2016 NCFADS Winter School: February 14-17th

February 14-17th | Embassy Suites in Greensboro, NC

The NC Foundation for Alcohol & Drug Studies is pleased to present the 2016 Winter School, February 14th-17th 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.

Be sure to join us for the festivities as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary throughout our Winter and Summer Schools.

The Foundation is pleased to present the 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.

NCFADS School Class     NCFADS School Exhibitor     NCFADS School Team

Conference Schedule


Sunday, February 14, 2016

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

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

Session BB201: Understanding & Helping Those With Substance Use Disorders: Implications for Clinical Practice

Session BB202: The Good , the Bad and the Ugly –The Electronic  Cigarette and its Impact on Our Culture

Session BB203: Ethical and Legal Issues for Substance Abuse Professionals

Session BB204: Prescription Drug Abuse Among Over 60 Group

Session BB205: Recovery Community Centers – “A Model for Building Community Recovery Capital.”

Session BB206: Overview of PTSD & Veterans Issues

Session BB207: Pain and Addiction: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies for Diagnosing and Treating Both Conditions

Session BB208: Supporting the Needs of Transgender Clients

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. — Break

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

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. — Extra-Credit Session, CC001: Open AA Meeting: “Dual Roles”

Facilitator: Sam H.
(Does NOT Qualify for NBCC Hours)



Monday, February 15, 2016

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, DD001 Speaker: Robert Ackerman, Ph.D.

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. — General Plenary, DD002:

Heroin: How Do You Compete with Being Touched by the Hand of God?
Facilitators: Bill Biggs, CSAC; DeAn White, M.Ed, NCC, LPCS, LCAS, CCS

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. — Lunch Plenary, DD003: “Ethical Issues in Addiction Practice”

Facilitator: Anton Bizzell, MD.

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

Session AA001: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Session AA002: Adolescent Substance Use Disorders: Current Perspectives & Treatment Approaches (Sponsored By: Southeast ATTC)

Session AA003: Mental Health Disorders Co-Occurring with Addictive Disorders

Session AA004: Cannabis, Other Drugs, & Trends

Session AA005: Clinical Supervision in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Session AA006: Advanced Creative Group Skills: Drawing upon the Power of Group

Session AA007: Silent Sons/Perfect Daughters: Appreciating Gender Differences in Treatment & Recovery

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. — Break

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

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. — Extra-Credit Session, CC002: Music Therapy

Facilitators: Rick Spreitzer, CSAC; William Faulkner, CSAC, CSARFD, QTCP
(DJ Session to Follow)

8:00 – 10:00 p.m. — NCFADS 40th Anniversary Party


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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,  DD004: Psychoneuroplasicity in Addiction

Speaker: Laura Martinez, LCDC-I, B.S. – Psychology, Pre-Medicine with a Minor in Neuroscience

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, CC003: Celebrate Recovery

Facilitators: Tony Beatty, MA, LCA, CCS; Anna Godwin, MS, LCAS


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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, DD005: “Stress and Burn Out”

Speaker: Phillip Hemphill, Ph.D.

Main Tracks


AA001. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (13.5 hrs.)

Level: Basic/Intermediate
Instructor: KaeRae’ Carey, Ph.D.

Description: The cognitive behavioral therapy track is a course for mental health care providers who seek to implement the evidence-based practice. Participants will learn about, and utilize various cognitive therapy techniques, focusing on how to effectively provide counseling services to clients using cognitive behavioral therapy. In the session, clinical application of cognitive behavioral therapy skills, and specific application of cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to treat mental health conditions will be explored. The sessions will be a blend of mini-lectures to review core concepts, small group and large group discussion, many experiential activities, and small group work.


AA002. Adolescent Substance Use Disorders: Current Perspectives & Treatment Approaches (13.5 hrs.)

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.


  • Gain an understanding of the developmental differences between adolescent and adult substance use disorders.
  • Identify the neurobiological consequences of adolescent chemical use.
  • Gain an understanding of the neurological conditioning that creates cognitive barriers to recovery for this population.
  • Review current data regarding adolescent psychoactive chemical use in North Carolina and some of the current indicators of the consequences of such use.
  • Review currently recognized evidence-based practices with this population and participate in analysis of those practices.
  • Participation in specific skill building exercises that can be helpful with this population.

Sponsored by: Southeast ATTC


AA003. Mental Health Disorders Co-Occurring with Addictive Disorders (13.5 hrs.) 

Level: Basic
Instructor: Darlene Hopkins, Ph.D., LPCS, LCAS, CCS


This experiential workshop has been designed to develop the addiction counselor’s skill in facilitating treatment of addicted persons who also struggle with a mental health disorder. The workshop begins with an assessment of current skill level and the learning goals of the counselors in attendance. Working collaboratively, the presenter and participants will move toward meeting those goals possible within the 13.5 hour framework.

The workshop will meet three primary objectives:

  • Understanding and identifying the symptoms which meet the DSM5 criteria of the four most common co-occurring disorders: depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and PTSD;
  • Recognizing the complications caused by the accompanying addictive disorders; and
  • Developing an awareness of the processes of Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as used in the treatment of co-occurring disorders.


AA004. Cannabis & Other Drugs. Part I: Cannabis Use Disorder: The Much Under-Appreciated Addiction and the new science of Marijuana; Part II: Current Trends with Drugs of Abuse: New Faces on the Usual Suspects  (13.5 hrs.)

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructors: Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD. CADC III


Part I: Cannabis Use Disorder: A Much Under-appreciated Addiction and the New Science of Marijuana

Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Washington DC have now legalized marijuana for recreational use and 23 states plus the District of Columbia have approved medical use of marijuana. This despite the fact that: no major medical organization endorses crude marijuana as medicine, pot is still a federal Schedule I substance of abuse, and a growing body of medical evidence that demonstrate marijuana (THC) especially in its newer highly potent forms (“edibles and BHO”), and the new synthetic cannabinoids (“Spice”) result in addiction, medical and mental health problems. This presentation will look at marijuana as a drug: It’s medical and abuse potential relative to other psychoactive substances. It will revisit its botany, chemistry, pharmacology, impact on the adolescent brain and especially the 8-9% of its users who develop Cannabis Use Disorder. The potential medical benefits of marijuana will also be perused.

Part II: Current Trends with Drugs of Abuse: New Faces on the Usual Suspects

Discoveries of new abusable Phytochemicals and  synthetic designer drugs molecules along with the continued proliferation of diverted prescription and OTC medications creates a significant challenge to the recognition and treatment of current drug abuse and addiction problems. “Spice, Bath Salts, Benzo Fury, Flakka, Kratom, Salvia, 2C-I” and many other substances have recently exploded within the drug abusing subculture with severe adverse consequences. Despite their mystique, all can be generally viewed as being CNS stimulants, depressants or psychedelics: AKA – Uppers, Downers, All Arounders. This presentation will explore these trends then provide an update on what is known about their pharmacology and toxicology. How they complicate diagnosis and treatment of addiction and mental health disorders will also be explored. Modification of molecules to circumvent detection and legal sanctions is almost infinite. Designer Drug modifications will be defined and explained.

(Sponsored by: Dominion Diagnostics)


AA005. Clinical Supervision in Alcohol and Drug Counseling (13.5 hrs.)

Level: Basic/Intermediate
Instructor: Ron Hood, Ph.D.

Description: This course will explore the principals, models, methods, and procedures utilized in clinical supervision for individuals providing supervision to mental health professional seeking licensure as substance abuse professionals. Emphasis will be placed on actual case studies often encountered in clinical practice when providing supervision. Ethical issues and ethical guidelines will incorporated be into the case material. Role plays and case studies will be utilized in applying principals of supervision across a wide variety of clinical settings. Participants are encouraged to bring case material for discussion.


AA006. Advanced Creative Group Skills: Drawing upon the Power of Group (13.5 hrs.)

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 this 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!


AA007. Silent Sons/Perfect Daughters: Appreciating Gender Differences in Treatment & Recovery (13.5 hrs.)

Level: Basic
Instructor: Robert Ackerman, Ph.D.

Description: This workshop will focus on developing an appreciation for gender differences in the treatment of and the recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. The focus will be not only on the addicted person, but also on sons and daughters of alcoholics and drug addicts.  Additionally it will focus on how dysfunctional families effect gender development and, in turn, to assess how this development effects personal change for women and men.   An appreciation for gender implications in alcohol and drug usage patterns, etiological differences, relapse and recovery issues, and associated problems will be addressed.  This workshop will not treat women and men from dysfunctional families as victims, but rather as survivors and will concentrate on strengths found in those from dysfunctional families regardless of adverse conditions. An internal and external model for intervention and treatment will be presented.



Mini Tracks


BB201. Understanding & Helping Those With Substance Use Disorders: Implications for Clinical Practice (3.5 hrs.)

Level: N/A
Instructor: Joe Fortin, LPC, LCAS, CCS

Description: This session will involve a mixture of didactic and interactive activities targeted at increasing our collective understanding of the people we serve, the people we are, and the professionals we want to become. We will discuss the science of substance use disorders, the change process, and evidenced based treatment methods and models. We will explore our own views on substance use and substance use treatment, what motivated us to become helpers and led us to this specific field. We will examine how our personal perspectives relate to the science as it is today, examine to what extent our motivations may be realistic and sustainable, and identify options for managing the challenges of this work, or calling, as it may be for some of us.


BB202. The Good , the Bad and the Ugly –The Electronic  Cigarette and its Impact on Our Culture (3.5 hrs.)

Level: N/A
Instructor: Kathy Norins, MEd.

Description: The electronic cigarette was introduced into the  U.S. market in 2007 and has quickly become a popular source of nicotine for many people. Some herald this item as a safer way to use nicotine and even as a means to quit smoking. Others think that it is a Trojan Horse that will undo two decades of efforts to limit smoking. Still others fear it is a mechanism to get youth addicted and desensitize them to drug use in general.  This workshop will present information about electronic cigarettes and the cultural context in which vaping is becoming a common pastime. Information will be presented from various perspectives and medical and social research will be presented to help counselors form educated opinions about this HOT topic.


BB203. Ethical and Legal Issues for Substance Abuse Professionals (3.5 hrs.)

Level: N/A
Instructor: Cathy Killian, MEd, LPC, LCAS, CCS, CCH

Description: This training will include a review of basic ethical principles and legal aspects for substance abuse professionals.  It will also include challenges that are presented by the use of technology, that often complicate and create uncertainty in our ethical decisions and behaviors.  The format of the training is interactive in order to challenge you to think – and hopefully have some fun doing so.

Goals and Objectives:

  1. Participant will review basic ethical principles as well as the Professional Code of Ethics for Substance Abuse Professionals as defined by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board.
  2. Participant will review client confidentiality regulations as defined by 42 C.F.R. Part 2.
  3. Participant will review other applicable federal and state regulations that relate to substance abuse professionals.
  4. Participant will examine the interactions and impact of the applicable legalities and ethical principles, with a focus on the technological aspects involved.
  5. Participant will examine the specific complications experienced by the substance abuse professional as a result of these ethical and legal interactions.


BB204. Prescription Drug Abuse Among Over 60 Group (3.5 hrs.)

Level: N/A
Instructors: Michael A. Leone, MSW, LCSW, LCAS; Jim Harner

Description: This interactive presentation will review statistical information on the increasing aging population in North Carolina and its impact on the provision of mental health and substance use services in our state.  A comprehensive review of the integrated health care model as well as a discussion of profiles of aging people at risk for substance use and mental health disorders will be discussed. Cultural competencies in working with older adults and identifying barriers older Americans may experience in receiving appropriate mental health and substance use services will be reviewed.

We will explore how alcohol and prescription medications react differently in an aging body and how we may begin to recognize misuse of alcohol and prescription medication in older adults.  We will briefly discuss why it may be difficult to talk about substance use/misuse with older adults and how treatment modalities differ in provision of services to this population. Resources will be provided to further assist with accurate and reliable information on identifying substance use and mental health issues in older adults as well and where to find appropriate treatment services.

(Sponsored by: Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse)


BB205. Recovery Community Centers – “A Model for Building Community Recovery Capital.” (3.5 hrs.) 

Level: N/A
Instructor: Chris Budnick, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Description: Recovery Community Centers have emerged across the country as a peer-to-peer, community-based, recovery resources designed to help:

  • People initiate recovery
  • People sustain recovery
  • People in recovery live rich and meaningful lives

This mini-track explores:

  • The history of traditional recovery supports
  • The new recovery advocacy movement
  • The role of Recovery Community Centers in building community recovery capital
  • How peer-to-peer services compliment addiction treatment
  • Examples of existing Recovery Community Centers
  • Opportunities in North Carolina for establishing Recovery Community Centers


BB206. Overview of PTSD & Veterans Issues (3.5 hrs.)

Level: N/A
Instructor: 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.


BB207. Pain and Addiction: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies for Diagnosing and Treating Both Conditions (3.5 hrs.)

Level: N/A
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.

Educational Objectives:

  • Apply understanding of neurotransmission of pain to identify therapeutic interventions
  • Increase identification of addictive behavior in patients on chronic pain medications
  • Develop clinical strategies to minimize risk of addiction when prescribing opioids
  • Improve understanding of set points of self administration to monitor for the development of tolerance and physical dependence
  • Review pharmacology of opioid medications with emphasis on use of buprenorphine for management of concurrent pain and addiction

 (Sponsored by: Dominion Diagnostics)


BB208. Supporting the Needs of Transgender Clients (3.5 hrs.)

