Friday, December 7, 2018
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Radisson Hotel
Hauppauge-Long Island
110 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy,
Hauppauge, NY 11788

The Changing Culture of Marijuana Laws and the Impact on the Adolescent Brain

CEs: 6

9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon

“The Science of How Addictive Substances Affect the Teen Brain” with Dr. Stephen Dewey, Ph.D.

Addiction is a disease where regionally-specific neurochemical changes underlie its development and progression.  In addition, these changes are thought to produce cravings – often associated with both acute and chronic symptoms of withdrawal.  While addictive substances and behaviors produce unique changes in these specific chemicals, the degree to which they do so depends on the substance and behaviors abused.  This presentation will identify these neurochemical changes and demonstrate alterations that develop as a function of the addictive substance.

Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will learn about the specific neurochemical changes that occur in addiction.
  2. Attendees will better understand the use of brain imaging strategies to visualize this disease.
  3. Attendees will learn about the impact of environmental cues on relapse to drug seeking behavior.

Registration for this event is full.

About the Speaker

Dr. Stephen Dewey, Ph.D.

Dr. Dewey is a Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine.  He is also the Director of Research Education at Seafield Center.  Dr. Dewey received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.  He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Neurology Department at Stony Brook University. During his 24-year tenure at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Dr. Dewey conducted research on the effects of addictive drugs on the human brain. These studies led to the development of an effective treatment for addiction. In 2009, Dr. Dewey moved his research efforts to the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Dr. Dewey started an outreach program in 1994 bringing his research findings to school districts throughout Long Island and the tri-state area. His informative message has reached hundreds of thousands of school-age children, parents, teachers, administrators, and counselors. “Dr. Dewey’s message is science-based, objective, and delivered with a sense of urgency, compassion and caring that commands attention,” stated former LICADD Executive Director, Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds. Recently, Dr. Dewey accepted an appointment to the Suffolk County Board of Health where he hopes to continue his education efforts in the fight against drug abuse. Additionally, in 2015 he was appointed Director of Research Education at Seafield Center. Dr. Dewey’s research has been featured on 20/20, Dateline, Good Morning America, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN, FOX News, News 12 Long Island, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsday.

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

“The Latest on Marijuana Policy, Politics and Research” with Dr. Jeffrey L. Reynolds, Ph.D.

Several US states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana and several other states, including New York are poised to follow suit. The shift in policy has significant public health implications, especially for adolescents, people at risk for addiction and other vulnerable populations. Dr. Reynolds, who has been at the forefront of efforts to address the opioid epidemic and has advised New York State on marijuana policy, will discuss experiences in states that have legalized marijuana, update participants on marijuana research efforts, including medical use of the drug and discuss innovative clinical interventions for addressing marijuana dependence in young people.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to describe the New York State policy changes around marijuana use.
  2. Participants will be able to explain at least one anticipated public health consequence of policy changes in New York State.
  3. Participants will be able to analyze the difference between recreational and medical use of marijuana.

About the Speaker

Dr. Jeffrey L. Reynolds

Dr. Jeffrey L. Reynolds is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Family and Children’s Association (FCA), based in Mineola, NY.

From 2009-2014, Dr. Reynolds served as Executive Director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD). Under Dr. Reynolds’ leadership, LICADD pioneered the launch of “Too Good for Drugs, an evidence-based K-12 substance abuse prevention program in several Long Island schools, initiated a new mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents and expanded LICADD’s Employee Assistance Program, which now covers 80,000 public and private employees in the tri-state area.

Dr. Reynolds currently serves on Governor Cuomo’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force, the Executive Committee of the Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force, is chair of Suffolk County’s Sober Home Oversight Board, chairs the Huntington Town Opioid Task Force and is a member of Suffolk County’s Heroin/Opiate Epidemic Advisory Panel. Dr. Reynolds has also served as Chair of Nassau County’s Youth Board and has spent five years on Suffolk County’s Welfare-to-Work Commission. He’s served on Nassau County Executive Laura Curran’s Transition Team, co-chairs Nassau’s Non-Profit Task Force and is a member of the Nassau County Comptroller’s Non-Profit Steering Committee.

He has authored more than 250 news and op-ed articles that have appeared in a wide variety of publications and is consistently used as an expert source for substance abuse, addiction, HIV/AIDS and human/civil rights information by local and national radio, television, online and print outlets. Dr. Reynolds has received numerous awards for his community service and leadership and was named one of the “50 most influential Long Islanders” each year 2010-2017 by the Long Island Press. Since 2012, Dr. Reynolds received leadership awards and honors from the Simple Hope Foundation, Caron Treatment Centers, Strong Youth, Inc., the Long Island Recovery Association, Mainstream House and LICADD. Dr. Reynolds is also a graduate of Energeia, a regional stewardship program spearheaded by Molloy College.

Dr. Reynolds holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dowling College (1988), a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) with a specialization in health administration from Long Island University (1997) and a doctorate from Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare (2007). Dr. Reynolds’ doctoral dissertation was on “Using the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change to Explore Substance Use Patterns and HIV Risk Behaviors in a Suburban Sample” and he remains an Assistant Clinical Professor at Stony Brook. Dr. Reynolds is also a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) and a U.S. Department of Transportation-qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).


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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

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The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

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Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
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