2015 NCFADS Summer School: July 27 – 31st

July 27 – 31st | University of North Carolina at Wilmington, NC

The NC Foundation for Alcohol & Drug Studies is pleased to present the 2015 Summer School, July 27th through the 31st at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, NC. We are honored to have this year’s faculty filled with nationally known speakers, researchers and leaders in the field.

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The Foundation is pleased to present the 39th 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.

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Conference Schedule

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Monday, July 27, 2015

10:00 – 12:00 p.m. — Registration & Check-In

12:00 – 3:00 p.m. — Opening-Speaker & Lunch Session DD100: My Personal Journey

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. — Break

3:15 – 5:15 p.m. — General Plenary DD200: Breaking the Silence

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. — Extra Credit Session EE100: Borchert film & Discussion


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

7:00 – 7:45 a.m. — Breakfast for Hotel Guests

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. — Mini-Tracks

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: What We Know Now

Session BB204. DWI Services for Individuals with DWI Offenses-Update

Session BB205. Selected Aspects of Psychopathology: Understanding Mental Illness

Session BB206. Help Me! A Trauma Informed Approach to working with Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders

Session BB207. A Clinician’s Guide to Wilderness Therapy

Session BB209. Improving Outcomes With Extended Treatment

Session BB210. SBIRT Training & Cultural Competency in Working with Older Adults

Session BB211. “Connecting Prevention to Recovery”

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. — Break

10:15 – 12:30 a.m. — Mini-Tracks (Continued)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. — Lunch

1:45 – 5:15 p.m. — Concurrent Plenary Tracks

Session CC401: Trauma Informed Care

Session CC402: Overview of PTSD & Veterans Issues

Session CC403: New Emerging Psychoactive Substances

Session CC404: A review of DSM-5 and ASAM Criteria

Session CC405: Sugar Addiction

3:00 p.m. — Break

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. — Extra Credit Evening Sesions

AA Open Meeting EE200: When the 12 Traditions Get Personal

AlaNon Meeting EE300: How 12-Step Recovery Groups for Family Members Support MH Best Practices


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

7:00 – 7:45 a.m. — Breakfast for Hotel Guests

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

Session AA001. The Basics: A Practical Approach To Therapy With The Chemically Dependent Person

Session AA002. Advanced Creative Group Skills

Session AA003. Clinical Supervision

Session AA004. Process Addiction

Session AA005. Neuroscientific Basis of Addiction and Recovery

Session AA006. Dual Diagnosis 101

Session AA007. Advanced Problem Gambling Training: Staying Ahead Of the Game

Session AA008.Stacked Deck: An Evidence-based Program to Prevent Problem Gambling

Session AA009. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Substance Abuse

Session AA010. “What’s Data Got To Do With It? – Utilizing Data to Create Community Change”

Session AA011. Substance Abuse, Combat Trauma & Returning OEF/OIF Veterans

10:00 – 10:15 p.m. — Break

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

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. — Lunch

1:45 – 5:15 p.m. — Main Track Sessions (Continued)

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. — Break

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. — Main Track Sessions (Continued)

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. — Evening Plenary

Session EE400: A Hidden Epidemic – Older Adults and Substance Use Disorder


Thursday, July 30, 2015

7:00 – 7:45 a.m. — Breakfast for Hotel Guests

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

10:00 – 10:15 p.m. — Break

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

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. — Lunch

Friday, July 31, 2015

7:00 – 7:45 a.m. — Breakfast for Hotel Guests

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

10:00 – 10:15 p.m. —  Break

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

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. — Lunch & Plenary:

DD300. Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic: Dawn of Ambulatory Addiction Medicine

Main Tracks


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

Level: Basic
Facilitator: 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.)

Facilitator: 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. Clinical Supervision (16 hrs.)

Level: Advanced
acilitator: KaRae’ Carey, PhD, LPC-S, LCAS, NCC, ACS, BC-HSP, DCC
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, gate-keeping, 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. Process Addiction (16 hrs.)

Facilitator: Troy Peverall, LPCS, LCAS, CCS
Description: “Pornography’s Prey”…. …….When the Vulnerable become the Hunted.”
The workshop will give a broad picture of the industry of pornography, examining the multi-billion dollar profits, and the allure it is having on our children, adolescents and adults. The workshop will look at the vulnerability of our children/adolescents/adults and the negative impact it is having on their relationships. The workshop will also peer into the obsessive use of pornography and its addictive nature. It will address the neurological impact pornography use is having on the susceptible and “addictive brain”. We will look at treatment, recovery, prevention and how to specifically implement safeguards for all of us from falling “PREY” to a growing epidemic of what some are calling the “NEW DRUG…… INTERNET PORNOGRAPHY”….“The Internet and Our Mental Health”
While the internet has been an phenomenal invention to our culture and world, we are now learning that it’s excessive use is wreaking havoc on lives across the globe. Social Media Abuse, Texting, Sexting, Cyber Bullying and other various inappropriate uses of the internet are severely impacting the mental health of youth and adults. Unashamedly…we as mental health professionals and substance abuse professionals are to responsibly fight for our own health and those that we serve. In this section of the program we will learn of the impact of these as well as how to safeguard our children, relationships and ourselves as clinicians.

AA005. Neuroscientific Basis of Addiction and Recovery (16 hrs.)

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Facilitators: 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. Dr. Darryl Inaba is Director of Clinical and Behavioral Health Services for the Addictions Recovery Center and Director of Research and Education of CNS Productions in Medford, Oregon. He is an associate Clinical Professor at the University of California in San Francisco, CA., Special Consultant, Instructor, at the University of Utah School on Alcohol and Other Drug Dependencies in Salt Lake City, UT and a Lifetime Fellow at Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Inc., in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Inaba has authored several papers, award winning educational films and is co-author of Uppers, Downers, All Arounder a text on addiction and related disorders that is used in more than 400 colleges and universities. He has been honored with over 90 individual awards for his work in the areas of prevention and treatment of substance abuse problems. He is a popular speaker at workshops and conferences nationally and internationally.
For more information, visit: http://www.cnsproductions.com/46.html
(Sponsored by: Dominion Diagnostics)


AA006. Dual Diagnosis 101 (16 hrs.)