Level: N/A
Instructor: LaKisha Ellison, MSW, LCSW

Description: As the visibility and activism of transgender and gender-variant people continue to grow, providers are encouraged to increase their understanding of some basic issues experienced by transgender people. Though mental health and substance abuse providers are increasingly treating transgender patients, they are often unsure about best practices and the basic clinical information needed to effectively meet the needs of this very diverse group of individuals. While still underrepresented in scholarly research, there are standards of care and practice in place to guide providers who are becoming more exposed to transgender issues. This workshop will provide basic information about transgender issues and present strategies, standards of care, and resources for incorporating effective support in the therapeutic relationship.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the presentation, providers in attendance will:

  • Identify and explore multiple Transgender identities
  • Understand basic terminology, language and concepts of gender variant experiences including the gender transition process and the role of mental health provider.
  • Learn current therapeutic standards of care and approaches to support transgender clients and members of their support system.
  • Be able to incorporate basic knowledge of transgender issues, concepts, and concerns into their current professional work.
  • Identify resources for clients and continuing education for practitioners.


Opening/Luncheon/Closing Plenaries + Extra Credit Sessions


CC001. Open AA Meeting: “Dual Roles” (1 hr.)
(Sunday, Feb. 14; 7:30-8:30 pm)(Does not qualify for NBCC hours

Level: N/A
Facilitator: Sam H.

Description: How does one maintain their own recovery while working in the recovery field and problems they may have encountered? Attendees in recovery share information and learn from each others’ experiences. A primary purpose of the meeting is to share personal experiences as well as up to date and useful information to help those in recovery.


CC002. Music Therapy  (1 hr.)
(Monday, Feb. 15; 7:00-8:00 pm)(DJ session to follow)

Level: N/A
Instructor: Rick Spreitzer, CSAC ; William Faulkner, CSAC, CSARFD, QTCP

Description: This course is designed to highlight the importance of music and creative expression as powerful languages in the recovery process.  Through music, participants will learn how to become more attuned to sensory information and in turn use that information to self-soothe, regulate emotions, validate feelings and engage in sober fun.  The session draws from grounding (Seeking Safety), emotion regulation and self-soothing (DBT), music and art therapy.


CC003. Celebrate Recovery (2 hrs.)
(Tuesday, Feb. 16; 7:00-9:00 pm

Level: N/A
Instructor: Tony Beatty, MA, LCAS, CCS; Anna Godwin, MS, LCAS


Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a well-established, faith based recovery program that addresses various “hurts, habits, and hang-ups” including substance use, anxiety, food addiction, and more. This session will address the foundational components of CR vs other recovery programs. A panel of CR members will detail their CR experience.

Hour by Hour list of topics:

Hour 1:

  1. Celebrate Recovery overview and core components
  2. Celebrate Recovery implementation and testimony

Hour 2: III. Celebrate Recovery vs other recovery programs, panel discussion


  • Participants will be able to identify 3 core components of Celebrate Recovery.
  • Participants will be able to identify 3 factors required to implement a Celebrate Recovery Program.
  • Participants will be able to identify two differences between Celebrate Recovery and other recovery programs.


DD001. Opening Session: Reclaiming Joy in Your Life
(Monday, Feb.15; 9:00 am)

Level: N/A
Speaker: Robert Ackerman, Ph.D.

Description: Many people work so hard at improving their lives that they forget to enjoy themselves.  Using a light-hearted approach, this presentation will focus on identifying with the positive aspects of individual change and joy for those who want to improve the quality of their lives and their relationships.  The topic of how do you know if you are getting better will be the main concept.  Overcoming barriers that impede experiencing joy and healthy living will be addressed.

Teaching Objectives/Goals

  • To identify the positive aspects of recovery/change.
  • To identify behaviors that can be used as indicators of personal recovery/change.
  • To become aware of barriers, that knowingly or unknowingly, can contribute to or

impede personal recovery/change.

  • To identify the changes needed to achieve individual potential.


DD002. General Plenary: Heroin: How do you compete with being touched by the hand of God?
(Monday, Feb.15; 10:15 – 11:45 am

Level: N/A
Speaker: Bill Briggs, CSAC; DeAn White, M.Ed, NCC, LPCS, LCAS, CCS

Description: This presentation takes a compelling look at the journey through heroin addiction and recovery from the clients’ point of view as documented in a 15 month long study conducted by the Mecklenburg County Substance Abuse Services Center.  The audience will watch video feedback from the clients themselves regarding what they need in treatment, and also experience the treatment methods used by the counselors as a result of input from the clients.  By using metaphors, music, pictures, video clips, and group therapy to form a captivating interactive experience, the audience will discover the strong emotional connection which developed – not only between the clients, but also between the clients and the counselors. The surprising evidence-based therapeutic model which proved most effective during this study will be explored and open for discussion.


DD003. ” Ethical Issues in Addiction Practice ” Luncheon Plenary:  (Monday, Feb. 15; Noon – 1:30 pm)

Level: N/A
Speaker: Anton Bizzell, MD.

