2020 APNC Spring Conference

Keynotes & Speakers

April 29 – May 1, 2020
Crowne Plaza Golf & Tennis Resort in Asheville, NC

Anna Godwin & Erin Day

Anna Godwin & Erin Day

Anna Godwin, MS, LCAS, CSAPC, is the Executive Director of Community Impact NC (CINC). CINC works in partnership with communities to support and create evidence-based practices and education that prevent and minimize the harm of substance use.

Anna is Vice President of APNC and serves on the NC Substance Use Federation Advisory Committee. She is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) and Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant (CSAPC) in the state of North Carolina. In addition to her tenure in the prevention field, Anna has experience working in both residential and outpatient substance treatment as well as an employee assistance consultant. Anna and her husband, Ryan live in Wilson, NC. They have two of the cutest kids you will ever meet. Being a wife and mom are Anna's favorite roles!

STOP! Collaborate & Listen

As a field, we are always looking for resources to be more effective and to best serve our participants & communities. Maybe our field has not fully capitalized on the opportunity to collaborate. Community Impact NC would like to propose creative ways in which we can unite to do the most good.

Fatima Hedadji & Scott Luetgenau

Fatima Hedadji & Scott Luetgenau

Fatima Hedadji is a first-year student at the NC State Masters in Social Work program and aims to become a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. She works as the social work intern at Gatespring Consulting. Her passion lies in advocating for access to healthcare for systemically non-dominant groups, on both a national and international level. She has a background in social justice activism and local program management with organizations such as The Light House Project. Personally, she enjoys all the cliché hobbies: reading, painting, writing poetry, you name it. Though she does not have lived experiences in substance use, she works to be a recovery ally for her community. She considers herself committed to positively impacting the field of health and social justice.

Scott Luetgenau, MSW, LCAS, created Gatespring Consulting to positively impact the field and its leaders while supporting and strengthening the futures of the individuals they serve. He is a man in long-term recovery, a social worker and an addiction specialist. Scott serves on the board of APNC and the City of Raleigh Substance Use Advisory Commission. He contracts with SAMHSA's Opioid Response Network to increase capacity for providers, communities and organizations combating opioid addiction.

It’s Our Problem: Understanding Substance Use & Health Disparity Through the Lens of the Hispanic & Latinx Community

We have acknowledged the problem: Opioid addiction stretches far beyond the confines of wealthy white communities. Now we must start to reverse the severe marginalization of disadvantaged groups within this epidemic. Fatima Hedadji and Scott Luetgenau will be presenting on the needs assessment they are conducting through Gatespring Consulting to better understand access to substance use services for the local Hispanic and Latinx community. Through a discussion of their findings, as well as conclusions in larger-scale studies, the goal is to suggest potential solutions to the grave disparities within the Opioid Epidemic for systemically non-dominant Americans. 

James Campbell

James Campbell

James Campbell, LPC, LAC, MAC, CACII, has worked professionally in the human services field for over twenty-five years. His passion is helping people heal and build on the strengths they possess. He’s a member of both NAADAC and ACA and is the current president of APSC/SCAADAC. James is a nationally recognized author and speaker.

Worlds Apart: What Works in Adolescent Treatment and Why

Sometimes adolescents can seem as though they come from an entirely different world, and in some regards they do! There has been a wealth of recent discoveries about adolescent development and learning. This session reviews recent research and discoveries and explores how to best apply that knowledge to effectively treat adolescents.

Amy Ronshausen

Amy Ronshausen

Amy Ronshausen is the Executive Director of both Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. and Save Our Society From Drugs, national nonprofit drug prevention and policy organizations committed to developing strategies that prevent drug use and promote sustained recovery.

A Changing Marijuana Landscape: One State's Experience

This session will give an overview of the marijuana policy landscape and identify problematic implementation issues with current laws as they relate to public health and safety. Using data and research, attendees will gain a better understanding of how these policies impact prevention efforts and strategies to address community impact.

Tameka Brewington

Tameka Brewington

Tameka Brewington has worked with the dual diagnosis population for the past twenty years. She has experience with detox, social and medical, inpatient, residential and outpatient treatment programs.

Human Trafficking and Substance Use Disorders

An overview and definition of human trafficking; state and local statues connected to human trafficking; addressing substance use in human trafficking, signs and symptoms to recognize human trafficking in the treatment sector; and resources for clinicians who work with individuals who want help.

Scott Luetgenau

Scott Luetgenau

Scott Luetgenau, MSW, LCAS created Gatespring Consulting to positively impact the field and its leaders while supporting and strengthening the futures of the individuals they serve. He is a man in long-term recovery, a social worker and an addiction specialist. Scott serves on the board of Addiction Professionals of North Carolina and the City of Raleigh Substance Use Advisory Commission. He contracts with SAMHSA's Opioid Response Network to increase capacity for providers, communities and organizations combating opioid addiction.

