Original Webinar: Friday, February 12, 2021

Anti-Cannabis Parenting Tactics: Changes You Can Make to Lower Risk Behavior by Your Teen

Featured expert: Bobby Smyth, Ph.D.

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How would you like to create the type of family environment conducive to helping your teen avoid marijuana misuse? In this session, Dr. Bobby Smyth, child and adolescent addiction psychiatrist, will share his decades of experience and research on the effects of cannabis on youth. Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in most western countries. In Ireland, it now accounts for most new presentations to substance use treatment services. Cannabis use for most of these people commenced during adolescence. You’ll learn the sad outcomes of early youth cannabis use including criminality, drug dealing, ambivalence, and damage to relationships. Given the continued march toward legalization in the U.S., if we can’t prevent it, what can we do instead as parents to protect our children?

Learning Objectives
At the end of this one-hour webinar, parents will:

  • Understand the general parenting strategies that will minimize the likelihood that a teenager will decide to use cannabis and other substances
  • Understand the challenges faced by parents in implementing these strategies in a social context which is increasingly ‘pro-cannabis’
  • Understand the specific parenting approaches which seem to support young people with cannabis addiction in making positive changes

Speaker Bio
Dr Bobby Smyth is a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, who has acted as clinical lead across three adolescent addiction services in Dublin for over 14 years. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer with the Department of Public Health & Primary Care in Trinity College Dublin. He has published over 75 scientific papers in the field of addiction. His PhD thesis examined strategies to reduce the harms arising from substance use by youth. He is co-author of the book Adolescents and Substance Use: The handbook for professionals working with young people. He has been a member of the National Advisory Committee on Drugs & Alcohol.

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