2015 NCFADS Winter School: February 15-18th

February 15-18th | Embassy Suites in Greensboro, NC

The NC Foundation for Alcohol & Drug Studies is pleased to present the 2015 Winter School, February 15th-18th at the Embassy Suites in Greensboro, NC. We are honored to have this year’s faculty filled with nationally known speakers, researchers and leaders in the field.



The Foundation is pleased to present the 19th North Carolina Winter 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 winter 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 Winter School will be affiliated with UNC Wilmington for management of certain credit records and other specific services.

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Conference Schedule


Sunday, February 15, 2015

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. — Registration & Check-In

2:00 – 3:45 p.m. — Mini-Track Sessions

Session BB001: Up In Smoke (Smoking Cessation)

Session BB002: From the War Zone to the Home Front: Caring for our Veterans

Session BB003: Ethics and the Art of Boundary Setting

Session BB004: Cultural Competency & Diversity: Impact on Substance Abuse Treatment & Recovery

Session BB005: Pain and Addiction: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies for Diagnosing and Treating Both Conditions

Session BB006: Motivational Interviewing

Session BB007: Review: DSM-5, ICD10 Codes, and ASAM Levels

Session BB008: Recovery Enhancement

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. — Break

4:00 – 5:45 p.m. — Mini-Track Sessions (Continued…)

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. — Extra-Credit Session: Understanding Anonymity (Open AA Meeting w/ Mr. Sam H.)


Monday, February 16, 2015

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. — Breakfast for Hotel Guests

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. — Late Check-In

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. — Opening Session Speaker: Kevin McCauley, MD

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. — Plenary: Clinical Supervision: A David Powell Tribute

Facilitator: Angela Colistra, PhD, LPC, LCAS, CCS

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. — Lunch

Plenary: Keeping Up With Designer Drugs

Facilitator: John Femino, MD, FASAM, MRO

1:45 – 3:15 p.m. — Main Track Sessions

Session AA001: SBIRT in Older Adults

Session AA002: Adolescent Substance Use Disorders: Current Perspectives & Treatment Approaches

Session AA003: Process Addiction

Session AA004: Mental Health Disorders Co-Occurring with Addictive Disorders

Session AA005: Neuroscience of Addiction

Session AA006: Advanced Clinical Supervision

Session AA007: Advanced Creative Group Skills: Drawing upon the Power of Group

Session AA008: TBI & Trauma

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. — Break

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

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. — Extra-Credit Session: Anonymous People Film & Discussion

Jimmy Cioe, LADAC, CSAC, CPSS, Program Coordinator at the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse
Chris Budnick, Vice President of Programs at The Healing Place of Wake County
(Sponsor: Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse)


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. — Breakfast for Hotel Guests

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

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

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. — Main Track Sessions (Continued)

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. — Lunch & Plenary:

The Digital World & Our Professional Responsibility
Facilitators: Virginia Johnson, CSAPC; James Wong

1:45 – 3:15 p.m. — Main Track Sessions (Continued)

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. — Break

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

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. — Extra-Credit Session: Recovery Community Messaging Training

Jimmy Cioe, LADAC, CSAC, CPSS, Program Coordinator at the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse
Chris Budnick, Vice President of Programs at The Healing Place of Wake County
(Sponsor: Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse)


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. — Breakfast for Hotel Guests

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

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

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. — Main Track Sessions (Continued)

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. — Lunch & Plenary:

Working With Latinos & Rural Southerners
Facilitators: Al Greene, MSW, CCS, LCAS; Frances Rowe Shotwell, MA, LCAS

Main Tracks


AA001. SBIRT Training & Cultural Competency in Working with Older Adults

Level: Basic
Instructor: Michael Leone, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A

Description: This training will 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


AA002. Adolescent Substance Use Disorders: Current Perspectives & Treatment Approaches

Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Michael Torch, M.A., MLADC

Description: This track will review current perspectives on this very difficult treatment population.  Effective treatment techniques and approaches will be presented didactically and experientially.  Topics will include: developmentally appropriate screening and assessment techniques, biogenetic influences and consequences, neurological functioning and condition progression as well as productive intervention techniques.

Sponsored by: Southeast ATTC


AA003. Process Addictions: Bad Habits or Chemical Rewiring?

Level: Basic
Instructor: Ellen Eliot, NCC, LCAS, LPC, CCS

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 relationships.  Process addictions, compulsive behaviors that cause physiological responses in the brain similar to chemical addiction and are recognized by new DSM criteria for addiction, will be discussed in this workshop.  Process addictions include eating disorders, work and financial disorders, compulsive gambling, and sex addiction.  Most clinicians have not been trained to recognize, treat, or even to name process addictions.  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.


AA004. Mental Health Disorders Co-Occurring with Addictive Disorders

Level: Basic
Instructors: Darlene Hopkins, Ph.D., LCAS, CCS

Description: This experiential workshop is 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 13.5 hour framework.

Sponsored by: Millennium Laboratories


AA005. Neuroscience of Addiction

Level: Advanced
Instructor: Kevin McCauley, MD

Description: The last twenty years produced an explosion of understanding not only about addiction (substance use disorders) but how our brains enable our most human capacities such as hedonic valuation and decision-making. This lecture summarizes the most current neuroscientific research about addiction – research that explains how the brain constructs pleasurable experiences, what happens when this process goes wrong, and why this can have a dramatic impact in our ability to make proper choices.

Sponsored by: McLeod Addictive Disease Center


AA006. Advanced Clinical Supervision

Level: Advanced
Instructor: 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.


AA007. Advanced Creative Group Skills: Drawing upon the Power of Group

Level: Advanced
Instructor: Ruth Anderson, M.A.Ed., L.C.A.S, C.C.S., EAGALA Certified

Description: Groups are the ideal setting for inspiration and creativity. Group therapy is the optimal treatment for SUD clients to increase their insight, develop empathy and build trust. This track will explore various counseling techniques designed to make the most of the extraordinary power of the group. Together we will explore various alternatives to traditional talk therapy. A primary goal of the training is to stimulate ideas for the counselor to increase client participation and refresh their own enthusiasm about group treatment.  Expressive activities will be used to illustrate how clients can find their own meaning rather than accepting others’ interpretations of their needs and strengths. We will practice skills and use experiential activities to enhance participants’ confidence with implementing new methods of group therapy. Prerequisite for attendance is a tendency to want to have more fun while doing your job!


AA008. Treating Trauma in Substance Abuse Disorders

Level: Intermediate
Instructors: Frank Barker, LPC, MAC, CS, CSAT; & Diane Diver, MBA, CACII, LMSW

Description: The Trauma Workshop is designed to assist participants in recognizing and understanding “core issues” that are often barriers to recovery.  These issues often involve childhood trauma and abuse and can be a hidden source of relapse.  Once these issues are confronted, the healing can begin as the client recognizes and experiences the intense emotions associated with childhood trauma.  The workshop will also focus on family origin issues such as codependency, the nature of abuse, parenting styles, post-induction therapy, personal recovery, EMDR and other trauma treatment techniques.  Participants will learn through multi-workshop techniques and understand necessary skills.


Mini Tracks


BB001. Up In Smoke… Smoking Cessation

Level: Basic
Instructor: Helen Norins, M.Ed.

Description: Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the USA. Our clients smoke at 2-3 times higher rates than the general population.  Currently, confrontation of the addiction of smoking nicotine is one of the most pressing responsibilities of the substance abuse profession. This workshop will present information on the neurological effects of tobacco use and the medical results to the user and those around him/her. The second part of the workshop will be focused on evidenced based programs used in the treatment of tobacco use. The e-cigarette will also be addressed.


BB002. From the War Zone to the Home Front: Caring for our Veterans

Level: Basic/Intermediate
Instructor: Sandy Ellingson, LPC-S, LCAS, CC

Description: We will discuss the military culture and the challenges of coming home (aggression, sleep issues, and suicide), managing grief and loss, recognizing PTSD and TBI. We will discuss treatment options such as Prolonged Exposure, Psychopharmacology, Cognitive Processing, and EMDR. We will talk about substance use and how substance use affects  recovery from all of these issues. Also we will cover physical health, service dogs, pain management and family issues.

Sponsored by: Charles George VA Medical Center


BB003. Ethics and the Art of Boundary Setting

Level: Basic
Instructor: Terri S. Cook, MA, LCAS, LPC, CCS and Virginia L. Johnson, CSAPC

Description: This presentation provides an overview of ethics for staff of all levels working in the substance abuse profession. Discussion will focus on boundary traps that lead to unintentional ethical violations. And as the world becomes increasingly dependent on digital technologies, boundary traps are emerging in areas never previously considered. Many ethical dilemmas arise from an intent to help with a failure in attending to how our professional behavior can cross boundaries. Crossing boundaries has a negative impact on client care and the ability to maintain a therapeutic environment. This session will provide a framework of thinking about healthy boundaries and ethical issues for all staff who have client contact. Information will be presented in a discussion format with case studies drawn from participants’ experience.


BB004. Cultural Competency & Diversity:  Impact on Substance Abuse Treatment & Recovery

Level: Basic
Instructors: Bonita Porter,  MSW, LCSW

Description: What does it really mean to “meet the client where they are”?    It is important if not critical for treatment providers to factor in culture, values and beliefs to ensure positive treatment outcomes.

This training will assist with mastering specific knowledge and skills that will increase our ability to provide care to diverse individuals, groups, and communities.  Attendees will learn and develop strategies to better address culturally sensitive issues with particular attention to the substance abuse and dual disorder population.


BB005. Pain and Addiction: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies for Diagnosing and Treating Both Conditions

Level: Basic
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


BB006. Motivational Interviewing

Level: Basic
Instructor: Tony Beatty, MA, LCAS, CCS

Description: The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to motivational interviewing and its use in treating persons with a substance use disorder.  Participants will learn about the style and spirit of motivational interviewing and the underlying principles of motivational interviewing.  The stages of change model will be discussed in relation to motivational interviewing.  The four processes in motivational interviewing will be reviewed.

Sponsored by: NCFADS


BB007. Review: DSM-5, ICD10 Codes, and ASAM Levels

Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Frank Barker, LPC, MAC, CS, CSAT; and Diane Diver, MBA, CACII, LMSW

Description: There are some major changes coming in the field as we know it. This open discussion and training will define for you the DSM-5 changes, the proposed ASAM changes, what that means to payer sources and clinicians, and the future of our workforce. We will talk about the effect on day to day services and where we go from here. This is the single biggest change in our field since identifying the disease concept.


BB008. Recovery Enhancement

Level: Basic
Instructor: Jon Winder, LPC, LSATP

Description: Much of the focus of chemical abuse treatment has been focused on the disease concept and relapse prevention. Little has been done to explore and celebrate the positive aspects of recovery. Basically, what’s in it for a drug addict or alcoholic to get sober? What’s so great about sobriety?  This workshop explores the joys of recovery and the ways to achieve them.  The workshop looks at recovery enhancement in five aspects: physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual.  Besides building a strong rationale for recovery enhancement, specific techniques are presented  drawing  from a variety of approaches including Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, Solution- Oriented Therapy, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  Techniques such as future -pacing, time-line therapy, Core Transformation, self-hypnosis, deep relaxation, guided imagery, and the sobriety miracle question are taught giving participants tools they can use immediately with their clients.


