By Janice Runza
On October 23, 2018, as part of our Co-Parenting with LCS educational series, we welcomed a Cannabis and Youth Clinical Education team consisting of local physicians, a medical resident, and an educator from the Canadian Mental Health Association. Dr. Tom Bell, Dr. Peter Hughes, Dr. Brendan Caraher (Medical Resident) and Tanya Kowalenko (Educator and Event Planner with CMHA) represented the team that was formed as a proactive response to the legalization of marijuana to help educate the community, parents and professionals about the issues surrounding the use of cannabis and health.
During the first hour of the presentation the medical team provided evidence-based research on:
Cannabis, its breakdown of THC and CBD, and methods of use
Statistics of use
The neuroscience of cannabis use and its impact on the brain – both short and long-term
Why youth might use cannabis and alternative coping strategies parents can teach them
For the latter part of the presentation, Tanya Kowalenko shared with parents tips on how to talk to youth about cannabis including some helpful keys and tools to apply during those conversations.
A question and answer period and reception followed with good discussion between members of the team and parents. It is the team’s intention to develop an educational presentation that we can also offer to our students.
Coming up...Digital Intelligence.
On January 29, 2019, we will be welcoming Chris Vollum to LCS.
For over 11 years, Oakville-based parent and educator Chris Vollum has been working with schools, corporate and non-profit organizations and is widely-recognized for his uplifting lessons regarding numerous social platforms including Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Snapchat.
“Through relatable and current exercises and stories, participants develop practical skills to post online content that reflects their innate value, respect and relevance.”
Vollum will be speaking to our students (and in a separate session to our parents) about digital intelligence. “Listen - Connect - Engage,” three action words Vollum uses to describe his core beliefs around social media. By first listening to understand, and appreciate your audience’s journey, natural win-wins often develop that serve to build rich, meaningful and lasting relationships.
In January, Vollum will be speaking to the school community about:
The impact, both long and short-term, of content that is posted online
How students might ‘raise their game’ on social media while still showing gratitude, empathy and compassion
Screen-time balance: less is more
Daily habits: important vs urgent
Wellness: reducing anxiety and stress
Our session for parents will include the topics mentioned above, as well as: