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Creating Stability in a Changing World
Cultivating Teen Mental Health in 2023

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Aaron Weiner, PhD, ABPP


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The world is shifting - between emerging from COVID-19 precautions, war in Europe, climate concerns, and political polarization, society feels very different now than it did just a few years ago.  Although it's been stressful on all of us, youth have had the additional challenge of coping with these changes without the same perspective or mental tools as adults, leading to a nationally-recognized emergency in youth mental health.  As a parent, it can be difficult to know where to start - how to create a sense of stability for our children in a very unstable time.  Join psychologist Dr. Aaron Weiner for an exploration of three foundational principles in creating emotional stability - connection, structure, and confidence - and how parents can work with their kids to build these tools for emotional resilience from home.

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Youth Marijuana Use:
What Do We Know and What Should We Do?

Kevin M. Gray, M.D.

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Assistant Vice President for Advancing Research Partnerships

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). 

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Amid a shifting legal, policy, and public opinion landscape, we are all faced with an array of mixed messages regarding marijuana/cannabis and cannabinoids. This is particularly challenging when navigating approaches to messaging for youth, who are most vulnerable to adverse outcomes related to marijuana use. Dr. Gray will provide a scientific update on what is known about cannabis and cannabinoids, ranging from therapeutic applications to risks and harms, and will specifically focus on the implications of cannabis use during adolescent development. He will distill this information to inform recommendations for messaging, prevention, and intervention efforts to address youth marijuana use.