— Meet Our Keynote Speakers —

2015 NCFADS Winter School Speaker, Kevin McCauley, MD
Kevin McCauley

Sponsored By
McLeod Addictive
Disease Center

2015 NCFADS Winter School Speaker, Angela Colistra, PhD, LPC, LCAS, CCS
Angela Colistra

Sponsored By
Lakeview Health

2015 NCFADS Winter School Speaker, John Femino, MD, FASAM, MRO
John Femino

Sponsored By
Dominion Diagnostics

2015 NCFADS Winter School Speaker, Al Greene, MSW, CCS, LCAS
Frances Rowe Shotwell

2015 NCFADS Winter School Speaker, Virginia Johnson, CSAPC
Virginia Johnson
Sponsored By
Empowered Ideas

2015 NCFADS Winter School Speaker, James Wong
James Wong

Sponsored By
Empowered Ideas

2015 NCFADS Winter School Speaker, Al Greene, MSW, CCS, LCAS
Al Greene


— Speaker Bios —


Ruth Anderson, M.A.Ed., LCAS, CCS

Ruth Anderson, M.A.Ed., LCAS, CCS, has 30 years experience in individual, family and group counseling. She has worked as a counselor, clinical coordinator and program director with a variety of populations. Currently she works in private practice, providing counseling, clinical supervision and professional presentations. Ruth has provided professional training for NCFADS Summer and Winter schools, the Northwest and Southern AHECs, Forsyth Medical Center, Wake Forest University Counseling Department, NC Addictions Fellows of Forsyth County, and Addiction Professionals of NC Conferences. Ruth’s undergraduate degree was in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Salem College, and her Masters of Arts in Counseling, from Wake Forest University. She has additional training in the areas of expressive arts, family and group therapy, and equine assisted psychotherapy. She has served as a board member for the Addictions Professionals of North Carolina (APNC) and an evaluator for the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) licensure exams. She is a graduate of the North Carolina Addiction Fellows Program.

Tony Beatty, MA, LCAS, CCS

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).


Jimmy Cioe, LADAC, CSAC, CPSS, is a man in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug problems, a licensed alcohol/drug counselor for the past two decades, a student of Wellness and Holistic medicine and alternate history and the Program Coordinator of Recovery Initiatives at the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse of North Carolina.

Chris Budnick

Vice President of Programs for The Healing Place of Wake County, an Adjunct Instructor for the North Carolina State University Department of Social Work, a founding board member of Recovery Communities for North Carolina, Inc., and a Recovery Africa board member.  He is also a person in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug problems.

Sandy Ellingson, LPC-S, LCAS, CCS

Sandy Ellingson, LPC-S, LCAS, CCS, has 20 years in the counseling field. With a Masters Degree in Counseling she entered the US Army to serve Soldiers and their families as a Behavioral Specialist. After being injured she left the Army and began working in private practice and community agencies. For the last 8 years she has worked at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. Her position as Mental Health Counselor in the Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Program allows her to work with Veterans and their families.

Al Greene, MSW, CCS, LCAS

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.

Virginia L. Johnson, CSAPC

Virginia L. Johnson, CSAPC, is 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.

Michael Leone, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A

Michael Leone, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A, is a clinical social worker and clinical addictions specialist, working for over the past two years 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.

Kathy Norins, M.Ed.

Kathy Norins, M.Ed., is a HIV Specialist with Alcohol and Drugs Services of Guilford County. Kathy has been the clinician for the Cone Health System smoking cessation group treatment for the staff and their families for the past five years. She also provides counseling, testing, and educational services. Her previous experience includes a consultant for the development of workshops at the Family Violence Center in Pittsboro, NC. Other experiences include being a school counselor; an instructor for the NCFADS; a presenter at the Addiction: Focus on Women Conference; a presenter at the National Aids Update Conference; and many other trainings and lectures.

Tereia Cook Shirley, MA, LCAS, LPC, CCS

Tereia Cook Shirley, MA, LCAS, LPC, CCS, has been an addictions professional since 1987. She has worked in both public and private practice in clinical and administrative capacities. She is currently the owner of The AC Group Inc and also works with Wake Forest Baptist Health in the addictions program. She is chair of the ethics committee with Addiction Professionals of North Carolina and past President of the NC Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies.

