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Jesse Bennett, GED. MSW

Jesse Bennett GED, BSW, s a former drug user and a formerly incarcerated person. He works as the statewide volunteer coordinator for the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition and, as such, he participates in and advocates for harm reduction efforts in the community. These efforts include but are not limited to access to clean syringes, access to naloxone, and safe sex practices. Jesse plans to pursue a Masters in Social Work with a focus on harm reduction therapy.

Cultural Competence with IV Drug Users

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Tessie Castillo, BA

Tessie Castillo has worked as the Advocacy and Communications Coordinator for the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition since 2010. She has successfully advocated for several laws to expand access to naloxone and syringe services. Additionally, she publishes articles on harm reduction topics.

What’s Trending in NC Policy

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Man in long-term recovery from drug addiction, a licensed alcohol/drug counselor for more than two decades, a student of Wellness, Holistic Medicine and alternate history and Project Director of Recovery Insitiatives at the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse of North Carolina.

(Peer Support Track) Recovery Support Technologies

There are many pathways to recovery, and technology offers one more avenue by which the behavioral health field can support recovery. This curriculum will focus on how the reach of recovery support services can be extended through the use of technologies (e.g. the web, smartphone apps, and cell phone), which is especially important for those individuals who reside in rural or remote areas and may have to wait to enter treatment services thus exacerbating their behavioral health conditions.

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Shannon Egan

Shannon Egan is an author and award-winning grant writer and she has raised over $4 million in funding for U.S-based Recovery Community Organizations. Previously, she wrote for the United Nations in Africa and New York City.

Tapping into Multiple Pathways to Recovery for Optimal Health & Well Being

This presentation is designed to educate on the many differenct pathways that people utilize to achieve recovery in modern times and will explore new and upcoming evidence-based wellness practices, such as journaling, cosplay and mental imagery that allow individuals to achieve a deeper sense of health and well-being.

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Jessica Holton, MSW, LCSW, LCAS

Jessica Holton, MSW, LCSW, LCAS is the current Vice President of APNC and Chair of the Professional Standards and Best Practices Committee. She served on the NCSAPPB from 2007 to 2015. Additionally, Jessica has written many professional newsletter articles, a six-hour curriculum through PDH and has presented nationwide.

Clinical Supervision 

What skills and techniques lead to an effective clinical supervisor? Does clinical supervision impact emerging professionals’ clinical decision making? Clinical supervision can be a rewarding experience. However, it comes with a great deal of responsibility and liability. This presentation will explain the legal, ethical, and clinical implications of clinical supervision.

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Kathy Nichols, LCSW

Provider Track: How Medicaid Managed Care Impacts Providers

This presentation will focus on proposed 1115 waiver implementation for managed care in Medicaid and the impact it will have on provider community.

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K. Killian Noe

She is the founder of Recovery Café a healing community in Seattle for women and men recovering from trauma, homelessness, substance use disorder and other mental health challenges. Recovery Café is helping groups replicate this model across the U.S. She is the author of two books, “Finding Our Way Home” and “Descent Into Love.” She is married and the mother of two daughters.

Life Lines that Transform Us and Our Surrounding World

Killian will name and talk about some of the practices at the heart of the Recovery Café community which are transformative for those in the community and could be transformative for our surrounding world.

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Stacey A. Smith, LPC-S, LCAS, NCC

Stacy A. Smith is the Adult Mental Health Team Lead in the Community Mental Health Section of NC Department of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. She has her undergraduate degree in Music Therapy and obtained her graduate degree in Counselor Education from North Carolina State University. She has worked in the field of adult mental health since 1998, in settings that include in-patient and community based settings.

A Working Recovery: Individual Placement and Support-Supported Employment and Medication Assisted Therapy

Employment is a key component of recovery and wellness. It cuts across all of SAMHSA’s Eight Dimensions of Wellness, and is one of the most common areas of need individuals receiving medication assisted therapy express. Individual Placement and Support- Supported Employment (IPS-SE) is an evidence based practice that focuses on supporting individuals with SMI/SPMI find and maintain competitive employment. Teams that implement this practice to the model have roughly a 40% competitive employment rate among individuals receiving services. This training will explore the practice principles that make this EBP unique and identify ways it could be implemented in a MAT setting.

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Stephen Steen

Student at Southwestern Community College in long term recovery. Active in planning and developement at both SCC and WCU. Created Refuge Recovery Meetings at Florida State University, Western Carolina University, and Southwestern Community College.

Refuge Recovery Meeting

Facilitate Refuge Recovery Meeting.

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Jason Vogler, Ph.D.

Jason E. Vogler, Ph.D., CSSBB has been the Senior Director of the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (DMH/DD/SAS) since June 2016. Dr. Vogler started at the Department of Health and Human Services in 1999 as an Adult Basic Education and GED Instructor at John Umstead Hospital. He later worked at the University of North Carolina as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Psychologist at John Umstead Hospital/Central Regional Hospital, the Clinical Director of Centralized Treatment Services and Director of Psychosocial Treatment at Central Regional Hospital, and the Assistant Director for Services and Supports at DMH/DD/SAS. Jason obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his doctorate in Psychology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Jason is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Under the delegation by the Secretary of DHHS, Jason serves as the federally recognized State Mental Health Commissioner, State Developmental Disabilities Director, and Substance Use Single State Agency Director. He also serves as a co-chair of the Governor’s Workgroup on Veterans and Family Members, a member of the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities, a member of the Council for Educational Services for Exceptional Children, and is part of many other community coalitions and committees related to behavioral health and IDD. Jason’s professional involvement has included membership in the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the North Carolina Psychological Association, and consulting as an expert in the assessment and treatment of serious mental illness, mental health policy, program development, and supported employment.

Provider Track: How Medicaid Managed Care Impacts Providers

This presentation will focus on proposed 1115 waiver implementation for managed care in Medicaid and the impact it will have on provider community.

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Shannon Weatherly, MA

Shannon Weatherly is the former Acting Administrator of the Drug-Free Communities Support Program at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Today, she continues to provide technical assistance to coalitions across the US addressing community problems.

Community Based Prevention

Participants will understand the evolution of substance abuse prevention from basic information distribution to environment strategies, including policy change and community coalition building.

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Abygail Wilson, MHA

Abby focuses on building healthy families and reducing toxic stress in communities. Sheh brings a public health approach to prevention programming from experiences in coalition building and youth substance use prevention. Abby holds a Master of Health Administration from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Clemson University.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Impacts on Addiction

The Adverse Childood Experiences (ACE) Study informs professionals how early life experiences could potentially impact behavioral and physical well-being as an adult. Discover how ACEs relate to early initiation of smoking, marijuana use and alcohol-use disorders through this prevention-focused presentation.