Growing up and Getting High: Clinical tools for Navigating the New Era of Cannabis Use in Adolescents and Young Adults

Monday, January 28, 2019
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Marijuana is the most commonly used substance among adolescents after alcohol, yet many health and allied health professionals feel unprepared to talk to their adolescent and young adult patients/clients about the effects of cannabis use; don’t have the tools to identify problematic use; and are ill-informed about effective prevention and intervention strategies. This conference, targeted to professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology, and social work, seeks to address these knowledge and skill gaps around cannabis use in adolescents and young adults. Through plenary presentations and breakout groups, participants will:

  1. Describe current California law; 
  2. Report the prevalence of adolescent and young adult use;  
  3. Feel confident in their ability to screen an adolescent for problematic use;  
  4. Identify the role of health professionals in engaging, intervening and treating youth; 
  5. Identify the role of positive youth development approaches in preventing adolescent and young adult use.

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For more information about the conference or about the LEAH Program contact:

Sinthu Kumar, MPH or call at 323-361-6501


The Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (DAYAM) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has over 50 years of experience providing professional training and capacity building locally and nationally to prepare providers to address the key causes of morbidity and mortality for adolescents and young adults using strategies and approaches that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, affirming of LGBTQ+ youth, built upon a keen understanding of the impact of trauma on the lives of young people, and reflective of best practices for positive youth development. In 2017 the DAYAM was awarded a Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) to prepare professionals from a variety of health care disciplines to be leaders in clinical care, research, public health policy, and advocacy as it relates to adolescent health. This conference is sponsored to advance the goal of improving the quality of care for adolescents and young adults in our community.


ISAPThe UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) was established in 1999 to consolidate research efforts in many areas of drug abuse research at UCLA. Since then, ISAP has steadily established its presence as a major entity in the drug abuse research community, both domestically and internationally. ISAP continues to advance the knowledge base on drug problems and to improve the delivery of drug abuse treatment services through an array of projects.


The Southern California Chapter of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine are fierce advocates for adolescents and work to carry out the Society’s mission and vision and promote its core values of excellence, leadership, integrity and collaboration.


APACMEs for physicians is pending from CHLA. The conference meets the qualifications for the provision of six (6.0) continuing education credits/contact hours (CEs/CEHs). UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. UCLA ISAP is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (Provider #64812). UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for six (6.0) hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. UCLA ISAP is also an approved provider of continuing education for RADTs I/II, CADCs-CASs, CADCs I/II, CADCs-CSs, and LAADCs (CCAPP, #2N-00-445-1119), CATCs (ACCBC/CAADE, #CP 20 872 C 0819), and CAODCs (CADTP, #151). Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #15455, for six (6.0) contact hours. CE credit will be awarded at the conclusion of the conference. Partial credit will not be available for those participants who arrive late or leave early.

This conference is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number 1T71MC30799-02, Leadership Education in Adolescent Health, $437,941. This presentation content and conclusions are those of the presenters and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


If you want to sign up and pay by check and/or if you are registering for multiple individuals, please fill out this form and email it to Sinthu Kumar at

Make checks payable to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and mail to:
Sinthu Kumar, MPH
Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd, Mailstop #2
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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