Michael Torch, MA, MLADC

Michael Torch, MA, MLADC, is an addiction treatment provider with over 35 years experience. Originally, licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Licensed Clinical Supervisor by the State of New Hampshire in 1985. He was recognized by the New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor’s Association in 1990 as “Counselor of the Year” and in 2002 with its “Life Time Achievement Award”. Currently providing outpatient counseling and behavioral health consultation within an agency in New Hampshire. He serves as a member of the US Probation Service’s New England Critical Incident Stress Management Team and assisted the Boston Police Department’s Peer Support Unit with debriefings after the Boston Marathon Bombings. As the Senior Technology Transfer Specialist for the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center- at Brown University he provides evidence-based practice adoption consultation/training as well as technology transfer consultation. Michael has been a trainer of alcohol and drug counselors for over 25 years with extensive experience treating chemically dependent adolescents, trauma victims, and individuals under the supervision of the criminal justice system. His professional experience includes practice in public schools, correctional environments, treating law enforcement personnel, inpatient chemical dependency programs, outpatient practice and as a consultant to a First Nation Healing Program.

Frank Barker, LPC, MAC, CS, CSAT

Frank Barker, LPC, MAC, CS, CSAT, is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Clinical Director for Recovery Place, Inc. and Recovery Place Community Services. Frank is a licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia, Master Addictions Counselor, Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist and Substance Abuse Professional. He works with the Medical, Nursing, Dental and Pharmacy Boards for recovering professionals. He provides monthly Clinical Supervision to all clinical staff and is recognized by local media as an expert in substance abuse, trauma, and codependency. Frank is currently an officer on the board of the Georgia School of Addiction Studies and trains nationally on addiction issues. He is the Clinical Director of PMR and is responsible for providing EAP services for health care specialties.

KaRae’ Carey, Ph.D.

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.

Angela Colistra, Ph.D., LCAS, CCS, LPC

Angela Colistra has her earned doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Counselor Education and Clinical Supervision and is an Adjunct Professor at Clemson University, Webster University, and University of Phoenix. She has 11 years of clinical experience and is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina. She has published in the area of multicultural competencies for clinical supervisors and her dissertation research was focused on substance abuse counselors’ spiritual well-being, job satisfaction, and feelings of burnout. She has received awards for outstanding substance abuse counselor, for promoting ethics, and spirituality in counseling. She has presented on numerous topics related to addictions counseling all around the world, including presentations in Nepal and China. It is evident that she has a strong passion and drive to help the addictions field continue to grow and solidify in order to meet the changing needs of the clientele by presenting the most current and progressive material to her attendees. Her combined experience, education, grace, and zaniness comes across in her presentations and allows attendees to connect and transform.

Diane Diver, MBA, CACII, LMSW

Diane Diver, MBA, CACII, LMSW, has over fourteen years of experience in the behavioral health field and twenty years of experience in the medical field. She has help top posts for companies such as Bayer Consumer Care and Mead Johnson Nutritionals, a division of Bristol Myers Squibb. She is a Certified Addiction Counselor II and a Licensed Master Social Worker. In her capacity as a counselor, Diane has worked at Willingway Hospital in Statesboro and Coastal Harbor Health System in Savannah before joining the Recovery Place family. At Recovery Place, Diane has held positions as the Quality Assurance Director and Executive Director prior to assuming her role as COO. Ms. Diver is currently responsible for the day-to-day clinical operations at Recovery Place as well as the Quality Assurance function. She oversees the provision of substance abuse and co-occurring services for all Recovery Place Inc./Recovery Place Community Services programs.

John Femino, MD, FASAM, MRO

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. 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. He was co-director of a non-profit children’s television production company and produced seven substance abuse related videotapes and two prime time television specials. He is 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”.

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

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.

