Fall Mental Health Series #2

November 2nd, 2017

Understanding Marijuana Today: Conversations Across Disciplines

*Registration is closed - Full

Recently, it appears that increasing numbers of youth in Massachusetts are using marijuana and fewer youth see it as a harmful drug.  For law enforcement and educators, these trends, coupled with the complicated legalization of marijuana, have left many questions unanswered and a deep concern for the impact on youth..  This conference aims to sort out the status of marijuana today with conversations about the impact of marijuana use on the developing brain; prevalence of edibles, laced weed and vapors; how to speak to youth about marijuana use; and the implications of the marijuana law for youth.

November 2, 2017

Newton-Wellesley Hospital

2014 Washington Street, Newton

8:15 am – 8:45 am Registration and Breakfast

8:45 am – 2:30 Conference

COST:  free/members  or $100/nonmembers

Speakers include:

  • State Senator Jason Lewis
  • Bertha K. Madras, Ph.D., Professor of Psychobiology Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Susan Swick, M.D, MPH, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • Michael Joyce, Esq., Partner, Nuttall, MacAvoy & Joyce, P.C.
  • Sergeant Gregg Nadeau, Massachusetts State Police


Speaker Bios:

Bertha Madras, PhD is a Professor of Psychobiology, Harvard Medical School (HMS), serving at McLean Hospital, with a cross-appointment at Massachusetts General Hospital. An HMS faculty member for 30 years, her brain research and scholarship is published in over 200 manuscripts, articles, books, book chapters, and commentaries. She is principal editor/co-editor of books, “The Cell Biology of Addiction”; “The Effects of Drug Abuse in the Human Nervous System”; “Imaging of the Human Brain in Health and Disease”. The World Health Organization (WHO) commissioned her to author a monograph “Update of Cannabis and its Medical Use” and she co-authored another WHO report “The Health and Social Effects of Nonmedical Cannabis Use” (April, 2016). As an inventor, she holds 19 U.S. patents and 27 international patents with collaborators. A dedicated educator, she developed courses on Addiction Biology for medical students and scientists.

Susan Swick, M.D., MPH, is the Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Newton Wellesley Hospital, where she is also the Director of the PACT Program (Parenting At a Challenging Time) at the hospital’s Vernon Cancer Center. She is an attending psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where she directs a course on Parent Guidance for the Child Psychiatry fellows.  She regularly writes and speaks about parenting and cultivating resilience for both clinical and general audiences.

Michael J. Joyce is a former public school teacher and currently an attorney with Nuttall, MacAvoy & Joyce, P.C. specializing in general education and special education law in public schools. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Joyce served as a Civil Rights Attorney for the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), conducting investigations and trainings throughout New England concerning a wide range of civil rights concerns arising in public schools, including the enforcement of Section 504 and the federal statutes pertaining to harassment and discrimination based on race, color, national origin, gender and age.  Mr. Joyce has conducted dozens of presentations on educational law, including presentations to local, regional and national audiences.  




PDPs and CEUs

PDPs are offered for all MPY professional development conferences. PDPs are issued for minimum of 10 hours through attending two linked conferences.  To earn PDPs, you must attend this event and its companion conference in the spring.  

NASW/MaMHCA are granting CEUs for the Fall Mental Health Series. 

Event Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend any MPY conference after registering, you must cancel online at least 48 hours prior to event. Failure to do so will result in a cancellation fee.  Conference no shows are also charged a fee.  For assistance call MPY at 781-587-3411.

Accessibility and Accommodations

All Middlesex Partnerships for Youth conferences are handicapped accessible. Middlesex Partnerships for Youth will work to make reasonable accommodations as requested by individuals with disabilities. Requests should be made at least 3 weeks before the event. Direct accommodation requests to Executive Director Margie Daniels at Margie@mpyinc.org.


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