Medication-Assisted Recovery & Mutual Aid Groups: A Primer for Clinicians

The history of mutual aid groups includes dissension around integrating individuals with drug addictions into a fellowship founded on the idea of supporting individuals who struggle with alcohol use alone.  A similar territorial struggle exists today for individuals wishing to engage with traditional mutual aid groups while utilizing medication in their recovery pathway. Join us as we explore historical attitudes and official stances of Narcotic’s Anonymous around prescribed medications for substance use disorders.  This presentation will examine options for clients in areas devoid of mutual aid groups or alternative community supports. Attendees will receive information on alternative mutual aid groups and meeting formats for individuals engaged in medication-assisted recovery.

Persia Moheni

Persia Moheni

Persia Moheni, CPS, wishes for a world of innovative, healthy youth development strategies, yoga mats in classrooms, and classrooms that are outdoors under dark-chocolate-producing-trees. Persia has dedicated 15 years to building resilience skills in teens helping them find success in school & life. Currently, Persia facilitates Project CONNECT, an adolescent nicotine cessation program.

Toxic Mixture: Teens, Drugs and Alcohol

Slang terms, drug popularity, and methods and concealment of substance use change regularly. Anyone who spends a significant amount of time with young people should keep on top of these trends. The latest youth drug trends will be explored as well as signs and symptoms of use and where to refer those who may require help. 

Karen Keating

Karen Keating

Karen Keating, CBIS, is the Western Training and Resource Coordinator for the Brain Injury Association of NC. She is the mom of a son who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car accident at the age of 16 in 2002. She works both on a state and national level advocating for those living with a brain injury and their families.

Brain Injury & Substance Use: How They Relate to One Another

A brain injury can affect an individual both cognitively and physically. This session will help people understand how substance use can affect someone who’s had an injury and the challenges of treatment.

Jeff Quamme

Jeff Quamme

Jeff Quamme MS, CNE, CNC, CAC, CCS, is the Executive DIrector of the Connecticut Certification Board, Founder and Principal of Capacity Builders of Connecticut (a private consulting firm) and a nationally known speaker on MAT and Ethics.

CounterTransference and the Boundary of Self

Discussion of the awareness of self to use countertransference as an effective clinical tool.

 Basil Savitsky & Elizabeth Montgomery

Basil Savitsky & Elizabeth Montgomery

Dr. Basil 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 15 years in prevention services, he offered over 100 trainings in NC and throughout the US.

Elizabeth Montgomery has worked in the field of substance use prevention for over 17 years. Her primary focus has been on coalition building and the prevention of FASDs. She is currently increasing her expertise in reducing health disparities.

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

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

Alison Drain

Alison Drain

Alison Drain, MSW, MPA, has over 20 years of experience working with government and nonprofit agencies at the local, state, national and international levels. Alison is passionate about problem gambling prevention and her role of assisting organizations evaluate and expand programs, increase awareness and impact. She is the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program Prevention Coordinator and manages over 60 statewide secondary and higher education prevention grants, attends conferences and events to educate attendees on the statewide problem gambling treatment and prevention services, and trains and provides technical support to school staff on Stacked Deck, an evidence-based prevention curriculum.

It's More than a Game, It's A Health Problem: Youth Problem Gambling and Evidence-Based Prevention Curriculum

The United States is in the middle of the largest expansion of legalized gambling in its history. Gambling is glamorized and encouraged by the media with little to no information that gambling can even become an addiction. In addition, new forms of gambling and technology have provided an ease of access for all and also for underage betting to occur. Youth are engaging in various types of gambling including purchasing lottery tickets and sports and video game betting. Couple this with research that indicates that teens and college-aged young adults experience higher rates of problem gambling than adults and this “hidden addiction” is becoming even more of a public health concern. This workshop will take a deep dive into youth problem gambling, sports and video game betting, and explore how Stacked Deck, an evidenced-based problem gambling education prevention curriculum, is being utilized in North Carolina to change attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. Participants will also be invited to apply for a scholarship to the North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies Summer School Conference through the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program to learn even more about youth problem gambling and attend a train the trainer session in order to utilize the curriculum in their prevention work.

Kevin Rumley

Kevin Rumley

Kevin Rumley, LCAS, LCSWA, CSI, is a combat-wounded veteran (and person in recovery) serving as Program Director for the Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC). Kevin explores the healing power of the human connection.

Veterans Treatment Court: Addressing Mental Health, Substance Misuse and Trauma

We will explore the dynamic forces that lead veterans to enter the justice-system and a diversionary pathway that promotes healing (Veterans Treatment Courts).

