October 12-14th, 2016
Wrightsville Beach, NC


Addiction Professionals of North Carolina is a statewide organization dedicated to helping the individual, family and community understand, prevent, and treat the disease of addiction.

Our educational conferences, held each year in the fall and spring, are designed for Counselors, Prevention Specialists, DWI Assessors, Psychologists, Therapists, EAP consultants, Social Workers, Educators, Students, and others interested in the field.

Conference Highlights:

  • Over 19 Insightful Sessions + Keynote Speaker
  • Up to 18 NCSAPPB Credit Hours
  • Additional CE Credits Available*
  • Nationally Recognized Speakers
  • Networking Opportunities

Nationally Recognized Speakers

Learn about the latest trends and data from nationally renowned speakers.

Diverse Topics

Choose from 19+ diversified Substance Abuse (SA) focused sessions.

Coffee Breaks Included

Enjoy a variety of snacks and beverages during our various breaks during the 3-day conference.

Networking Opportunities

Meet experts and leaders in the field. Grow your connections!

CEUs/CE Credits

Up to 18 Hours of NCSAPPB Credits, PLUS optional CE Credits available.

Addiction Professionals of North Carolina (APNC)
2016 Fall Conference


DAY 1: Wednesday, October 12
8:00 am - 8:45 am | Registration & Networking

Welcome and Plenary Session

Topic: The Truth About Marijuana: What are the REAL Concerns
Speaker: Dr. Bill Mock
8:45 am – 11:45 am
(Morning Break: 10:15 am – 10:30 am)

Lunch Plenary Session

APNC Updates
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 1:45 pm | Break Sponsored By: TBD

Concurrent Sessions I

1:45 pm – 5:00 pm (Afternoon Break: 3:15 pm – 3:30 pm)


Session A: Marijuana: What do we do about this thing?
Dr. Bill Mock


Session B: There Is an App For That

Kyle Slough, MS, LPC, LCAS

 Andrew M. Byrne, PhD, LPC, CRC


Session C: Cultural Humility
Kathy FitzJefferies, LCSW, LCAS, CSI


Session D: HIV: The Evolving Virus
Eli Branscom, LCAS, LPCS, CSI


Session E: DWI Update
Lynn Jones, LPC, LCAS 

Open 12-Step Meeting

Speaker: Sam H.
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
DAY 2: Thursday, October 13

Concurrent Sessions II

8:30 am – 11:45 am (Morning Break: 10:00 am – 10:15 am)


Session A: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: The Hidden Relapse Triggers
Ed Johnson and Colleague


Session B: Women, Addiction, and Mental Health

Gerald A. FIshman, PhD, CPH
R. Joy Brunson-Nsubuga MA, LMFT, LCAS, CCS-I


Session C: How to See Invisible Wounds
Crystal Yarborough, LCSW, LCAS, CSI


Session D: How to Bridge Multicultural Generations of Colleagues and Clients
Terri Moy, MS


Session E: Informed Care: Seeking Safety and Other Evidence Based Practices, Part 1
Andrea Winkler, LCSW, LCAS 

Lunch Plenary Session

Sponsorship Highlights, Legislative Updates, and Awards Presentation
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 1:45 pm | Break Sponsored By: TBD

Concurrent Sessions III

1:45 pm – 5:00 pm (Afternoon Break: 3:15 pm – 3:30 pm)


Session A: Humor and the Recovery Process
Lorrainne Bilodeau, CCS, LCAS


Session B: Psychosocial Distress (Criminal Justice Angle)
Samantha M. Coleman, PhD, MAC, LCAS, CSI


Session C: Opiod Prevention
Sarah Potter


Session D: Brief Counseling Intervention

The Crew:

Laura J. Veach, PhD, LPC, LCAS, CSS, NCC

Leigh Zick Dongre, PhD Candidate, MA, LPCA, LCASA, NCC

Elizabeth Bost White, M.A., LPCA, LCASA, NCC

Olivia Currin, B.A., CSAC-R


Session E: Informed Care: Seeking Safety and Other Evidence Based Practices, Part 2
Andrea Winkler, LCSW, LCAS

DAY 3: Friday, October 14
8:00 am - 8:30 am | Announcements

Concurrent Sessions IV

  • 8:30 am – 10:00 am


Session A: Myths and Misconceptions

Chet P., Southeast Regional Trustee General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous


Session B: African American Men and Depression/Suicide
Johnathan Brunson, MSW, LCSW-A


Session C: Current ATOD Trends Among Adolescents
Amie Begg, CSAC

10:00 am - 10:15 am | Break Sponsored By: TBD

Closing Plenary Session

Topic: Empowerment Centered Treatment
Speaker: Austin Eubanks
Sponsored By: Foundry Treatment Center
10:15 am – 11:45 am


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Amie Begg, CSAC

Amie Begg is a Lead Student Assistant Specialist for Caron Treatment Centers. Amie has been with Caron since 2011 and she is responsible for bringing prevention, education, and intervention to schools, professionals and youth-serving agencies. Prior to Caron; Amie has five years experience in two inpatient substance abuse rehabilitation centers as a counselor.


Current ATOD Trends Among Adolescents 

This workshop will provide an in depth update on current and changing trends involving alcohol, tobacco and other drug among adolescents.

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Lorrainne Bilodeau, CCS, LCAS

Lorrainne Bilodeau has worked in the field of SUDs for more than thirty-five years. Since receiving her MS from Virginia Commonwealth University, she has authored two books, been interviewed on radio talk shows, including NPR, and (always with the help of a humorous style) has presented different topics in various venues.

Humor and the Recovery Process

Humor is important as a means to and as a result of recovery. Therefore, this session will identify the types and functions of humor, how they occur in the stages of recovery, and how these functions can be used to further the recovery process. Techniques to help clients tap into healthy humor will be explored, as well as considerations necessary to determine when to use humor in the therapeutic process.

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Eli Branscom, LCAS, LPCS, CSI

Eli Branscom has worked in many settings with clients pursuing sobriety: psychiatric unit, community health clinic, inpatient addiction treatment, and private practice. He embraces a person-centered and strengths-based approach.

HIV: The Evolving Virus 

In this session, counselors will acquire techniques and knowledge to facilitate the incorporation of HIV topics into treatment. Obtain current data on medical treatment/prognosis with information about 43+ medications for HIV management.  Key points: significance/relevance of HIV for counselors working in addiction, lethal interactions of some HIV medications, and addictive substances accelerate HIV.

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Johnathan Brunson, MSW, LCAS-A

Johnathan Brunson holds a Masters in Social Work from East Carolina University. His research interests involve African American men and depression, African American adolescent youth gang members and PTSD, and the retention of minority male students within college. He is an author, public speaker, and social worker passionate about inner-city youth. He is a native of Wilson, NC.


African American Men and Depression/Suicide 

This workshop will provide journalistic evidence concerning Black men and depression/ suicide. It will involve group participation and anecdotes regarding the facilitator’s personal bout with depression. This is done in order to educate professionals about the barriers which prevent African-American men from attending therapy and their reluctance to be involved in counseling. This session will also provide insight concerning what we can do as professionals to better assist this population.

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Samantha M. Coleman, PhD, MAC, LCAS, CSI

Samantha M. Coleman, PhD, MAC, LCAS, CSI is a substance abuse counselor and supervisor in Oxford, NC. She earned her PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration at East Carolina University. She has valuable experience working with people that have criminal backgrounds who experience substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Psychosocial Distress and Criminal Justice 

Symptoms of mental health and substance use disorders are prevalent for individuals involved in the criminal justice system. This presentation will explore factors that affect severity of psychosocial distress for men and women with criminal backgrounds.

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Austin Eubanks

Austin came to the rehabilitation industry by way of his own personal recovery after a decade-long career as an advertising executive. After years on both the agency and the client sides of marketing, Austin found inspiration through his own recovery to focus his professional talents on the behavioral health and addiction treatment industry. He combines his professional background in advertising and brand strategy with his personal experience in recovery to facilitate progress in both program management and business development. Austin’s approach helps bridge the gap between the administrative and clinical functions to ultimately improve quality of care and business performance.

