legalization processes of medical cannabinoids in the US;
  • Formulate the profile of adverse drug effects of CBD oils;
  • Discuss updated prescribing models for medical cannabinoids in the US.

Schedule of Events: January 30

Time: Event:
8am – 8:30am REGISTRATION – coffee served
8:30am – 10am Session 1: The Legality of CBD: A Confusing Dilemma
10am -10:15am BREAK – refreshments served
10:15am – 11:45am Session 2: The Neuroscience of THC vs. CBD
11:45am – 1:15pm LUNCH – on your own
1:15pm – 2:45pm Session 3: The Ethics of Selling CBD & the Current Market of CBD Products
2:45pm – 3pm BREAK
3pm – 4:30pm Session 4: Ethical Concerns & Solutions for Practitioners
4:30pm – 5pm Q & A, Course Evaluations, Certificates

About The Speaker:

Merrill Norton, Pharm.D., D.Ph., ICCDP-D is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy with his specialty areas to include psychopharmacology and addiction pharmacy. He is Past President of the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association and member of both the Georgia Pharmacy Association and the American Pharmacy Association.
Dr. Norton is the President and CEO of Chemical Health Associates, Inc. of Athens, Georgia, a national consulting organization for mental health, alcohol and drug services. He is state and nationally certified as an addiction counselor.

The International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium Board and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia has credentialed Dr. Merrill Norton as an Internationally Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate (ICCDP-D). The ICCDP-D is the highest international credential that can be obtained through IC&RC and ADACB-GA and signifies that the holder has advanced training and experience in Addiction Treatment and is especially aware of ethical, methodological, and research issues associated with the treatment of the co-occurring patient.

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