2017 Conference Sessions

2017 NCATOD Conference | September 21-22, 2017 | Embassy Suites Greensboro


 
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Embrace Your Experience (E.Y.E.)

LaTonya DuBois, MPA

Bio:
Latanya DuBois is a mom, wife, friend, sister, educator, mentor, Poet, Motivational Speaker & Life Coach, Business Mentor, professional trainer and speaking with a zeal for life and that is only what she is during waking hours©. She began her career in the nonprofit sector over 15 years ago and through her vast experience with several non-profits and her growth to leadership positions, in 2008 she was able to branch out on her own and create, own and operate a full service consultant firm, Eagle Eye Management, LLC. Her special interests are Evaluation and Program Development, women services and enrichment, family engagement, Community services and enrichment, advocacy and joy rising (As Oprah would say).

She is also the founder of the Embrace Your Experience (E.Y.E.) Project which is a program that support individuals as they explore and overcome the barriers created when we do not allow ourselves to be all that we are so we can do all that we are called to do. She began her public speaking journey when she would speak as an advocate for her now adult son, Sean, who lives with Cerebral Palsy. As she supported him in embracing all of his physical challenges he grew to achieve his goals and aspirations of being a music producer. Latanya is a profound advocate for people living with disabilities, overcoming addiction and health disparities and women who have been battered or otherwise abused. It is her hope and intention to support those who want to live their highest calling in life and she is dedicated to using her many skills and talents to help them achieve their dreams.
 


 

Motivational Interviewing Part 1 and Part 2

Tony Beatty, MA, LCAS, CCA

Description:
Motivational Interviewing is an effective goal oriented approach for clarifying and influencing patient motivation as well as strengthening commitment for positive behavior change. Motivational interviewing uses a collaborative communication style that improves understanding of the patient’s concerns, strengths and preferences and enhances efforts by the caregiver to guide and support self care management behaviors. This requires openness to a way of thinking and working that is collaborative rather than prescriptive, honors the client’s autonomy and self-direction, and is more about evoking than installing. This involves at least a willingness to suspend an authoritarian role, and to explore client capacity rather than incapacity, with a genuine interest in the client’s experience and perspectives. The practitioner who is using motivational interviewing with clients will experience a positive change as the spirit of motivational interviewing becomes a part of the practitioner.

Bio:
Tony Beatty began his first career as a part-time substance abuse tech at the Seventh Street Detoxification Center in Charlotte in August 1982. He retired in November 2012 as the Program Administrator for the Mecklenburg County Substance Abuse Services Division of the Provided Services Organization. He now teaches in the substance abuse counseling program at Central Piedmont Community College. 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 addition to serving on the NCFADS Board he is serving his second four year term on the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board.
 
 


 

Red Light: Reducing the Harm of Sex Work Part 1 and Part 2

Stephanie Dixon and James Sizemore

Description:

Many patients in MAT are or have been sex workers.  How do you start a conversation about their work and their experiences?  What resources are available in your community?  Should we expect a patient to stop this work if they do not want to, and how can we make their work safer?  This will be an interactive discussion for treatment providers interested in strengthening their knowledge of sex workers, their legalities and rights, and will also help providers learn how to have open and honest conversations that are not stigmatizing.  Participants will also develop skills needed to provide sex working patients with tips on how to work safely.  Topics will also include HIV and STD testing and how to help a patient understand the importance of knowing their status and how to start sex worker outreach in your area.

Bios:

Ms. Dixon is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, working with individuals with Severe Opioid Use Disorder, at Carolina Treatment Center of Fayetteville, where she has served for 4 years.  She also instructs substance use counseling courses and a pharmacology course at Fayetteville Technical Community College for their Continuing Education Department.  Recently she started as the Community Outreach and Education Coordinator of Sea-Ex, a non-profit in the Fayetteville area.  Stephanie is also certified in Mental Health First Aid and has completed the state course on HIV education and counseling.  She is the Syringe Exchange Coordinator at Carolina Treatment Center.  Ms. Dixon has recently entered the Masters in Addiction Counseling program at Liberty University.