Description: This session will…

  • Provide attendees with the five general principles that provide a basis from which to explore the ethical concerns that arise daily in the treatment of substance use disorders: autonomy, nonmaleficence, justice, and fidelity.
  • Provide attendees with ways of dealing with denial which is an integral part of addictive disorders.
  • Offer attendees a step-by-step model for making ethical decisions and thereby establishing an ethical stance in decision making.
  • Highlight promising and/or future developments in the treatment of substance use disorders that will bring with each one new challenges to the core ethical principles.


DD004. Luncheon Plenary: Psychoneuroplasicity in Addiction
(Tuesday, Feb. 16; Noon-1:30 pm

Level: N/A
Instructor: Laura Martinez, LCDC-I, B.S. – Psychology – Pre-Medicine with a Minor in Neuroscience.


The concept of “neuroplasticity” is the ability of the brain to overcome physical damage, such as strokes and trauma, by making new neurological patterns to create new ways of behavior, such as talking and walking. This area of study has been expended to psychological problems. Hence, the term “Psychoneuroplasticity” or PNP was coined. By approaching psychological and attitude issues at a neurological level and creating new patterns in emotional fixations, new perceptions and hope can be achieved. Instead of playing the same record of psychological reactions that results in addictive habits over and over again, new creativity and adaptation can be achieved. A basic brain model will be utilized that relates to the barriers of rehabilitation and based on experience, several approaches will be demonstrated in the areas of PTSD, anxiety and depression related to addictive patterns.

More specifically, the following approaches will be used on an experiential bases:

  • Acoustical stimulation
  • Mindful meditation
  • Imagery- Safe Place and Spiritual Ally
  • Learning to Sleep Naturally
  • Relaxation Skills and Stress Management


DD005. “Stress and Burn Out” Closing Luncheon Plenary (Wednesday, Feb. 17; Noon-1:45 pm)

Level: N/A
Instructor: Phillip Hemphill, Ph.D.

Description: This presentation will explore characteristics of professionals which include 1) external rewards such as gaining esteem, status, privilege, power, and income and 2) internal rewards such as a legacy of relationships, service to others, choosing one’s vocation, self-efficacy, the ability to be goal-directed, the capacity of endurance, the sense of responsibility, intellectual abilities, and the desire to help others.  These variables will be discussed within the context of stress and burnout.  The professional’s sense of failure being equated with a lack of effort and struggles with asking and receive assistance will be integrated into the presentation as risk factors.  The professional’s extreme competition, requirement of making difficult decisions, lack of limits, suppressed emotions, challenges with operating a business, living up to a position, lack of balance, adversarial nature of their work, social isolation, sleep deprivation, pressure to excel, self-neglect, cynicism, family discord, expectations of perfection, and conflict of values will be knitted into the vulnerability of some individuals.

While the use of social learning, ego psychology, addictions, family systems, cognitive-behavioral, ecological, and neuro-biological theories are standard in the treatment of stress and burnout, this presentation will include the Good Lives Model.  This model focuses on the construct of personal identity and its relationship to understanding what constitutes a good life. Clinicians acquire a sense of who they are and what really matters from what they do as their actions are suffused with values.  Therefore, it’s not enough to simply equip individuals with skills to control or manage their risk factors, it is imperative that they are given the opportunity to fashion a more adaptive personal identity, one that bestows a sense of meaning and fulfillment.


  1. To list the goals and processes of professionalism and individual vulnerabilities to stress and burnout
  2. To list the components of the Good-Lives model and the dimensions of positive psychology
  3. To identify the elements of risk and opportunities for monitoring one’s blind spots


— Meet Our Keynote Speakers —

This year, we are honored to welcome editor and author, Dr. Robert J. Ackerman and Clinical Director Dr. Philip Hemphill
to our national recognized faculty line-up.

2016 NCFADS Winter School Speaker, Robert Ackerman, Ph.D.
Robert Ackerman

Sponsored By

2016 NCFADS Winter School Speaker, Bill Briggs, CSAC
Bill Briggs

Sponsored By

2016 NCFADS Winter School Speaker, John Femino, MD, FASAM, MRO
John Femino

Sponsored By
Dominion Diagnostics

2016 NCFADS Winter School Speaker, DeAn White
DeAn White

Sponsored By

2016 NCFADS Winter School Speaker, Anton Bizzell, MD
Anton Bizzell

Sponsored By

2016 NCFADS Winter School Speaker, Laura Martinez
Laura Martinez
LCDC-I, B.S. – Psychology

Sponsored By

2016 NCFADS Winter School Speaker, Phillip Hemhill
Phillip Hemphill

Sponsored By


— Speaker Bios —


Anna Godwin, MS, LCAS

Mrs. Godwin is the Coordinator of the NC Parent Resource Center at Families in Action, Inc. Prior to working in prevention Anna worked in residential and outpatient treatment. She also has as experience as an EAP professional. She currently provides training throughout North Carolina and serves on the APNC Board.

Anton Bizzell, MD.

Dr. Bizzell, President and CEO of the Bizzell Group has more than 20 years of combined clinical, research, health services, policy and management experiences with various private and public organizations and agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Most of his career has been spent on public health issues related to access and quality of medical, substance abuse and behavioral health services. He has extensive experience in collaborating and interacting with health professional and community organizations as well as expert knowledge in identifying and treating medical diseases in the fields of primary care, mental health and substance abuse. He provided leadership to projects of national significance such as the SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services Administration (CMHS) Technical Support for the Office of the Director, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment’s (CSAT) Enhancing Substance Abuse Treatment Service to Address Hepatitis Infection Amongst Intravenous Drug Users (IDUs), its Opioid Treatment Technical Assistance Program, and its Pregnant and Post Partum Women’s Grantee Program Evaluation, amongst others.

As a former medical officer in the CSAT’s Division of Pharmacologic, Dr. Bizzell led efforts in the area of prescription drug use, misuse and abuse for the agency, which includes collaborating with other federal agencies such as NIH, the Food and Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and other federal, national, state and professional organizations. In addition, he provided medical and clinical advice for the 1,150 methadone treatment programs in the United States, as well as oversees national regulatory and educational efforts on buprenorphine, a new medication-assisted treatment for treating individuals dependent on heroin and prescription drugs containing opiates.

Other accomplishments include serving on the Advisory Board for the Federation of State Medical Board’s book entitled Responsible Opioid Prescribing: A Physician’s Guide and co-authoring “Ethical Issues in Addiction Practice,” a chapter in the Principles of Addiction Medicine, with CSAT Director Dr. Clark. Dr. Bizzell also wrote A Federal Perspective on the Abuse of Prescription Stimulants for Pediatric Annals and an article for Psychiatric Annals. In addition, he led the efforts for SAMHSA’s Report to Congress on the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act of 2005 that examined whether or not prescription drug monitoring programs would have a negative effect on various population receiving opiate medications. He currently serves on the National Football League’s Substance Abuse Committee. He received his B.A in biology from the University of Virginia, his M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and his postgraduate training in family medicine from Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Bill Briggs, CSAC

Mr. Briggs has been working and volunteering in the substance abuse field for the past 20 years. He has extensive experience conducting group therapy using Irvin Yalom’s principles and studying under the guidance of Ewell Hardman M. DIV., MAC, CCS in Atlanta, Ga. for 8 years. Bill has worked at the McLeod Addictive Disease Center and the Mecklenburg County Substance Abuse Services Center (now Anuvia) and enjoys creating compelling interactive psycho/educational sessions for his clients. While practicing his craft using MI, CBT, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Bill believes the true key to healing lies in the therapeutic relationship itself. His relationships with his opiate addicted clients build the trust necessary for them to openly express their feelings, dreams, and treatment needs as expressed in the 2014/2015 Opiate Survey Study to be delivered during the 2016 Winter Plenary Session.

Cathy Killian, MEd., LPC, LCAS, CCS, CCH

Mrs. Killian has been a counselor in the Charlotte area for over 25 years.  She has conducted numerous workshops and presentations on a variety of topics, combining extensive information with a playful sense of humor.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.  She has additional training in the Johnson Model of Intervention, Critical Incidence Stress Debriefing, Trauma Response and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing.  She has worked in a variety of both substance abuse and mental health settings, including inpatient, outpatient, hospital based and free-standing treatment facilities.  She is currently the Clinical Director for the North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program.  She also maintains a small private practice where she provides crisis debriefing, training, and consulting services, as well as clinical supervision on an individual and facility level, and interventions for substance abuse and process addictions.  Cathy was a college instructor for 17 years, and received the part-time employee award for excellence in 2004.  She is a former Board Member for Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center, a former board member for the McLeod Institute on Substance Abuse, former board member for the North Carolina Board of Licensed Employee Assistance Professionals, and former president and board member of the Eating Disorders Education Project.

Chris Budnick, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Mr. Budnick is the Vice President of Programs for Healing Transitions (formerly The Healing Place of Wake County). He is the Founding Board Chair for Recovery Communities of North Carolina; an Adjunct Instructor for North Carolina State University Department of Social Work; a Board Member for Recovery Africa; a Board Member for the North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program; and a Commission Member for the City of Raleigh Substance Abuse Advisory Commission.

