2014 NCFADS Summer School: July 28 – Aug 1st

July 28th to August 1st (5-Day Format)  |  University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW)

Up to 32 Credit Hours  | Registration Closed

About the Summer School

The NC Foundation for Alcohol & Drug Studies is pleased to present the 2014 Summer School, July 28th through August 1st at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW). Details are still coming, but rest assured, this year’s Summer School is sure to not only educate, but entertain as well!

NCFADS Summer School Scholarships

Twenty-four scholarships were available 2014 NCFADS Summer School, however, the application submission deadline was April 30th. We are no longer accepting additional applications.

Professional Credit Hours

The Summer School has been designed to serve the needs of many professional groups. Up to three types of school credit are included in the school cost. All choice(s) of credit must be indicated on the registration form during the pre-registration period.


The Foundation is pleased to present the 37th Annual North Carolina Summer School for Alcohol and Drug Studies.  The school schedule and format feature an emphasis on in-depth study and a setting designed to enhance learning and create a spirit of “community” for all participants.

The Summer School is designed to serve the needs of various persons working in the field of chemical dependency as well as educators and health care professionals. Outstanding faculty possessing excellent credentials and expertise will present a variety of study tracks. The Summer School will be affiliated with UNC Wilmington for management of certain credit records and other specific services.

Costs: • Full-time Campus Residents: $665 (includes housing; All Training Sessions; 4 Breakfasts; 5 Lunches) • Full-time Commuters: $595 (includes All Training Sessions; 5 Lunches) • Main Track Campus Residents: $425 (includes housing; Main Track and Closing Plenary Sessions; 3 Breakfasts; 3 Lunches) • Main Track Commuters: $330 (Main Track and Closing Plenary Sessions; 3 Lunches) • Tuesday Only Commuters: $145 (includes One Mini Track and One Plenary; Lunch)   Early-Bird Registration OPENS by May 7, 2014 ALL Registration CLOSES on July 21, 2014


  • SAS & DWI Offenses
  • Gang Psychology
  • Seeking Safety
  • Mentoring
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
  • Supervision
  • Process Addictions
  • Self-Injurious Behaviors
  • Love, Lust & Limerence
  • Family Dynamics
  • Opiate Abuse
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Marijuana & Addiction
  • Therapy with CD Persons
  • Adv. Creative Group Skills
  • Clinical Supervision
  • CBT for Substance Use Disorders
  • Neuroscientific Basis of Addiction
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Working with Problem Gamblers
  • Adolescents
  • Prevention/Intervention
  • Emotional Freedom Tech.
  • Combat Trauma
  • Chronic Pain & Recovery

NCFADS School Class     NCFADS School Exhibitor     NCFADS School Team

Conference Schedule


Monday, July 28, 2014

10:00 – 12:00 p.m. — Registration & Check-In  (Warwick Center)

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. — Lunch & Opening Speaker (Burney Center)

2:15 – 3:30 p.m. — Opening Plenary (Burney Center)

“Our Addicted Society: What Can We Do?” (Christopher Kennedy Lawford)

Opening Plenary: “The Science of Biological Prevention: Will My Child Become an Alcoholic or Drug Addict?” (Merrill Norton)
–>  Download Presentation: Will My Child Become an Alcoholic or Drug Addict?

General Plenary Session: “Pharmacology For The Addiction Professional: 2014” (Merrill Norton)
–>  Download Presentation: Pharmacology For The Addiction Professional: 2014 (Part 1)
–>  Download Presentation: Pharmacology For The Addiction Professional: 2014 (Part 2)
–>  Download Presentation: Pharmacology For The Addiction Professional: 2014 (Part 3)

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. — Break

3:45 – 5:15 p.m. — Plenary Session (Bureny Center)

Dinner On Your Own

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

7:00 – 7:45 a.m. — Breakfast (Wagoner Hall)

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. — Mini-Track Sessions

Session BB201: “So, You Want To Get Credentialed?”

Session BB202: Pain and Addiction: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies for Diagnosing and Treating Both Conditions

Session BB203: HIV/AIDS and other Blood Borne Pathogens

Session BB204: Substance Abuse Services for Individuals with DWI Offenses-Update

Session BB205: Gangs: Engaging the Disengaged

Session BB206: Seeking Safety Overview

Session BB207: Mentoring in the Addictions Field

Session BB208: ACT With Substance Abuse Issues Utilizing the MATRIX

Session BB209: Professionalism & Supervision in Addictions Treatment

Session BB210: Empathy & Compassion Satisfaction: Thriving in the Clinical World

Session BB211: Process Addictions

Session BB212: CUTTING EDGE: Assessing & Treating Clients with Self-Injurious Behaviors

Session BB213: “What It Means To Be A SA Professional”

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. — Break

10:15 – 12:30 p.m. — Mini-Track Sessions (Continued)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. — Lunch (Wagoner Hall)

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. — Plenary Breakout Sessions

Session CC401: Love, Lust & Limerence
–>  Download Presentation: Love, Lust & Limerence

Session CC402: Family Dynamics in Addiction & Supporting the Shift Towards Recovery
–>  Download Presentation: Supporting Families Through The Trauma of Recovery
–>  Download Presentation: Family Intervention Now NC

Session CC403: Opiate Abuse
–>  Download Presentation: Opiate Abuse

Session CC404: Marijuana Use & Implications for Addictions
–>  Download Presentation: Marijuana Use & Implications for Addictions

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. — Break

3:15 – 5:15 p.m. — Plenary Breakout Sessions (Continued)

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. — EXTRA CREDIT SESSION

Session EE100: The Effect of Alcoholism & Addiction on The Individual and Family


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

7:00 – 7:45 a.m. — Breakfast (Wagoner Hall)

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. — Main Track Sessions (Continued)

10:00 – 10:15 p.m. — Refreshment Break

10:15 – 12:30 p.m. — Main Track Sessions (Continued)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. — Lunch (Wagoner Hall)

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. — Main Track Sessions (Continued)

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. — Break

3:15 – 5:15 p.m. — Main Track Sessions (Continued)

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. — EXTRA CREDIT SESSION

Session EE200: How Al-Anon’s Core Principles Support and Strengthen Mental Health Best Practices.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

7:00 – 7:45 a.m. — Breakfast (Wagoner Hall)

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. — Main Track Sessions (Continued)

10:00 – 10:15 p.m. — Refreshment Break

10:15 – 12:30 p.m. — Main Track Sessions (Continued)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. — Lunch (Wagoner Hall)


Friday, August 1, 2014

7:00 – 7:45 a.m. — Breakfast (Wagoner Hall)

8:15 – 10:00 a.m. — Main Track Sessions (Continued)

10:00 – 10:15 p.m. — Refreshment Break

10:15 – 12:30 p.m. — Main Track Sessions (Continued)

12:45 – 2:45 p.m. — Closing Luncheon & Plenary Speaker (Burney Center)

“The Positive Power of Humor in Recovery: Tools & Techniques” (Sandy Queen)

Main Tracks


AA001. A Practical Approach To Therapy With The Chemically Dependent Person (16 hrs.)

Level: Basic
Instructor: James A. (Al) Greene, MSW, LCAS, CCS
Description: This course will provide participants with a nuts-and-bolts overview of treatment and recovery issues from intake/assessment to late-stage recovery. Participants will learn practical treatment interventions through early, middle and late-stage recovery, emphasizing four levels of helper interventions. Emphasis will be given to addiction-related issues such as denial, resistance, grief and relapse. This course is especially suitable for relative newcomers and for experienced counselors interested in a review of basic concepts.


AA002. Advanced Creative Group Skills (16 hrs.)