James Sizemore is the Pastor of Radiant Church in Fayetteville, NC, Executive Director of the Elements Foundation, and the Executive Director of SEA-EX (Southeastern Exchange) – one of the South’s largest faith-based syringe exchange and harm reduction programs. As a former addict, dealer, and sex-worker, Pastor James is focused on developing resources and training to equip others to implement harm reduction practice in their organization and/or communities, program development, grant sustainability, connecting faith communities with harm reduction, and working with directly impacted persons daily.
 
 


Diversion Trends & Review of Federal Controlled Substance Laws & Regulations

Jason H. Ward

Description:
Join us as we hear an overview of current trends in prescription drug trafficking from the federal Drug Enforcement Association including an in depth look a case studies. This session will cover an introduction to DEA’s inspection process for facilities and providers who handle controlled substances and a review of federal controlled substance laws and regulations.

Bio:
Jason Ward is an Investigator with DEA assigned to the Diversion Unit in Greensboro, NC. The Diversion Unit investigates the trafficking of pharmaceutical controlled substances to the illicit market. Prior to joining DEA, Jason was an Investigator with the N.C. Medical Board and the N.C. Board of Pharmacy. Jason began his career in law enforcement as a Probation Officer with the State of North Carolina. Jason is a graduate of N.C. State University.
 
 


 

Language of Recovery: Do the Words We Use Continue Stigma or Promote Recovery?

Ed Johnson

Description:
The general public and healthcare providers inordinately stigmatize substance use disorders (SUD) and the people who have them. This stigmatization is perpetuated and exacerbated by the language and terms used by Addiction Professionals in reference to SUD, which is more appropriate for willful bad behavior than a medical condition. This session will explore commonly used terms and commonly held concepts related to substance use disorders and their treatment while exploring alternate terms and concepts that are more congruent with the constructs of addiction as a chronic medical condition and also shifting the focus from the problem: the medical condition to the solution: recovery.

Bio:
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.
 
 


 

Leadership Panel

Michelle C. Godwin, MS, LCAS, CCS

Description:

Bio:
Michelle Godwin is currently the Clinical Director at Wilson Professional Services and has more than 30 years of experience in the substance use disorder field. She has worked in many areas of substance use including opioid treatment, corrections, impaired driving, outpatient treatment and ACT Team. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling.
 
 


 

Nursing Assessment in the OTP

Beverly Hill

Description:
Being an OTP nurse is more than “passing the cup” or “pressing the button”. These worksops will focus upon the role of providing safe and professional Opioid Treatment Nursing care in an Opioid Treatment Program. They will focus upon identifying opportunities, challenges, best practice and professional standards for nurses to provide safe and adequate care in an OTP. These sessions will serve as the foundation for establishing the role of the professional nurse and the platform to develop standards by which nurses incorporate specific skills and knowledge of addictions into their every day practice. Session 1 will focus upon the foundation of OTP nursing such as medications used in the OTP, actions and interactions, safe medication administration, addressing impairment, nursing assessments, & urine drug screens.

Bio:
Beverly is a registered nurse with over 40 years experience who has specialized for over 25 years in the care of persons who suffer from addiction to opiates. She began her substance abuse career as a dosing nurse for years before she became the co-owner and director of two substance abuse centers in western North Carolina. Beverly brings a knowledge of the “down in the trenches” nursing as years of experience in the overall administration of the OTP. She is known throughout the state to enhance the quality of patient care through providing education to patients and professionals in the field of addiction. She worked to help develop and served on the executive committee for NCATOD. Since she has retired she stays busy teaching, consulting or traveling to who knows where!
 
 


 

Introduction to Toxicology: A Brief Summary of Toxicology Methods and Protocols

Caroline Craven, M.S., D-ABFT-FD

Description:
The presentation will cover the basics of pharmacokinetics, which will include an understanding of absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion. Specimen validity testing and its four elements will be covered to provide an understanding of how patients attempt to invalidate drug screens and how clinicians can take steps to prevent failed validity tests. Two types of toxicology testing methodology – EIA and LC/MS/MS – will be assessed, compared and described in detail to provide a clear understanding of toxicology testing methods and the importance of having clinic protocols in place. The discussion will pivot to discuss the specific challenges that methadone and buprenorphine providers face regarding toxicology testing. Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions to the presenter.

Bio:
Caroline Craven is currently the Chief Toxicologist at Mako Medical laboratories and has 7+ years of clinical toxicology and therapeutic drug monitoring experience. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Masters in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Caroline is certified by the American Board of Forensic Toxicologist (ABFT) as a Diplomate in Forensic Drug Toxicology as well as being a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) and The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT). She has experience in LC/MS/MS, GC/MS, EIA, HPLC, UPLC, certifying and reviewing toxicology data and instrument maintenance.
 
 


 

Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse

Susan Kornett, MA, LPC, LCAS

Description:
This presentation will focus on the nature and scope of interpersonal violence, its preponderance, correlation with substance use disorders, red flags for identifying its presence, and effective interventions and supports for victims and survivors of interpersonal violence.

Bio:
Susan Kornett is a proud North Carolinian. She completed her undergraduate degrees in English and Religion & Philosophy at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Susan obtained her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in January of 2011. Susan has worked with various populations, including outpatient mental health, interpersonal and family violence, sexual assault and human trafficking survivors, and individuals with substance use disorders. She has worked for Sellati & Co, Inc., for the past 5 years; initially as a primary counselor and, since 2016, as Program Director of Greenville Recovery Center in Greenville, NC. Some interests include British literature, horseback riding, traveling, and being mischievous.
 
 


 

Recovery Community Organizations

Fred Wells Brason, II

Description:

Bio:
Fred Wells Brason II is the President/CEO of Project Lazarus, a public health model for preventing opioid/heroin overdose that presents responsible pain management and promotes substance use treatment and support services. Project Lazarus serves various parts of the US, including Military and Tribal groups. Brason has served on the FDA scientific workshop committees for the role of Naloxone in Opioid Overdose Fatality Prevention and Assessment of Analgesic Treatment of Chronic Pain. He is a Steering Committee member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. Mr. Brason received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader Award 2012.
 
 


 

Role of the Opioid Treatment Nurse: Beyond the Dose

Beverly Hill

Description:
Being an OTP nurse is more than “passing the cup” or “pressing the button”. These worksops will focus upon the role of providing safe and professional Opioid Treatment Nursing care in an Opioid Treatment Program. They will focus upon identifying opportunities, challenges, best practice and professional standards for nurses to provide safe and adequate care in an OTP. These sessions will serve as the foundation for establishing the role of the professional nurse and the platform to develop standards by which nurses incorporate specific skills and knowledge of addictions into their every day practice. Session 2 will focus upon enhanced skills of the OTP nurse. The induction period, pregnancy considerations, infectious disease, professional development and regulatory visits will be among topics discussed.

Bio:
Beverly is a registered nurse with over 40 years experience who has specialized for over 25 years in the care of persons who suffer from addiction to opiates. She began her substance abuse career as a dosing nurse for years before she became the co-owner and director of two substance abuse centers in western North Carolina. Beverly brings a knowledge of the “down in the trenches” nursing as years of experience in the overall administration of the OTP. She is known throughout the state to enhance the quality of patient care through providing education to patients and professionals in the field of addiction. She worked to help develop and served on the executive committee for NCATOD. Since she has retired she stays busy teaching, consulting or traveling to who knows where!
 
 


 

The Ultimate Calling: The Role We All Have to Play in the Opioid Epidemic

Zac Talbott

Description:
This presentation will focus on the core truths a half century of research and experience teaches us, and stresses the important role each key player in an OTP has to address the current epidemic. The presentation will also discuss the stigma that even MAT providers often have toward the patients they serve. The central themes will be unity between all players in an OTP as well as the patients they serve. Rooted in the evidence base, providers and patients must recognize the oneness of the team they are fighting for.

Bio:
Zac first came in contact with opioid addiction as a graduate student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Social Work where his own addiction to prescription pain killers spiraled out of control, resulting in academic dismissal. Eventually hope was found through medication-assisted treatment, and today he is co-owner and serves as Program Sponsor of two opioid treatment programs. Prior to becoming a provider, Zac worked on national MAT patient advocacy issues, and he has spoken at national AATOD Conferences as well as state provider associations. Zac serves on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Institute on Chemical Dependency (SICD), the certification committee of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (GA’s IC&RC Affiliate), and is an officer for Opioid Treatment Providers of Georgia (the GA state AATOD chapter and provider’s association). Even as a provider Zac is and always will be first and foremost a patient advocate.