Level: Intermediate
Instructors: Kristie Overstreet, LMHC, LPC, CAP, NCC, CST
Description: Co-occurrence of mental illness and substance use known as dual diagnosis is a widespread issue requiring clinicians to be trained to specifically to treat this population. This track will cover many different areas of dual diagnosis treatment including definition, assessment, and best practices. Barriers to dual diagnosis treatment will be identified. The importance and relevance of diversity inclusiveness will be discussed. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of attitudes, values, and skills that are beneficial for clinical treatment. There will also be a review of the most effective treatment models and methods for treating the dual diagnosis client.


AA007. Advanced Problem Gambling Training: Staying Ahead Of the Game (16 hrs.)

Level: Advanced
Instructors: Marie Apke & Matt McCreary from Bensinger, DuPont & Associates, Chicago, IL
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 Eggheads and Research- Why Does It Matter; Avoiding Burnout- Being The Best You Can Be; Co-occurring disorders- More Problems Than Gambling; Problem Gambling and Health; NiaTx Follow Up/Outreach; Stakeholder Meeting Brainstorm; Internet Addiction. 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, IL
Description: The North Carolina Problem Gambling Program and the North Carolina Division of MHDDSAS sponsor this training. 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 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. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Substance Abuse (16 hrs.)

Level: Basic
Facilitator: Richard Ogle, Ph.D.
Description: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an empirically validated system of experiential psychotherapy in the behavioral/cognitive behavioral tradition. Grounded in Relational Frame Theory, ACT focuses on decreasing experiential avoidance and increasing psychological flexibility through acceptance, mindfulness, cognitive de-fusion and behavioral activation interventions. In this sense, it is an ideal approach to take with substance abuse as psychological inflexibility and experiential avoidance are two of the main drivers of substance abuse disorders. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the theoretical rationale, core concepts, and processes of ACT in the context of working with substance abusers. It is designed for those both new to ACT as well as those familiar and want to understand ACT in the context of substance abuse treatment.


AA010. “What’s Data Got To Do With It? – Utilizing Data to Create Community Change” (16 hrs.)

Level: Basic
Facilitators: Melinda Pankratz, Ph.D., M.P.H.,; and Jessica Dickens, MSW
Description: This track will look at available archival and community level data to create fact sheets and other data reports, develop community level change plans, collaborate with key stakeholders, conduct environmental scans and mobilize community leaders to prevent substance misuse and underage access to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
(Sponsored by: Division of MH/DD/SAS, CPM/Office of Prevention)


AA011. Substance Abuse, Combat Trauma & Returning OEF/OIF Veterans (16 hrs.)

Level: Basic
Facilitators: Nyi Myint, MSW, MBA, LCSWA, LCASA, and retired Army Major
Description: This topic will focus on suicide among military veterans. Substance abuse and suicide are closely linked and these issues have particular relevance to service members, veterans and their families. What aspects of military culture and service contribute to the problem? What aspects serve a protective function? Why do people kill themselves and how is the military addressing the current high rates of suicide? This workshop will update clinicians on the most recent research on suicide and its relationship to substance abuse, especially among service members and veterans.


Mini Tracks


BB201. “So, You Want To Get Credentialed?” (4.25 hrs.)

Facilitators: Danny Graves, LCAS, CCS; Joe Fortin, MS, CCS, LCAS, MAC, LPC, NCC; Tony Beatty, ; Lynn Inman

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 (4.25 hrs.)

Facilitator: 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: What We Know Now (4.25 hrs.)

Facilitator: Shannon Warren

Description: Gain a deeper understanding of what we know now about HIV/AIDS, how the use of specific substances makes a person more or less likely to get infected with HIV, ways that new research has changed the way we think about and implement HIV prevention, and ways to find resources in your area to assist HIV+ clients get help, and assist HIV- clients to stay negative.
(Sponsored by: Carolinas CARE Partnership)


BB204. DWI Services for Individuals with DWI Offenses-Update (4.25 hrs.)

Facilitator: Lynn Jones, LPC, LCAS, DWI Services Program Manager; Wayne Bailey, DWI Services Specialist, TASC Training Institute

Description: This session is primarily for seasoned authorized DWI services providers.  It will be an update on practices related to the delivery of substance use disorder services for individuals with DWI offenses.  We will also highlight national trends and the latest research on substance use disorders.  We will review the Best Practice Standards to include use of the “Placement Decisions” worksheet that incorporates DSM5 and DWI law/rules.  (Sponsored by: DWI Services – Division of MH/DD/SAS)


BB205. Selected Aspects of Psychopathology: Understanding Mental Illness (4.25 hrs.)

Facilitator: Darlene Hopkins, Ph.D., LCAS, CCS

Description: This interactive, multi-media presentation will change how you look at mental illness. The presentation begins with simple instruction and illustrations of the most modern understandings of the neurological, emotional, social and spiritual roots of mental illness. We will not get bogged down in DSM-ICD9-ASAM classifications. Instead we will strive to gain a sympathetic awareness of how mental illness begins and is maintained. This broad understanding leads to clarity about specific disorders. Beginning at the start of life, we will look at childhood disorders and their relationship to both genetic influences and to trauma. We will continue by exploring the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders: anxiety and depression. We will look briefly at the more complicated disorders of Schizophrenia and PTSD. As all of these issues are examined, we will see how addictive disorders frequently overlap with other disorders and gain an understanding of co-occurrence. We will end with hope as we discuss principles of treatment and the encouraging rates of recovery.


