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Public Policy Trends in Substance Abuse: A Discussion of State and National Issues

Presented By: Mark Ezzell and Gerry Schmidt

Description: Health care is rapidly changing, and that’s especially true for the substance abuse field. This session discusses policy issues pending in both Raleigh and Washington that affect substance abuse treatment, and the ways substance abuse professionals can influence state and local policy to reflect the needs of providers and clients.

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The Anonymous People and Our Stories Have Power: Recovery Messaging Training

Presented By: Betty Currier, CASAC

Description: The Anonymous People is a documentary that illustrates how public perception of addiction and recovery shapes public policy. Recovery Messaging Training is an opportunity to learn how we discuss addiction and recovery to family, employers and friends – as well as the media, can harm or support people in recovery.

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Healing Breath: Neuroscience, Mindfulness Meditation and Addiction Recovery

Presented By: Darlene Hopkins, PhD, LPCS, LCAS, CCS

Description: This highly interactive workshop incorporates short lectures into experiential learning and is designed to update the addictions professional on the research science supporting mindfulness meditation and its specific application to addictions counseling. The participants will learn to apply and teach meditation techniques.

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Is There a Place in Treatment for God Anymore?

Presented By: Tom Dukes, LMHC and Wolf (Jim) Yoxall, MA, CSC

Description: This session will provide an in-depth look at the spiritual aspects of recovery, including the use of and need for the use of “God” as a Higher Power. The importance of a spiritual experience and ongoing spiritual connection to a Higher Power as a way to remain in recovery and abstinence will be explored through both a clinical and spiritual lens. Ultimately, the need for a change in “treatment thinking” will be discussed with a review of current standard practices with proposed alternative perspectives.

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Creating an LGBTQ Safe Space: Increased Sensitivity & Awareness Improves Outcomes

Presented By: Ed Johnson, M.Ed., MAC, LPC

Description: LGBTQ individuals are a hidden minority in addiction treatment settings. By increasing their awareness and sensitivity providers can facilitate a safe and affirming space for these individuals to enter recovery. This session will increase participant’s knowledge of the issues of sexual minorities and increase their skills for recognizing and working with this population.

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Alcoholics Anonymous: How It Works With Addiction Professionals & Their Clients

Presented By: Austin S., AA Member

Description: This presentation will acquaint and familiarize addiction professionals with the program of Alcoholic Anonymous. Topics will include:
• What is anonymity and why is it important?
• Why should I refer your clients to AA? Will AA steal my clients?
• What does AA do?
• What does AA not do?
• How can an addiction professional’s clients benefit from AA?
• What assistance does AA offer to addiction professionals and their clients?
• What are AA meetings like?
• How can my clients contact AA? Or, should an AA member contact them?
• How can I keep up to date with AA in my community?
Hopefully this program, presented by an AA member, will provide the professional addiction counselor with one more tool in striving to assist the addicted client.

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The Anonymous People and Our Stories Have Power: Recovery Messaging Training

Presented By: Betty Currier, CASAC

Description: The Anonymous People is a documentary that illustrates how public perception of addiction and recovery shapes public policy. Recovery Messaging Training is an opportunity to learn how we discuss addiction and recovery to family, employers and friends – as well as the media, can harm or support people in recovery.

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Ethical Practice and Effective Clinical Supervision of Substance Abuse Services in a Rapidly Changing Clinical Environment Part 1

Presented By: L. Worth Bolton, MSW, 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. Clinical Supervision in Substance Abuse Services has become even more challenging given the nature and extent of changes occurring in our state system. There is a shortage of Certified Clinical Supervisors in many parts of our state to provide initial and ongoing supervision. Clinical supervision is a needed and critical component of good clinical care. CCS’s, CSI’s, & LCAS’s will benefit from participation in this presentation.

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DWI Update

Presented By: Lynn B Jones, LPC, LCAS and Marcie Blevins

Description: The goal of this presentation is for authorized DWI providers to stay informed about relevant updates for DWI services. We will review recent legislation related to DWI offenses, as well as, policy and procedural changes that have occurred. The DSM5 is due to be published in May 2013 and we will consider changes in the substance use disorders section and how it impacts DWI-related placement decisions.

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Gang Awareness and Connections with Substance Use

Presented By: Michelle Guarino, MSW, LCSW

Description: This presentation will take a look at the psychology of youth involved in gangs, their family dynamic, risk factors and the connection between gangs and drugs. Strategies and programs, known to be successful, will be detailed for professionals to develop skill in intervening with gang involved youth and families.

