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Carter, Adam W.

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Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

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Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)


The focus of this study was to examine the status of medical cannabis instruction in counselor education curriculum programs. There is evidence to indicate that medical cannabis use may be beneficial in mental health care. However, there is limited research on medical cannabis in counselor education. The following research questions provided a framework of investigation for this study: What is the status of the inclusion of medical cannabis content in counselor education curriculum programs and what are the plans to incorporate this content in the future?

In this study, a non-experimental design was used to describe or examine associations between variables. In this study, an online survey was format generated by Qualtrics. Descriptive statistics were designated as the analysis methods to examine the data. Results indicated that counselor education programs have begun to incorporate medical cannabis into the curriculum. More research is needed to determine the specifics of how counselor education programs should provide medical cannabis instruction to students.


128 pages




Northern Illinois University

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