June 28th Workshops – Monday

 Monday Workshops – June 28, 2021

Morning Workshops (a)
2.0 CE hours

Evening Workshops (b)
3.0 CE hours

BREAKOUT 1, WORKSHOP A: Certification 101

by Chip Fuller, MA, EdS, CADC-II, MATS, E-CADC, ICADC

Workshop Description:

Under the Georgia Code (state law), alcohol & drug counselors (also known as “addiction counselors”) do not become licensed by a state board like other behavioral health professionals (such as clinical social workers, professional counselors, and marriage & family therapists). Instead, Title 43 of the Georgia Code exempts A&D counselors from licensure and delegates credentialing authority to the ADACBGA (and other non-governmental certifying bodies that meet the minimum requirements of the Code). As such, the core credentials offered by the ADACBGA (CADC-I, CADC-II, and CAADC) are “licensure equivalent” for A&D counseling when it comes to granting a legal scope of practice. These three core ADACBGA credentials are recognized by the Community Providers Manual of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) for the purposes of Medicaid billing and officially classify an individual as an alcohol & drug counselor.

The initial certification process can be confusing for many individuals, and certified individuals sometimes have difficulty understanding the recertification requirements and the difference between the three levels of core A&D credentials in Georgia. This workshop will provide a broad overview of the initial and recertification processes and requirements while explaining many of the nuances that most commonly lead to public confusion. Whether you are an aspiring A&D counselor, seasoned professional, program administrator, or corporate executive, this workshop will help you become proficient in the requirements and nuances of the CADC-I, CADC-II, and CAADC as well as the standards and methods of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), of which the ADACBGA is the Georgia affiliate board.

Learning Objectives:

– Participants will be able to describe at least 3 similarities and 3 differences between the CADC-I, CADC-II, and CAADC as they pertain to initial as well as recertification requirements.

– Participants will be able to explain the requirements under Title 43 of the Georgia Code for A&D counselors as well as the higher standards of the IC&RC.

– Participants will understand and be able to describe 3 ways that IC&RC credentials are recognized as the worldwide gold standard for addiction and recovery professionals.

About the presenter:

Chip is a native of Eastern Tennessee, where for 24 years he taught Math and Geography as well as served as an Assistant Principal for the Maryville City and Blount County (TN) school systems. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and he holds an Education Specialist (EdS) in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. As the current Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the ADACBGA, Chip brings 15 years of experience managing financial records for a variety of non-profit and proprietary organizations. In 2015, Chip began work in the field of addiction where he consulted for Counseling Solutions Treatment Centers (Chatsworth GA and Murphy NC) on their safety plan and facility security. After retiring from the school system, he began working for Counseling Solutions Treatment Centers-Chatsworth where he was the Director of Security, a Registered Pharmacy Technician, and ultimately became a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Level II (CADC-II) through the ADACBGA. He continued to expand his knowledge in this field by obtaining his E-CADC as well as the MATS certifications. He served as the Treatment Services Coordinator (Clinical Director) for Northwest Georgia Treatment Center (New Season/CMG) for almost a year before helping to open Gateway Treatment Centers in Ellijay, Georgia. Chip currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for Talbott Legacy Centers (TLC), a company that operates nonresidential opioid treatment programs (OTPs) in Eastern Tennessee, North Georgia, and surrounding areas.

Method of Instruction: Live Workshop/Lecture


 

BREAKOUT 1, WORKSHOP B: Engaging Men in Personal Growth and Treatment

by Marcus Carter, LPC, MAC, CPCS

Workshop Description:

Many behavioral health providers have observed that women more than men are more likely to seek help for personal problems and better mental health. It is beneficial for any clinician to review the literature that addresses the issues in working with men in behavioral health environments.

Learning Objectives:

– Participants will be able to identify key factors that hinder men’s engagement in therapy

– Participants will be able to describe 5 unique needs of men who have been involved in the correctional, probation or parole settings

– Participants will be able to review and apply recommendations on how to encourage the participation of men throughout treatment

About the presenter:

Marcus Carter is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor in Georgia. He has been working as a behavioral health counselor in Georgia corrections and community supervision with women and men for over 30 years. He is an adjunct instructor at Carver College and a POST-certified instructor for criminal justice professionals. He is a certified facilitator for Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), Crisis Intervention Team for Youth (CIT-Y), and Trauma-Informed Care Trainer for Criminal Justice Professionals.

