Families, Marijuana, and the Power of Motivational Interviewing

Two-Part Webinar: Wednesday, September 23 & Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 9:00am – 12:00pm 


While marijuana is legal for adults in Maine, people who work with families may be struggling with the question of whether or not the marijuana use they witness or hear about is concerning or problematic for the parents and/or the children.  They may wonder how to talk about the topic of possible problematic marijuana use in a non-judgmental way that could also support positive changes.  In this 2 session workshop, participants will explore the latest information on marijuana’s impact on pregnancy, infancy, and early child development; discuss the spirit and specific strategies of motivational interviewing and how they can be used to support clients in achieving their goals; and engage in lots of small group work to deepen skills for raising awareness around problematic marijuana use and building solid trusting relationships for supporting positive behavior change.


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify 3 known impacts of marijuana use on pregnancy, infancy, and early child development
  • Explore the spirit of motivational interviewing and identify 3 key MI strategies that could be used with families showing signs of possible problematic marijuana use.
  • Practice and build skills for using motivational interviewing to build relationships, raise awareness around problematic marijuana use and support behavior change.




Win C. Turner, PhD, LADC 
Dr. Turner is a clinical psychologist, evaluator, and instructor in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Effective Interventions for Youth & Families and Healthcare Integration.  Currently, Dr. Turner's primary work is helping communities increase the capacity to deliver effective integrated healthcare for substance use, co-occurring disorders and other social determinants impacting wellness.  


Liz Blackwell-Moore, MPH, CPS Liz Blackwell-Moore has been working in the field of substance use and chronic disease prevention since 2000, first in direct service as a case manager and for the last 15 years specializing in substance use prevention. She currently provides training and technical assistance to communities, coalitions, and organizations on translating public health research into practice and implementing a restorative, trauma-informed approach to addressing public health problems.   

Starts: Sep. 23, 2020 9:00 am
Ends: Sep. 23, 2020 12:00 pm
Registration Deadline
September 22, 2020
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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