ACE Foundation Programs

2019 Program Archive

New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Westchester Chapter with the ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW Presents


Program Description

This seminar is designed to focus on the health care team’s role in the utilization of medical cannabis for symptom management. How does the healthcare team, more specifically a therapist or social worker, help a client who is self-medicating with cannabis? People who experience long-term chronic pain that is not abated can suffer from serious depression and also brain chemistry changes that negatively affect functioning. Medical marijuana has been promoted as an alternative to opioids and other medications and medical procedures that can be dangerous and expensive.

Participants will learn some of the medical uses for marijuana and its efficacy as well as learn about new substances such as K2 that young people are using with such severe symptom reactions. The focus of this seminar will be on how a social worker or therapist can use this information when treating clients who are experiencing significant pain. I will discuss the state of current efforts to control the many mutations of these new marijuana-like substances and describe the current thinking on marijuana addiction, given the legalizations across many states, and thus how it affects a social worker or therapist’s approach with their clients. The Community Relations Manager, (an MSW with over 20 years of experience as a social worker, advocate, and Approved Mediator), from Etain, the only women-owned marijuana dispensary in New York, will share her perspectives about clients who need marijuana in order to relieve symptoms and have a good quality of life.

Registration Options

*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW members in good standing only.

**Student Discount only applies to full time students currently enrolled in social work and MHP master level programs.

This is an ACE Foundation Program. If this is your first time taking an ACE Foundation program not co-sponsored by an NYSSCSW, you will be prompted to make your complimentary account on the ACE Foundation Learning Center platform, where you will be able to access all program information, course materials and information for future ACE Foundation programs from your member dashboard. You will be asked to set a password for your new ACE Foundation Learning Center account.


Saturday, June 1, 2019

10:00am - 1:00pm

Course Number



Dr. Junella Chin

Program Originator:



Mental Health Association
29 Sterling Ave.
White Plains, NY 10606

contact Hours:

3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program

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Program Details

As a result of participating in this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Define ways the following medical reasons may be helped by the use of medical marijuana: Insomnia, Anxiety & Depression, Chronic Pain, Appetite and Weight Loss (cachexia, wasting syndrome), Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Cancer.
  2. List the pros and cons of Geriatric patients using cannabis.
  3. Identify signals that social workers can look out for when someone is requesting Medical Marijuana for recreational purposes vs. Medical care and discuss ways to speak with family members and health care providers regarding who may and may not benefit from the use of medical marijuana.

Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners, family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Dr. Junella Chin lived and practiced medicine in California, a state with legalized medical cannabis since 1996. She is the co-founder and Medical Director of MedLeafRx, an integrative clinic focused on children with intractable epilepsy, cancer, and autism. She has seen firsthand just how much medical cannabis can benefit patients. Dr. Chin is a chronic pain survivor. Doctors suggested opiate pain medications, steroids, epidurals, and ultimately surgery to fuse the spine. As a result of her experience, Dr. Chin decided to dedicate her medical career in finding effective, integrative and holistic approaches to patient care. She has been an advocate for better understanding of the science and medicine of cannabis and has been profiled for her work in St. Jude’s Medical, NY Hall of Science, Cornell Tech, Good Housekeeping , Huffington Post, USA Today, and NBC TODAY.

Dr. Chin and her team of doctors are now bicoastal, servicing patients in California and New York. They have been integrating medical cannabis since 2001. Dr. Chin is a frequent keynote speaker on the science and medicine of cannabis and has spoken at hospitals, conferences, and events all over the world. She serves on the Board of Advisors for a non-profit dedicated to serving at-risk teens with HIV/AIDS and is the Director of Education for the Association of Cannabis Specialists.

Combination of lecture, discussion, case presentation, and experiential exercises.

Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed, as evidenced by signing in and out and completing a course evaluation. Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.

ACE welcomes participants with diverse abilities. Please contact Kristin or Jennifer at, at time of registration, to request accessibility accommodations. Accommodation requests are considered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA), Section 505 of the Rehabilitation ACT.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made at least five days before the event will be fully refunded. For cancellation please call 1-800-288-4279, or email us at

Inclement Weather Policy:

Should Inclement weather occur, we will be notifying all registrants via the email by which the registrant signed up. Please be sure to check your email before you leave for the course.

  • 3.0 Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • All registrations must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to the program.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Jennifer, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangements are made to accommodate your special needs:
  • For questions regarding course content, please contact Kristin or Jennifer:
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Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists  #PSY-0121.

Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, 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 #0056; LP# P0017; LMFT #0028; LMHC #0045.

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