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Carlo DiClemente

Dr. Carlo DiClemente the MDQUIT Tobacco Resource Center, the Center for Community Collaboration, and the Home Visiting Training Center at UMBC. Dr. DiClemente is co-developer of the Transtheoretical Model of behavior change, and author of numerous scientific publications on motivation and behavior change with a variety of health and addictive behaviors. His book Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover (second edition) was published in 2018
and he has co-authored several professional books, The Transtheoretical Model, Substance Abuse Treatment and the Stages of Change (second edition), and Group Treatment for Substance Abuse: A Stages of Change Therapy Manual (Second Edition) and a self-help book, Changing for Good.
For his work he has received awards from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, ASAM, APA Division 50 and the Addictive Behavior Special Interest Group at ABCT as well as a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association.

Addiction and Recovery: Understanding the Process

This workshop will explore some current challenges to understanding and intervening with individuals with substance use disorders. The first involves developing an understanding of use disorders that goes beyond DSM-5 symptoms and focuses on a multidimensional view of the substance use behavior and how it becomes entrenched in the life of the individual and difficult to modify. The second is to examine the process of change and distinguish between the client contribution to recovery and the difference between change generating (behavior specific) mechanisms (Processes of Change identified in the Transtheoretical Model and change regulating (Self-Control) mechanisms and how to address these differences in treatment.

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Charlyne Boyette, CPSS, LCAS, MDIV, JD

Charlyne Boyette is a person in long term sustained recovery, a Peer Support Program Manager at Universal Mental Health Services, an Addictions and Trauma Therapist in MAT at Katharos Sanctuary, a VA Chaplain Intern, and is married to Gray Boyette. The team is compromised of NC Certified Peer Support Specialists.

(Peer Track) The Ethics of Love & The Power of Team Synchronicity


Participants will explore the ethics of love through experiential practice of heart strengthening and interactive examination of the NC Peer Support Code of Ethics with the presenters as their guide. Presenters will share stories through role play that emphasize benefits of heart based team work.

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Erin Day

Erin is the Director of the NC Coalition Resource Center. She is the Co-Director of the North Carolina Lock Your Meds Campaign. She has worked towards the prevention of substance use disorders for over 10 years. Her work has been specifically focused on preventing underage alcohol use & of-age over consumption and prescription drug misuse through environmental strategies and community-based processes. She has received Coalition Academy training through Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, is a trained Recovery Coach, and has had training in racial equity and disparity issues through the Racial Equity Institute. Erin has a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. Religion & Philosophy from Barton College. She has lived in Wilson for 15 years, has a husband named Aaron, and two children, Audrey (5) & Axel (3).

(Provider Track) Boots on the Ground: Collaborative Efforts in a Divisive Culture

This session will focus on the nuances of collaborative efforts on the ground level. The staff of the NC Coalition Resource Center will discuss the idea of boots on the ground efforts with respect to primary prevention. The session is intended for beginners as well as advanced coalition or collaborative partners.

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Shandra Ross, NCC, LPC, LCAS, CHt, CSI


Shandra J. Ross is a dual licensed psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and intensively trained DBT clinician. Shandra owns Dialectical Counseling & Consulting Group in Raleigh NC. Dialectical Counseling & Consulting is a private outpatient therapy office that provides mental health and addictions therapy to adults; hypnotherapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy are primarily used to help the person reach their personal goals in the therapeutic setting.
Learn more about Shandra on www.DialecticalCounseling.com

Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Participants will learn what is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and the four modules of DBT; Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Participants will learn a few DBT skills from each module. Participants will learn how to incorporate a few DBT skills in their clinical approach with people with substance use disorder!

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Brian Coon, MA, LCAS, CCS, MAC

Brian 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.

Relapse Prevention: Integration of Substance Use and Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders

This presentation will review relapse prevention models, related addiction-specific case conceptualization, and development of interventions. Relapse prevention counseling and relapse prevention therapy will be differentiated. Specific methods for relapse prevention with co-occurring MH conditions will be integrated.

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Elizabeth Kunreuther, LCSW, LCASA & Ann Palmer

Ann has worked with families for 30 years at UNC TEACCH, at the Autism Society of NC and currently at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. She has authored four books and has an adult son with autism. She presents internationally on topics related to autism, developmental disabilities and parenting. Elizabeth Kunreuther is Clinical Instructor, University of North Carolina Department of Psychiatry’s Addictions and Detoxification Unit. She was Family Intake Coordinator for UNC’s TEACCH Autism Program and Family Recruitment Coordinator for the CIDD Autism Research Registry and co-author of the book Drinking, Drug Use and Addiction in the Autism Community.

Drinking, Drug Use and Addiction in the Autism Community

Studies suggest individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder have a higher risk of developing a substance use disorder than the general population. Workshop includes protective and risk factors of ASD for developing an SUD, current research on the connections between ASD and substance use, and strategies for professional and family support.

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Nicole Augustine, MPH & Dr. Wanda Boone

Nicole Augustine 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 employed at Wake Forest School of Medicine as the Project Coordinator for the Southeast Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC). The PTTC is a new initiative funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Southeast PPTC will provide training and technical assistance to individuals and organizations in the substance misuse prevention field in the Southeast region of the United States (HHS Regions 4). The goal is to enhance the capacity of the prevention community to effectively plan, implement and evaluate strategies to reduce substance misuse and its consequences. Nicole is a passionate prevention provider, committed to supporting initiatives designed to address the complex substance use issues affecting our society. Dr. Wanda Boone is an ordained minister, holds a Doctorate Theology and Co-Pastors At His Feet Ministries. Her work with youth and families began in 1974 and continues today. Following 20 years in the corporate sphere as National Sr. Executive Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Wanda and her husband founded Together for Resilient Youth (TRY). TRY 501(c)(3) received non-profit status in 2003 to prevent substance use and adverse outcomes among youth and adults by addressing community risk factors. She has over 35 years of experience providing training and technical assistance throughout NC and the US (faith and community modules). Dr. Boone is an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)/Resilience Train the Trainer and Master Trainer on Developmental Assets. For Wanda “It is all about individuals reclaiming their power, and changing the landscape, the places where people live, work and play” TRY has been recognized by the 2016 US Surgeon General as “a key partner – connecting the dots to have influence on the built environment by engaging a grassroots effort to drive change.”

Approaching Juvenile Justice through a Resilience Lens

This session will explore the complex relationship between childhood trauma and the sociocultural environment. Children of color are overrepresented in the juvenile justice system and therefore this discussion will inevitably include a conversation on racial bias. Addressing trauma without discussing racial biases risks incorrectly implying that youth of color are system-involved because of family problems rather than system biases. Lastly, participants will discuss how a focus on resiliency and environmental change is needed to develop strategies to prevent substance misuse and its consequences.

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Ginger Malcom is an advocate and motivational speaker for the recovery community as a person in long-term recovery. As an internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor and peer recovery support service provider, Ginger assists others in finding a new way to live drug-free while “thriving through recovery to celebrate life!”

Peer Track – Expect Recovery: Applying the Science of Addiction Recovery & Positive Psychology

Genetic and environmental factors influence alcohol and other drug use and recovery on the brain, body, mind and spirit. 40+ years of clinical neuroscience, research shows the brain’s ability to adapt and heal accounts for the social model of recovery’s effectiveness = expect recovery with sustained engagements in recovery supports.

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Ed Rubenstein, PhD

Ed Rubenstein, PH.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and Director of Education for Heart Based Institute (501c3). He facilitates professional trainings internationally on heart based approaches to well-being, personal and spiritual growth and has successfully presented workshops at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) , the Pan American World Health Organization, and multiple community organizations.

Provider Track – A Heart Based Approach to Preventing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

In this experiential workshop participants will learn about preventing burnout and compassion fatigue by learning to enjoy the transformative benefits
resulting from the natural state of heart-mind alignment including enhanced feelings of peace, calm, joy and gratitude.

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Stephanie Gans, LCAS, LCSWA, CTTS

Stephanie Gans is the Tobacco Treatment Specialist at the North Carolina Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch. She provides free technical assistance with integrating and providing tobacco use treatment in both medical and behavioral health

Integrating Tobacco Use Treatment into Substance Use Disorder Treatment Settings

This presentation introduces the current standard of care for tobacco use treatment (including information about e-cigarettes and emerging products) and practical information on tobacco use treatment integration. Participants will gain a familiarity with referral resources, such as the QuitlineNC’s Behavioral Health Protocol, that can help their clients become tobacco free.

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Marsha Partington, MA, LADC

Marsha has been advocating for the LGBTQ community for over 30 years. Currently a Masters Level Substance Abuse Counselor at Club Recovery, Edina, MN providing outpatient services in a co-occurring treatment center. Marsha presents lectures nationally for Behavioral Health Professionals, Community Members, and Organizations designed to help others create safe and nurturing environments for this diverse community.

Treating the T in LGBT

This session will cover core elements of sexual and gender identity, evolving definitions and pronoun usage. The role of privilege and internalized biases will be highlighted. Recommendations for creating safe welcoming environments and minimizing trauma responses will be discussed.

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Andrea Skidmore, MS, LCAS, CCS, MAC

Andrea currently works at Anuvia Prevention & Recovery Center in Charlotte, NC as the Clinical Manager of Residential Services. Andrea has worked in the counseling field since 2001 in education, criminal justice as a Clinical Case Manager and Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor, Educator and Clinical Supervisor, and a collegiate instructor.

New Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age

Social Networking Sites, Text Messages, Google, Email and the Internet have become ubiquitous in the everyday life of Addiction Professionals and the people they serve. How to incorporate these into Professional Ethics opens up multiple issues with respect to self-disclosure and professional boundaries. In this session participants will gain increased understanding of these various digital media and how to safely navigate them in a Professional and Personal setting.

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Michael Harney

Michael has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS/STDs/and Hepatitis since 1992. He hopes to share some of what he knows and encourages you to stay in touch if he can be of further service to the community.

HIV/STD/Hepatitis 101 – The Basics

This session will look at statistics, strategies, and harm reduction methods to address HIV/STD issues, along with learning about helpful resources and services in the region of WNC.

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Katherine Hobbs Knutson, MD MPH

Katherine Hobbs Knutson, MD MPH is the Lead Medical Director for Behavioral Health for Blue Cross North Carolina (BCNC). She is an Adult and Child Psychiatrist and adjunct Assistant Professor at the Duke University School of Medicine. At BCNC, Katherine is leading the strategy for value transformation for behavioral health, focusing on alternative payment methods, outcome measurement, and innovative service delivery models.

Lunch Plenary – Outcome Measurement & Value Payments for Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

Many health systems and payors are changing from fee-for-service to value payments for healthcare services. These payment arrangements may uniquely support delivery of treatment for substance use disorders, and they may allow for better incorporation of community-based and care coordination into standard treatment. In this presentation, we will discuss clinical outcome measurement for substance use disorders, alternative payment models broadly, and specific opportunities in North Carolina to leverage behavioral health as health systems transition to value.

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Charles Lawing, MA, LPC, CRC, LCAS-A, CVRC

Charles Lawing is currently employed with the Department of Veteran Affairs. He has over 22 years of experience with the Department of Veteran Affairs as a Rehabilitation Counselor,
Training Specialist and Addiction Therapist. A Veteran of the United States Navy, he brings over
30 years of experience in the field human services, substance abuse counseling and case

Provider Track – Chemical Dependency, Trauma and Veterans

In this session we will discuss the relationship between trauma and substance use/misuse or chemical dependency. Further discussion of military cultural competence, and historical perspective of trauma on Veteran populations. The training will address diagnosis and practical interventions used in therapy with Veterans.

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James E. Campbell, LPC, LAC, MAC, CACII

James Campbell has worked professionally in the human services field for over twenty-four years. His passion is helping individuals, families, and relationships to heal and assisting them in building on the strengths they possess. He is a nationally recognized author and speaker and serves as the current President of SCAADAC.

A Broken Path: From Adverse Childhood Experiences to Resiliency

There is a strong correlation between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Substance Use Disorders. This session is an exploration of types of ACEs as well as the impact, challenges and opportunities associated with them. Practical suggestions related to treatment of individuals who have experienced ACEs will be discussed as well.

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Patty Grant, LCSW, CSAC

Grant has worked in mental health/substance use for over 25 years. Recently retired from Cherokee Indian Hospital 2017 as one of the BHC, Behavioral Health Consultants, she worked Primarily with Native American Families, individuals and adolescents in outpatient and
residential settings. Grant is also an Enrolled Member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Transcending Trauma

This presentation will cover definition and examples of historical trauma, its impact mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually generations after the actual event. Ways to understand how the trauma continues to affect individuals and families and ways of healing and moving beyond the trauma will also be discussed.

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Eddie LeShure, CSAC, RYT 200, CPSS

Eddie LeShure is a meditation and yoga instructor, Registered Substance Abuse Counselor – Intern, and Certified Peer Support Specialist, whose primary passion is bringing evidence-based mindfulness practices into the realms of addiction recovery, trauma relief and self-care. Eddie has decades of experience in meditation and yoga, having studied worldwide. Eddie regularly teaches in numerous treatment and recovery settings, series classes, workshops, conferences, conventions and retreats, and is a co-founder of A Mindful Emergence, LLC.

Active Somatic Mindfulness for Sustainable Recovery

This session will focus on mindfulness meditation, gentle movement and self-compassion; evidence-based, highly effective practices utilized in numerous residential and non-residential settings for recovery from substance and behavioral addiction. These practices are also a valuable tool for caregivers to maintain equanimity, health and avoid compassion fatigue. This workshop is secular, straightforward, experiential, with clear direct guidance.

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Chris Budnick, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS & Brian Coon, MA, LCAS, CCS, MAC

Chris is the Executive Director for Healing Transitions. He began working in the field of addiction and recovery in 1993. He has worked in a variety of public and private clinical settings (State psychiatric facility, crisis and assessment, residential treatment, private inpatient, and social model recovery program). Brian 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.

Clinical Supervision: A Practical Primer

Workshop focuses on clinical supervision practices that promote development regardless of organizational system. The presenters will share information and tools, knowledge and experience from receiving and providing clinical supervision across their careers, and promote discussion concerning clinical supervision practice.

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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.

Overview of Recovery Supports on University and College Campuses

Introduction to collegiate recovery and its application. This course will provide a base knowledge of collegiate recovery; the history, purpose, and how it fits into the continuum of care. Furthermore, it will give an overview of North Carolina programs, and how to locate them and make proper referrals.

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David Holden, MTh, MA, MPH, LPC, LPCS, LCAS, CCS

W. David Holden works as a clinical therapist at CareNet Counseling of Wilkes in North Wilkesboro, NC, which is one of the offices of the pastoral care and counseling department of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He holds three master’s degrees: one in theology, one in psychotherapy, and one in public health. He is credentialed as both a therapist and a clinical supervisor for both mental health and addiction therapists. His presentation on organizational policies to support providers working with trauma survivors reflects more than twenty years work as an addictions therapist and distills his final paper for his public health degree, which he completed in 2017. Mr. Holden is a native of Brevard, NC, and currently lives in Boone.

Caring for the Caring: Organizational Policies to Support Providers Working with Trauma Survivors

Caregivers working with trauma survivors frequently struggle with compassion fatigue. Employers often encourage caregivers to cultivate resilience through self-care, but organizations may structure the work of caregivers in ways that reduce or intensify compassion fatigue. This presentation describes factors contributing to compassion fatigue and recommends organizational policies to reduce it.

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John Shinholser

John Shinholser serves as the President of The McShin Foundation, which was founded in 2004 and named for its two co-founders, John Shinholser and Carol McDaid. John has been in successful long-term recovery since 1982 and has dedicated his life to helping individuals and families in or seeking recovery from the disease of addiction.

Recovery Crystal Ball: What Our Recovery System Needs to Look Like & What is Most Likely

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Experience, Strengths, and Hope

This session will be an enthusiastic and passionate discussion on the recovery systems for the last 36 years. It will cover where we are now, including the dangerous and emerging “war on recovery.” What do we need to do as a society and what are the pitfalls confronting us?

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Ellen Ruebush, LCSW, LCAS & Eiman Newcomer, LCSW, LCAS, CTTS

Ellen Ruebush is the Lead Clinician at UNC Chapel Hill’s Tobacco Treatment Program in the NC Cancer Hospital. Eiman Newcomer is the Lead Inpatient Clinician at UNC Chapel Hill’s Tobacco Treatment Program. Ellen and Eiman provide tobacco use counseling and have a background in community mental health.

E-cigarettes: Health Hazard or Harm Reduction?

Presenters will discuss the evolution of e-cigarettes, the trends in use of these products with a focus on adolescents and young adults, and the current understanding regarding risks and potential benefits of these products.