BB206. Help Me! A Trauma Informed Approach to working with Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders (4.25 hrs.)

Facilitator: Brenden Hargett, Ph.D. candidate, LPC, LCAS, NCC

Description: Adolescents who abuse drugs/alcohol have unique characteristics that involve a number of difficulties in their day to day living. These difficulties often include behavioral problems, psychiatric problems, school problems, family problems and others. These problems generally have been shaped by social and environmental vulnerabilities that began as children. Practitioners must be equipped to treat these problems, trauma-stressor related disorders, behavioral disorders and the interfaces throughout adolescent development. Treatment providers must also equipped with treatment interventions and strategies to combat impulsiveness, frustration and oppositional behavior that often exists in adolescents who use substances.
Trauma Informed approaches have been highlighted to address the varied needs of youth with substance use disorders and psychiatric disorders who have experienced trauma through abuse and/or neglect, exposure to violence in neighborhoods, family settings, and other experiences including natural disasters. Research has indicated that unaddressed trauma in youth leads to life-long problems through adulthood.
This training activity will bring together trauma informed practice approaches to treating substance using adolescents with trauma histories along with effective and practical implications for professionals to use in counseling and treatment programs.


BB207. A Clinician’s Guide to Wilderness Therapy (4.25 hrs.)

Facilitator: Kelly Moser-Wedell, Ed.S., L.P.C.; Kristine Nutt, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Description: This workshop will explore the guiding principles and efficacy of wilderness therapy interventions for children, adolescents and young adults. Learning objectives include; Defining wilderness therapy and identify its core components, explaining what role wilderness therapy provides in the treatment continuum and understand when referrals are indicated, and discussing the four tenets of wilderness therapy: intervention, assessment, family, and aftercare.
(Sponsored by: CRC Health Group)


BB209. Improving Outcomes With Extended Treatment (4.25 hrs.)

Facilitators: Kelly Scaggs; Mike Yow, MA, LCAS

Description: Residential treatment programs (25-30 days) and Intensive Outpatient Programs have a long history of helping alcoholics and addicts establish a strong recovery program. Extended treatment can provide an opportunity to further the gains the client has made in primary treatment and, at the same time, increase the prospects of long-term recovery. Extended treatment is usually geared towards clients who are motivated, who may have ongoing relapse issues, and who are invested in the deeper work available at this level of care.

During this presentation, participants will learn the benefits of extended treatment when addressing substance abuse as well as criteria for this level of care. The critical elements and content of this level of programming will be discussed in detail. Areas that are important to address when treating addiction at the extended level are: relapse prevention, grief, spirituality, trauma, and shame as well as other ancillary components that enhance the effectiveness of the program
(Sponsored by: Fellowship Hall)


BB210. SBIRT Training & Cultural Competency in Working with Older Adults (4.25 hrs.)

Michael Leone, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A

Description: This training will assist in increasing cultural competency and address techniques for conducting Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) with older adults. SBIRT is a public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders and can be conducted in both community settings as well as physicians’ offices. This practice allows for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur.
(Sponsored by: Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse)


BB211. “Connecting Prevention to Recovery” (4.25 hrs.)

Facilitator: Sarah Potter, MA

Description: This track will explore connections between social and environmental change of community risk factors through Prevention Professionals, Coalitions and Recovery Oriented Systems of Care to create communities that support addiction recovery, prevent early onset of problem behaviors in youth and late onset of problem behaviors in post employment life stages.
(Sponsored by: Division of MH/DD/SAS, CPM/Office of Prevention)


Plenary & Evening Tracks


CC401. Trauma Informed Care (3.25 hrs.)(Tuesday Afternoon; 1:45-5:15 p.m.)

Facilitator: Kelly Graves, Ph.D.

Description: This session is designed to introduce practitioners to the concepts and implementation of trauma informed care. Research and clinical evidence documents that trauma informed approaches to the delivery of behavioral health services includes an understanding of trauma and an awareness of the impact it can have across settings, services, and populations. It involves thinking about trauma in different ways and altering service practices to create a therapeutic environment that provides opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control, empowerment, and balance in their lives. Through this session, we will (a) Develop an awareness of the prevalence and impact of trauma in the behavioral health population, (b) Understand the interplay between trauma and substance abuse, (c) Explore how trauma impacts the brain, and (d) Review the core components of trauma informed approaches and articulate the need for implementation of these components in behavioral health settings.


CC402. Overview of PTSD & Veterans Issues (3.25 hrs.)(Tuesday Afternoon; 1:45-5:15 p.m.)

Facilitator: Nyi Myint, MSW, MBA, LCSW-A, LCAS-A

Description: This block of instruction will cover the origins of PTSD and other anxiety disorders associated with trauma and sub-trauma events. Special consideration is given to Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. Additional topics of discussion include maladaptive behavior variations of schema and schema modes as described by Dr. Jeffrey Young. The discussion follows with special considerations of the development of trauma with regard to veterans as well as specific veteran’s issues not necessarily associated with trauma. This block concludes with a brief discussion of evidence-based treatment modalities.


CC403. New Emerging Psychoactive Substances: a Review of Designer Drugs (3.25 hrs.) (Tuesday Afternoon; 1:45-5:15 p.m.)

Facilitator: Lisa Marzilli, PharmD

Description: The purpose of this educational lecture is to discuss current trends in designer drugs and issues surrounding new and emerging products. The topic will be broken down categorically, addressing various classes of drugs based upon their mechanism of action. The categories that will be reviewed include: synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic stimulants (will include naturally occurring plant products with similar activity); hallucinogens; psychedelic-stimulants; and older drug categories making a “come- back”. In most instances, geography dictates the “flavor-of-the-week” so time for an open discussion and information sharing will be provided. As new products are emerging daily, efforts to stay current remain a challenge both scientifically and legally. (Sponsored by: Dominion Diagnostics)


CC404. A Review of DSM-V and ASAM Criteria (3.25 hrs.) (Tuesday Afternoon; 1:45-5:15 p.m.)

