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The Big Deal: Marijuana’s Effects on the Developing Adolescent Brain

Presented By: Christine Tatum

Description: Drawing from her professional and personal experience in Colorado, public records and a deep well of research findings from the world body of medical literature, Ms. Tatum explains that the gap has never been wider between what responsible science knows about this addictive drug and what the public believes about it — and is told about it. She provides an overview of the latest science concerning marijuana’s impact on the developing, adolescent brain, our country’s greatest national resource.

Bio: Christine Tatum is a veteran journalist whose market research firm, Media Salad, Inc., helps companies and nonprofit organizations win business and stay ahead of their competitors. Her professional stops include the Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, the (Arlington Heights, Ill.) Daily Herald and the (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record. Her work also has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and New York Times. She was elected to serve as 2006-07 national president of the Society of Professional Journalists, one of the United States’ largest and oldest journalism advocacy organizations, and has been honored to teach concepts in responsible journalism around the world at the invitation of the U.S. State Department. Ms. Tatum’s work has been honored by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Colorado chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National American Arab Journalists Association. Ms. Tatum frequently collaborates with her husband to produce communications designed to educate and inform the public about substance abuse and addiction. They write for drthurstone.com and have co-authored a book for families struggling with adolescent addiction that is due for release by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers in 2015. Ms. Tatum is a native of Wilmington, N.C., a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a fiercely proud product of North Carolina public schools. She says she is deeply honored to be with us today.

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Current Drug Trends

Presented by: John Dail, CSAC

Description: There is an increasing potency with illegal drugs. Illegal drugs are being used in public without detection. Illegal internet drug sales are increasing. There are new designer drugs with new methods of use. Come hear an updated version of the drugs adolescents and young adults are using.

Bio: John Dail has 28 years experience working with youth and adults in the substance abuse field and is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC). During the last 4 years he has worked as a Prevention Specialist. His current focus is on screening youth for Prevention services and providing Evidenced Based Programs.

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Gender Identity and Addictions

Presented By: Kristie Overstreet, LMHC, CAP, NCC, Certified Sex Therapist

Description: This presentation will focus on providing a better understanding of gender identity issues as they relate to the field of addiction.  It will increase the participants’ understanding of specific issues that have affected the transgender population in relation to both substance abuse and addiction.  It will cover culturally relevant information and background, which will assist treatment providers in caring for this population

Bio: Kristie Overstreet is President and Owner of Therapy Department, a local group counseling private practice in Jacksonville.  A certified addiction professional and sex therapist, Ms. Overstreet has over 10 years of experience working with all types of individuals and couples struggling with relationships, gender identity and addiction issues.  She conducts LGBT sensitivity training for local, regional and national organizations.  Her clinical philosophy is to treat each person as a true individual with unique needs, strengths and individual life goals.

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Process Addictions: Bad Habit or Chemical Rewiring?

Presented By: Ellen E. Elliott, NCC, LCAS, CCS, CSAT Candidate

Description: Process addictions include eating disorders, financial disorders, internet and sex addiction.  Most clinicians have not been trained to treat these addictions.  Strategies for diagnosis and treatment will be presented and resources will be provided for clinicians including assessment tools and appropriate interventions.

Bio: Ellen Elliott is trained in EMDR, EFT, and process addictions, specializing in issues related to emotional trauma, attachment, and intimacy. In her private practice, she works with men and women who struggle with addictions and compulsive behaviors, as well as partners and couples impacted by such issues.

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It’s Like Walking on Eggshells: The Impact of PTSD and SUDs on Veteran’s Families

Presented By: Crystal Yarborough, LCSW, LCAS

Description: The impact of PTSD and Substance Use Disorders on family members often goes unnoticed. This presentation will discuss how the comorbidity of these disorders affects Veterans’ families and will review techniques that can help family members to improve their coping and self-care.

Bio: Crystal Yarborough is currently employed as a Social Worker with the Trauma Recovery Program at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She also teaches substance abuse counseling classes at Fayetteville Technical Community College. Her clinical interests include assessment and treatment of co-occurring disorders, specifically PTSD and Substance Use Disorders.

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Somatics in Recovery; Sourcing the Mindful Body

Presented By: Bob Lehnberg RSME, EAY

Description: Recovery includes developing the ability to be present with the flurry of internal and external stimuli. Through direct experience, we will utilize the breath in the time-honored somatic practices of yoga and qigong to unify the body-mind and distinguish ordinary movement versus mindful movement.

Bio: Bob Lehnberg is a certified Practitioner of Body-Mind-Centering® (1990), a certified Integral Yoga® Teacher (1997), and has been teaching experiential anatomy and physiology in schools of massage therapy and somatic practices for over twenty-five years. Bob is grateful for 12 years in recovery.

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When We Get Behind Closed Doors: Clinical Supervision for Client Safety and Clinician Growth

Presented By: Alan Lyme, LISW, ICCS ICADC

Description: Whether a seasoned veteran or fresh-out-of-college, addictions counselors legally and ethically need clinical supervision. This workshop addresses both the challenges that quality supervision presents and some solutions that may help both supervisor and supervisee get more from the experience.