Kevin T. McCauley

Kevin McCauley is the Director of Program Services at New Roads Treatment Center in Sandy, Utah. He is a graduate of Drexel University Medical School and co-founder of the Institute for Addiction Study. From 2009 to 2013, Dr. McCauley was the Director of Le Mont, a sober living/recovery management program in Utah, and is presently the President of the Utah Association of Recovery Residences. His DVD “Pleasure Unwoven” won the 2010 NAATP Michael Q. Ford journalism award.

Bonita H. Porter, MSW, LCSW

Bonita H. Porter, MSW, LCSW is a Master’s Level Licensed Clinical Social Worker with thirty years of Administrative and Behavioral Health experience. She has taught social work as an adjunct professor for nearly twenty years. Ms. Porter’s areas of training specialty are enhancing Cultural Competency in the Workplace, Cultural Sensitivity in treatment intervention and Clinical Supervision. This trainer has facilitated workshops with Behavioral Healthcare agencies in preparation for national accreditation, Law Enforcement Officers, School Nurses, Substance Abuse Counselors, Social Workers and Hospice Staff. Bonita is currently the Provider Network Operations Director for an LME/MCO and serves as Board Chair for Greensboro Urban Ministry.

Frances Rowe Shotwell ,MA,LCAS

Frances Rowe Shotwell ,MA,LCAS, is the director and primary clinician at D.W.I. Assessments and Counseling Services, LLC. She has over 15 years of experience working with English and Spanish speaking clients. She received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Education and a masters degree in mental health counseling. Currently, Frances serves as the treasurer on the North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies Board.

Jon M. Winder, LPC, LSATP

Jon M. Winder, LPC, LSATP, is a clinician, author, consultant, and lecturer. He is recognized for his practical and sensitive seminars on addiction, families, and clinical practices. Educated at the University of Florida, where he got his Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Mr. Winder has served on the faculty of Central Virginia Community College and has conducted seminars in the United States, Europe, and Africa. Mr. Winder is the Clinical Director of The Madeline Centre, Lynchburg, Virginia, which provides in-home and day treatment services to at-risk-youth and has a private practice. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Substance Abuse Practitioner. He has been a clinician and consultant in addictions and mental health for over thirty-five years. Previously, he was Clinical Coordinator of the Adolescent Drug Treatment Program for Central Virginia Community Services and is past director of the Arise Residential Center, a residential drug treatment program. He is also past Director of the Total Life Center, a private practice outpatient group, and served as an Emergency Mental Health Consultant for 8 years at Lynchburg General Hospital. He served as a therapist and consultant for 3 years to the Child and Adolescent Team at the Lynchburg Mental Health Center. In 1990 he founded the Central Virginia AIDS Coalition. He has also served on the Executive Board of the Virginia Association of Drug and Alcohol Programs and has provided clinical supervision for licensure to over 35 individual therapists. He is a certified NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programing) Practitioner.

James C. Wong

Nationally recognized speaker, instructor, digital marketing and communications strategist and passionate social entrepreneur. James is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Empowered Ideas, a nationally recognized marketing communications firm for small businesses and nonprofits.

From 2007-2012, James served as the Marketing Communications Manager for the iContact Corporation, an industry leading email marketing services provider, and pioneered digital strategies which spearheaded iContact into the social media marketing industry, and was acquired by the Vocus Corporation for $169M in 2012.

His passion for diversity in leadership and community outreach has led to special recognition by the Society of New Communications Research (SNCR), North Carolina Army National Guard, the National Black MBA Association (NBMBA), and by Asian Focus of North Carolina.

Registration Options and Fees

Full-School Option (FSO)

Includes: Training & materials for the entire school including one Main Track, one Mini Track and all Plenary Sessions as well as refreshments and lunches on Monday; Tuesday and Wednesday. If staying at Embassy Suites, breakfast is included in hotel costs.  (Fee does not include housing or evening meals.)

Track/Plenary Only Option (TPO)
Includes: Training & materials for Opening Session, Main Track & Plenary Sessions as well as refreshments and lunches on Monday; Tuesday and Wednesday. If staying at Embassy Suites, breakfast is included in hotel costs.  (Fee does not include housing, evening meals or Mini Track.)