Method of Instruction: Live Workshop/Lecture


BREAKOUT 1, WORKSHOP C: Engaging Women of Color in Addiction Treatment

by Edwina Taylor-Flowers, LPC, MAC, CCS

Workshop Description:

The purpose of the workshop is to provide clinicians with a culturally specific point of reference as related to conceptualizing, assessing, coordinating, and implementing treatment specific to women of color giving considerations to the identification of socio-economic limitations, gender role expectations and other barriers resulting in adverse treatment outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

– Increase cultural awareness as related to women of color seeking addiction treatment

– Promote the use of trauma-informed care

– Initiation of addiction treatment among women of color

About the presenter:

Edwina Taylor- Flowers is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience providing addiction specific treatment services in various settings such as residential, community, non- and for-profit. She holds dual master’s degrees in General Counseling Studies and Clinical Mental Health & Rehabilitation Counseling. In addition, she is credentialed as a Master Addiction Counselor and a Certified Clinical Supervisor, providing supervision for those seeking initial and re-certification for addictions counseling credentials.

Method of Instruction: Live Workshop/Lecture

BREAKOUT 1, WORKSHOP D: Faith-Based Therapy For Diligence In Recovery

by Rev. Dr. Selena Coleman-Carson

Workshop Description:

The important role that faith can play within the recovery process is broken down into three phases that will be explored. Phase I Exploring the “Black Hole” Within. Phase II Living Your Niche. Phase III The Great Escape.

Learning Objectives:

– Re-Discovering Innocence

– Journeying the Path of Zeal

– Spiritual Ascension and Self Care

About the presenter:

Rev. Dr. Selena Carson, a Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor and Therapist, by the Georgia Board of Examiners for Christian Counselors and Therapists and is an ordained Chaplain, and Humanitarian with a concern for people who carry deep-rooted mental, behavioral and interpersonal issues. She earned a Doctorate of Divinity from Jacksonville Theological Seminary and two units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). The first unit with Erlanger Health Systems, Siskin Hospital, and the Hospice of Chattanooga, Tennessee. And the second unit from the Training and Counseling Center (TACC) at St. Luke’s, with WellStar Atlanta Medical Center(s) Downtown and East Point, Georgia.

Method of Instruction: Live Workshop/Lecture

BREAKOUT 1, WORKSHOP G: Screening for Substance Use Disorders

by Scott Dunbar, CACII, MAC

Workshop Description:

This class will present a systematic and comprehensive approach to screening for substance use disorders. It will cover the following: establishing rapport, screening instruments, dual diagnoses, the criteria for diagnosis, treatment options in Georgia, involving the client and the family in treatment planning, making good referrals, and documenting the assessment.

Learning Objectives:

– Explain how to diagnose according to the DSM 5

– Explain the goals of a clinical evaluation

– Cover the nitty details from beginning the interview to its conclusion

About the presenter:

Dr. Scott Dunbar is a Master Addiction Counselor and is state and nationally certified as an addiction counselor. The International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia have credentialed Dr. Dunbar as an Internationally Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomat (ICCDP-D). He has worked in the addiction treatment field for over 48 years. He has a private practice in Dunwoody, GA and is the Director of the DUI Intervention Program for the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities.

Method of Instruction: Live Workshop/Lecture

BREAKOUT 1, WORKSHOP H: The Emerging Impact of Marijuana and CBD: What We Know and What We Don’t

by Wayne Carriker, MA, CADC-II, CSAT-Candidate

Workshop Description:

Marijuana legalization and CBD availability continue to have an increasing impact on the field of recovery. We will discuss the current and potential impact of marijuana and CBD on both the recovering individual and those determined to help them in recovery by exploring current legal trends and up-to-date research.

Learning Objectives:

– To understand the neurobiology of Marijuana and CBD and the impact on the disease of addiction

– To understand the state of the current CBD market and safety issues complicating addiction treatment

– To understand the current status of legalization in GA and the impact of marijuana legalization in other states

About the presenter:

Mr. Carriker serves as the Director of Program Services at The HopeQuest Ministry Group, Inc. He also serves as the Ethics Chair and DCS Liaison for The GARR Network. He has served in the past as an individual counselor, Director of Continuing Care, and Clinical Director in residential treatment. He holds a Master of Arts in Historical and Systematic Theology from Wheaton College and completed 3 years of medical school at Emory University. He has a special interest in the confluence of neurobiology, spirituality, and psychology in addiction and enjoys continuing to learn and speak on the subject.

