Tom Hill, MSW

Tom Hill has three decades of experience in the addiction field and as a person in long-term recovery. He has held a variety of professional positions in grassroots and national advocacy organizations and has served on numerous boards, committees, and workgroups. In 2015, Mr. Hill accepted a political appointment from President Obama, serving as Acting Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and as Senior Advisor to the Administrator or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care: Extending the Continuum

The presentation will focus on the need to develop recovery-oriented systems of care and extending the continuum as vehicles that address addiction as a chronic condition over the lifespan and incorporate individual, family, and community participation.

Tony Beatty, LCAS, CCS

Tony is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist and Certified Clinical Supervisor who has worked in the field for 37 years. He has served two terms on the North Carolina Substance Abuse Practice Board. Beatty also is the current president of APNC and of the North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies.

APNC Update & Awards

This lunch will include a presentation from members of the APNC Board of Directors. Focused on professional development, attendees will learn its value as well as receive updates on new trends in the field.

Eric Morse, MD

Dr. Eric Morse is an Addiction and Sports Psychiatrist. Dr. Morse is the medical director and/or Program Sponsor for 7 opioid treatment programs (commonly known as methadone clinics) Johnston Recovery Services in Clayton, Chatham Recovery in Siler City, and Morse Clinics of Roanoke Rapids, North Raleigh, Dunn, Zebulon and Vance Recovery in Henderson. At Carolina Performance in Raleigh, Dr. Morse has his 275-patient limit for buprenorphine maintenance and has been a PCSS-B mentor since it started in 2003.

MAT

We will discuss the benefits and risks of MAT for each substance use disorder, stigma involved, and the medical evidence for each.

Keith McAdam, LCSW, LCAS

Keith received his B.S. in psychology from the University of New Orleans, and his MSW from UNC Chapel Hill. He currently works at Duke’s Infectious Disease Clinic and the Wake County Health Department providing mental health and addiction therapy for HIV/AIDS patients, funded by the Ryan White Care Act.

HIV And Addiction: What’s so Special?

Addiction an HIV are both unique in their respective classifications as “chronic illnesses.” In this program we will explore how they affect and are affected by one another, and how co-morbidities common to both contribute to the need for a specialized understanding and approach to this co-occurring condition.

Chris Campau

Christopher Campau is a graduate from North Carolina State University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Social work. Mr. Campau currently works for the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina as the Director of Scholastic Recovery, where he works as a liaison between the NC/DD/MH/SAS, the University of North Carolina-System Office, and all schools with a collegiate recovery community.

Neuroscience of Adolescent & Recovery Support Options

An overview of the current science of the adolescent brain, and its role in the addictive process. Followed by a rundown of adolescent and young adult recovery supports in North Carolina.

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Racial Equity

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Parity & Law

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Find Your Village, Dinner, & Peer Mentor Clinical Supervision Group

When we quit using alcohol or other drugs, our former friendship connections tend to erode. We had learned to function in a culture of addiction, which promoted our continued use. As we progress in recovery, it is important to develop a new network of healthy friendships and activities. We must replace a culture of addiction with a culture of recovery. This year, in addition to our usual Find Your Village actives we will also have a Peer Mentor Clinical Supervision Group meeting at the same time, same place. As a clinical supervisor it is helpful to continue your own supervision and support. Peer mentoring groups is one option many supervisors have utilized for their continued professional development. If you are a clinical supervisor please join us for an opportunity to network and give/get support from your colleagues.

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Frank Heitmann, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Frank was a creative artist before graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill’s MSW program. He began his substance use disorder career working inpatient at the Wake County Alcoholism Treatment Center in 1997 and has worked residential and outpatient since then. He is the Director of Behavioral Health at a Federally Qualified Health Center and the sole proprietor a specialty practice of clinical supervision in Raleigh NC and devotes himself to delivering excellent clinical supervision and program improvement.

Developing a Superior Clinical Supervision Workforce

Supervision and counseling have long passed the point where tradition can be relied on. Multiple pressures (and supports!) require or suggest a higher level of adherence to NCSAPPB standards, community standards, payer expectations as well as the needs of the work force. This training will suggest some means of addressing those as well as defusing some pernicious myths about clinical supervision.

Dennis Gaddy

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Pam Kuras, LCSW, GC-C & Chris Campau

Christopher Campau is a graduate from North Carolina State University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Social work. Mr. Campau currently works for the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina as the Director of Scholastic Recovery, where he works as a liaison between the NC/DD/MH/SAS, the University of North Carolina-System Office, and all schools with a collegiate recovery community. Pam Kuras, MSW, LCSW, GC-C is a licensed psychotherapist and certified grief counselor. Pam owns Johnston Integrative Counseling in Benson, NC, and also serves her community as a hospice and bereavement social worker. In addition to individual grief therapy, Pam facilitates grief support groups for survivors of substance-related death.

Opiates and the Aging Population

An overview of substance use disorder, specifically opioids, (causes, chemical reaction/neuroscience of substance use disorder and how it is different for older adults than younger persons) and non-stigmatizing language. Brief overview of Older Adults and Opioids related to fatalities and overdoses, grandparents Raising Grandchildren Secondary to Adult Children’s Opioid Use Disorder (which will include information about older adults selling their opioid medications to supplement a fixed income, in part to assist in meeting their grandchildren’s needs).

Ward Blanchard, MA, LCAS, CCS

Ward has a master’s degree in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy. Specializing in addiction, Ward obtained his advanced addiction counseling education and credential through California Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC-II). Ward is also a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and a Clinical Supervisor (CSI).

The Neuroscience in Treating Family Systems: All Humans are “Chemically Dependent

This presentation reviews the most groundbreaking scientific findings on the neuroscience of family systems and how professionals and treatment centers can utilize this research and new strategies to effectively engage and treat individual and their family systems.

Basil Savitsky, PhD & Elizabeth Montgomery, MA

Dr. Savitsky is a staff member at APNC and serves as Director of the NC Partnership for Success (PFS) — a five-year SAMHSA grant to prevent underage drinking, vaping, and marijuana use. During 14 years in prevention services, he offered over 100 trainings in NC and throughout the US. Elizabeth has worked in the world of prevention for over 16 years in various areas including substance use/misuse and fetal alcohol exposure. She spent the past 16 years as a faculty member at East Carolina University and recently joined the staff at Addiction Professionals of North Carolina as the Partnership for Success Coordinator.

Partnering for Success with NC Colleges and Communities to Prevent Substance Use

Join us while we provide an overview of the new Partnership for Success grant to advance the state’s prevention efforts. Let’s discover the various sides and faces to NC’s “Rubik Cube” that influence our substance use issues on alcohol, vaping and marijuana including the various systems of higher education and their change agents.

David Holden, LPC, LPCS, LCAS, CCS

David Holden works as a clinical therapist with CareNet Counseling in North Wilkesboro, NC. He holds three master’s degrees and is credentialed as both a therapist and supervisor for both mental health and addiction therapists.

The Recovery of Nations: Behavioral Health and Public Health

This presentation connects the disciplines of public health and behavioral health. It introduces participants to concepts of leading vs. actual causes of death, adverse childhood experiences, social determinants of health, Frieden’s health impact pyramid, and health in all policies. Social determinants particularly related to mental disorders and addictions are stressed.

Jarmichael Harris, MS, LCAS, Marbeth Holmes, MA, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCTP, & Jessica Pinti Dunson, MA, NCC, LCAS, LPC

Jarmichael Harris, MS, LCAS currently serves as the ECU Collegiate Recovery Community Coordinator and Alcohol and Other Drug Staff Counselor for the Center for Counseling and Student Development. Mr. Harris is a strong advocate for the expansion of Recovery Support resources for underrepresented populations both regionally and nationally.