Bio: Alan Lyme brings respected and innovative clinical and program management skills as the Director of Training for the Phoenix Center’s Center of Excellence in Greenville, SC. Alan is concurrently the Clinical Supervisor and Motivational Interviewing trainer and coach for the SBIRT grant program in South Carolina. Alan has provided trainings nationally on Motivational Interviewing, Clinical Supervision, and Skills on Working with Men. He is co-author for the book: “Game Plan: A Man’s Guide to Achieving Emotional Fitness.” Alan is a MINT recognized Motivational Interviewing trainer, an Internationally Certified Clinical Supervisor, and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

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ASAM Update

Presented By: Dr. Marc Fishman

Description: Participants will be able to describe the new revisions to the ASAM Criteria including formatting changes, new material on tobacco cessation, older adults, safety sensitive occupations, and gambling.

Bio: Marc Fishman MD is an addiction psychiatrist and a member of the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as the Medical Director of Maryland Treatment Centers, which offers programs for residential and outpatient treatment of drug-involved and dual-diagnosis adolescents and adults. He is nationally recognized for his work in the treatment of youth with opioid addiction. He is a co-editor of the ASAM Criteria, and a past President of the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine.

 

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Ethical Practice in the Provision of Clinical Supervision for Substance Abuse Services in NC

Presented By: L. Worth Bolton, ACSW, LCAS, CCS

Description: This presentation will provide an overview of clinical supervision and the ethical values that underpin the code of ethics for addiction counselors and therapists. This session is a six hour track.  Participants must sign up for the morning and afternoon sessions.

Bio: L. Worth Bolton has worked in behavioral healthcare services since 1975 in public sector community-based programs, private-non-profit and private-for-profit organizations. He has served as outreach worker, line counselor, clinical director, and program manager for outpatient, in-patient, day treatment, residential, and institutional settings. Worth has provided consultation, training, and technical assistance to the military, business & industry, and social service agencies in the southeast US, the Virgin Islands, and Bermuda. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the School of Social Work. Returning to UNC in 1997 to assist in the development and coordinate the Certificate in Substance Abuse Studies Program. His current areas of interest and study are co-occurring disorders, clinical supervision, evidence-based clinical interventions and services to military veterans.

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Let’s Talk HIV

Presented By: Suzette Currey

Description: The workshop encourages participants to be confident in approaching HIV prevention discussions. It also provides the opportunity for participants to Define HIV and who is at Risk for it, Identify ways HIV is and is not transmitted. Describe ways to be safe explore, discuss and dispel the barriers to practicing safer sex. It is a highly interactive workshop that aims to provide effective strategies for reducing one’s risk for contracting or transmitting HIV or other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), workshop will also allow persons to develop awareness of personal, community and social attitudes, beliefs and norms that influence or that are effective in: reducing risk-taking behaviors; reducing numbers of sexual partners; increasing condom use; and increasing HIV testing .

Bio: Suzette Curry, MRE, P-CAS, Associate Director, Partners In Caring, is a trained clinical chaplain and manager of the Region Seven HIV Patient Management Network providing oversight for the Ryan White Part B, D and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs. She supervises case managers and community health workers in six North Carolina counties (Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender). She holds the Masters of Religious Education and is a clinical addictions specialist-provisional. The Partners In Caring office in Wilmington employs eight staff members working closely with the New Hanover Regional Medical Center HIV Clinic in Wilmington, NC.
She oversees comprehensive case management, bridge coordination, linkage-to-care, spiritual care and HIV testing services for Region Seven. Ms. Curry is a seasoned HIV educator offering prevention programming to HIV-positive youth and adults. She has provided the Let’s Talk integrated substance abuse and HIV youth prevention intervention to churches in six southeastern North Carolina counties since 2004. Mostly important she is the mother of two teenaged Children Chandler and Amaya and has been married to the same man Lee Curry for twenty five years. Suzette love and appreciates life and loves helping people.

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Working with Older Persons

Presented By: Dr. Mary Rudyk

 

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Game Plan: A Clinician Guide to Helping Men Achieve Emotional

Presented By: Alan Lyme, LISW, ICCS, ICADC

Description: This is an interactive workshop for anyone who works with and would like to have a better understanding of men. Participants will be challenged to examine assumptions and societal roles in male risk and relapse factors, through media use, story-telling, and role playing.

Bio: Alan Lyme brings respected and innovative clinical and program management skills as the Director of Training for the Phoenix Center’s Center of Excellence in Greenville, SC. Alan is concurrently the Clinical Supervisor and Motivational Interviewing trainer and coach for the SBIRT grant program in South Carolina. Alan has provided trainings nationally on Motivational Interviewing, Clinical Supervision, and Skills on Working with Men. He is co-author for the book: “Game Plan: A Man’s Guide to Achieving Emotional Fitness.” Alan is a MINT recognized Motivational Interviewing trainer, an Internationally Certified Clinical Supervisor, and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

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Sorting through the Signs and Symptoms: Understanding & Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Presented By: Jessica Holton, MSW, LCSW, LCAS

Description: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is often overlooked and misdiagnosed. Ninety percent of the population will experience a traumatic event at during their lifetime. Unfortunately, many think that PTSD in not treatable.  This workshop will describe the signs and symptoms (according to the DSM 5), the neurobiology, and effective treatment of PTSD.

Bio: Jessica Holton, MSW, LCSW, LCAS is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist.  She is Certified in Social Work Practice with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Jessica graduated with her MSW from East Carolina University in 2003 and has been in private practice since 2008.

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My Kid Is Using What? Youth Opioid Addiction and Treatment

Presented By: Dr. Marc Fishman

Description: This presentation will provide an overview of the current devastating epidemic of youth opioid addiction, both prescription pain medications and heroin, and explore approaches to treatment, in particular, strategies for the engagement of youth and their families, and the integration of relapse prevention medications into standard models of care.

Bio: Marc Fishman MD is an addiction psychiatrist and a member of the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as the Medical Director of Maryland Treatment Centers, which offers programs for residential and outpatient treatment of drug-involved and dual-diagnosis adolescents and adults. He is nationally recognized for his work in the treatment of youth with opioid addiction. He is a co-editor of the ASAM Criteria, and a past President of the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine.

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Impaired Professionals: Taking Care of the Helping Professionals

Presented By: Jessica Holton, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
With Guest Panelist: 
William Faulkner, Lynn Inman and Jimmy Cio

Description: Participants will learn about other programs that have been established for impaired professionals and the importance of dealing with impairments, from a self-care and ethical standpoint.  Participants will be encouraged to offer tangible suggestions regarding the start-up of an impairment program in NC.

Bio: Jessica Holton, MSW, LCSW, LCAS is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist.  She is Certified in Social Work Practice with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Jessica graduated with her MSW from East Carolina University in 2003 and has been in private practice since 2008.

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Establishing a Collegiate Recovery Community

Presented By: Carol Rose and Tony Beatty

Description: This presentation will provide a historical review of the development of Collegiate Recovery Communities.  The purpose of the CRC will be presented.  Information will be provided about how to help get CRC’s established at any university or community college.

Bios: Carol is the Marketing Specialist for the Collegiate Recovery Community at UNC Charlotte.  Her role is to promote the CRC  and fundraise for scholarship money for students in recovery.

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SA Treatment of the Criminal Justice Population

Presented By: Dale Willets, CCJP

Description: A review of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for the Criminal Justice Population and how they may be implemented, in NC’s healthcare system, by substance abuse treatment providers to improve public safety and the lives of persons with substance use disorders and criminal justice system involvement.

Bio: Dale is Director of the NC TASC Training Institute of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc.  His 24-year criminal justice career includes Probation Parole, Day Reporting Center, Drug Treatment Court, Drug Education School and TASC administration.  As Director of the NC TASC training institute, he provides training and continuing education to NC TASC, DWI Treatment Facilities, and other NC Criminal Justice agencies.

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Trauma Treatment in Cocaine Dependent African American Men

Presented By: Dr. Oliver J. Johnson, Ph.D., LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Description: Trauma-affected and cocaine dependent African American men may prove to be daunting for the substance abuse treatment community. Unfortunately, scant information exists regarding either the content, or the method for the treatment of trauma for this vulnerable population. This workshop will provide participants with culturally competent assessment and treatment approaches.

Bio: Dr. Oliver J. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from Clark/Atlanta University and has lectured widely in a variety of forums on issues pivotal to the promotion of health and wellness among African American families. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at Fayetteville State University.

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Nuts and Bolts of Prevention in Integrated Care

Presented By: Angela Maxwell, MS, CSAPC, ICPS and Callie Kelly, CSAPC

Description: “The Affordable Care Act”, “SBIRT”, “Integrated Care”, “The National Prevention Strategy”, “Behavioral Health”… What does this all mean and how do prevention services fit into this rapidly changing health care delivery system. This workshop will examine the role of prevention in this newly emerging system. Interactive discussion will focus on 1) why prevention professional should care about ACA, 2) how the ACA supports the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, 3) basic knowledge and tools for developing a strategic approach to integrating behavioral health (i.e. prevention) in primary care settings, and 4) advancing prevention efforts through advocacy.

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Youth Opioid Addiction: Approaches to a Modern Epidemic

Presented By: Dr. Marc Fishman

Description: This presentation will provide an overview of the current devastating epidemic of youth opioid addiction, both prescription pain medications and heroin, and explore approaches to treatment, in particular, strategies for the engagement of youth and their families, and the integration of relapse prevention medications into standard models of care.

Bio: Marc Fishman MD is an addiction psychiatrist and a member of the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He serves as the Medical Director of Maryland Treatment Centers, which offers programs for residential and outpatient treatment of drug-involved and dual-diagnosis adolescents and adults. He is nationally recognized for his work in the treatment of youth with opioid addiction. He is a co-editor of the ASAM Criteria, and a past President of the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine.