Information for Professionals

Stages of change model
This model can be used to help guide a person who is making any significant life changes. The professional identifies what stage the person is in by what they are saying, and uses appropriate strategies for each stage to help guide them to better health.
  1. Pre-contemplation - A person is not even thinking about a change
  2. Contemplation - A person is thinking about a change but not ready to make it
  3. Preparation - A person is ready to change and planning how to do it
  4. Action - A person is actively making the change
  5. Maintenance - A person is sustaining the change over the long term

For more information, check the online self-directed tutorial available through the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Stages of Change.

Resources for health and social service providers

A brief intervention by a health professional can have effects lasting up to a year. It can reduce the risks associated with drug use, including injuries, violence and chronic disease.

For more information about screening tools, check the following links:

Cannabis resources for educators

As an educator it is important to know about the impact legalization will have on students and what information and supports are available to parent, guardians and students.

The following are resources that educators can use to support parents and guardians. They can help provide information about cannabis, cannabis legalization, risks, signs of a problem, how to help your child, and where to get more information and support. 

Below are educator resources that can be used in the classroom to support students. These resources include information on how to support educators on early signs of mental health and addition problems, promote mental health and give tips on reducing the likelihood of students developing a substance use problem.

Cannabis resources for workplaces

Consuming cannabis in the workplace is illegal.

Employers (and supervisors):

Employees and workers:

  • Who are unable or unfit to work safely could be a hazard to themselves or to others in the workplace
  • Have a duty to perform work safely and to report any hazards to their supervisor or employer under the OHSA

The information provided to you by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services and its staff does not constitute legal advice. To determine your rights and obligations under the Residential Tenancies ActCannabis Act and the Smoke-free Ontario Act and their regulations, please contact your legal counsel or refer to the legislation.


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