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Facilitator: John Femino, MD, FASAM

Description: Diagnostic criteria for abuse and addiction constantly evolve as our understanding of brain based illnesses expand. DSM III-R and DSM IV focused upon consequence and cause, creating a distinction between abuse and dependence. ASAM and NCAODD have proposed diagnostic definitions that are based upon neurobiological functioning rather than a checklist format across dichotomous categories. This workshop will review DSM V and ASAM diagnostic criteria from a neurobiological, genetic and environmental (epigenetic) perspective.  The proposed DSM V criteria eliminate the distinction between abuse and dependence and describe a spectrum within a single category of a substance use and addictive disorder. Severity is stratified into mild, moderate and severe categories and by setting and extent of remission.  Each drug class is organized into four categories – a use disorder, intoxication, withdrawal and a substance induced disorder.  DSM V allows for behavioral problems such as gambling to be included within an addiction category, while deferring internet and sex addiction to appendices requiring further research.
Dr. Femino will present a neurobiological explanation of each criteria within DSM V and ASAM by reviewing the anatomy and pathophysiology of control circuitry and the genetics of reward deficiency syndrome.  Diagnosis of co-occurring disorders will be discussed utilizing a six dimensional analysis similar to the ASAM criteria.  Case examples will illustrate how neurobiological information changes clinical classification.  Screening and diagnostic instruments such as the ASAM criteria, ASI and others will be discussed in relationship to new genetic tests that are being developed.
(Sponsored by: Dominion Diagnostics)


CC405. Sugar Addiction (3.25 hrs.) (Tuesday Afternoon; 1:45-5:15 p.m.)

Level: Basic
Facilitator: Kristie Overstreet, LMHC, LPC, CAP, NCC, CST

Description: Sugar for many people has the power, pull, and capabilities of dependence as many addictive substances. This session will cover the definition, assessment, and treatment options for clients who struggle with sugar addiction. The similarities and differences between sugar versus substance dependence will be reviewed. The addictive cycle as it applies to sugar and its effect on the pleasure-seeking center of the brain will be discussed. Attendees will also learn the most effective treatment techniques and modalities to utilize in working with clients.
(Sponsored by: Lakeview Health)


DD100. My Personal Journey (2 hrs.)(Monday Luncheon Opening Session)(Facilitator: William Borchert, author & film producer)

(Sponsored by McLeod Addictive Disease Center)


DD200. Breaking the Silence (2 hrs.)(Monday Afternoon Plenary)

Facilitator: Debra Jay, Noted Author, Lecturer and Interventionist
Sponsored by: SEATTC


DD300. Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic: Dawn of Ambulatory Addiction Medicine (2 hrs.)(Friday Luncheon)

Facilitator: Darryl Inaba, PharmD, CATC-V, CADC III
Sponsored by Dominion Diagnostics


EE100. Borchert film (2 hrs.)(Monday Evening)

Facilitator: William Borchert
Sponsored by: McLeod Addictive Disease Center


EE200. AA Open Meeting: When the 12 Traditions Get Personal (1 hr.)(Tuesday Evening)

Facilitator: Isabella Hinds


EE300. AlaNon Meeting (1 hr.) (Tuesday Evening)

Facilitator: Susan Reed


EE400. A Hidden Epidemic – Older Adults and Substance Use Disorder (2 hrs.)(Wednesday Evening)

Facilitator: Linda Warden
Sponsored by: Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse


— Speaker Bios —


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.

Brenden Hargett

is a Ph.D. candidate in the Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Counselor Education program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC. Brenden is a Licensed Professional Counselor, (LPC) a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Brenden is currently the Clinical Operations Coordinator with the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Social Services Division, in Greensboro, NC. Brenden has extensive clinical experience in a variety of settings and serves as a Consultant/Trainer for the North Carolina Evidenced Based Practices Center. Currently, Brenden serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies and the Curriculum Review Committee of the Parent Academy for Guilford County Schools. He has previously served as adjunct faculty at Winston Salem State University and North Carolina A&T State University. Brenden has acquired knowledge and expertise in program development and implementation, clinical supervision, and leadership development. He works tirelessly on workforce development strategies with the intent to bridge the gap between research and practice while creating a more comprehensive behavioral health service system.

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

studied Educational and Counseling Psychology at Indiana University, where she completed both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and graduated with honors. She has earned several credentials since, including her Ph.D. in Counseling from Atlantic Coast Seminary. She holds national certification as a counselor and a master’s-level psychologist. She is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, and is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and Certified Clinical Supervisor. She teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Methodist University and serves as an internship supervisor for several area graduate schools. Dr. Hopkins has over 25 years of experience in practicing and teaching counseling and psychology. She has served Methodist University as the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services since 1993.

Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD, CATC-V, CADC III

Dr. Darryl S. Inaba is 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. Dr. Inaba has served on numerous boards and commissions and he has received over 90 individual awards of merit. He earned a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy in 1971 and is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC) Level V and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor III. Dr. Inaba is the author of several publications and award winning educational videos on all aspects of substance abuse work. He is a co-author of Uppers, Downers, All Arounders; the principal text on substance use disorders being used in over 400 U.S. universities and six foreign languages.

E. Ashley Trantham, MA

is 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.

Isabell Hinds

Isabell has been in recovery for 28 years.  She moved to Wilmington from the Boston area in the summer of 2012 with her husband, Richard Larson.  We have two grown children, one in Boston area and one in New York. Although largely retired, she still maintains a handful of consulting projects in technology and strategic planning for the Higher Education market.   She was a senior executive in several technology companies that support content and software applications that are growing rapidly in Higher Education today.  Most of her time these days is spent as a Guardian ad Litem for the 5th district court in New Hanover County.

