April 19-21st, 2017
Crowne Plaza Golf & Tennis Resort in Asheville, 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 Psychologists, Counselors, Prevention Specialists, DWI Assessors,  Therapists, EAP consultants, Social Workers, Educators, Students, and others interested in the field.

Conference Highlights:

  • 20+ Insightful Experts & Keynote Speakers
  • 18 NCSAPPB Credit Hours
  • Up to 15 Hours of 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 several 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

NCSAPPB Credits, PLUS optional CE Credits available.

Addiction Professionals of North Carolina (APNC)
2017 Spring Conference


DAY 1: Wednesday, April 19
8:00 am - 8:45 am | Registration & Networking

Welcome and Plenary Session

Topic: Overview of the Opioid Abuse Epidemic, History, & Situations
Speaker: Dr. Collins, M.D., B.A.
Sponsored By: FirstHealth Behavioral Services
8:45 am – 10:15 am

Morning Plenary Session (Part II)

Topic: 20 Strategies for Reducing Recidivism and Increasing Recovery Rates with Chemically Dependent Clients
Speaker: Mark Sanders
10:30 am – 12:00 Noon

Lunch Session

Topic: APNC Organization Updates
Speaker: Tony Beatty
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: Effectiveness of Community Involvement
Melissa R. Enoch-DeBerry


Session B: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices for Sustainable Recovery
Eddie LeShure


Session C: Technology-Based Supervision: Extending the Reach of Clinical Supervision
Theresa Palmer, LCSW, LMFT, AAMFT


Session D: Preventing the Revolving Door Syndrome: Recovery Management with Clients in the Criminal Justice System
Mark Sanders


Session E: African American Men & Depression (Suicide): The Invisible Mental Health Epidemic
Johnathan Brunson

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Networking Event for Students, Providers, & Peer Support

Open 12-Step Meeting

Speaker: TBD
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
DAY 2: Thursday, April 20

Concurrent Sessions II

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


Session A: New Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age
Ed Johnson, M.Ed., MAC, LPC


Session B: Cultural Humility
Kathy FitzJefferies, LCSW LCAS CSI


Session C: Clinical Supervision Part 1
Darlene Hopkins


Session D: Opioid Prevention
Sarah Potter, Melinda P., & Alan Asbun


Session E: Provider Track

Lunch Session & Awards

NAADAC and DHHS Remarks, and APNC 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: HIV: The Evolving Virus: Exploring the Ever-changing Nature of HIV and Addiction
Eli Branscom, LCAS, LPCS, CSI


Session C: Clinical Supervision Part 2
Darlene Hopkins


Session D: Changing Course: Modifying Treatment Interventions for Individuals with an FASD
Ruth Richardson



Session E: Provider Track

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Networking Event for Students, Providers, & Peer Support
DAY 3: Friday, April 21
8:00 am - 8:30 am | Registration & Announcements

Concurrent Sessions IV

8:30 am – 10:00 am (Afternoon Break 3:15-3:30)


Session A: Creative & Expressive Arts Theory
William Faulkner & Will Carter


Session B: Positive Responses to Aggressive Episodes
Lorrainne Bilodeau, CCS, LCAS


Session C: Sex and/or Internet Pornography Addiction: What Every Addiction Professional Needs to Know
Eric Belsterling, LPC, LCAS, CSAT

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

Closing Plenary Session

Topic: Demystifying Behaviors
Speaker: John Donovan
Sponsored By: Choices for Recovery
10:15 am – 11:45 am


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Dr. Collins, B.A., M.D.

Dr. Collins earned B.A. & M.D. degrees from Ohio State University (OSU). He completed psychiatric residency training at OSU. He also served as a U.S. Navy psychiatrist at Bethesda Naval Hospital. Dr. Collins also founded and ran the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center at Cleveland Clinic for 35 years. Currently, he is Medical Director for Behavioral Health at Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC.

Opioid Abuse Epidemic, History, and Situations

This presentation will be an overview of the opioid abuse epidemic, history and situations. It will include demographic trends, mortality data and the case for novel approaches in treatment.

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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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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.

New Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age

Social networking sites, text messages, Google, email and the internet have become ubiquitous in the everyday life of addiction professionals and the people they serve. Incorporating these into professional ethics opens up multiple issues with respect to self-disclosure and professional boundaries. In this session participants will gain increased understanding of these various digital media and how to safely navigate them in a professional and personal setting.

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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.


Melinda P.


Alan Asbun

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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William Faulkner

William Faulkner is currently employed by Recovery Ventures Corporation as the Facilities Director and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Mr. Faulkner has been employed with RVC since 2005 following his own personal battle with addiction and his subsequent journey into long term recovery. Mr. Faulkner feels the lessons he learned from his own experiences aid him in gaining insight into his clients and helps him be an empathetic and compassionate professional. He currently resides in Old Fort, North Carolina with his wife Susan and their daughter Aryah Noelle.


William Carter

Creative & Expressive Arts Theory

An interactive and informative learning experience for MH/SA treatment and prevention professionals, using creative expressive arts as an intervention to serve their population. Individual/Group assessment techniques will be covered. Interactive activities will be presented illustrating practical and useful techniques without special music/artistic skills. Take-a-ways for participants will be new and fresh ideas to add to current interventions to reach positive outcomes and goals.

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Darlene Hopkins

Dr. Hopkins has been in the addictions counseling field since 1992. After working in several mental health and addictions settings, she began working at Methodist University, a private non-profit university in Fayetteville, NC. She set up the first Counseling and Psychological Services there to offer mental health and addictions counseling to students. She continues to direct this program, teaches undergraduate psychology courses and supervises graduate internships. Dr. Hopkins has 20 years experience in counseling supervision.

Clinical Supervision Parts 1 & 2

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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Eric Belsterling, LPC, LCAS, CSAT

Eric Belsterling is an LPC an LCAS and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. He is the owner of Heart and Soul Recovery, PLLC and has been in practice for over 10 years. Eric’s specialties are working with Behavioral/Process Addictions such as chronically problematic sexual behaviors, SUD and/or trauma and attachment wounding.

Sex and/or Internet Pornography Addiction: What Every Addiction Professional Needs to Know

Although the APA does not yet recognize Sex and/or Internet Porn Addictions as legitimate disorders, there is an increasing amount of research to the contrary. Many clinicians are encountering these issues, but don’t know how to address them. This presentation will give a brief history, possible etiological factors, screening measures, assessment tools, and treatments methods.

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Theresa Palmer, LCSW, LMFT, AAMFT

Theresa Palmer, LCSW, LMFT is faculty with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work. She also provides clinical supervision to associate-licensed clinicians, consultation to fully licensed therapists, and supervision-of-supervision to individuals seeking to become AAMFT-Approved Supervisors. Theresa uses a systems-oriented, strengths-based perspective in her work.

Technology-Based Supervision: Extending the Reach of Clinical Supervision

This workshop will familiarize clinical supervisors in the substance use disorders field with technology-based clinical supervision (TBCS), introduce research demonstrating its utility, and provide opportunities to gain greater familiarity with practice delivery of clinical supervision services using different types of technology.

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Lorrainne Bilodeau, CCS, LCAS

Lorrainne has worked in the field of SUDs for more than thirty-five years, currently as a Clinical Supervisor. Since receiving her MS from VCU, she has two books published by Hazelden, been interviewed on radio talk shows, including NPR, and presented “responding to aggression” training at hundreds of service facilities.

Positive Responses to Aggressive Episodes

The aggressive client offers unique challenges at all stages of the recovery process. Therefore the goal of this presentation is to assist participants in learning comfortable, positive ways of responding to anger that defuse aggressive episodes while maintaining clients’ dignity. This will be accomplished through didactic and experiential learning techniques.

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Ruth A. Richardson, JD

Ruth Richardson is the Director of Programs & National Strategic Initiatives for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  She has a JD from William Mitchell College of Law, is a community faculty member at Metropolitan State University, and serves as a Board Member and past Chairperson of the Minnesota Board of Social Work.

Changing Course: Modifying Treatment Interventions for Individuals with an FASD

It has been reported 30% of individuals with an FASD seek chemical dependency treatment services. FASD caused by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) produces a range of birth defects. The organic brain damage caused by PAE affects how individuals on the spectrum perceive and comprehend treatment and recovery. This session will provide a brief overview of the FASD basics and strategies for working with individuals with an FASD in a treatment setting.

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John Donovan, CADCII, LAADC

John volunteered as a facilitator for Conflict Resolution workshops at Folsom State Prison from 1995 to 2001. He completed his certification as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor in 2000 while working at
Transitional Living and Community Support, with mentally ill, homeless, chemically-addicted individuals from 1998 to 2003. From 2003 to 2015, John contracted with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office facilitating Relapse Prevention, Personal Development and Intentional Living Groups with violent offenders and addicts at the Main Jail and at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center. He has lived in recovery from drugs and alcohol for 28 years and has been working with men throughout his recovery process, either in workshops or men’s groups, inside and outside of institutions. He has completed a 52 week Men’s Accountability Program and has been a Violence Intervention Program facilitator for the past 16 years. John has conducted numerous workshops in the community, separate from his work with incarcerated individuals. John facilitates groups at West Coast Recovery Center with emphasis on assisting men and women to be their authentic selves and travels nationally, facilitating Intentional Living workshops.

Closing Plenary: Demystifying Behaviors 

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not, but what I hate I do.” (Paul A.D. 65, Romans 7:15.) In the 5th Century, B.C., Plato defines man as “a being in search for meaning.” The journey to consciousness and the drive to understand one’s self is timeless. Why do we perpetuate a cycle with sincere intent of breaking it? Why do our loved ones or our clients show such conviction to change their lives, and yet continue in cycles of substance abuse, violence, and self-harm? John Donovan takes the mystery out of these behaviors and identifies the root causes and conditioning that lead to self-defeating life patterns. John brings stories of profound breakthrough with inmates at Folsom Prison, the young and opiate-addicted in treatment, Sacramento’s homeless and a few cynics that considered themselves just fine. Throughout this experiential workshop, John invites participants to learn and employ the unique methods he’s developed, such as “Love Equals” to break down barriers to freedom and find peace in stillness and in chaos.

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Mark Sanders

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is a lecturer at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. He is an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Caribbean and British Islands.

Mark is the author of five books, which focus on behavioral health. Recent writings include Slipping through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients Multiple Addictions and Disorders, Recovery Management: and Relationship Detox: Helping Clients Develop Healthy Relationships in Recovery. He has had two stories published in the New York Times best-selling books series, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Mark has been a certified addictions counselor for 34 years. He has received numerous awards including a Life Time Achievement Award from the Illinois Addiction Counselor Certification Board and the Barbara Bacon Award for outstanding contributions to the Social Work profession as a Loyola University of Chicago Alumni

Welcome &  Plenary Session: 20 Strategies for Reducing Recidivism and Increasing Recovery Rates with Chemically Dependent Clients

Research reveals that chemical dependence recovery rates have barely increased over the past 50 years, and approximately 50% of clients drop out of treatment prematurely. A partial list of topics includes: 20 strategies for reducing recidivism and Increasing Recovery Rates; How to increase attendance at first sessions by 30 percent: 6 strategies for engaging clients within the first 10 minutes of contact; How to increase second session attendance by 66 percent;10 Strategies to Help Clients Successfully Complete Treatment; The Use of Evidence-supported Practice to Increasing Recovery Rates; 10 Strategies for Increasing 12-step Involvement; Improving Recovery Rates by Increasing Family Involvement; 5 Organizational Strategies for Increasing Recovery Rates; and much, much more.


Preventing the Revolving Door Syndrome: Recovery Management with Clients in the Criminal Justice System

Half of Clients in the criminal justice system return to the system within 3 year. This is costly to the state! This presentation focuses on the use of recovery management principles to facilitate recovery and help clients avoid returning to the criminal justice system. Topics covered includes: the differences between recovery management and the traditional approach; pre-treatment, in-treatment and post treatment engagement; the use of the 80/20 rule with criminal justice clients; the effective use of peers; restoring citizenship; how to increase recovery capital; viewing the entire community as the treatment center for criminal justice clients; multiple pathways of recovery for clients in the criminal justice system.

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Eddie LeShure

Eddie LeShure brings evidence-based mindfulness and self-compassion practices into addiction recovery, trauma relief and self-care. Meditating since the early ‘80s, Eddie has studied and practiced in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. with numerous Eastern and Western masters, and teaches in numerous recovery settings. He is co-founder of A Mindful Emergence, LLC.

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices for Sustainable Recovery

This session will focus on mindfulness meditation, an evidence-based, highly effective practice for recovery from substance and behavioral addiction. For over two decades it has been incorporated into numerous therapies including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and physical illnesses. It is extremely useful for relapse prevention.

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Melissa R Enoch-DeBerry

Melissa is CEO, Executive Director and a licensed (LPCA, LCAS) counselor for Trinity Counseling Services LLC; providing leadership for the company and also substance abuse education to individuals, families and businesses.  Additionally, she provides counseling to individuals with substance use disorders and mental health disorders.

Effectiveness of Community Involvement

This workshop highlights the effectiveness of community involvement in the reduction of recidivism rates for substance abuse clients. This workshop will review how the collaboration of community resources benefits the overall health and well being of the clients. This workshop will further encourage the importance of maintaining community involvement in the treatment of substance abuse and mental health clients.



Alcoholics Anonymous


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Choices for Recovery


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Cumberland Heights


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Elements Behavioral Health


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Fellowship Hall


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Governor’s Institute


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Addiction Recovery Care Association


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The Blanchard Institute


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Crest View Recovery Center


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Dilworth Center


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English Mountain Recovery


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FirstHealth Behavioral Services


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Lakeview Health


Life Center of Galax


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Next Step Recovery


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NC Client Assistance Program


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NC Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies


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Origins Behavioral Healthcare


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McLeod Addictive Disease Center


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NC Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence


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NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program


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October Road, Inc.


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Parent Resource Center


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Precision Diagnostics


Pyramid Healthcare


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Red Oak Recovery


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Safety Net Recovery


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Southeast ATTC


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Wilmington Treatment Center


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Recovery Ventures


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Silver Ridge


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Smart Start, Inc.


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Waypoint Recovery Center




Can’t Attend the Entire Conference?
Get Your Single DAY PASS for as Low as $120 (Early-Bird APNC Member Special)!

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Early-Bird Registration Ends Tuesday, February 28th at 11:59 PM.


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Early-Bird Registration Ends Tuesday, February 28th at 11:59 PM.


(Non-APNC Member)

Early-Bird Registration Ends Tuesday, February 28th at 11:59 PM.

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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 – Computation of credits available to licensed professionals is based on different criteria.  For this conference, up to 15 CE Conference credits are available. Please see program for details on which sessions apply.

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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