Method of Instruction: Live Workshop/Lecture

BREAKOUT 1, WORKSHOP I: Vaping Me Crazy! Weed Between the Lines!

by Michael DeLeon, CADC Certificate

Workshop Description:

We are in the worst public social health crisis America has ever seen, and with vaping/JUULing, marijuana legalization and a culture that literally grew up with pills marketed as the solution for every human ailment, the threat to our youth is greater than ever. What are the conversations you need to have? Where do we go from here?

Learning Objectives:

– The complete misunderstood fixation of the Vape and the JUUL by adolescents

– The susceptibility of the adolescent brain to this dangerous stimulant. The systemic dangers to the brain and body that is completely underestimated

– The Tri-Fecta Gateway of Nicotine, Alcohol, and Marijuana

About the presenter:

Michael R. DeLeon is a successfully acclimated ex-offender who is the founder of Steered Straight, Inc. A non-profit organization formed in 2000 designed with the intention of carrying a message to youth and young adults regarding the extreme dangers of drugs, gang involvement, and criminal activity. Michael spends his time developing Steered Straight by stressing the importance of young men and women making sound, rational decisions in their day to day lives. Michael is an award-winning filmmaker and has directed and produced four documentaries on addiction, focusing on the opiate and heroin epidemic in America, marijuana legalization, and Addiction and Recovery.

Method of Instruction: Live Workshop/Lecture

BREAKOUT 2, WORKSHOP A: An Introduction to Sexual Diversity and Gender Identity in Addiction Treatment

by Ed Johnson, LPC, LAC, MAC, CCS

Workshop Description:

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

 

Learning Objectives:

– Discuss the difference between sex, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation

– List 2 manifestations of minority stress for LGBTQ individuals

– List 3 ways of becoming a more Trans Positive treatment center

– Describe the criteria for treatment programs to be considered “LGBT Tolerant”, “LGBT Accepting”, and “LGBT Affirming”

 

About the presenter:

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 at the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Southeast ATTC) located at the National Center for Primary Care, Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. He is currently the Associate Director for Training and Technical Assistance. For the previous twenty years, he held various clinical positions at Charleston Center (Charleston County Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services). In the last ten years at Charleston Center, Ed served as Program Administrator for the Opioid Treatment Program and Infectious Disease Service. Ed currently holds the Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS), and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors, and Psycho-Educational Specialists in addition to the Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) through the NCC AP. Ed has lived in long-term, sustained recovery from substance use disorders for the last 35 years.

 

Method of Instruction: Live Workshop/Lecture


2b: Eating Disorders and Pathological Gambling…What’s The Relationship Here?

by Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes & Charles Snipes

Workshop Description:

In recovery, we often focus on abstinence from the substance of choice; however, many people substitute other escape behaviors when they experience distress. These behaviors like eating, gaming, or gambling keep the person engaging in the same addictive behaviors of escape, avoidance, denial, and manipulation and prevent them from embracing a recovery lifestyle. They are as some would say “on a dry drunk”. Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes will help clinicians better understand, diagnose, and treat these issues to help patients achieve full and lasting recovery.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define and diagnose process addictions including gambling
  2. Explain the similarities and differences between eating disorders and addictions
  3. Describe the relationship between substance use disorders, gambling, and eating disorders
  4. Discuss the similarities in neurochemical reactions between process and chemical addictions
  5. Identify and implement appropriate strategies for treatment and relapse prevention

About the presenters:

Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes received her PhD in counseling and education in 2002 and is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist in Tennessee and Florida.  She currently maintains a small private practice, hosts Counselor Toolbox Podcast twice each week and is the Executive Director for AllCEUs.com which she and Mr. Snipes started in 2006 to provide affordable, accessible continuing education and addiction counselor precertification training to clinicians internationally. 

Mr. Charles Snipes is a recognized expert witness in federal and state courts, a Certified Computer Examiner and the Chief Technology Officer for AllCEUs.com.  He has worked for attorneys, business clients, healthcare organizations, and private citizens in cases where technology issues are integral. Mr. Snipes specializes in explaining complicated technology issues in an understandable way whether it is in an attorney’s office, a courtroom, or a board room.

BREAKOUT 2, WORKSHOP B: Ethical Decision Making with Administrators, Clinicians, and Peer Service Providers

by George Braucht, LPC, CPCS, CARES

Workshop Description:

This is not the usual “do this, don’t do that – can’t you read the sign?” training. Use a trans-disciplinary and organization-based ethical decision-making process informed by the ADACBGA COE to focus on common dilemmas that occur due to the inherent clash among client rights, agency policies, and other responsibilities.

 

Learning Objectives:

– Conduct Vital Incident of Ethics and Work (VIEW) review sessions to build collaboration and support among organizational participants some of whom may be from different professions

– Use a four-step ethical decision-making process to document the rationale and course of action for specific ethical incidents

– Implement a Catalog of Organizational Practices and Ethics (COPE) at your agency for new employee orientations and ongoing in-service training

 

About the presenter:

Mr. Braucht’s 14,000+ hours of supervision, psychotherapy and applied community psychology experience focuses on professional and peer workforce development emphasizing continuous program quality and outcome improvement. George implemented a statewide recovery counseling program for parolees, the THOR Directory and the Reentry Partnership Housing initiative. A Level II Certified PCOMS Trainer with Better Outcomes Now, George is also a Charter Board Member of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences, Co-founder of the Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist Academy and Lead Consultant on Georgia’s Forensic Peer Mentor Project.

 

Method of Instruction: Live Workshop/Lecture


BREAKOUT 2, WORKSHOP C: From Client to Staff: Navigating the Clinical Supervision Process

by Jim Seckman, MDiv, CACII, MAC, CCS

Workshop Description:

An interesting phenomenon in the treatment field is the high incidence of clients who transition into staff positions. While it may seem like a natural progression, specific issues arise for clinical supervision. This workshop will help clinical supervisors navigate the challenging currents of making the transition from client to staff.

 

Learning Objectives:

– Participants will be able to verbalize how to help supervisees explore their motivation to become a counselor

– Participants will be able to verbalize how to help supervisees accomplish the necessary shifts in thinking and behavior to move from client to counselor

– Participants will be able to verbalize key factors and difficulties in helping supervisees develop a professional identity

 

About the presenter:

Jim Seckman has over 30 years of experience working in the field of addiction treatment in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and residential. He is currently the Spiritual Life Director of MARR, Inc. He has served as CEO and Clinical Director of MARR, the Executive Director of Breakthru House, Coordinator of Addiction Services at Emory University Hospital, Clinical Coordinator for SAFE Recovery Systems, the President of GARR, and on the GACA Ethics Committee. Jim’s goal for training is to equip counselors with the insight, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide the best possible services to their clients.

 

Method of Instruction: Live Workshop/Lecture


BREAKOUT 2, WORKSHOP D: Holistic Approaches for Maximum Wellness

by Stephen Mathis, Psy.D., MAC, AAPTA, ICADC, CCADC, CRAT, CSP, CCJS

Workshop Description:

This workshop focuses on counseling, lifestyle changes, and appropriate alternative wellness practices that would more permanently deal with the various problem areas (e.g., ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, obesity, diabetes) in lieu of and/or as adjuncts to traditional pharmacological solutions that usually only put “bandaids on bullet wounds”.

 

Learning Objectives:

– To be able to know the most common medications associated with various disorders and pathological life conditions and why these might not be the best approach

– To learn alternative, more life-enhancing holistic and lifestyle changes that will lead to more permanent positive solutions without the risk for untoward side-effects and/or addictive behaviors that often accompany traditional medications

– To learn how to incorporate these into existing treatment paradigms for the betterment of the persons being served by the clinician

 

About the presenter:

Stephen M. Mathis is a licensed psychologist and certified addictions counselor who has specialized in working with adolescents, adults, families/couples, athletes, GLBT persons, and trauma survivors since 1983. In addition to providing psychological assessment, individual psychotherapy, and group therapy, Dr. Mathis is an adjunct/part-time faculty at several online and “brick and mortar” colleges, conducts seminars and workshops nationwide on a variety of topics, supervises other therapists, and has pioneered a new form of music-assisted therapy (M.A.TH.I.S.). He is a member of various state and national professional organizations.

 

Method of Instruction: Live Workshop/Lecture


BREAKOUT 2, WORKSHOP E: Mindfulness: Why it is a Vital Piece of the Puzzle in Addiction Treatment

by Charity Collier, MA, CADC-II

Workshop Description:

Mindfulness has become a buzzword everywhere. This workshop will the question of what is mindfulness? The workshop will demystify why mindfulness is beneficial for those in addiction treatment. The workshop will give you tools as to how to implement mindfulness into the addiction treatment curriculum.

 

Learning Objectives:

– To understand what mindfulness is

– To understand why mindfulness is important in addiction treatment

– How to implement mindfulness into addiction treatment curriculum

 

About the presenter:

Charity has a Master’s from the first program in the United States for Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. A Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology, a certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Charity is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC-II). She has worked in the addiction field since 2011, mainly in Boston, MA and for the last 3 years in Savannah, GA. Charity combines the three-fold education by bringing a mind, body and spirit connection with meditation practice and teachings in addiction treatment.

 

Method of Instruction: Live Workshop/Lecture


BREAKOUT 2, WORKSHOP F: Navigating Societal Gender Roles: Trauma-Informed Responses for Healing

by Christy Plaice, LPC, MAC, CCT

Workshop Description:

This dynamic training is for those who desire education in relation to self and clients – where our biases, hurts, understandings and misunderstandings, have a place to land. Participants will leave with increased self-discovery and insight in trauma-informed response for healing and wellness around gender ‘roles’.

 

Learning Objectives:

– Gain an understanding of how a male responsive trauma-informed care system differs from traditional trauma-informed care systems that were traditionally developed for women

– Differentiate various traumas: verbal and non-verbal responses in regards to gender identity

– Cultivate a deeper sense of awareness of one’s own personal biases, judgments, shame, & empowerment around gender

 

About the presenter:

Christy Plaice is a creative force in the therapeutic community. As a private practitioner, she works with teens, adults, and families. Her unique approach is grounded in humanistic, somatic attachment, and experiential psychologies. She has extensive clinical education and background working in addiction, residential wilderness therapy, and non-profit work with human sex trafficking. She has recently completed a year-long advanced program in California: somatic experiencing using touch with trauma survivors. She also holds a certification in child trauma (CCT) and Masters Addiction Counselor (MAC). Working with Christy can be a grace and grit experience.

 

Method of Instruction: Live Workshop/Lecture

 

BREAKOUT 2, WORKSHOP G: The Stigma of Medication-Assisted Treatment: What’s the Truth? What’s Myth?

by Kym Leonard Mwansa, PhD & Curtis Dorsey, MEd, CADC-II, MATS, SAP, CCS

Workshop Description:

Despite the success of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs, the stigma associated with treatment programs that utilize FDA-approved medications may cause shame and guilt for many, especially when treatment professionals falsely suggest that MAT is “just trading one drug for another.” The stigma and misinformation surrounding MAT is enough to prevent many substance use disorder clients from getting the help they need.

 

Learning Objectives:

– The class participant will learn the definition of Medication-Assisted Treatment

– The class participant will learn how addiction changes your brain

– The class participant will learn the process of M.A.T. recovery

 

About the presenters:

Dr. Kym Leonard Mwansa is a Board-Certified Doctor of Nursing Practice who partners with local, national, and international governments and communities to bring awareness to mental health and addiction medicine, specifically the Opioid epidemic. As a Roswell Rotarian, she currently chairs a Rotary-sponsored opioid awareness task force. Works in private practice in behavioral health, addiction medicine, and primary care. Dr. Kym also holds a Master’s degree in Education, a Master’s in Leadership, and a BA in Clinical Psychology. Her Nurse practitioner Masters is from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and her Doctorate at Chamberlain.

 

Curtis Dorsey is a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor and Certified Clinical Supervisor with a Masters of Education (MEd) and multiple other specialty certificates. He has over 20 years’ experience with the various aspects of Behavioral Health and Addiction, currently working for the Grady Health System. In addition, he provides supervision for those seeking initial and re-certification for addictions counseling and gambling counseling as a Board Approved Clinical Consultant for the National Council for Problem Gambling.

 

Method of Instruction: Live Workshop/Lecture