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Cannabis Use Disorder Treatment: Engaging the Client and Clinical Strategies

  • 01/19/2024
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Children's Services Council 2300 High Ridge Road Boynton Beach, FL 33426


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Cannabis Use Disorder Treatment: Engaging the Client and Clinical Strategies


Session Description: With the global view and belief system that cannabis products are safe and medicinal, it has made treatment of substance use disorders more challenging. This training will focus on how to engage the client with a substance use disorder diagnosis and are either still using cannabis or have an intention of returning to cannabis use after they have completed their obligations for abstinence. Participants will be given recent statistics, demographics and trends of current usage. They will also be given clinical strategies and examples of effective engagement to help the clients better understand their substance use disorders, mental health, medical conditions, intention of use, and how cannabis may exacerbate these conditions.

Learning Objectives:

After this activity participants should be able to

  • Upon completion, participants will be able to demonstrate understanding of cannabis products and how use could impact abstinence based treatment.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to increase their level of comfort in addressing cannabis use concerns with even the most reluctant clients while incorporating harm reduction techniques.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to utilize clinical strategies to engage the client and their desire to use cannabis and how it also relates to other addictive disorders.

2.0 General CEU Hours


Tanya Gouveia has been working in the field of substance use disorder treatment since 2008 in various treatment settings throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  These settings include state prisons, county jails, 90-day residential programs and outpatient treatment.  She is a graduate of Suffolk University holding two master’s degrees in Crime and Justice Studies as well as Public Administration.  She also has two licenses to practice as a drug and alcohol counselor in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Since the 2016 legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts, Ms. Gouveia has vigorously researched the literature on the industry, peer reviewed scientific research, clinical barriers to treating substance use disorders, created treatment strategies for increased opportunity to achieve outcomes of abstinence as well as providing useful education on marijuana to assist in treatment and harm reduction outcomes.  Over the last several years, she has presented trainings on marijuana education, treatment, and prevention as well as clinical strategies nationally.  Ms. Gouveia currently owns and operates Addiction Recovery Counseling, LLC. She is an adjunct professor at Bristol Community College teaching in the Substance Abuse Certificate Program since 2018. 

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