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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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Recovery Oriented Systems of Care

Presented By: Chris Budnick, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Description: This presentation highlights the emergence of recovery as an organizing paradigm for the addiction treatment field and outlines how frontline service practices are changing as systems of care and local addiction treatment programs shift from an acute care (AC) model of intervention to a model of sustained recovery management(RM)

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Ethical Practice and Effective Clinical Supervision of Substance Abuse Services in a Rapidly Changing Clinical Environment Part 2

Presented By: L. Worth Bolton, MSW, 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. Clinical Supervision in Substance Abuse Services has become even more challenging given the nature and extent of changes occurring in our state system. There is a shortage of Certified Clinical Supervisors in many parts of our state to provide initial and ongoing supervision. Clinical supervision is a needed and critical component of good clinical care. CCS’s, CSI’s, & LCAS’s will benefit from participation in this presentation.

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Confidentiality Laws and Ethical Dilemmas

Presented By: Angie Banther LCAS, CCS and Danny Graves LCAS, CCS

Description: Overview of the laws that govern the confidentiality of substance abuse/mental health medical records. Case studies will be used to assist participants with practical issues that come up in practice.

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How to Stay Cool When It’s Hot: Integration of Recovery Services and Education in Public Health

Presented By: LaToya M. Harris-Freeman, MS,CRC,LCAS,CSI, LPC-A

Description: Systematic and organizational changes are never easy to experience. In a world of constant change, it is important that individuals are aware of their signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety. It is even more imperative to be able to develop healthy coping strategies that will not disrupt the relationships within the agency. Integration of mental health services in a primary care setting can cause such stress and anxiety to develop. Integration of mental health services in primary care continues to be a struggle for many areas due to funding and staffing. However, in Eastern North Carolina, Martin-Tyrrell-District Health Department has broken the mold and begun a program that integrates recovery education and public health. This program, Healthy Heads Up, offers FREE mental health and substance use services for their residents in the three county catchment area. Healthy Heads Up is the only health department in the state of NC that offers and provides these services within their health department.

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Engaging Families through Evidence Based Programs and Outreach

Presented By: Anna Godwin, MS, LCAS and Deeanna Hale-Holland, MA, CSAPC

Description: Parent involvement is a critical piece to adolescent substance use prevention and treatment. This workshop will explore how to increase parent involvement, resources available to professionals and parents, and evidence based practices being utilized in NC. The challenges and successes of program implementation will be discussed.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: The Invisible Brain Based Disability

Presented By: Amy C. Hendricks

Description: This interactive session will help participants understand the range of effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and how prenatal alcohol exposure impacts the developing brain. The participant will also recognize how FASD may present in an individual across the lifespan and throughout the various systems of care. The referral and diagnostic process will be discussed; as well as the importance of early identification and our opportunity as care providers to implement interventions that meet the needs of the individual with an FASD, and provide support for the family.

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Alcohol Interlocks in North Carolina

Presented By: Commissioner Michael D. Robertson (ret)

Description: Alcohol Interlocks when used correctly and remain in vehicles for an appropriate period of time and when used in concert with treatment and license suspensions, can substantially reduce repeat DWI offenses.

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Current Drug Trends with Adolescents and Young Adults

Presented By: John Dail, CSAC

Description: There are drugs that are being used in plain sight without detection, Illegal Internet drug sales, convenience stores that sell illegal and harmful legal drugs, bars that specialize in selling legal drugs, overseas drug trends that are finding their way to the USA. Come hear an updated version of the drugs adolescents and young adults are using.

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Chronic Pain Initiative

Presented By: Jane A. Peck RN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP, LCAS

Description: Join us for an interactive dialogue about the culture of chronic pain in our community and how we can make an impact through collaboration. Discussions will include the challenges of working with patients who have chronic pain.

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Closing Plenary: Preventing Opioid Poisonings, Promoting Responsible Pain Management

Presented By: Jane A. Peck RN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP, LCAS

Description: Prescription medication poisoning deaths are on the rise nationally. These death rates have even surpassed the national mortality rate from motor vehicle crashes with accidental drug poisonings being the main driver of this increase, according to the CDC.

Project Lazarus brings forward a comprehensive approach mobilizing community sectors to engage, educate and empower them to address the prescription medication issues with the populations they serve. Balancing access to care for the individual needing the care and medication treatment and providing supportive, effective substance use treatment for those who have found themselves with addiction issues while removing stigma related obstacles among both populations. 

This public health approach has successfully brought down overdose numbers, increased treatment while building community based supportive services for addiction.

The Project Lazarus public health model is based on the premises that drug overdose deaths are preventable and that all communities are ultimately responsible for their own health. The model relies on a three part foundation: community awareness about the issue, coalition action to coordinate community response to the issue, and on-going use of local data and evaluation to ground the community’s response in their unique local needs.  The model includes seven components and each component has a menu of different activities that can fall within it:  1) community education, 2) prescriber education, 3) hospital ED policies, 4) diversion control, 5) pain patient support, 6) harm reduction, and 7) expanding access to addiction treatment.  

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