An injured survivor of the Columbine shooting, Austin has now devoted his career to helping others who have journeyed into addiction by way of trauma. He speaks nationally regarding the problems with overprescribing medication, how anonymity adversely effects youth, the importance of the continuum of care, and also the benefits of treatment centered in empowerment vs. powerlessness.

Closing Plenary: Empowerment Centered Treatment

Trauma symptoms and addiction are often interrelated, making an effective path to recovery challenging to navigate. Austin will explore the relationship between trauma and addiction and how body-based skills can support healing and long-term recovery.

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Gerlad A. Fishman, PhD, CPH

R. Joy Brunson-Nsbuga, MA, LMFT, CAS, CCS-I

Gerald A. Fishman, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and Regional Director for programs specializing in the treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders in adults. Dr. Fishman has worked in academic, private practice, and clinical settings for over 25 years and has taught at universities and colleges in the Northeast.

Joy Brunson-Nsubuga specializes in the treatment of families with substance use disorders. Joy is currently the site director for a facility based crisis center in Durham, NC. She has 7 years of experience in the public mental health, private mental health, and private practice settings.

Women, Addiction, and Mental Health 

The need to consider treatment issues and characteristics of women has become critical as evidence has identified gender-specific risk factors and accelerated progression particular to women. In this session, we will discuss the biological, psychological, and social factors which increase women’s susceptibility to addiction and mental health disorders that influence their response to treatment.

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Kathy FitzJefferies, LCSW, LCAS, CSI

Kathy FitzJefferies has over thirty-five years as a Clinical Addictions Social Worker and Educator. Currently, she is a Social Worker with Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools. She provides clinical supervision with Practical Applications, PLLC, and is an Adjunct Lecturer with NCAT/UNC-G JMSW Program. Kathy is passionate about her advocacy for Social/Racial Justice.

Cultural Humility  

Cultural Humility is a model of multicultural understanding. This experiential session explores personal, cultural identity and personal & societal messages (including microaggressions) that contribute to cultural views. Also explored is how race, power, and privilege impact our professional relationships, including cultural counter-transference issues

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Ed Johnson, M.Ed., MAC, LPC

Ed Johnson obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from the Citadel. Since March 2010 Ed has worked as a Program Manager for the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC). He has worked in the field of Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery for over twenty-five years in both frontline and supervisory positions and has provided numerous trainings throughout the Southeast on Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery related topics.

Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: The Hidden Relapse Triggers

LGBTQ individuals are a hidden minority in addiction treatment settings.  They have issues related to shame and trauma that when left unaddressed result in unsuccessful outcomes.  This session will increase participant’s knowledge of the issues of sexual minorities and increase their skills for recognizing and working with this population.

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Lynn Jones, MS, LCAS, CSI, LPC, Program Manager

Lynn Jones has an MS degree from ECU in Substance Abuse Counseling & Rehabilitation Counseling and has been managing DWI services with the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services since 2005. The office authorizes programs statewide, promotes evidence-based practices and monitors 400+ providers to ensure effective services for individuals with DWI offenses. She has over 15 years of substance abuse counseling and prevention experience in a variety of settings including outpatient, gender-specific services, intensive outpatient, inpatient and detox.

Marcie Blevins MS, LCAS, CRC, DWI Specialist

Marcie Blevins is a DWI Specialist, at the state office, within the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. She has been in this position since the beginning of 2013. She has an MS degree in Substance Abuse Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling from East Carolina University.

What’s the latest with DWI Substance Use Disorder services?

This session is primarily for seasoned, authorized DWI services providers.  It will be an update on practices related to the delivery of substance use disorder services for individuals with DWI offenses.  We will also highlight national trends and the latest research on substance use disorders.  (Sponsored by: DWI Services – Division of MH/DD/SAS)

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Chet P.

Southeast Regional Class B Trustee and Member of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous (N.Y.)

Myths and Misconceptions About Alcoholics Anonymous

To help the alcoholic client get and stay sober AA members cooperate throughout the alcoholism and treatment fields; they are never paid to carry the message of hope and recovery to another alcoholic. AA cooperates with professionals to help alcoholics and serve as a resource to provide information about AA. (Sponsored by: Alcohoolics Anonymous)

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William L. Mock, PhD, LISW, LICDC-S, SAP

William L. Mock is the Executive Director of the Center for Interpersonal Development and the Chief Trainer for the Ohio Institute for Addiction Studies. His academic degrees include a Doctorate in Psychology and Masters in Social Work. He is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Independent Social Worker and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. He has expertise in chemical dependency treatment, family systems treatment and organizational systems development. He has provided training and consultation in several countries to such diverse groups as treatment/prevention providers, family therapists, industry leaders, educators, administrators and criminal justice personnel.

Marijuana: What do we about this thing?

It is easy to get lost in the “bio” part of the biopsychosocial approach to addiction, but the path out involves creating a deep emotional shift in meaning, a different reality for the client. This interactive workshop is designed to demonstrate practical therapeutic approaches for postmodern addiction treatment.

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Terri Moy, MS

Terri Moy is a TA and Program Specialist for Insight Human Services. With over 10 years of nonprofit experience, a MS in Curriculum and Instruction (Youth Development) and BA in Communications/PR, she has experience strengthening nonprofits in the areas of youth leadership, funding, volunteer management, and organizational and community development.

How to Bridge Multicultural Generations of Colleagues and Clients 

Are Millennials no more? As a new generation is taking shape, are we adapting our methods and communication to work alongside clients and colleagues? In this session, you will learn the nuances of your colleagues and clients of various generations, while also learning more about yourself and gaining new tools.

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Sarah Potter, MA

Sarah is the  Section Chief: Community Wellness, Prevention and Health Integration, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Sarah is a talented, versatile human services leader with M.A. in Public Administration and twenty years experience. Exceptional oral and written communication and presentation skills. Successful track record in strategic planning, directing grant programs, professional training, organizational development, grant proposal writing, instructional design, board and donor relations, program development, social media campaigns, staff and volunteer management, program evaluation, and mobile app development.

Best Practices and the Community’s Role in Opioid Prevention

There is no one magic bullet to prevent and end the scourge of opiod addiction and overdose; the longstanding crisis defies simple solutions. In this presentation, state policy leaders will update attendees on North Carolina’s multifaceted approach to prevent and combat the impact of the opioid problem. This session will include updates on the current status of the problem, current initiatives at the state and local levels, and what’s on the horizon for the coming years.
Topics to be addressed include: Latest rates of use and overdose from opioids in NC, CSRS efforts, CDC Guidelines, Prescriber Education efforts, the state Prescription Drug Strategy and its implementation, community initiatives to prevent and combat nonmedical use of opioids, new laws for curbing overdose, and strategies for how to work with the healthcare community.

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Kyle Slough, MS, LPC, LCAS

Andrew M. Byrne, PhD, LPC, CRC

Kyle Slough is currently a Licensed Therapist at CarolinaEast Medical Center in the Psychiatric unit of Crossroads New Bern. His interests and presentations have included technologies that help individuals better their lives.

Andrew M. Byrne is an assistant professor of counselor education at Ohio University and adjunct faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He has published, presented and taught about assessment, addictions, and technology in counseling.

There Is An App For That 

This session will convey information and demonstrations about applications to bolster success in addiction treatment contexts. Safety, confidentiality, and utility for a number of exemplary apps will be discussed and a framework for app evaluation will be shared.

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Wake Forest School of Medicine Team:

Laura J. Veach, Ph.D., LPC, LCAS, CCS, NCC, is Associate Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Psychiatry/Behavioral Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She is the Director of Counselor Training in Trauma and SBIRT services with over 35 years of work in counseling and supervision, especially in addictive disorders.

Leigh Zick Dongre, Ph.D. Candidate, MA, LPCA, LCASA, NCC, graduated from Wake Forest University with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. She is a PhD Candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at the UNCC.  For 3 years, she has worked as a counselor, supervisor for Master’s interns, and researcher at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Elizabeth Bost White, M.A., LPCA, LCASA, NCC, graduated from Wake Forest University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. For the past two years, she has provided screening, brief intervention, resources and referral to treatment for substance use and stress disorders for patients and families on the Trauma and Burn units.

Olivia Currin, B.A., CSAC-R, will graduate from Wake Forest University with her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in August 2016. For the past year, she has provided screening and brief counseling interventions with patients on the Trauma service at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Brief Counseling Intervention

Alcohol is the leading risk factor for injury. Of patients admitted to trauma centers for injuries, 40 to 50% were intoxicated. Brief counseling interventions can reduce alcohol consumption and trauma recidivism by 40-50%. This session offers an understanding of the counselor’s role as part of an interdisciplinary medical team.

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Andrea Winkler, LCSW, LCAS

Andrea Winkler has direct practice experience as an LCSW and LCAS with a deep interest in gender and trauma related issues. She attended the UNC – Chapel Hill School of Social Work where she completed her MSW and Certificate in Substance Abuse Studies. After five years at the Duke Family Care Program, she transitioned to the Duke Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic where she provides mental health assessment and brief therapy.

Trauma Informed Care: Seeking Safety and Other Evidence Based Practices 

This session will introduce substance use practitioners to trauma informed care. Research and clinical evidence in substance use treatment indicate that clients are best served in a trauma informed environment. Increased understanding of the prevalence and nature of trauma, as well as evidence-based means to address these issues, are important for supporting outcomes. This is an interactive session and participants will leave with a deeper understanding of their personal process, the need for this approach, practical applications, and evidence-based tools.

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Crystal Yarborough, LCSW, LCAS, CSI

Crystal Yarborough is a Social Worker at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Her clinical interests include working with Veterans diagnosed with PTSD and Substance Use Disorders.

How to See Invisible Wounds 

Combat veterans often return with invisible wounds of war; however, they might not seek treatment due to the social stigma and fears of being misunderstood. The purpose of this session is to increase visibility and understanding of two invisible wounds of war, PTSD and moral injury, and to discuss interventions for these wounds.


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North Carolina Client Assistance Program
Raleigh, NC

North Carolina Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program
Asheville, NC

North Carolina Parent Resource Center
Wilson, NC

North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies
Greenville, NC

October Road, Inc.
Asheville, NC

Mill Spring, NC

Recovery Ventures
Black Mountain, NC

Red Oak Recovery
Leicester, NC

Smart Start
Morrisville, NC

Southeast ATTC
Atlanta, GA

Timberline Knolls
Lemont, IL

Wilmington Treatment Center
Wilmington, NC


Addiction Recovery Care Association (ARCA)
Winston-Salem, NC

Alcoholics Anonymous

Cumberland Heights
Nashville, TN

Dilworth Center
Charlotte, NC

Dominion Diagnostics
North Kingstown, RI

Fellowship Hall
Greensboro, NC

FirstHealth Behavioral Services
Pinehurst, NC

Lighthouse Care Center of Conway
Conway, NC

Lakeview Health
Jacksonville, FL

Legacy Freedom Treatment Center
Wilmington, NC

Magnolia Landing
Havelock, NC

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
Hazelwood, MO

McLeod Addictive Disease Center
Charlotte, NC

Cincinnati, OH



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Who Attends the Conference?

  • Counselors
  • Prevention Specialists
  • DWI Assessors
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • EAP Consultants
  • Social Workers
  • Educators
  • Students
  • SA Treatment Providers
  • Medical Professionals

NCSAPPB Continuing Education Credits

We have applied to NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) for up to 18 hours of credit for the three days. Individual credit will be awarded for each session attended, and NCSAPPB credit is included with conference registration.

CE Credits Available for an Additional Cost:

CE Credits are also available for an additional $20.00. Continuing Education Credit is sponsored by Program Services Continuing Education for:

  • Licensed Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Professional Counselors
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Addiction Professionals

Psychologists need to attend the entire event – partial credit is not available to psychologists due to requirements of the American Psychological Association.

Continuing Education Credit is sponsored by Program Services Continuing Education. For more information about approvals visit the approval page at www.programservices.org.  Participants need to attend the entire event – partial credit is not available to psychologists due to requirements our provider approval organizations.  Program Services is an approved sponsor of continuing education with the American Psychological Association.  Program Services maintains responsibility for the content of the program.  All inquiries specifically regarding CE credits should be made to karen@programservices.org.  For registration and other inquiries please contact the event coordinator.

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