Level: Advanced
Instructor: Geri Miller, Ph.D.
Description: This course is designed to provide participants with both theoretical and practical information about group counseling. The course will be equally divided into knowledge of group development and experiential activities. Special emphasis will be given during the training on motivational interviewing approaches and techniques.


AA003. Advanced Clinical Supervision (16 hrs.)

Level: Advanced
Instructor: Lori Ann Stretch, Ph.D., LPCS, ACS
Description: This course is for persons with experience as a clinical supervisor who seek to use evidence-based practices. Participants should have a basic knowledge of clinical supervision theories and techniques. Participants will utilize the central principles of supervision to develop a comprehensive supervision plan that accounts for developmental levels, key administrative duties, legal and ethical issues, cultural considerations, gatekeeping, as well as evaluation and assessment techniques. The sessions will be a blend of mini-lectures to review core concepts, experiential activities, small group work, and a peer group supervision experience.


AA004. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) For Substance Use Disorders (17 hrs.)

Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Lynn Ingram, LCAS-P, HSP-PA
Description: This workshop is designed to provide participants with an understanding of cognitive behavioral therapy and the ability to use cognitive behavioral techniques with clients struggling with substance use problems and other disorders. Participants will learn how to conduct cognitive behavioral assessments and functional analyses and will be instructed in how to teach their clients to conduct their own functional analyses, both formally and informally. Instruction will be provided in specific cognitive interventions and behavioral interventions, including motivation enhancement, skills training, and relapse prevention. Participants will also learn mindfulness interventions and acceptance-and-commitment therapy interventions that can be integrated into traditional cognitive behavioral treatment. The workshop includes lecture, video, and experiential components.


AA005. Neuroscientific Basis of Addiction and Recovery (17 hrs.)

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructor: Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD. CADC III
Description: Despite passage of the Addictions Equity Act in 2008, great stigma exists about those vulnerable to Addiction and Related Disorders. This stigma leads to much undue shame and guilt suffered by addicts that can then hamper their efforts to maintain sobriety. Recent research on addiction which led to the passage of the 2008 Act are starting to erode some of this stigma. Brain imaging and other research tools continue to discover variances in neuro-cellular, neuro-chemical, and neuro-functioning that underlie a vulnerability to develop compulsive and dysfunctional use of addictive substances or behaviors. This 20 hour training will show evidence of these differences and explore how the knowledge has given rise to new more effective treatments of the chronic persistent medical disorder. Relapse, especially stigmatized, will be investigated from a new perspective. The role of memory formation and neurological processes that contribute to addiction cravings that can result in interrupted abstinence will be presented.
(Sponsored by: Dominion Diagnostics)


AA006. Mental Health Disorders Co-Occurring with Addictive Disorders (16 hrs.)

Level: Basic
Instructor: Darlene Hopkins, Ph.D., LCAS, CCS
Description: This experiential workshop has been designed to develop the addiction counselor’s skill in facilitating treatment of addicted persons who also struggle with a mental health disorder. The workshop begins with an assessment of current skill level and the learning goals of the counselors in attendance. Working collaboratively, the presenter and participants will move toward meeting those goals possible within the 15 hour framework.


AA007. Problem Gambling Training for the Sophisticated Provider (16 hrs.)

Level: Advanced
Instructors: Marie Apke and Matt McCreary from Bensinger, DuPont & Associates, Chicago, Illinois
Description: This training is sponsored by the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program and the North Carolina Division of MHDDSAS. Participants will be led by Marie Apke and Matt McCreary. Designed especially for North Carolina Problem Gambling Program Treatment Providers, this track will provide participants with opportunities to learn about new and exciting national developments in the field of problem gambling treatment; Motivational Text Messaging; NIATx Provider Process Improvement; Smoking Cessation & Problem Gambling Treatment; Provider Consultation Urban vs Rural Problem Gambler Treatment Issues; Enhancing Network Provider Outreach to the Community; Shark Tank: Addressing Real World Program Needs. This track offers full scholarships; however, priority will be given to clinicians listed on the Problem Gambling Registry and those that have previously attended a problem gambling track or Sure Bet training. If you are interested in enrolling, you must receive prior approval from Smith Worth at the NC Division of MHDDSAS (smith.worth@dhhs.nc.gov). All scholarships are subject to the availability of funds.
(Sponsored by: NCPGP & NCDMHDDSAS)


AA008. Stacked Deck: An Evidence-based Program to Prevent Problem Gambling (16 hrs.)

Level: Basic
Instructors: Jessica Garfield and Ashley Trantham, Bensinger, DuPont & Associates, Chicago, Illinois
Description: This training is sponsored by the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program and the North Carolina Division of MHDDSAS. Participants will be led by Jessica Garfield and Ashley Trantham. Participants will have hands on experience and knowledge in how to effectively implement the Stacked Deck curriculum. Stacked Deck is an evidence-based program designed to prevent problem gambling in grades 9-12; however, has been in grades 7 & 8. Stacked Deck is listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. Stacked Deck is intended to change attitudes towards gambling based on the premise that attitudes are the best predictors for behavior. It increases knowledge about gambling and the odds of winning. It corrects beliefs about gambling. And finally, it prevents or decreases the frequency of gambling behavior. Up to 30 full scholarships will be awarded to participants. Priority will be given to school administrators, principals, teachers, after-school programs and community prevention specialists. Those interested in enrolling must receive prior approval from Smith Worth at the NC Division of MHDDSAS (smith.worth@dhhs.nc.gov). All scholarships are subject to the availability of funds.
(Sponsored by: NCPGP & NCDMHDDSAS)


AA009. Adolescent Substance Abuse (16 hrs.)

Level: Basic
Instructor: Richard Cole
Description: The developing brain is highly vulnerable to addictive substances and behaviors. This program will review the significance of the problem but focus on the strategies of long term interruption, intervention, and treatment of this extremely morbid and dangerous disease. The participants will have the opportunity to discuss their experience of what really works and what doesn’t and how this might be supported by the current understanding of adolescent development in our western culture.


AA010. Community Wellness, Prevention and Healthcare Integration (16 hrs.)

Level: Basic
Instructor: TBA
Description: This track is specifically designed for substance abuse prevention providers. The Track will assist substance abuse prevention providers with knowledge and direction related to the future of prevention in the changing healthcare landscape. The Community Wellness, Prevention and Healthcare Integration Team (formerly The Prevention and Early Intervention Team) of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services will examine prevention in relation to the overall wellness of communities, healthcare integration and the role of substance abuse prevention providers in this systematic coordination of general and behavioral healthcare. Integrating mental health, substance abuse, and primary care services produces the best outcomes and proves the most effective approach to caring for people with multiple healthcare needs. Presenters from the Southeast Center for Applied Technology (CAPT), Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and State office prevention staff will facilitate this process and demonstrate a model for this necessary collaboration and Coordination.


AA011. Motivational Interviewing (16 hrs.)

Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Richard Ogle, Ph.D.
Description: Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, goal oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. Currently, MI is an evidenced-based best-practice intervention for facilitating and supporting change in the context of substance abuse as well as other behavioral health problems. It can be utilized as a stand-alone intervention or integrated into other treatments. The purpose of this track is to provide a comprehensive introduction and update to MI with content designed to facilitate beginners and also sharpen the skills of those with experience. Content will be delivered through lecture, video, discussion and role-play. Special focus will be paid to the following:
1. The role of acceptance in MI.
2. Working with client values.
3. Advance strategies for structuring sessions.
4. Integrating MI into other approaches will also be addressed.


AA012. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) (16 hrs.)