A North Carolina native, Marbeth Holmes currently serves as the Dean of Student Wellness and Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nash Community College. Marbeth earned her Master of Social Work at UNC and a Master of Arts in English at Abilene Christian University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

Jessica Pinti Dunson received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Masters in Addictions and Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She currently holds a License to Practice Counseling, Licensed Clinician Addictions Specialist and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. As a Collegiate Recovery Community Coordinator, Jessica provides education and information on substance use and recovery, as well as one-on-one consultations. Jessica has a passion for serving the substance use community and helping individuals accomplish their academic, and personal dream.

Collegiate Recovery Panel

Over the last 40 years Collegiate Recovery has swept the nation. Since 2011, North Carolina has began to lead the way in a varied approach to Collegiate Recovery. This presentation will provide an overview of the history, models, and how participants can get involved.

Jeff Quamme, MS, CAC, CCS

Jeffrey Quamme is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Certification Board, with
graduate education from the UConn School of Social Work and Charter Oak State College. He has presented nationally on MAT-related topics including best practices, fighting stigma, and ethics. He has provided technical assistance to several members of the US House of Representatives and Senate and was a reviewer for the most recently published American Society of Addiction Medicine’s Practice Guidelines.

Ethics for MAT Providers

This presentation will identify, review and discuss ethical issues related to provision of medication-assisted treatment as well as challenge some of the myths and conventional wisdom in the field regarding the use of medications to support recovery from opioid use disorders.

Amanda Cary, CSAC-I, CPSS

Amanda currently works as a Case Manager with the Buncombe County Re-Entry Council, which provides supportive services (housing, education, transportation and employment) to people returning to Buncombe County from state prison. Prior to re-entry work, she worked as a substance use counselor at a medication assisted treatment center for several years. Amanda identifies as a person living in long term wellness and recovery from substance use and mental health challenges. She moved to the Asheville area in 2010 to enter into long term treatment and found this to be what she considers home.

Re-Entry and Recovery: Understanding Barriers and the Importance of Hope

Will discuss current prison re-entry statistics for North Carolina and the programs available to support people returning from incarceration. Will do amini simulation to better understand the barriers that people face when returning to their community. Will have a discussion afterward to see what people learned from the simulation.

Nicole Singletary, Justin Garrity, CPSS, Ashley Eimers, CPSS, Rusty Kiley, CPSS, Benji Currie, & Debra Tyson

All presenters are individuals invested in education, treatment, recovery and prevention and are working on an initiative to reduce overdose deaths by linking individuals who have made contact with Emergency Medical Services to treatment and recovery options.

Drug Overdose Rapid Responder Initiative

Drug Overdose Rapid Responder Initiative is a public health strategy designed to reduce drug overdose deaths through a partnership with EMS and Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSS). CPSS follow up with EMS involved individuals 24 hours after contact is made to encourage them to engage in treatment and recovery.

Doug Green

Doug serves as a Regional Coordinator under the Division of Coalition Support for Community Impact NC. He has experience working in public safety areas and the technology services field with Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services, Fire, and 911. Doug has received training from Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, is a trained Recovery Coach, and received training in Telecommunicator Crisis Intervention Team (CIT).

Community Impact NC: Geo-Mapping & Fencing

Using mapping technology, whether physical or virtual, is a great resource to combat substance misuse issues in any community. These technologies allow for users to have a visual representation of impacts and gaps within their community. This training is designed to highlight the use of geomapping to measure initiative impacts, map resources, and collect data. It will also explore the use of geo-fencing technology when implementing substance use communication campaigns. Participants will complete the session with a baseline knowledge of the benefits and uses of geo-mapping & fencing technology. Along with specific examples of how this technology has been utilized to impact substance misuse, it will also provide a basic “how-to” on performing a simple geo-fencing campaign with google ads.

Tony Beatty, LCAS, CCS

Tony is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist and Certified Clinical Supervisor who has worked in the field for 37 years. He has served two terms on the North Carolina Substance Abuse Practice Board. Beatty also is the current president of APNC and of the North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies.

A Brief Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Participants in this class will learn the basic assumptions and principles of motivational interviewing. They will learn four basic MI processes and the four stages of MI.

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Resilience Viewing & Panel Discussion

Join us for a screening of the film Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. Following the screening will be a facilitated discussion of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and substance use as it relates to prevention, treatment and recovery. The discussion will be facilitated by Carla MacKenzie, LCSW, LCAS, CCS and will include a panel of substance use prevention, treatment and recovery specialists. We invite you to be a part of the discussion and the solution on how we can lessen the impact of ACEs in our communities!

AA Meeting

A member of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) will share their story about how they found recovery through AA and how AA can benefit the ones that still suffer if it is referred properly. They will also touch briefly on a few misconceptions that are common among the public.

Marie Agius, PhD, PC, CCS, LCAS, CRC & Jamie Grisham, PsyD, MPH

Marie Agius is this Clinical Director and a therapist a Third Wave Psychotherapy, PLLC in Raleigh. She has a PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration with a specialization in Substance Use Counseling from East Carolina University. Marie has been working with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders for 12+ years. Jamie Grisham is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Third Wave Psychotherapy, PLLC in Raleigh. She has a PsyD from The Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and co-occurring mental health issues.

Similarities between SUDs & EDss: How SUD & ED professionals can help each other

This presentation will review the basic presentations of both common SUD and ED diagnoses, how these presentations compare, and how professionals in the two fields can be of use to each other in identifying and providing initial services to clients while they await more specialized care.

Terri Hammrick, LCSW, LCAS, ACSW

Terri Hamrick has 30+ years of experience working with substance use disordered clients in the public sector and in private practice. She has also worked in the North Carolina community college system, most recently teaching at Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh NC as a full time instructor in the Human Services Technology program teaching classes in Human Services, Substance Abuse and Social Work. Terri retired from full time teaching in 6/18 and is now working as an adjunct instructor. Her greatest self-care tool is her passion for pottery.

Identifying & Addressing Compassion Fatigue

This presentation will define compassion fatigue; review characteristics of compassion fatigue; provide several assessment tools to use in the assessment process; discuss the hallmarks of self-care and how to establish long-term self-care; and provide resources to help support recovery from compassion fatigue.The presentation will primarily focus on individual compassion fatigue but will also touch on agency compassion fatigue.

Pam Kuras, LCSW, GC-C

Pam Kuras, MSW, LCSW, GC-C is a licensed psychotherapist and certified grief counselor. Pam owns Johnston Integrative Counseling in Benson, NC, and also serves her community as a hospice and bereavement social worker. In addition to individual grief therapy, Pam facilitates grief support groups for survivors of substance-related death.

Substance Misuse and Traumatic Grief: A Systems Approach

This workshop explores the intersection of substance misuse and traumatic grief. No one wants to talk about death. However, a person living with a substance use disorder, and their family members, are acutely aware of the risks every day. It is time to have a conversation about this unspoken grief.

Marsha Partington, MA, LADC

Marsha’s been advocating for the LGBTQ community for 30+ years. While an Addictions Counselor at Pride Institute’s Treatment program, she implemented gender specific programming for Transgender clients. Ms. Partington currently works at Club Recovery, LLC in MN. Marsha travels nationally presenting lectures on creating inclusive environments for Transgender clients.

Impact of Trauma on Addiction in the LGBTQIA Community

This presentation explores the impact of trauma on the LGBTQIA community. Participants will learn the connection between trauma and addiction. Those identifying as gay, gender non-conforming or Transgender often experience “minority stress”. Issues leading to frequent mental health diagnoses and addiction, as well as how to provide adequate treatment will be addressed.

Sarah Potter, Kathleen Lowe, & Jeff Hunsucker

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Advocate: Part of Who you Are. 

This presentation is designed to help addiction professionals build motivation, confidence and necessary skills to be able to engage in the political process through education and advocacy efforts. Learning simple skills can assist SUD professionals, who are the local experts in their field, with relationship building across political lines. Participants will understand the difference between education and issue-based advocacy vs. lobbying and how advocacy is a critical component of advancing effective programs for substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery.