Morning Mini-Track Sessions

MINI-A. So, You Want to Get Credentialed?

Presenters: Danny Graves, LCAS, CCS; Mark Crabtree, MHR, LCAS, CCS

Description: The North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) Forum session will include a brief history of the Board and the addiction profession in North Carolina. Requirements for all NCSAPPB-offered credentials will be reviewed from initial application through registration to fully credentialed status and biannual renewal.

(Sponsored By: NCSAPPB)

MINI-B. Management of Pain and Addiction in the Face of the Opioid Epidemic

Presenter: David E. Smith, MD, FASAM, FAACT

Description: This presentation will focus on the opiate epidemic, the bimodal curve (looking at drug use in younger vs. older Americans), prescription drug abuse, alternative pain management for addicts, and Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT), followed by a question and answer session.

(Sponsored By: Dominion Diagnostics)

MINI-C. Ethics as a Clinical Supervisor – We Don’t Know Much

Presenter: Michael McGuire, LCSW, LCAS, LMFT, CSS, MINT

Description: Research suggests clinical supervision is particularly rewarding for the supervisor, somewhat rewarding for the supervisee, and has limited known positive effects for the clients. Join us as we take an energetic, no-holds-barred look at the surprisingly slippery vocation of clinical supervision. This in not for the faint of heart or easily affronted, so please use discretion in choosing this particular mechanism for acquiring your mandated continuing education hours. Dress comfortably and bring your open mind.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to describe the following ethical supervisory challenges:

  • Passive Supervision vs Active Supervision
  • Helpful Supervision vs Harmful Supervision
  • Exemplary Personal Development Plans vs Something Useful
  • Core Competencies vs Favoritism
  • Productivity vs Client Care
  • Evidence-Based Models vs Fidelity
  • Years in the Field vs Effectiveness
  • Audit Proof Documentation vs Practical Expectations

(Sponsored By: Springboard Behavioral Health)

MINI-D. Motivational Interviewing: What’s Tried and True, and What’s New

Presenters: Laurie Conaty, MSW, LCSW, LCAS; and Tonya Upchurch, MS, LCAS, CSAC

Description: Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based approach that we promote in DWI Services.  MI has a broader application within our field of substance use disorder services including prevention, intervention and treatment.  This session reviews the concepts and skills of motivational interviewing (MI) and introduces concepts that have emerged since the publication of Motivational Interviewing (3rdEdition).  

Participants will receive an overview of the conceptual building blocks of MI.  There will be a brief practice of core skills. The session will review the conceptual and technical components of MI including MI spirit, processes of MI, Change and Sustain Talk and foundational skills (OARS+I).  Because learning is at its best when the learner is highly engaged, the instructor will use a dynamic blend of didactic, observation, discussion and exercises to communicate ideas and practice skills.

Goals: Participants will recognize that Motivational Interviewing is an evolving method for counselors to engage clients. Attendees will also discover or rediscover how to identify and respond to indications of client readiness, observe how small changes in practice can enhance results, how to utilize and refine MI skills, and how to respond more effectively in the context of their work. 

Learning Objectives:

 At the conclusion of the session, participants will:

  • Recognize and describe the four core elements of MI spirit;
  • Identify and describe the five core skills in MI (OARS+I);
  • Describe two areas of new development in Motivational Interviewing
  • Demonstrate successful use of a reflection in response to a stem question

(Sponsored By: DWI Services and Prevention Research Institute)

MINI-E. Red Light: Reducing the Harm in Sex Work (Drug Use, Opioids and HIV) [CANCELLED]

Presenters: Stephanie M. Dixon, CSAC; and James Sizemore, BA, MDiv

Description: Many patients in treatment are or have been sex workers.  How do you start a conversation about their work and their experiences?  What resources are available in your community?  Should we expect a patient to stop this work if they do not want to, and how can we make their work safer?  This will be an interactive discussion for treatment providers interested in strengthening their knowledge of sex workers, their legalities and rights, and will also help providers learn how to have open and honest conversations that are not stigmatizing.  Participants will also develop skills needed to provide sex working patients with tips on how to work safely.  Topics will also include HIV and STD testing, opioids,  and how to help a patient understand the importance of knowing their status and how to start sex worker outreach in your area.

MINI-F. EMDR and Adaptive Information Processing: Exploring Treatment for Substance Use [CANCELLED]

Presenter: Cheryl Harrison, MA, LPC, MSW, NCC, LCSW, RYT 200


Unfortunately, many individuals with substance use disorders also have experienced one or more traumas. Treatment for these co-occurring disorders should be integrated and the use of EMDR can be helpful for some people.

This mini-track session will give an overview of the 8 phases of the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy protocol. A brief description of how EMDR therapy effects neurobiology of the brain will be provided and the trainer will provide awareness of protocols within the EMDR Adaptive Information Processing model could assist with clients with addressing craving and strong associations with all phases of use. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the Adaptive Information Processing Model of EMDR Therapy
  • Understand and identify appropriate treatment planning for clients who have experienced trauma
  • Gain awareness of different protocols for alleviating acute symptoms of craving

MINI-G. Neuroscience and Dimensions of Addiction and Recovery

Presenter: Deb Lynskey-Lake, MSW, LCSW

Description: The psycho-bio-social-spiritual dimensions of substance use disorder (SUD) are often complicated with co-morbidities. We examine the challenges and solutions in neurological and psychological development. It will be shown that the neuroscience of the brain’s plasticity informs treatment in engaging the patient in restoring normal neuropathways.  Therapies may include self-regulation exercises in addressing issues of sleep and stress/anxiety management; meditation; biofeedback and cognitive behavioral therapies.  Sonic stimulation has been shown to shift brain activity to more positive tracks. Family involvement has is demonstrated a positive impact on treatment success. Twelve Step education and practice provide ongoing support. Case studies, data, clinical experience and science inform the topic.

(Sponsored By: Origins Behavioral Healthcare)

MINI-H. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Theory, Interventions, and Implications for Substance Use Disorders

Presenter: Allison Zangari, LMHC, LMFT


Explore the principles and key tenets of the ACT model, such as acceptance, cognitive defusion, self-as-context, and mindfulness, and how to apply these concepts with clients. Acceptance is at the core of this modality, creating separation between thoughts and feelings and the self, in order to reduce suffering and motivate actions toward change.  Specific applications in this model exist for applying the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy interventions to clients with addiction issues.

(Sponsored By: The Refuge)

MINI-I. Marijuana Legalization – What You Need to Know

Presenter: Robert Martin, JC, CEAP

Description: Marijuana is being legalized every year in more states. There are some benefits; many are controversial and littered with hard to analyze facts. With every state that legalizes the drug, more people will use it. What do counselors need to know? How will legalization affect my program or practice? Find out how to become proactive and politically involved. This presentation will be a colorful and pointed examination of the myths of legalization. Political bias and economic drivers of the push for legalization will be examined honestly.

(Sponsored By: RE Martin and Associates)

MINI-J. Human Trafficking 101 and the Intersection of Human Trafficking and Substance Use

Presenter: Christine Shaw Long, MSW

Description: Human trafficking is not a victimless crime. This presentation will cover definition, typology, scope of and how to recognize & respond to potential survivors of human trafficking. The presentation will look into the intersection of human trafficking and substance use to dive deep into common case scenarios, mindset of the survivor and what practitioners can do if they suspect human trafficking. Participants will be familiarized with the definition, scope and typology of human trafficking in NC. 2.) Participants will learn how to recognize possible situations of human trafficking, as well as gain a general understanding of how to respond. 3.) Participants will learn possible situations in which substance use can create a vulnerability for being trafficked, as well as situations in which substances are used to force someone into commercial sex.

MINI-K. Medication-Assisted Treatment: Examining Biases, Prejudices  & Implications [CANCELLED]

Presenters: Scott Luetgenau, MSW, LCAS

Description: Opioids are so powerful they change our brain chemistry.  It seems like a paradox but there is a preponderance of evidence showing the best way to treat severe opioid addiction is with opioids.  How can that be and what are the implications of unaddressed biases toward this model of treatment?  Explore the brain science of opioid addiction while examining the data and anecdotal evidece supporting medication-assisted treatment.

(Sponsored By: SouthLight Healthcare)

MINI-L. Responding to Stressful Experiences with Yoga and Mindfulness: Exploring Positive Self-Care [CANCELLED]

Presenter: Rebecca Wheeler, MA, MEd, RYT, CSAPC

Description: Participants will learn the biological and neurological aspects of stress, as well as, examine prominent stress theories. In addition, we will explore strategies for managing stress through positive self-care practices.

(Sponsored By: The Poe Center)