Level: Basic
Instructor: Elaine DeLise
Description: Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a form of self acupressure, a revolutionary blending of western psychotherapy with Chinese medicine that uses the body’s meridian system to treat an emotional issue that could otherwise take years to unravel with talk-based therapies. Through ‘Thought Field Therapy’s’ understanding of the body/mind connection through biofeedback lead us to understand how a thought goes through the body’s energy system as ‘bio-information’ into the very cells of the body to create states of calm to states of total disruption. It has been proven that our perceptions, beliefs, and emotions change the very frequency of our cellular structure. These perceptual and energetic disturbance actually start changing our healthy DNA code into unhealthy DNA codes that can lead to major health issues.


AA013. “Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Family Therapy Techniques of John T. Edwards PhD”(16 hrs.)

Level: Basic/Intermediate
Instructor: Tab Ballis, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
Description: “I lead because I follow” was the deceptively powerful distillation of theory and practice that drew generations of clinicians to learn from the “Southern Gentleman” of family therapy, John T. Edwards, PhD. Moving the addictions treatment field toward a fuller integration of family systems during his prolific career, John was especially beloved for his ability to render complex human interactions accessible to a wide range of human service professionals. This track will employ practical skill-building, discussion, small group exercise, and archival video footage, to advance the body of work of this innovative pioneer in the art of engaging families, with an opportunity for ongoing participation in the mission of the John T. Edwards Foundation.


AA014. Substance Abuse, Combat Trauma & Returning OEF/OIF Veterans (16 hrs.)

Level: Basic
Instructor: L. Worth Bolton, ACSW,LCAS,CCS
Description: How does understanding mechanisms of combat and operational stress help us understand substance use in Veterans? This training will define the nature and impact of Combat Trauma on brain function and related issues of Substance Abuse. Most returning combat Veterans will experience post-deployment stressors and the majority cope well with the transition from combat back to a non-combat environment. This training will explain and discuss the clinical features that indicate ineffective and/or maladaptive coping for those returning with PTSD and/or other trauma-related disorders. Relevant research on assessment, diagnosis, and effective treatment planning will be reviewed.
(Sponsored by: The Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program at the UNC-CH School of Social Work)


Mini Tracks


BB201. “So, You Want To Get Credentialed?” (4 hrs.)

Instructors: Danny Graves, CSAC, CCS; Joe Fortin, MS, CCS, LCAS, MAC, LPC, NCC; Tony Beatty, MA, LCAS, CCS; Lynn Inman, CSAS, CSAPC
Description: The North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board Forum session will include a discussion on the history of the Board and the application requirements for initial credentialing and renewal of credentials.
(Sponsored by: NCSAPPB)


BB202. Pain and Addiction: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies for Diagnosing and Treating Both Conditions (4 hrs.)

Instructor: John Femino, MD, FASAM, MRO
Description: Addiction therapists often listen to their patients complain of pain and are unsure if the complaints represent a true pain disorder, under-treatment of pain because of tolerance and physical dependence, or drug seeking behavior. Referral to a primary care physician or medical specialists for assistance often results in prescription medication being approved for treatment without consideration of the addict’s recovery status or underlying motives. This course will review the biology of pain transmission and the risk of addiction when using opioids for treating chronic pain. Participants will review the assessment strategies and treatment protocol that compares the pain complaints to the timing course of opioid withdrawal, utilizing commonly available pain and withdrawal scales. Examples of commonly prescribed medications for the treatment of pain will be reviewed, with emphasis on the use of buprenorphine (Suboxone) as a clinical tool for management of patients with both conditions.
(Sponsored by: Dominion Diagnostics)


BB203. HIV/AIDS and other Blood Borne Pathogens (4 hrs.)

Instructor: Vanessa Feaster, MSW, LCSWA, LCAS
Description: This mini-track will cover HIV/AIDS and other blood borne pathogens which will also include universal precautions in the field. Clinicians will get the latest up-to- date information on treatments, medications, and possible cures. Clinicians will learn North Carolina and the nation’s updated statistics, laws and HIV/AIDS ethical considerations. Clinicians will learn techniques to effectively work with individuals living with HIV/AIDS who are also dealing with substance abuse and other mental illnesses. This session will meet the annual HIV education requirement for the majority of licensure boards.


BB204. Substance Abuse Services for Individuals with DWI Offenses-Update (4 hrs.)

Instructor: Lynn Jones, LPC, LCAS, DWI Services Program Manager
Description: This session will be an update on DWI services policies and practice. We will use case study examples to apply the new DSM5 and revised ASAM criteria, along with DWI rules/law, for diagnosis and placement decisions. It will also include a review of the most recent annual report, outcome data, and best practices in DWI services.
(Sponsored by: DWI Services – Division of MH/DD/SAS)


BB205. Gangs: Engaging the Disengaged (4 hrs.)

Instructor: Michelle H. Guarino, MSW, LCSW
Description: This mini-track will include discussions of the following:
• Current trends / gang overview
• Levels of involvement / effects on youth
• Why youth become gang involved?
• Developmental needs
• What does gang membership provide?
• Early indicators
• Gang member profile / family
• Factors that contribute to gang involvement
• Theories behind gang involvement
• What works – prevention, intervention, diversion
• Sample programs


BB006. Seeking Safety Overview (4 hrs.)

Instructor: Sharon Galusky, MSW
Description: According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs almost 1 out of every 3 veterans seeking treatment for substance abuse disorder also have experience with posttraumatic stress disorder. Seeking Safety is the first empirically studied, integrative treatment approach developed specifically to address PTSD and substance abuse challenges. The Seeking Safety manual is divided into 25 specific units, addressing a range of different cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal domains. The manual was written by Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, a Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. This Seeking Safety Overview course will provide information on its creation, tips on conducting this treatment and treatment topics.


BB207. Mentoring in the Addictions Field (4 hrs.)

Instructor: Bill Mock, Ph.D.
Description: This interactive workshop provides a unique and meaningful opportunity to build capacity in our field. The course will help prepare addiction professionals to become a mentor or a mentee in the addiction and behavioral health field. In order for effective mentorship to take place, mentees must be prepared for the mentorship experience. Mentors need screening and mentoring tools to help them organize a productive mentorship experience. Participants will use mentorship tools and group work to prepare for a future mentorship experience. Important considerations such as screening, identifying a mentee’s needs and goals for a mentorship experience, and appropriate roles and boundaries will be discussed. Please note that this course is NOT a mentorship experience, but will provide participants with specific tools needed to mentor another professional or seek and work with a mentor.
(Sponsored by: Southeast ATTC)


BB208. ACT With Substance Abuse Issues Utilizing the MATRIX (4 hrs.)

Instructor: Linda Hamilton, CSAC
Description: This workshop will include a discussion of the 6 core processes of ACT and how to use this model in substance abuse groups to create behavior change. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a contextually focused form of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to increase clients’ psychological flexibility –their ability to engage in values-based, positive behaviors while experiencing difficult thoughts, emotions, or sensations. ACT has been shown to increase effective action; reduce dysfunctional thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and alleviate psychological distress for individuals with a broad range of mental health issues.


BB209. Professionalism & Supervision in Addictions Treatment (4 hrs.)

Instructors: Robert Cox, MA, LPC, LCAS, CCMHC; Mike Vannoy, MA, LCAS, CSI, LPCA, NCC
Description: The NCSAPPB established a code of ethics to guide substance abuse professionals in their work with clients, supervisees, and the profession, yet ethical violations continue to happen. While supervisors are ethically bound to “be trained in and knowledgeable about supervision methods and techniques,” most never receive training in supervision methods during their graduate studies. This workshop will discuss competency-based supervision methods and tools useful in the professional development of pre-licensed counselors as a method for reducing ethical violations.


BB210. Empathy & Compassion Satisfaction: Thriving in the Clinical World (4 hrs.)

Instructor: Joanna Linn, Ph.D., LPC., LPCS, LCAS, CCS, NCC
Description: This training will be an opportunity to explore and discuss how empathy is related to compassion satisfaction as well as compassion fatigue. The implications of rapidly expanding research can provide new strategies to develop professional resilience, sustain effective practice, and cultivate the capacity to thrive. Experiential activities will be provided and training will be interactive.


BB211. Process Addictions (4 hrs.)

Instructor: Ellen Elliott, NCC, LCAS, LPC, CCS, CSAT (2)
Description: Many people indulge in a good meal, buy an occasional lottery ticket, go on a shopping spree, surf the net, or find themselves thinking about sex with no negative impact on their lives. Others, however, find themselves repeating the behavior over and over in a way that begins to have serious consequences in their lives and on their relationships. Process addictions, compulsive behaviors that cause similar physiological responses in the brain to chemical addiction and are recognized by the new DSM criteria for addiction, will be discussed in this workshop. Eighty-four percent (84%) of people who are chemically dependent have at least one other co-occurring addiction. Process addictions include eating disorders, work and financial disorders, internet addiction, compulsive gambling, and sex/porn addiction. These “hidden” addictions impair a person’s ability to create and maintain intimacy in relationships. Most clinicians have not been trained to recognize, treat or even to name process addictions. Failing to recognize and treat process addictions leaves substance abuse clients vulnerable for relapse. Strategies for diagnosing and treating these addictions will be presented, as well as resources for specific process addictions available for clinicians and clients including assessment tools and appropriate interventions. Information related to the impact on family members and their treatment needs will be presented as well.


BB212. CUTTING EDGE: Assessing & Treating Clients with Self-Injurious Behaviors (4 hrs.)

Instructor: Barbara Melton, M.Ed., LPC, LPCS, NCC/MAC, CACII
Description: This is a fast-paced, interesting workshop which incorporates video vignettes and case histories throughout the day in a variety of settings where counselors may encounter situations involving self-injurious/self-mutilating behaviors. Assessment tips and treatment techniques will be discussed from a variety of perspectives.
(Sponsored by: Lakeview Health)


BB213. “What It Means To Be A SA Professional” (4 hrs.)

Instructors: Angela Maxwell, CSAPC; Phil Mooring, LCAS, CSAPC; Virginia Johnson, CSAPC
Description: This workshop is designed to help students and new professionals in the field formulate professional goals and develop a plan for their substance abuse professional career. Topics to be covered include certification/licensure in addiction counseling and prevention, obtaining quality supervision, developing and managing your professional reputation, continued education and training, participation in professional associations, and making the choices to be a leader. Substance abuse professionals who will choose to lead and not just follow can expect a life-long return on the investment. While the burden of leadership may seem excessive, knowing one played a role in preventing and treating addictions, and thereby improving the health and well being of individuals, families and communities, is worth the burden. This session will cover the basic principles of leadership and help participants examine their own leadership potential.
(Sponsored by: SAMSHA & NAADAC Recovery Workforce Outreach & Education Grant; in cooperation with APNC & NCFADS)

Plenary and Extra Credit Courses


CC401. Love, Lust & Limerence

Instructor: Bill Mock, Ph.D.
Description: Our clients come to us with a wide ranging list of feelings dysfunctions. Among the most difficult of these is the inability to love and be loved. In terms of loving relationships, they report false starts, confusing endings, painful process, confusion about what this thing called love is, and how to “do it” to name a few. Many have not had good (or any) role models for how to love and be loved. Most fall into the common trap of confusing the 3 L’s; Love, Lust, and Limerence. Operational definitions of the 3 L’s will be given as well as techniques for loving and being loved effectively.
(Sponsored by: Southeast ATTC)


CC402. Family Dynamics in Addiction & Supporting the Shift Towards Recovery

Instructor: Burr Cook, RN, CAS II, NCAC, BRI-II
Description: For many families the “landscape” of early recovery remains unchanged from that of the addictive system- the trauma of active addiction is replaced by the “trauma” of recovery. Fear, mistrust, anger, tension, shame, and chaos persist along with unhealthy boundary and communication patterns, despite an addict’s abstinence and treatment. This presentation can help participant’s identify the developmental stages of “recovery “for family members, essential tasks to be accomplished for successful transition, and modalities of both professional and non professional support that can aid individual family members in their own recovery journey.
(Sponsored by: English Mountain Recovery)


CC403. Opiate Abuse

Instructors: Mike Yow, MA, LCAS; Kelly Scaggs, LCSW, LCAS
Description: We will address the biology of opiate dependence as well as current trends in the forms of abuse. We will also explore current trends in treatment including harm reduction and maintenance models, anti-craving medications, and detox protocols. We will discuss the many complications of opiate abuse including advances in Hepatitis C treatment and pain management.
(Sponsored by: Fellowship Hall)


CC404. Marijuana Use & Implications for Addictions

Instructor: John Femino, MD, FASAM, MRO
Description: Marijuana has been used for centuries for its psychoactive properties and multiple symptom relief, yet remains classified as a schedule 1 drug . Many states have passed “Medical Marijuana” laws, bypassing the FDA safety and efficacy requirements, and allowing physicians to approve, recommend, certify or prescribe. The American Society of Addiction Medicine has opposed these efforts and provided extensive evidence of its risks and benefits. This workshop will review the pharmacology of cannabinoids and provide an overview of the medical risks/benefits as detailed by the ASAM white papers. We will review the implications of these laws on substance abuse treatment, public safety and diversion of marijuana into the substance abuse population.
(Sponsored by: Dominion Diagnostics)


— Meet Our Keynote Speakers —

NCFADS Summer School Speaker, Christopher Kennedy Lawford
Christopher Kennedy Lawford

NCFADS Summer School Speaker, Merrill Norton
Merrill Norton

NCFADS Summer School Speaker, Kelly Scaggs
Kelly Scaggs

NCFADS Summer School Speaker, Bill Mock
Bill Mock

NCFADS Summer School Speaker, Sandy Queen
Sandy Queen

NCFADS Summer School Speaker, Mike Yow
Mike Yow

NCFADS Summer School Speaker, John Femino
John Femino


— 2014 Summer School Faculty Speaker Bios —

Christopher Kennedy Lawford

Navigates between Washington DC and Los Angeles as an actor, author and advocate. Lawford has worked extensively in politics, government and the non-profit sector as well as spending twenty years in the film and television business as an actor, lawyer, executive, and producer. Before this, Lawford battled a drug and alcohol addiction for much of his young life. In recovery for more than 25 years, he now dedicates most of his time and energy in the hopes of making a difference in this global public health crisis. He works with a number of partners in private industry, the non-profit sector, state and federal governments and patient advocacy groups to effect change and raise awareness globally about the pressing public health issues of addiction recovery and Hepatitis C, including the United Nations, the White House Office on Drug Control Policy, the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse, and the World Health Organization. In 2011, Lawford was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime to promote activities supporting drug treatment, care and recovery. In March 2009, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Lawford to the California Public Health Advisory Committee. The Public Health Advisory Committee provides advice and recommendations to California Director of Public Health on programs and policies to improve the health and safety of Californians and helps identify strategies to improve public health program effectiveness and identify emerging public health issues. Additionally, Lawford acts as the Public Advocacy Consultant for Caron Treatment Centers and as a National Spokesperson for a Hepatitis C public awareness campaign. As the author of the New York Times bestseller, Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption, Lawford illuminates his extraordinary life and the tragedies he has faced, offering a cohesive message of survival, hope, and inspiration. Lawford released his second New York Times bestseller, Moments of Clarity, in January 2009, a book of spiritual epiphanies enabling those who experienced them to move from addiction to recovery. In May of 2009, Harper Collins released his third book Healing Hepatitis C. Lawford’s fourth book, Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction was released in January 2013 and has recently been named to the New York Times Bestseller list. Lawford holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University, a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School and a Masters Certification in Clinical Psychology from Harvard Medical School where he gained an academic appointment as a Lecturer in Psychiatry.    

Merrill Norton, Pharm.D., D.Ph., ICCDP-D

A Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy with his specialty areas to include psychopharmacology and addiction pharmacy. He is also a faculty member of the Fairleigh-Dickinson University Postdoctoral Training Program in the Masters of Psychopharmacology, University of Georgia School of Continuing Education, and Berry College in the areas of Psychopharmacology and Addiction Pharmacy. His area of specialty in addiction pharmacy is the management of chronic pain in the addicted patient. Dr. Norton is the 2009 recipient of the Georgia School of Addiction Studies (GSAS) Excellence in Addiction Treatment Individual Achievement Award “for his unselfish dedication to the treatment of addicted families, not only in the state of Georgia, but nationally.” Dr. Norton was recognized by the GSAS Board of Directors for the ongoing development of undergraduate and graduate curriculum and drug research in the area of addiction pharmacy. His book, The Pharmacology of Psychoactive Chemical Use, Abuse, and Dependence, and his DVD series, “The Hijacking of the Brain” have been used to train thousands of mental health professionals nationally; they have become the standards of teaching excellence in the addiction treatment profession. His new book, The Pharmacology of Substance Use Disorders will be released in 2013.    

Kelly Scaggs, LCSW, LCAS

Has over 23 years of experience in behavioral health. She has practiced in both Florida and North Carolina. Kelly joined the staff of Fellowship Hall in 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida Kelly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. She is also an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has extensive experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health, substance abuse, women’s health issues, bereavement and family therapy.    

William L. Mock, Ph.D., LISW, LICDC, SAP

Executive Director of the Center for Interpersonal Development, and Chief Trainer for the Ohio Institute for Addiction Studies in Lakewood, Ohio. He is the Principle Training Officer for Professional Training Center, a professional development service specializing in DOT drug and alcohol and Drug Free Workplace issues. His academic degrees include a Doctorate in Psychology and Masters in Social Work. He is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Independent Social Worker, Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor and DOT qualified SAP. He has expertise in chemical dependency treatment, family systems treatment and organizational systems development. He has provided training and consultation in several countries to such diverse groups as treatment/prevention providers, family therapists, industry leaders, educators, administrators SAP’s and criminal justice personnel.    

Sandy Queen

A presenter at schools of alcohol and drug studies for the past 30 years, helping clinicians take a different look at many of the phases of prevention, treatment and recovery. Sandy has worked with young people and adults around the world and throughout the U.S. for the past 35 years, and is the 2012 winner of the prestigious Halbert Dunn Award, presented by the National Wellness Institute in Stevens Point, Wisconsin to the most outstanding wellness practitioner. She is currently serving in her favorite capacity of working with young people in Maryland as a consultant to a youth-led organization that examines issues germane to middle and high school students, and is also serving as school psychologist for a k-8 parochial school. Sandy brings humor and enlightening conversation to her sessions and helps both clients and clinicians take a different look at their lives and journeys.    

John Femino, MD, FASAM, MRO

Graduated from Brown University School of Medicine and completed residency in internal medicine and post-doctoral fellowships in clinical psychopharmacology and drug and alcohol abuse. He was the recipient of the Career Teacher in Alcohol and Drug Abuse grant at Brown University and was one of the first faculty members at the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, teaching in clinical faculty positions for the last 20 years. Dr. Femino has been on the board of directors of the Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and has been the substance abuse consultant to major insurance companies in RI. In 1996, he founded Meadows Edge Recovery Center, a state licensed substance abuse treatment program and multidisciplinary medical and mental health group practice in North Kingstown, RI. Dr. Femino is board certified in internal medicine, received ASAM certification in 1986, was recertified in 2000 as an MRO and obtained fellowship status. He has been involved in ASAM related administrative activity for many years, and is currently a member of the SMSS program. This effort has resulted in the formation of a new state chapter, RISAM, for which he serves as president. The chapter is in the process of obtaining recognition as a state medical specialty society and setting up a centralized office. Dr. Femino also has started within RISAM a cooperative project with the state community prevention task forces, entitled the “Rhode Island Physician Initiative”. Other major efforts have been in the areas of videotaping production and development of educational materials. He was co-director of a non-profit children’s television production company and produced 7 substance abuse related videotapes and 2 prime time television specials. One of the productions won a cable ACE award and 3 of the videotapes have been sold through secondary school educational distributors. He am a frequent lecturer and educational consultant on the neurobiology of addiction and received a grant from the NE-ATTC and CSAT to produce an educational curriculum for high school students, entitled “The Academy Curriculum: The Biology of Addiction”.    

Mike Yow, MA, LCAS

Mike began his career in substance abuse treatment in 1988 at the Crawford Center in Greensboro, NC. He then moved to Green Point, Inc. in High Point, NC where he helped facilitate a daytime IOP program, and carried a case load of DSS involved clients, TASC involved clients and clients involved in the methadone program. In 1993 Mike joined Fellowship Hall, Inc. in Greensboro, NC, where he has been the Assistant Clinical Director since 2006. In 2012 he helped plan and implement the Extended Treatment Program at Fellowship Hall; he currently serves as the primary counselor for the male guests, along with his other clinical duties . Mike also began training in Externalization Workshops developed by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in 1995 and in 2000 joined the staff of Edgebrook, Inc., staffing externalization workshops that help participants begin to resolve grief, loss and trauma issues. He has a degree in Religion and Psychology from Greensboro College where he was inducted into Psi Chi and was the winner of the of the Excellence in Religious Thought award. He holds a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from UNCG. Mike was first certified by the NCSAPPB in 1993 and licensed in 1998. He served as an evaluator for the NCSAPPB for 10 yrs. Mike has also been a presenter at NCAARF as well as other forums.    

Tab Ballis, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and Certified Clinical Supervisor, in private practice at Insight Wellness Services, in Wilmington, NC (www.insightwellnessservices.com). Tab is a faculty member of the University of North Carolina Wilmington School of Social Work and served as a Board member for the National Association of Social Workers, North Carolina Chapter. Studying structural/strategic family systems therapy with nationally-known expert, John T. Edwards, PhD, Tab assisted Dr. Edwards with training and development of professional education materials and serves as the Media Director for the John T. Edwards Foundation.    


Chief Operating Officer and manages all internal functions for BDA, the 6th largest Employee Assistance Program in the nation, reaching over 9.8 million employees. Ms. Apke provides overall direction for the organization and ensures that our services result in high levels of customer satisfaction. She also oversees the quality of clinical services provided by BDA’s pool of Masters-level Clinicians and provides accountability for its extensive network of Associate Providers. Additionally, Ms. Apke supervises and plays a significant role in the implementation of BDA’s innovative array of problem gambling services including help lines, outreach and awareness initiatives, and its highly regarded Clinical Therapist training. Ms. Apke has been instrumental in BDA’s role as the first provider of telephone-based case management for problem gamblers and concerned others and continues to develop new strategies for working with these populations. She has also forged relationships with Gambling Councils and state agencies throughout the country to expand BDA’s work in the field. Ms. Apke is a skilled presenter and dynamic trainer who also works directly with clinical therapists and other professionals working with problem gamblers and concerned others. As BDA’s Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Apke oversees all the internal functions including clinician supervision, quality assurance, internal training, and business and product development activities that support the organization’s problem gambling programs and other activities. Prior to moving into her current role, Ms. Apke had substantial clinical supervision and leadership responsibilities at BDA.    

Tony Beatty, MA, LCAS, CCS

Began his career at the Seventh Street Detoxification Center in Charlotte in August 1982. He retired from Mecklenburg County in November 2012 as the Program Administrator for the Substance Abuse Services Division of the Provided Services Organization. Tony currently is a full-time instructor in the substance abuse counseling program at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tony earned a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982, a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1989 and a Master of Divinity degree from Gardner-Webb University in 1998. Tony is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. In 2004 Tony was selected to participate in the North Carolina Addictions Fellows Program. In 2008 he received the Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2009 Tony was selected to attend the Southeastern Addiction Technology Transfer Center’s Leadership Institute and in July 2009 he began serving a four year term on the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. He was re-elected for a second four year term in 2012. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).    

Burr Cook, RN, CAS II, NCAC, BRI-II.

His experiences with interventions began in the early 1980’s participating in crises interventions in the healthcare field. He is a Board Registered Interventionist through the Association of Intervention Specialist Credentialing Board (AISCB), a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Recovery Specialist II (Certified Addiction Specialist-CAS II), a Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor (NCAC) and a Registered Nurse. He is trained and experienced in the Johnson, Systemic, and Arise models of intervention and he is also a Certified Arise Interventionist (CAI). He is a member of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC), the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), the Network of Independent Interventionists (NII) and the Association of Arise Interventionists (AAI). In addition, he serves on the boards of NII and PALM (Problems of Addiction in Labor and Management). He has worked in state licensed inpatient addiction treatment centers and detoxification facilities as a nurse, counselor, program developer, educator and director of admissions. His experience and knowledge of the intervention, treatment and recovery process has given him the resources and skill needed to implement comprehensive, effective recovery plans for addicts and their families.    

L. Worth Bolton, ACSW, LCAS, CCS

A Clinical Assistant Professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work, coordinating and teaching in the Certificate of Substance Abuse Studies Program. Before joining the Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program staff at UNC in 1997, Worth has worked in substance abuse programs since 1974 and has served on the boards of the N.C. Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board and the N.C. Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies.    

Richard M. Cole

Insights Founder and President, earned his Bachelor’s of Psychology at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He earned his Master’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. Mr. Cole is a South Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor and holds the SAP (Federally registered Substance Abuse Professional) credential, the NCAC II (National Certified Addictions Counselor Level II) credential, and the CEAP (Certified Employee Assistance Professional) credential. Mr. Cole is also a Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) and maintains his CCS (Certified Clinical Supervisor) credential. Mr. Cole has been a behavioral health practitioner for 24 years.    

Robert M. Cox, MA, LPC, LCAS, CCMHC

Has 15 years experience as a professional counselor. He earned his Master’s Degree at Appalachian State University with a concentration in Community Counseling. Upon graduation he joined New River Behavioral Healthcare as a crisis intervention counselor and provider in the Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program. While serving as Director of Acute Care Services and Director of Residential Services he supervised unlicensed and pre-licensed direct service providers and developed training programs to guide service provision. Robert is currently employed as a group therapist in an acute crisis stabilization unit where he has instituted trauma-informed care for adult and adolescent populations. Robert is a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research at the University of Memphis. Robert is a NBCC Minority Scholars Fellow.    

Elaine Christine DeLise

Has a BS in Elementary Education; MS in Psychology (Clinical); MS in Analysis (Object Relations); MS in Hypnotherapy: American Board, Transpersonal; Reiki Master; EFT under Rodger Callahan; and EFT under Gary Craig.    

Ellen Elliott, NCC, LCAS, LPC, CCS, CSAT Candidate (2)

Serves as the director and primary therapist at LifeSkills Counseling Center. Her particular focus is in addictions and addictions-related issues including co-dependency and family recovery, as well as psychological and emotional trauma. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a counselor.    

Vanessa Feaster, MSW, LCSWA, LCAS

Has been presenting HIV/AIDS health education since 1996. She began her career in HIV/AIDS with the department of Health and Human Services (office of AIDS Coordination), San Diego, CA. Ms. Feaster worked as a community liaison, case manager and group facilitator providing HIV/AIDS education for individuals living with HIV/AIDS in a residential substance abuse facility. Ms. Feaster earned her BSW at Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD 1992) and her MSW at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA 1994). Ms. Feaster is licensed as a substance abuse clinician in the state of North Carolina and she is currently working at Daymark Recovery Center in Concord NC as a Human Service Clinician, serving individuals with co-occurring disorders. Ms. Feaster is committed to serving the disenfranchised population which includes people of color, women, the ex- offender, the homeless, as well as the LBGT community. In her spare time, Ms. feaster enjoys spending quality time with family, helping to take care of 3 young cousins (ages 5, 7, and 10 all girls), traveling and appreciating life’s little blessings.    

Joe Fortin, NCC, MAC, LPC, LCAS, CCS

Has been working for Guilford County since 1999, currently providing behavioral health assessment and treatment services for individuals involved with the Department of Social Services. Joe is the NBCC representative on the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board, serving on the ethics committee.    

Sharon Galusky, MSW, QP

Holds a Master of Social Work degree from UNC Charlotte. She has 26 years of experience in the human service field as an educator, vocational instructor and case manager. Sharon currently has the pleasure of working with Promise Resource Network, teaching recovery skills to professionals and service participants experiencing challenges with mental health and substance abuse issues.    

Michelle Guarino, MSW

Earned a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Master’s of Social Work from New York University. Michelle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked with gang affiliated / high-risk youth and families since 1996. Michelle began her career as the Youth Intervention Counselor for the New Hanover County / Wilmington City Gang Task Force, a first of its kind position employing a civilian within a law enforcement entity to intervene with gangs, gang members and families. Michelle has received Gang Counseling Techniques training from the National Gang Crime Research, as well as Primary Gang Specialist Certification. Michelle has trained agencies such as ROCIC Gang Conference, NC Governor’s Crime Commission, National Gang Crime Research Center Gang Conference, Project Safe Neighborhoods, NC Parks and Recreation, NC Association of Substance Abuse Counselors, Camp Eckerd, the North Carolina University system, Department of Juvenile Justice and various law enforcement agencies. Michelle has also worked as an outpatient therapist specializing in children and youth with a focus on adjudicated youth and gang affiliated youth. Michelle is co-author of “Best Practices Manual: The Wilmington Youth Violence Intervention Program, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Lower Cape Fear Gang Task Force Assessment” and “A Second’s Chance”- Gang Violence Task Force Prevention Program” published in the American Surgeon journal. Michelle serves as the Director of Program Development for the North Carolina Gang Investigators Association and has assisted the association in implementing Gang Free NC. Michelle recently served on the Governor’s Gang Task Force as the Chair for the Intervention sub-committee. Past recognitions include: Recipient of the Carolyn and Richter Moore Citizen Award 2012, New Hanover County Human Relations Woman of the Year 2000 for Program Development and Service provided to at-risk and gang affiliated youth, Recipient of the Walter Lawson NOBLE award and the Governor’s Crime Commission “Excellence in Juvenile Crime Prevention” award, as well as recipient of the “Cape Fear Peace Prize” for contributions made to at-risk and gang affiliated youth. Michelle is currently employed as the Crisis Unit / Human Services Division Supervisor and the Crisis Negotiation Team Coordinator with Chapel Hill Police Department. Michelle is also a Professor for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington School of Social Work.    

Jessica L. Garfield, LCPC, CEAP, PCGC, ICCGC, CADC, Problem Gambling Services Coordinator

A member of BDA’s Problem Gambling Services Team and provides assessment, counseling, crisis intervention and referral services on the North Carolina Problem Gambling Help Line. Ms. Garfield Coordinates BDA’s award winning Call to Change (C2C) Program and conducts follow up phone calls to gamblers and concerned others who contact the help line. Ms. Garfield has been a Lead Trainer for the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program’s Sure Bet training series for the past three years. Additionally Ms. Garfield is responsible for internal Problem Gambling Counseling training as well as new hire orientation of help line counselors, reporting, billing & clinical operations of the North Carolina Problem Gambling Help Line.    

Danny Graves, CSAC, CCS

Currently a Clinical Supervisor at the McLeod Addictive Disease Center in Charlotte, NC. His specific responsibilities include designing and implementing supervision plans with clinical staff, ongoing individual and group supervision, training and education to staff, etc. Previous employment positions include Narcotic Treatment Program Manager, Compliance Director, Adult Outpatient Director, Team Program Leader, and Adolescent Facility Coordinator/Counselor.    

Darlene Hopkins, Ph.D., LPCS, LCAS, CCS

Has been an addictions counselor for 25 years. She established the Center for Personal Development at Methodist University and continues to serve as Clinical Director. Dr. Hopkins trained in Motivational Interviewing with Bill Miller at the University of New Mexico. She teaches Abnormal Psychology, Counseling and Developmental Psychology to undergraduate social work and psychology students at Methodist University and hosts annual graduate student internships. She has served for the past four years as the South Central Regional Vice President of Addictions Professionals of NC and teaches several continuing education courses for addictions counselors.    

Al Greene, MSW, CCS, LCAS

Retired in 2004 from Appalachian State University as Professor Emeritus in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling, where he taught for thirty-one years. He has consulted and conducted training events widely in North Carolina and the Southeast, Nicaragua and Bolivia on addictions treatment issues and is currently a member of the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board.    

Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD, CADC III

Currently the Director of Clinical and Behavioral Health Service, Addictions Recovery Center, Medford, Oregon and Director of Research and Education at CNS Productions, Inc. in Medford, Oregon. Dr. Inaba is a Lifetime Fellow at Haight Ashbury Free Clinics in San Francisco and Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy at the University Of California San Francisco School Of Pharmacy. He also serves as Special Consultant/Instructor for the University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies and Consultant to the Veterans Administration Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Centers and Clinics in White City, Oregon. While working at the Haight-Ashbury Clinics, Dr. Inaba supervised the clinical treatment of over 250,000 self-referred substance abusers. He is also noted for his work in developing culturally consistent treatment services with the National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse and the Glide Memorial Church’s African American Extended Family Recovery Center in San Francisco. Additionally, Dr. Inaba has served on numerous boards and commissions, and he has received over 80 individual awards of merit including awards from the California Society of Addiction Medicine and the California Association of County Drug Program Administrators. He earned a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy in 1971 and has been a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Level III in Oregon since 2006. Dr. Inaba is the author of several publications and award winning educational videos on all aspects of substance abuse work. He and Mr. William Cohen co-authored Uppers, Downer, All Arounders that is used as the principal text on substance use disorders in over 300 U.S. universities and has been translated in over six foreign languages. The publication is now in its 7th Edition, published in 2011.    

Linda Hamilton

Beyond Addiction is the private practice of Linda Hamilton. Linda is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Strategic Intervention Coach and Anger Management Specialist. She specializes in the Acceptance and Commitment Training, Facilitates Substance Abuse Groups, How to Forget Smoking, Relationship Coaching, and Substance Abuse Counseling For Both Adults and Adolescents.    

Lynn Inman, CSAS, CSAPC

Has worked in a variety of areas ranging from community coalition building to inpatient treatment for over 25 years. He is credentialed by the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) as a CSAC and CSAPC. Lynn graduated from Elon University in 1986 with a bachelor’s in Philosophy and Psychology. He is a member of NCSAPPB where he is the Chair of the Ethics Committee.    

Lynn Ingram, LCAS-P, HSP-PA

A psychologist in private practice on Oak Island and a part-time instructor in the Department of Psychology at UNCW. She teaches undergraduate courses in drugs and behavior, psychopathology, psychology of personality, and general psychology. She previously worked at an outpatient substance abuse facility, where she designed and implemented a 12-week substance abuse intensive outpatient program (SAIOP). She earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UNCW and holds North Carolina LPA, LCAS-P, and HSP-PA licenses. She earned bachelor’s in elementary education from Winthrop University and later acquired certification as a special education teacher. In South Carolina, she taught intellectually challenged primary school students and high school English students, and in Georgia, she was a mathematics instructor at a Job Corps center.    

Virginia L. Johnson, CSAPC

A nationally recognized speaker, instructor, facilitator, communications specialist and marketing strategist. Her experience in bridging gaps between nonprofits, government and corporations, along with expertise in strategic planning, organizational development and nonprofit sustainability have positioned her as a knowledge leader within several fields – including her passion for substance abuse prevention, in which she has been a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant since 2001. Virginia has coordinated federal and statewide initiatives, community mobilization and capacity efforts, developed targeted messaging and integrated digital advocacy within the nonprofit sector. Virginia is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Empowered Ideas, a marketing communications firm focused on small businesses and nonprofits. Virginia also serves on the North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies (NCFADS) Board of Directors.    

Lynn B. Jones, LPC, LCAS

The Program Manager for Services for People with DWI Offenses, within the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. She has been with the Division since 2005. She has a graduate degree in Substance Abuse Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling from East Carolina University. She is the Division appointee on the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board.    

Angela Maxwell, MS, CSAPC

The Prevention Services Manager for Alcohol and Drug Services. She oversees services in ten counties and has worked in substance abuse prevention for 17 years. Angela has a B.A. Degree in English (UNC-Chapel Hill), M.S. Degree in Agency Counseling (NC A&T State University) and is a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant. She serves on several boards across North Carolina to include: NC Substance Abuse Prevention Providers’ Association (Board), Addiction Professionals of NC (Vice President), and many others. Angela has received two statewide substance abuse professional of the year awards (2008, 2010).    

Joanna Linn, Ph.D., LPC, LPCS, LCAS, CCS

Received her undergraduate degree in education, her master’s degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University and her doctorate in counseling and counselor education from UNC-Charlotte. She has been a counselor in a variety of settings ranging from Opoid Addiction Clinics and Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Programs to counseling patients with alcohol and drug-related trauma in a Level I Trauma Center. Her research areas of interest include Empathy and Secondary Traumatic Stress, Compassion Satisfaction in Helping Professionals, and Evidence Based Practices in Addiction Treatment. She currently works in Corporate Compliance at an MCO, teaches classes in substance abuse counseling and wellness as an adjunct instructor at a local community college, and conducts trainings throughout the state for NC Council of Community Programs and AHEC. She has presented at multiple organizational, regional, state, and national conferences and is a past chair of the Cutting Edges Techniques committee of the IAAOC division of the American Counseling Association.    


Vice President, Special Programs & Operations and oversees the development of clinical policy and protocol, conducts research on clinical issues and provides input regarding the direction and implementation of clinical services. Mr. McCreary assists in the development of special projects, provides direction to clinical staff in new product implementation and directs the evaluations of clinical staffing needs. Mr. McCreary also administers BDA’s Problem Gambling Programs & acts as BDA’s Technology Officer. Additionally, Mr. McCreary plans and directs all clinical technology functions, researches new technologies and develops approaches to incorporate these technologies into BDA’s service model. Mr. McCreary provides supervision to BDA’s clinical staff as well as oversight on all reporting and quality assurance functions. He also leads clinical trainings on Motivational Interviewing, Problem Gambling Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Stress Management.    

Geri Miller, Ph.D.