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

Mrs. Hopkins 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 the 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. For more information, visit: http://www.cnsproductions.com/46.html

DeAn White, M.Ed., NCC, LPCS, LCAS, CCS

Mrs. White is currently the Clinical Supervisor for Anuvia Detox Services.  She has been in the counseling profession for over 25 years and has served in many capacities; including case manager, assessor, utilization review specialist, individual therapist, supervisor, and instructor.  She has a true passion for clients and believes that it is the therapeutic relationship that enables counselors to make the connection necessary to help start the change process.  After seeing the average age of opiate users drop dramatically, it became evident that something needed to be done to capture and engage this population.  As a result, group and educational activities were developed to provide relevant material that would appeal to this younger and internet influenced demographic.

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.

Jim Harner, M.Div., LCAS, CCS

Mr. Harner is the clinical director for Partnership for a Drug Free NC, Inc.  His experience includes over 23 years working in community substance abuse and mental health programs including substance abuse prevention, substance abuse outpatient and residential services.  He is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and a Certified Clinical Supervisor with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board.  In addition to providing direct care he has provided clinical and administrative leadership for public, non-profit, and for-profit organizations.  He graduated with a degree in Psychology from Castleton State College and a Master of Divinity from Duke University.

Joe Fortin, LPC, LCAS, CCS

Mr. Fortin has worked for Guilford County since 1999, originally helping design and operate an Intensive Outpatient Program for individuals with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders at Guilford Center, and presently providing behavioral health assessment and treatment services for individuals involved with the Department of Social Services. Starting out in 1989 providing substance use prevention services, he has worked in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health clinics, psychiatric hospitals, inpatient substance use treatment, college counseling centers, and in private practice. He is a trainer for Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment through the NC Evidenced Based Practices Center, and serves as a Treatment Fellow for the Guilford County Reclaiming Futures Initiative, an effort to coordinate treatment services for youth involved with the juvenile justice system. He is a past board member of the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board and currently serves on the board for the Guilford County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.

John Femino, MD, FASAM, MRO

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.

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.

Laura Martinez, LCDC-I, B.S. in Psychology

Mrs. Martinez has a B.S. – Psychology – Pre-Medicine with a Minor in Neuroscience.  Laura graduated from Texas A&M University with honors. She has been Director of PsychoNeuroPlasticity, South Padre Island, Texas, since December 2014. Her duties include attaining and staying up to date with client records; documenting interactions/sessions/groups in clients’ medical records; conducting or sitting in on Clinical Interviews; organizing and communicating with staff about which clients need to be seen for PNP sessions; conducting psychological testing; and supervising and overseeing the neuroplasticity staff.

LaKeisha Ellison, MSW, LCSW

Mrs. Ellison is a licensed clinical social worker and received her Masters of Social Work from Fayetteville State University.  She is currently employed as a clinical counselor and case manager at North Carolina A&T State University in the office of counseling services. Kisha has been in the field of social work for 10 years. Areas of interest include trauma, work with the LGBT population and grassroots social work.  Kisha has enjoyed working as a case manager, therapist, adjunct instructor and hospital liaison. She has presented on a number of topics such as LGBT awareness and needs, Safe Zone, supporting transgender transitions, trauma informed care, sexual assault and holistic intervention. For the past three years Kisha has been providing community outreach and awareness to LGBT persons. Her research interests include LGBT care and sexual assault. Kisha is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and is Safe Zone trained.

Michael A. Leone, MSW, LCSW, LCAS

Wake Forest Baptist Health Family and Community Medicine. Michael is a clinical social worker and clinical addictions specialist, working in an integrated health care setting through the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health.  Using SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) to screen patients for 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 aging adult populations by assisting in education and outreach in infectious diseases, as well as in community mental health and substance use services in rural areas of North Carolina.

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.


Mr. Nyint 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.

Phillip Hemphill, Ph.D., LCSW

Dr. Hemphill is the Chief Clinical Officer of Lakeview Health, a premier addiction treatment facility. He is responsible for the planning, organizing, implementing and directing of the company’s behavioral health and clinical services incorporating cost effective methodologies while ensuring the clinical quality of those served.

As a member of the Lakeview Health Executive Leadership team, he works collaboratively with medical, clinical, and nursing staff leaders in decision-making structures and processes.

In 2013, Dr. Hemphill co-authored Taming Disruptive Behavior published by the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE.) A 25-year veteran of the addiction and behavioral health field, Dr. Hemphill presents papers and facilitates workshops at local, regional and national conferences and has published articles in the field of trauma, personality disorders, and addictions.

With two advanced degrees from Tulane University, he also holds an adjunct professorship at Tulane University School of Social Work and LSU Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry.

Robert Ackerman, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert J. Ackerman is Professor Emeritus from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the previous Director of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute. He is co-founder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics. Currently, he is the Editor of Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction and Behavioral Health Professionals.

As an author he has published numerous articles and research findings and is best known for writing the first book in the United States on children of alcoholics. Twelve books later, many television appearances, and countless speaking engagements he has become internationally known for his work with families and children of all ages. His books have been translated into thirteen languages.

He has served on many advisory boards and has worked with the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, and the U.S. Department of Education. He served on the White House Task Force on Resiliency and At-Risk-Youth.

He is the recipient of many awards including the Distinguished Alumni Awards from Western Michigan University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Louisiana State University, the 2006 Special Recognition Award from the U.S. Journal of Alcohol & Drug Dependence, the 2008 Father Martin Appreciation Award and the 2014 Professor of the Year from the University of South Carolina, Beaufort. He is a veteran of numerous TV appearances and his work has been featured on CNN Headline News, the New York Times, the Today Show, USA Today newspaper, Newsweek Magazine, Oprah, and other social media.

Rick Spreitzer, CSAC

Mr. Spreitzer is a certified substance abuse counselor in the SACOT program at Anuvia prevention a recovery center. He has been working in the mental health and addiction fields for 24 years with a clinical focus on SPMI (severe and persistent mental illness), co-occurring disorders, addiction, DBT, crisis intervention and expressive arts. He is also an award winning singer-songwriter with 4 recordings of original music to his credit. You can learn more about his music and band, Rick Spreitzer and the Antique Babies, listen to audio samples, sample lyrics and prose via FaceBook and his website, www.rickspreitzer.com.
He currently lives in Fort Mill, SC with his beloved cat, Leo, a small trove of acoustic guitars and an awful lot of gratitude.

Ron Hood, Ph.D.

Mr. Hood is a Diplomate in Counseling Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), is a psychologist in private practice in Boone, North Carolina and has worked in community mental health for more than 30 years. In North Carolina, Dr. Hood is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and a CCS-I.   He 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. Hood has worked in the field of mental health and substance abuse treatment in outpatient settings since 1973 beginning with volunteer work in an open house substance abuse treatment setting in Wilmington NC. He has an M.A. in clinical psychology and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.  He has provided supervision in marriage and family counseling, psychological counseling and clinical services, and has provided individual and group supervision for mental health professionals seeking their LCAS in North Carolina. He is a member of the North Carolina Psychological Association, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the National Register of Professional Psychologists.

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).

William Faulkner, CSAC, CSARFD, QTCP

Mr. Faulkner is currently employed by Recovery Ventures as the Facilities Director and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. He oversees the daily operations of six facilities in Western North Carolina. Mr. Faulkner has been a key staff member with Recovery ventures since 2005. He feels the lessons he has learned from his own experiences aid him in gaining insight into his clients and help him be an empathetic and compassionate professional. Mr. Faulkner has served on the Board of Directors of the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina (APNC) since 2011. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Professional Standards and Best Practices Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Foundation of Alcohol and Drug Studies (NCFADS). He is currently the Secretary for NCFADS. Mr. Faulkner is a very proactive member of the addictions field in North Carolina, and a firm believer in service work within its communities. He currently resides in Old Fort, North Carolina with his wife Susan and their daughter Aryah Noelle.

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 25, 2016.

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 14, 2016, at the Embassy Suites, Greensboro, NC. Track/Plenary Student enrollees may check-in from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016. 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 14, 2016. Main tracks and plenary sessions begin on Monday morning, February 15, 2016, and continue until 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, February 17, 2016. 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 14, 2016, 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: ncfads@outlook.com

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, 2016.

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. All 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 27 hours of certification/re-certification credit for each eligible participant.


Teacher Renewal Credit (PSP)

Individual schedules must be designed for 27 contact hours to be awarded 2.7 units of teacher renewal credit (PSP). To receive maximum PSP credits, participants must attend all classes and special events, totaling 27 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 27 contact hours for participants to be eligible for 2.7 CEU’s. To receive maximum CEU credit, participants must attend all classes and events, totaling 27 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. Up to 27 hours available. 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 2016 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 $99.00 + tax (single room, King, Non-Smoking), and $169 + tax (Two Double Beds, Non-Smoking), 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.

The Embassy Suites is now full.  Additional rooms are available at the Homewood Suites next door.  Please contact Homewood Suites to make your reservation.

  Homewood Suites by Hilton Greensboro-Airport

201 Centreport Drive Greensboro, NC 27409

Phone: 336-393-0088  |  Fax: 336-393-0070

Housing deadline for the special rate is January 31.

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