Mini-Track Only Option (MTO)
Includes: Training, materials & refreshments for Sunday afternoon Mini-Track training only!
(Does not include housing, meals, Main Track or Plenary Sessions.)

IMPORTANT Registration Information


NCFADS School Registration Information

First, use the online registration form to complete the registration process and submit to NCFADS by 11:59 p.m., January 26, 2015.

Second, all Full-time Students or Mini-Track only Students , must validate the registration process at check-in between noon – 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 15, 2015, at the Embassy Suites, Greensboro, NC. Track/Plenary Student enrollees may check-in from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 16, 2015. 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. Photocopies of the registration form will be accepted. If you are registering for someone else, make certain all pertinent information is forwarded to him or her.

Check-In & Check-Out Process

All mini-tracks will meet from 2:00-5:45 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, February 15, 2015. Main tracks and plenary sessions begin on Monday morning, February 16, 2015, and continue until 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, February 18, 2014. You will only attend one track and one mini-track during the school. All Full-time Students (FTO) will be automatically registered for the opening session, plenary sessions and closing luncheon. The registration system will inform you of the availability of your track/mini-track topic selections as you register. Early registration is encouraged. Use of our online registration process is encouraged to expedite your registration. Your confirmation email indicating topic assignments (based upon space availability at the time of registration) will be sent to you immediately after your pre-registration. All Full-time Student participants (as well as Mini-Track Students) are expected to check in between noon and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 15, 2015, and attend the mini-track topic session at 2:00 p.m.

Those who register only for Track/Plenary Only Sessions may check in on Monday morning, February 16th from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.; then attend an opening session followed by the first track session. Embassy Suites Housing should be available by 3:45 p.m. (break time) for those staying on site. No dinner meals have been scheduled. 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 Embassy Suites, you must call directly to the hotel to get the negotiated rate. Identify yourself as a participant in the NCFADS Winter 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 track & mini-track 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 January 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 28 hours of certification/re-certification credit for each eligible participant.

Teacher Renewal Credit (PSP)

Individual schedules must be designed for 28 contact hours to be awarded 2.8 units of teacher renewal credit (PSP). To receive maximum PSP credits, participants must attend all classes and special events, totaling 28 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 28 contact hours for participants to be eligible for 2.8 CEU’s. To receive maximum CEU credit, participants must attend all classes and events, totaling 28 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 Winter School will be awarded after eligibility has been determined from attendance records and in conjunction with the above stated attendance requirements.

Embassy Suites, Greensboro, NCThe NCFADS Board chose the Embassy Suites as its 2015 Winter School site because it offers such great meeting rooms as well as excellent accommodations for those who need housing. The number of available rooms will meet our enrollment needs quite well and the negotiated price for participant housing is outstanding.

The Embassy Suites is located in the center of the Triad, just 6 miles from the Piedmont Triad International Airport at the intersection of Interstate 40 and Highway 68. They are the premier center for hospitality in the area, with a full range of services to meet every traveler’s needs. The 219, all-suite property has an elegant 7-story atrium where the fresh scent of lush greenery fills the senses. Water cascades from a luxurious fountain and sunlight radiates through the skylights overhead.

Each suite is beatifically decorated with a private bedroom and spacious living room. All of the suites have a refrigerator, microwave oven, individual cup coffee maker, two flat screen televisions, two telephones, high speed Internet and a very functional dining/work table with ergonomic chair. Choose a suite with 2 double beds or 1 king bed; in addition each suite is equipped with a queen size sleeper sofa for extra guests.

Since the NCFADS fee does NOT include housing, special daily rates of $89.00 + tax (single room), and $159 + tax (double room), have been negotiated with the Embassy Suites. This room rate includes breakfast on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, plus a complimentary reception Sunday, Monday & Tuesday evenings.

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

Please call 336-668-4535 to make your hotel reservation.

Housing deadline for the special rate is in mid January.

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