Diplomate in Counseling Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology, is a Full Professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling (Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track) at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. In North Carolina, Dr. Miller is a Licensed Psychologist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and a Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board Certified Clinical Supervisor. She has also received a Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders from the American Psychological Association College of Professional Psychology. Dr. Miller has worked in the counseling profession since 1976 and in the addictions field since1979. She is a volunteer with the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services and works as a volunteer psychologist at the Watauga County Health Department. Dr. Miller has published and presented research on counseling. In 2010 she published a third edition of her book on addiction counseling, Learning the Language of Addiction Counseling, with Wiley Press. In 2003 she also published a book with Wiley Press, Incorporating Spirituality in Counseling and Psychotherapy. She is currently a member of the American Psychological Association’s Psychology of Religion (Division 36) and Addictions (Division 50) and the American Counseling Association’s divisions of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC) and the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC). She is treasurer of the North Carolina ASERVIC division, Humanist division, and IAAOC division.    

Eileen Tracey, RN, CNN

Worked in New Jersey as an Intensive Care nurse for three years; she then became an Emergency Room Supervisor for seven years. Eileen has 27 years experience as a Certified Nephrology Nurse. She and her husband moved to Wilmington in 1998. Eileen retired from New Hanover Regional Medical Center in 2006. In retirement, Eileen volunteered as an RN at Cape Fear Clinic, a non-profit agency serving disenfranchised residents of the Cape Fear area. As a proud grandmother, Eileen reads to third graders at St. Mark Catholic School. Presently Eileen also volunteers at a 12 Step Recovery Office. She has been touched by substance use disorders in a variety of ways and has been active in 12 Step Recovery for 30 years.    

Barbara Melton, M.Ed., LPC, CACII

Has been in private practice in downtown Charleston, SC since 1991. One of her specialty areas of practice is in self-injurious behaviors. Over half of her clientele have this history. She has presented on this topic numerous times at the local and national level. Barbara also is adjunct faculty at Webster University in Charleston and teaches a Clinical Supervision course every summer. She has taught Psychopathology and Psycho-Diagnostics over 40 times for Coastal Carolina University and Columbia College in the past. She is an LPC Supervisor and also supervises counselors seeking their certification in addictions. She is currently on the Board of the S.C. Association for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (SCAADAC) as well as the Board of the S.C. Association of Licensed Professional Counselors (SCALPC). She is a contract supervisor for the Dorchester Alcohol & Drug Commission in Summerville, SC as well as for Clarendon Behavioral Health Services in Manning, S.C. For additional information you can consult her website at www.barbarameltonlpc.com.    

Phil Mooring, MS, LCAS, CSAPC

A Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant, is co-founder and Executive Director of Families in Action, Inc. For twelve years prior to assuming his current position in 2001, he was Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Walter B. Jones Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center, Greenville, NC. He is Vice Chairman of the NC Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, is immediate past Chairman of the NC Substance Abuse Prevention Providers Association, is a past president of Addiction and Prevention Professionals of NC, and is on the Board of Trustees of Emmanuel College. Mr. Mooring introduced the national Red Ribbon Campaign to NC, was successful in securing funding for the North Carolina Coalition Initiative (NCCI), established the NC Parent Resource Center at Families in Action, and has witnessed firsthand, and contributed to, the growth of community substance abuse prevention coalitions in NC.    

Richard Ogle, Ph.D.

Currently professor and department chair of psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology in 2001 from the University of New Mexico under the mentorship of William Miller, co-creator of MI. There, he specialized in the treatment of addictive behaviors and PTSD. He completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Seattle VA and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Seattle VA Center of Excellence for Substance Abuse Treatment and Education. Since 1998 he has been training students and professionals to use MI across a variety of disciplines and settings.    

Susan Reed, BA, CSAC, NCACII

Began working with chemically dependent people in January, 1981, working for 10 years at Prince William Hospital, an inpatient treatment facility in Northern Virginia. She held several positions during that time: Counseling Assistant, Primary Counselor, Senior Counselor and Interim Director. She then worked for 14 years in the Youth Division of Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) in Fairfax County, Virginia, initially serving as a Primary Counselor then as Clinical Supervisor of the Falls Church site. Her additional duties there included managing the waiting lists for the County’s three residential youth programs and serving as liaison between the ADS Youth Division, the Juvenile Court supervisors and the Youth Division of Mental Health Services at The Woodburn Center. Following “retirement” and a move to Wilmington, NC, she began working part-time at The Wilmington Treatment Center, initially as a Primary Counselor now as the Family Counselor.    

Lori Ann Stretch, Ph.D., LPCS, ACS

Currently a Lead Faculty member in the CACREP program at Walden University, and earned a PhD in Counselor Education with a minor in Child and Adolescent Psychology from NC State University and a MS in Community and College Counseling with a specialization in Special Education from Longwood College in Virginia. She was awarded the first Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor license in North Carolina in recognition of her advocacy work in North Carolina and has served as the Chair, Treasurer and Ethics Chair for the NC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC). Dr. Stretch has worked in a variety of counseling work settings including vocational rehabilitation, domestic violence, court advocacy, college/university counseling, disability services, Level III foster care group homes, child support services, clinical supervision, and private practice. She is trained as a Dialectical Behavioral Therapist and is an advanced practitioner of sandplay and play therapies.    

E. Ashley Trantham, MA

A member of BDA’s Problem Gambling Services Team and functions as the Prevention Coordinator for the State of North Carolina. Ashley works closely with the State Administrator implementing Problem Gambling Prevention Programs across the state in middle schools, high schools & colleges. Ashley is responsible for providing supervision, technical assistance and support for more than 50 prevention sites across North Carolina. Ashley also serves as the program’s community outreach liaison and is responsible for the growth and development of North Carolina’s Problem Gambling Prevention Program. Ashley received a BA in communications from Sweet Briar College and a MS in Organizational Communications from North Carolina State University. In her spare time she can be found singing in her church choir a cappella group, or to anyone who will listen. She resides in Raleigh with her two rescue Scottish Terriers.    

Mike Vannoy, MA, LCAS, CSI, LPCA, NCC

Began his 21 year career in the substance abuse field in 1992 as a substance abuse counselor with the DART program at Western Youth Institution in Morganton, NC where he worked for 3 ½ years. Mike then began a 17 year journey at New River Behavioral Healthcare in Boone NC where he designed and implemented the Watauga County Criminal Justice Partnership Program. In 2005 Mike received the NC Division of Community Corrections Program of Excellence Award. During his career at New River he designed and implemented the intensive outpatient treatment program, facilitated relapse prevention groups, CBI groups, DBT Therapy Groups, Batterers Intervention Program, and is a Duluth Model Certified Batterers Intervention Program Facilitator. Mike received his Master’s Degree at Appalachian State University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family Counseling. Mike is currently employed at Appalachian Regional Healthcare Systems with the Behavioral Health Team in Boone and Linville NC. His work at ARHS as a clinical counselor includes outpatient clinical assessments, individual therapy, crisis team triage, and facilitating group therapy with Behavioral Health Unit at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville, NC. Mike also provides clinical supervision weekly with both individual and group modalities. Mike was elected in 2012 as a representative from the Western Region serving a four year term with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board.    

Curriculum Credit Information

The Summer School has been designed to serve the needs of many professional groups. Up to three types of school credit are included in the school cost. All choice(s)of credit must be indicated on the registration form during the pre-registration period.  Credit options include:

Substance Abuse Professional Credit (SAC)

Teacher Renewal Credit (PSP) Continuing Education Units (CEU’S)

National Board Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Appropriate credit for the Summer School will be awarded after eligibility has been determined from attendance records.



Hanley Center, A Caron Treatment Center

McLeod Addictive Disease Center

Dominion Diagnostics

North Carolina Problem Gambling Program
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Mental Health / Developmental Disabilities / Substance Abuse Services




The Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program
at the UNC-CH School of Social Work



North Carolina Substance Abuse Professionals Practice Board (NCSAPPB)


DWI Services – Division of MH/DD/SAS


Addiction Professionals of North Carolina
SAMSHA & NAADAC Recovery Workforce Outreach & Education Grant


Serendipity Consulting & Counseling