Jeffrey Georgi

Jeffrey Georgi

Jeffrey Georgi, M.Div., MAH, LCAS, LPC, CCS, CGP, has been providing clinical services to patients and families with substance use disorders for over 38 years. He is a trainer, educator and author, writing extensively about the Spiritual Platform™ as a successful intervention to treat addiction. He was also the co-chair of the Treatment Improvement Protocol on Group Therapy.

The Spiritual Platform™: Using Spirituality to Treat Substance Use Disorders

Spirituality, often confused as religion, can present challenges and opportunities in clinical practice. The Spiritual Platform™ gives a clinical definition to spirituality providing examples of its use in direct services to patients and their families. As a construct, the Spiritual Platform clarifies that addictive disease is a spiritual disease.

Linda Harrison

Linda Harrison

Linda, LPC, LCAS, has over 35 years of experience working in public and mental health. She received her master's degree from Western Carolina University in Clinical Counseling and has worked in both private and public sectors, including wilderness therapy and many therapies utilizing the arts. She specializes in trauma and addiction treatment, trained in both cognitive and somatic therapies. She is owner and director of Asheville Counseling, Clinical Supervision, and Training which provides counseling, clinical supervision and continuing education in both Asheville and Leicester. She also works part-time developing the behavioral health education department at Mission Hospital.

The Neuroscience of ACES, Trauma, and Addiction: Eight Skills for Emotional Regulation

Participants will learn about how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and trauma impact physical and mental health across a lifetime. We will learn the basic neuroscience of how ACES and trauma is stored both in the brain and body.

Specifically, we will look at how ACES and trauma may play a role in addiction and its healing through trauma informed care such as emotional regulation skills, mindfulness skills and trauma informed CBT such as Self-Inquiry, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, DBT and Seeking Safety. Once the individual stabilizes both physically and emotionally then they may pursue somatic bodily treatment that impacts the root cause of the addiction and other stored memories of ACES and trauma.

We will learn basic mindfulness and eight emotional regulation skills leading to identification of evidenced based somatic treatment modalities such as Resource Tapping, Trauma Resiliency Model, Somatic Experiencing, Natural Flow EMDR, Brainspotting and Sensori-Psychomotor.

Rebekah McCloy

Rebekah McCloy

Rebekah McCloy is a Peer Trainer at Vaya Health. Rebekah supports individuals in recovery from mental health and/or substance use challenges further their life goals. She is also a Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®) facilitator.

Peer Support: Potholes in the Road of Recovery and Professionalism

PSS often have challenges with setting and maintaining boundaries. We will explore this topic. I encounter folks that want to be PSS, but are not in recovery. We will explore this trend. Self care is important for a PSS. We will allow peers to share tools and strategies.

Suzanne Mizsur-Porter & Doug Green

Suzanne Mizsur-Porter & Doug Green

Suzanne Mizsur-Porter is the Executive Director of United Way of Rutherford County. She's also served as Rutherford County's substance use prevention coalition director for eleven years. Her background in journalism, substance use prevention, and the nonprofit sector has helped shape her approach to advocacy and community collaboration.

Doug Green 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).

Grassroots Coalitions: Overcoming Barriers to Success

After a short refresher on Prevention and Coalitions 101, we’ll take a deep dive into the cultural, political, and environmental challenges that coalitions face in today’s rapidly changing landscape.  Participants will have the opportunity to share their own local challenges and engage in problem-solving in this interactive session.

Nicole Augistine

Nicole Augistine

Nicole Augustine, MCHES, PS, has been working in the field of prevention since 2001. She has a Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University School of Public Health. Nicole is a passionate prevention provider, committed to supporting initiatives designed to address the complex substance use issues affecting our society.

Addressing Health Disparities in Substance Misuse Prevention Practice

This session is designed to take an in-depth look at cultural competency, health equity and the prevention of substance use disorders. Participants will gain an understanding of the foundational terminology, and discuss the practice of including a culturally competent lens in each step of the Strategic Prevention Framework.

Brian Coon & Chris Budnick

Brian Coon & Chris Budnick

Brian Coon, MA, LCAS, CCS, MAC, is Pavillon’s Director of Clinical Programs. He began his full-time clinical work during his graduate internship in 1988. Since that time, he has worked in addressing co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders in roles ranging from clinician to clinical supervisor and manager of multiple treatment programs.

Chris Budnick, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, is the Executive Director at Healing Transitions and has been working in the addiction treatment and recovery field since 1993. He has been an adjunct instructor at NC State University in the Department of Social Work since 2002 and a founding board member with Recovery Africa.

Recovery-Oriented Approaches for Substance Use Disorders

We will review the principles of behavioral health recovery management (BHRM) that later became formalized as recovery oriented systems of care (ROSC). The resulting continuum from a traditional orientation to a newer recovery orientation will be applied to innovating in our systems and our approaches to helping individuals.