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

is 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.

KaRae’ Carey, Ph.D.
is a native of Detroit, MI and has been a practicing mental health clinician for over 15 years. Dr. Carey is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and Licensed Guidance School Counselor. She also holds certifications as a Credentialed Distance Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Board Certified Health Services Professional. She earned her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision with an emphasis in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and School Guidance Counseling from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. She has clinical experience in adult and pediatric crisis intervention, substance abuse counseling, inpatient and outpatient therapy, school based counseling settings, and community mental health agencies. Her previous teaching experiences include instructing in face-to-face and virtual classroom environments, as well as presenting at several regional and national conferences. Dr. Carey has taught courses at Oakland University and at the University of Detroit-Mercy as a lecturer as well as at Walden University as a contributing faculty member in the Mental Health Counseling program. She previously served on the Board of the North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselors as State Conference Committee Chair. She currently resides in Cary, NC.

Kelly Moser-Wedell, Ed.S., L.P.C.

During her time in Montana, Kelly earned an Educational Specialist degree from The University of Montana and became a certified yoga instructor. Since returning to Asheville in 2006 she has worked as primary therapist for a therapeutic wilderness program, creating a specialized group for young adult women struggling with addition. She has also worked in a residential treatment community for men, intensive outpatient therapy and private practice. Kelly’s experiential nature blends mindfulness practices, and body centered psychodynamic work, grounded in neuropsychology, family systems, trauma-informed theory and addiction/recovery expertise. Kelly holds a deep faith in the power of the wilderness and the human capacity for recovery.

Kelly Scaggs

Kelly joined the staff of Fellowship Hall in 2008 as a family therapist, and assumed the role of Clinical Director in 2015. She has over 24 years of experience in behavioral health and has practiced in both Florida and North Carolina. Prior to coming to Fellowship Hall, Kelly was part of the Cone Health System for over 10 years. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Kelly is also an Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She has extensive experience with inpatient and outpatient mental health, substance abuse, women’s issues, co-occurring disorders, grief therapy, and family therapy.

Kristie Overstreet, LMHC, LPC, CAP, NCC, CST

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Addiction Professional, National Certified Counselor, and a Certified Sex Therapist with many years of experience working in her therapy practice and speaking across the United States. She is the owner of Therapy Department, a private practice that provides counseling and consulting. She thrives on helping others to improve themselves both personally and professionally. Kristie’s role as a therapist is to provide unconditional support, motivate clients to be their best, and always meet them where they are in their growth. She believes that each person is the best expert in their own life and her role is to help clients find the answers. Her counseling practice includes working with individuals who are faced with a variety of issues including: addictions (substances, sex, gambling), gender & sexual identity, sex therapy, and relationships. She also provides trainings for schools, businesses, and corporations. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Georgia and her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. She is a member of American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapist (AASECT), American Counseling Association (ACA), Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA), Louisiana Counseling Association (LCA), Northeast Florida Mental Health Counselor Association (NFMHCA), and Florida Counseling Association (FCA).

Linda Warden, MS, CPSP, APPE

Linda Warden is President and CEO of LCW Productions, LLC where she has worked on 60+ productions including documentaries, movies, TV shows, and public service announcements. Her work has been seen on local, public, and network television, and in theatres. She especially likes to work on social and environmental issues projects, and children and family movies that will leave their mark on humanity. Several of these productions have won awards. Ms. Warden is a state and national advocate for substance use prevention and recovery, and is a Certified Parent Support Provider and an Associate Professional Parent Educator.

Lynn B. Jones, LPC, LCAS

is 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. 

Marie Apke, LCPC, SAP, CEAP, ICCGC, PCGC; Job Title: Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Marie Apke 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 also works directly with clinical therapists and other professionals who work 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 and other activities. Prior to moving into her current role, Ms. Apke had substantial clinical supervision and leadership responsibilities at BDA.

Mike Yow, MA, LCAS

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.

Richard Ogle, Ph.D.

is 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.

Bill Borchert

was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for writing the highly acclaimed Warner Brothers/Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, My Name Is Bill W., which starred James Garner, James Woods, and JoBeth Williams. The film was based upon material gathered from personal interviews and in-depth research. The author began his career as a journalist, working first as a reporter for one of New York City’s largest daily newspapers and also for a major media wire service. After writing for a national magazine and creating syndicated shows for radio, Bill became a partner at Artists Entertainment Complex, a new independent film and talent management company that went on to produce a number of box office hits. These included Kansas City Bomber starring Racquel Welch, Serpico starring Al Pacino, and Dog Day Afternoon, also starring Al Pacino. A member of The Writers Guild of America and a director of The Stepping Stones Foundation, the author continues his active writing career. Borchert and his wife, Bernadette split their time between New York and Little River, South Carolina, where they are frequently visited by their nine children and their twenty-three grandchildren.

Carol Colleran

is a renowned international Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, specializing in the treatment of addictive disorders in the older adult. She is the distinguished pioneer of specialized treatment for this population and is the Director of Public Policy & National Affairs at the Hanley Center at St. Mary’s in West Palm Beach, Florida. In demand across the country as a speaker, educator and authority on older adults in addiction, Carol has appeared on the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and the Today Show. She has given numerous interviews on local television and radio talk shows. As an active participant in policy development and groundbreaking for several national organizations, Carol continues her commitment to raising professional and public awareness of the special needs of older adults. As a member of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Task Force of the National Council on Aging, she helped develop the 1999 “Engaging the Aging Services Network in Meeting Substance Abuse and Mental Health Needs of Older People.” In 1988, Carol participated in a comprehensive study, “Under the Rug: Substance Abuse and the Mature Woman,” for the Center of Alcohol and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in New York, where she was a member of the advisory board.Carol is an active member of the Millennium Assembly Task Force, a part of the U.N. Millennium General Assembly. In 2000, she presented her famous address, “Breaking the Silence: Substance Abuse in the Older Adult,” during the National Council on Aging’s 50th Annual Conference and Expo. The author of two books and numerous articles, Carol has also produced videos in cooperation with The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and participated in the award winning PBS video series, “The Doctor Is In,” produced by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Carol is also active in the American Society of Aging and the Southern Gerontological Society and has worked with the American Bar Association. She began her career as a chemical dependency counselor with the Hazelden Foundation in Minnesota in 1988 and in 1991 earned both her national and international certifications: C.P.A. and I.C.A.D.C. Carol’s presentations and her famous keynote address, “Breaking the Silence,” can be customized for workshops, seminars or conferences.

