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Youth have the highest rates of cannabis use in Ontario. One in five grade 7-12 students and 38% of young adults aged 18-29 use cannabis, compared to 14.5% of all adults.
What topics will the certificate cover?
Cannabis in Context
The first module provides the foundational knowledge needed to understand how cannabis works, why youth use it, and some of the ways it can affect our physical and mental health.
Legalization and Youth
The second module provides the knowledge and the tools to support youth in navigating the complex regulatory landscape around cannabis, including a detailed overview of provincial and federal regulations on cannabis possession, consumption and sale.
The third module offers evidence-based practices for supporting youth in making informed decisions around cannabis use. It includes recommendations for talking to youth about cannabis, as well as tips for reducing the health and safety risks of cannabis use.
The fourth module provides an overview of the theoretical lenses that inform our approach to cannabis education: Social Determinants of Health, Anti-Oppressive Practice, Anti-Black Racism and Indigenous perspectives.
The fifth module introduces two key practice frameworks that youth workers can draw on to support youth with behaviour change: Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing.