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5. Medical Cannabis & Mental Health

  • March 01, 2021
  • March 31, 2021


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Medical Cannabis & Mental Health

Anne Shragal, MA, LCPC, PEL-SC, ACS

2.0 CEs  (Available March 1-31, 2021) ONLY
Link to Webinar will be sent at the end of February.

Workshop Description:

With Illinois legalizing marijuana January 2020, mental health counselors may have clients receiving counseling while also using cannabis legally. Many clients are finding therapeutic benefits with the use of medical-grade cannabis when monitored and used properly. Emerging research indicates patients are reporting a reduction in symptoms such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, etc. This, in turn, allows the clinician to work on maladaptive behaviors and cognitive distortions.

Medical Cannabis & Mental Health is an introductory presentation on the uses of medical cannabis and its implications in Clinical Counseling. Attendees will learn the details surrounding medical cannabis including endocannabinoid and phytocannabinoid systems, strains, and absorptions methods. In addition, participants will get an in-depth look at the implications of medical cannabis on mental health and the emerging research pertaining to this topic. The objective of this presentation is to provide and create dialogue and information surrounding the medicinal use of cannabis in the practice of clinical counseling.


Anne Shragal became involved with PTSD and medicinal cannabis when she was working with pediatric patients. After hearing about veterans who had PTSD and using medicinal cannabis, she began doing her own research. Since January 2017, Ms. Shragal has been helping patients attain their medical cannabis cards as an additional treatment to counseling, which may assist in symptom relief and have a successful treatment outcome. She also helps to train other clinicians and interns with proper PTSD assessment processes, exposure therapy, and medical cannabis treatment.

Anne owns and operates her private practice, Breeze Counseling, servicing clients in Oak Park, Downers Grove, and through online therapy. She holds a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor license (LCPC) with a Masters degree in Community Counseling, a PEL endorsed in School Counseling, and nationally recognized Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at Northern Illinois University in Higher Education and Supervision.

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