Debra Jay

Author of the newly released book, It Takes a Family: A Cooperative Approach to Lasting Sobriety, published by Hazelden. She is also author of No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, and has co-authored the top seller on intervention, Love First, and the book Aging and Addiction.

She is co-founder of a private practice, providing clinical intervention training and Structured Family Recovery™ services. She previously worked as an addictions clinician for the Hazelden Foundation working in inpatient treatment and as the facilitator of the family program.

Ms. Jay regularly appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show for 3 seasons as an addictions expert. She has been on The Dr. Oz Show and wrote a newspaper column for 18 years on issues related to addiction and the family.

Danny Graves, CSAC, CCS

is 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.

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.

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. 

John P. Femino, MD, FASAM

Dr. John Femino is Medical Director and President of the Meadows Edge Recovery Center, a multidisciplinary medical and mental health group practice, and substance abuse treatment program in Rhode Island. He received his MD from Brown University, and is board certified in addiction medicine and internal medicine.  Dr. Femino has received a number of grants for alcohol and substance abuse-related projects, and was the recipient of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Career Teacher in Alcohol and Drug Abuse grant at Brown University, where he taught for nearly 20 years. Dr. Femino has been active in ASAM for over 30 years, serving on the national board of directors as New England Regional Director and as President of the Rhode Island Society of Addiction Medicine. He frequently lectures on topics including the neurobiology of addiction and recovery, pain management in the addicted patient, diagnostic criteria for addiction, drug testing in addiction medicine, SBIRT, and insurance coding and billing. He has participated as writer/reviewer for ASAM buprenorphine publications, drug testing and public policy on marijuana, and is on the ASAM Quality Improvement Council and Legislative Advocacy Committee.

Kelly Graves, Ph.D.

is the Executive Director of the Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness at North Carolina A&T State University and a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Services. Dr. Graves received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, completed her clinical internship at Emory University School of Medicine, and is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of North Carolina. She has over 15 years of experience in working with community-based programs to bridge the gap between research and practice by developing systems that are data-driven, collaborative, culturally congruent, and individualized to meet the needs of the target population. She currently serves as the PI on a federal demonstration grant with OVC that builds law enforcement-mental health partnerships to address the needs of children exposed to violence and trauma. She is an accomplished scholar with over 20 peer-reviewed publications and is the author of several books and book chapters. She also is a consultant with the United States Department of Justice, Office for Training and Technical Assistance, in the areas of trauma, trauma-informed care, and crime victim services. She is beginning to expand her work internationally by looking at adolescent risk behaviors in Cape Town, South Africa. She recently was named a recipient of the 2015 Triad Business Journal Top 40 Leaders Under 40 award.

Kristine Nut, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Addictions Specialist, and Certified Clinical Supervisor. Kristine has extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings serving children, adolescents and adults who struggle with substance use and mental health challenges. As National Outreach Coordinator for CRC Health Group, Kristine facilitates placement and treatment options for individuals. Additionally, Kristine provides education and training, on a wide range of topics, for clinicians and providers in numerous states across the country. She also provides clinical supervision for individuals seeking certification and licensure in the fields of social work and substance abuse.

Lisa Marzilli, PharmD

holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree with a sub-specialty in pharmacokinetic research, a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island, and is a Certified Diabetes Educator. She has worked in the home infusion/oncology industry and in retail pharmacy, focusing primarily on outpatient educational services and wellness programs in disease-state-management. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island, has taught numerous lecture series, has spoken at several National Symposiums on the topic of designer drugs, pharmacology, addiction science, and has been awarded multiple honors and distinctions. She is also a certified yoga teacher (RYT) and began her studies in 2002 at The White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara. She has continued her studies in both the philosophy and physical practice of yoga. Lisa teaches weekly classes in Providence and Peacedale, Rhode Island.

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.

Matthew J. McCreary, LCPC, CEAP, PCGC, ICCGC, CADC ;Job Title: Vice President, Special Programs & Operations

Mr. McCreary 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.

Melinda Pankratz, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Melinda is the Prevention For Success Grant Coordinator, Community Wellness Prevention and Health Integration Team, Division of MH/DD/SAS, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as well as an Evaluator, Implementation Sciences Consulting where she managed implementation science projects from conceptualization to close out, with a content focus on substance use prevention and social emotional development. She also coordinated with multiple people and organizations in study planning and implementation, including work with schools and community-based prevention agencies.

Michael Leone, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A

is a clinical social worker and clinical addictions specialist, working in a primary care practice through Partnership for Drug Free NC and the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health. Using SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) to assist in identifying patients with substance use and mental health issues, he also provides brief interventions and treatment, and refers patients to appropriate treatment programs throughout the state. Michael received his MSW degree from Appalachian State University and his BSW degree from University of North Carolina Charlotte. Previously, Michael has worked with at-risk populations in education and outreach in infectious diseases, as well as in community mental health and substance use services in rural areas of North Carolina.


served in the United State Army for twenty-five years, retiring at the rank of Major to pursue a career in human services. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom and served during a NATO treaty enforcement tour in Bosnia. He has a Masters of Business Administration from Pfeiffer University, a Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and a graduate certificate in substance abuse from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He has worked clinically as a substance abuse counselor at the Freedom House Recovery Center in the Facility Based Crisis Unit. He is also a paramedic and trained in the treatment of post- traumatic stress disorder. Mr. Myint joined the staff of the Alcohol / Drug Council of North Carolina in 2013 becoming the clinical program manager on a project that provides no-cost substance abuse assessments and brief intervention services to members of the North Carolina National Guard. In August 2013, ADCNC was awarded a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services grant to provide Affordable Care Act Navigation services specifically to people in recovery in North Carolina. Project Jumpstart is providing outreach to people and assisting them with enrolling in the federal Healthcare Marketplace. Mr. Myint is providing leadership to the project’s network of navigators who are primarily people in recovery or clinical specialist in behavioral health who are committed themselves to improving the access of people to both whole-health services through access to healthcare insurance.

Sarah Potter, MA

Sarah is the  Section Chief: Community Wellness, Prevention and Health Integration, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Sarah is a talented, versatile human services leader with M.A. in Public Administration and twenty years experience. Exceptional oral and written communication and presentation skills. Successful track record in:

  • Strategic planning • Directing Grant Programs • Professional training
  • Organizational development • Grant proposal writing • Instructional design
  • Board and donor relations • Program development • Social media campaigns
  • Staff and volunteer management • Program evaluation • Mobile app development.

Shannon Warren

Program Director at Carolinas CARE Partnership, has worked in HIV since 1999, holding a variety of positions including Prevention Manager, Development Director, Operations Director, Executive Director, and Training Manager. Currently she writes grants and manages prevention, testing, linkage to care, and housing programs, as well as provides training across the state. She is an award-winning professional who spends time in the community, serving as Co-Chair of the Mecklenburg County HIV/AIDS Council and as a member of the HIV/AIDS Coalition, the Homeless Services Network, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing First workgroup, the Continuum of Care, and is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Prevention Services, as well as an active member of PFLAG.  Shannon spends her spare time with her children and her black lab/beagle mix dog, she cooks, she runs, she reads, and she watches Big Bang Theory re-runs on TV.

Troy Peverall LPCS, LCAS, CCS

is a Licensed Professional Counselor/Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and Certified Clinical Supervisor. He is also an adjunct Associate Professor with the Department of Psychology at the University of Mt Olive, Mt Olive N.C. He is the founder and senior clinician with Agape Counseling Associates, INC in Wilmington/Jacksonville N.C. . Troy completed his master’s work from the University of Akron, Akron Ohio, before moving to the coast to begin a private practice. His extensive work includes a broad range of experience with adolescents, marriage and family, addictions, active and non-active duty military, and a concentrated focus with men’s issues. His work has expanded to a wide venue of places including group homes for adolescents, recovery homes for men, churches, adult and youth detention centers, psychiatric hospitals and several private practices. He has been a presenter to statewide conferences addressing the addictive struggle to pornography use for both men and women. Troy’s work is concentrated on helping adolescents, men, women, and marriages in overcoming internet addictions and the assault of a pornographic culture in their homes, schools, and work places.

Registration Options and Fees

Full-School Resident Option (Includes 4 Nights Lodging*)


  • Training & materials for the entire school including Opening Sessions, one Main Track, one Mini Track, one Tuesday afternoon Plenary, Closing Session and optional Extra Credit Evening Sessions.
  • Lunches Monday through Friday and Breakfast Tuesday through Friday.
  • Residential housing for Monday through Thursday night.
  • Up to 35 Credit Hours based on attendance.
  • *Please note that there is a refundable $50 key deposit required at check-in (payable by cash or check). The deposit will be returned at check-out.


Full-School Commuter Option


  • Training & materials for the entire school including Opening Sessions, one Main Track, one Mini Track, one Tuesday afternoon Plenary, Closing Session and optional Extra Credit Evening Sessions.
  • Lunches Monday through Friday.
  • Up to 35 Credit Hours based on attendance.


Main Track Only Resident Option (Includes 3 Nights Lodging**)


  • Training & materials for one Main Track, Closing Session and optional Extra Credit Evening Sessions.
  • Lunch and breakfast Wednesday through Friday.
  • Residential housing Tuesday through Thursday night.
  • Up to 21 Credit Hours based on attendance.
  • **Check-in 1-5 pm at Warwick Building; and 7-9 pm at Innovation Residence Hall (Formerly Known as “International Residence Hall”). Please note that there is a refundable $50 key deposit required at check-in (payable by cash or check). The deposit will be returned at check-out.


Main Track Only Commuter Option


  • Training & materials for one Main Track, Closing Session and optional Extra Credit Evening Sessions.
  • Lunch Wednesday through Friday.
  • Up to 21 Credit Hours based on attendance.


Tuesday Only Commuter Option


  • Training & materials for one Mini Track, one Tuesday Afternoon Plenary and optional Tuesday evening Extra Credit Session.
  • Lunch on Tuesday.
  • Up to 8.5 Credit Hours based on attendance.


NCFADS School Registration Information

First, use the online registration form to complete the registration process and submit to NCFADS by 11:59 p.m., July 22, 2015.


Second, Full Time Students must validate the registration process at check-in between 10 am – noon on Monday, July 27, 2015 in the Warwick Center on UNC Wilmington Campus. Main Track and Tuesday Only Student enrollees may check-in on Tuesday, July 28th at the Warwick Building between 1-5 pm, or at Innovation Residence Hall (Formerly Known as “International Residence Hall”) if arriving between 7pm and 9pm.

On-Campus Residence Key Deposit
For on-campus residents during the Summer School, please note that there is a refundable $50 key deposit required at check-in. The deposit will be returned at check-out.

*Early enrollment is suggested since space is limited and courses are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. (Online registration is preferred and may expedite the process.)

For multiple registrations, a registration form for each participant must be completed and accompanied by payment and/or official authorizations. If you are registering for someone else, make certain all pertinent information is forwarded to him or her.

If you need assistance concerning registration, please call the NCFADS office at 910-799-6594.



Helpful Tips

  • Since early registration is necessary to improve your chances of getting your top track choices, the following suggestions are offered:
    If you plan to stay at the Townhomes Suites or Best Western, you must call directly to the hotels to get the negotiated rate. Identify yourself as a participant in the NCFADS Summer School.
  • At the earliest possible date after receiving word the registration process is open, complete the online registration form. Online registration for all classes is preferred.
  • Do not assume that your registration form will be processed by your accounting office or an administrative official before the deadline date. To avoid delays, submit your form online to the Foundation office and fax or email a short, written approval statement from your supervisor while the agency is processing payment. In most cases, this can save you 3 to 4 weeks in getting registered. Fax#910-799-9550; mailing address NCFADS, PO Box 4024, Wilmington, NC, 28406.; email: ncfadsregistrar@bellsouth.net
  • Review your completed registration form to assure the following:
    • Your Main Track, Mini Track and Plenary choices have been indicated.
    • All credit option choices have been selected.
    • All demographic information is clearly printed or typed. A correct email address is necessary for receiving your credit letters following the school.
    • Payment or an authorization statement by an agency official or an approved purchase order or scholarship authorization must accompany each completed registration form.
    • Participants seeking special accommodations due to a disability must contact the registration office by June 1, 2015.



Student Responsibilities

As a student of the school sponsored by the North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies, you are requested to read and abide by the following statements:
You should act as a professional when dealing with staff or others who are registered for the school.

The use of alcohol and/or illicit drugs or the abuse of non-prescription drugs while at the school will not be tolerated. If such conduct is observed, NCFADS officials will ask for assistance from local law enforcement personnel. If the student is charged with a violation or continues to demonstrate behaviors detrimental to others or is considered disruptive to the mission of the school, NCFADS will immediately ask the student to leave the school; and will report the incident to the students’ employer.

The use of physical means to settle a dispute will not be tolerated. If such conduct is used by a student(s), the NCFADS staff will ask for assistance by local law enforcement personnel. If the student is charged with a violation or continues to demonstrate behaviors detrimental to others or is considered disruptive to the mission of the school, NCFADS will immediately ask the student to leave the school; and will report the incident to the students’ employer.

At the time of pre-registration, you should reveal to the NCFADS staff any serious medical condition which might cause problems while at the school. This will ensure that, in the event of an emergency, you may be treated with appropriate care by EMT or other medical professionals.

Students, who, for what ever reason are taken to a local hospital or medical clinic for treatment, must arrange for any needed transportation.

At the time of pre-registration, you will be asked to furnish the name of a family member or another designee as a contact person in case of an emergency.

At the time of pre-registration, you will be asked for a current email and mailing address. The accuracy of these addresses is necessary for receiving your credit letter after the school.

Curriculum Credit Information

The Winter School has been designed to serve the needs of many professional groups. Al 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.

Substance Abuse Professional Credit (SAC)

Application for approval has been made to the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Certification Board for up to 35 hours of certification/re-certification credit for each eligible participant.

Teacher Renewal Credit (PSP)

Individual schedules must be designed for 35 contact hours to be awarded 3.5 units of teacher renewal credit (PSP). To receive maximum PSP credits, participants must attend all classes and special events, totaling 35 hours, in which they are officially registered. TEACHERS PLEASE NOTE that you must get prior approval of this event from your school system before registering.

Continuing Education Units (CEU’S)

Individual schedules must be designed for a maximum of 35 contact hours for participants to be eligible for 3.5 CEU’s. To receive maximum CEU credit, participants must attend all classes and events, totaling 35 hours, in which they are officially registered.

National Board Certified Counselors (NBCC)

The N.C. Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies is an approved NBCC Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events or programs that meet NBCC requirements. Programs for which NBCC clock hours will be awarded are identified within the NCFADS Winter School catalog. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of this school offering. NBCC (provider number 5673). We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education guidelines. As a minimum, each individual schedule must be comprised of a curriculum track representing 13.5 hours. Participants must attend all track classes to receive the 13.5-hour track maximum. Attendance in all other sessions will add 14.5 additional hours to the total number of NBCC credit hours awarded. (NBCC is also appropriate for those seeking LPC credits.)

Appropriate credit for the Summer School will be awarded after eligibility has been determined from attendance records and in conjunction with the above stated attendance requirements.

Since the NCFADS fee does NOT include housing, the NCFADS Board has negotiated the following lodging discounts* for you to chose from while at the 2015 Summer School:

Townplace Suites

305 Eastwood Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: (910) 332-3326

Special Daily Rates of $75.00 + tax (single room).

All lodging/housing arrangements must be made directly with Townplace Suites.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

307 Eastwood Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: (910) 442-2903

Special Daily Rates of $75.00-79.00 + tax.
Click HERE to Book via Marriott’s Online Reservation System.

All lodging/housing arrangements must be made directly with Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott.

Best Western Plus University Inn

5345 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28405-3505
Phone: (910) 799-4292

Special Daily Rates of $65.90+ tax (single room).

All lodging/housing arrangements must be made directly with Best Western.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Housing deadline for these special negotiated rates is July 1.

Special Thanks to our 2015 NCFADS Winter School Sponsors

Dominion Diagnostics

McLeod Addictive Disease Center


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Ingenuity Health

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Click Here to become a sponsor and/or exhibitor!

For Multiple Registrations

a registration form for each participant must be completed and accompanied by payment and/or official authorizations. If you are registering for someone else, make certain all pertinent information is forwarded to him or her.


Need Assistance?

If you need assistance concerning registration, please call the NCFADS office at 910-799-6594.