Wednesday, June 30 Sessions

 Wednesday – June 30, 2021

Morning Sessions – 3 hours

Counselor to Clinical Supervisor: Sometimes it’s Lonely at the Top

Promotional opportunity from counselor to clinical supervisor is a rewarding experience. However, this transition sometimes comes with special challenges for the clinical supervisor. This course will explore common errors and challenges new clinical supervisors encounter in adjusting to their new role. Participants will be given solutions to address these challenges.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the importance of building a supervisory alliance to promote developmental change
  2. Explore the leadership skills and techniques to assist supervisors to manage and resolve conflict
  3. Identify four common ethical dilemmas encountered by clinical supervisors

Roxanne Morgan, MPA, CADC-II, CCS, SAP, MATS, E-CADC

Roxanne Morgan is a Clinical Services Manager for the Georgia Department of Community Supervision. Morgan oversees specialized training programs for staff obtaining an addiction certification and improving counseling services for offenders. She has 18 years of experience in the addiction field and has worked specifically with the criminal justice population. Morgan’s professional experience involves working with clients on medicated assisted treatment, prisons, and accountability courts. She served as a trainer specializing in addiction studies, program evaluation, and provide clinical supervision. Morgan is passionate about supporting professional development for addiction counselors.


Do’s, Dont’s, and the How to’s: Best Practices in Group Facilitation

Everyone can be great at group facilitation! This workshop will help participants increase their confidence and competence as a facilitator. This course will review and examine evidence-based practices for effective group facilitation utilizing various treatment modalities. Participants will learn the art of maximizing group participation to facilitate desired results.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To increase the confidence and competence of the group facilitator
  2. To learn evidence-based practices in group facilitation
  3. To learn practical techniques to maximize group participation

Ryan Wells, CADC-II

Ryan received his BA in Political Science from Fort Valley State University, his Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Troy State University and also holds a second Master’s in Divinity from Luther Rice Seminary. He is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC-II) and has over 15 years of recovery-related experience. Furthermore, he considers himself to be a serial entrepreneur. He owns and operates Freedom Fireworks, LLC, Tropical Smasher Lemonades and Concessions, and is the full-time pastor of Living Life Church. He and his lovely wife of 14 years, Mika, reside in Dublin, Ga. with their 3 beautiful children.


Everyday Ethics for Everyone

Every day we are faced with many decisions about our clients, clinical judgments, and the way to conduct business. As a professional, we must have an ethical foundation to make these decisions. This presentation will address the guiding ethical principles and how to apply practical ethics to our daily work.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify at least 4 guiding ethical principles of the counseling profession
  2. Participants will name 3 ways to avoid the most violated ethical principles in the profession
  3. Participants will learn 3 strategies to implement ethical decision making in their professional practice

Dawn Allred, LPC, MAC

Dawn Allred, LPC, MAC has worked 29 years in community mental health. She has specialized in working with people living with co-occurring disorders as well as complex issues such as homelessness, severe poverty, legal problems, and poor health. Dawn provides professional trainings on co-occurring disorders, recovery-oriented systems of care, understanding addiction and recovery, MH/SA assessment and treatment planning, and suicide assessment and intervention. Dawn is living in long term recovery with a passion for helping others with their recovery process. Dawn is dedicated to bringing a holistic approach to recovery.


Helping the Church Help: Integration of Faith-Based Recovery into Recovery Oriented Systems of Care

In this session, attendees will learn how to better integrate their faith-based recovery community into existing & evolving community-based systems of care. Attendees will receive practical and proven tools and strategies to make the faith-based recovery community a more integral and vibrant member of the broader system of care.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Articulate why faith-based integration is crucial for communities dedicated to holistic recovery care
  2. Learn how to enlighten, educate, equip and engage faith partners into the ROSC
  3. Receive ideas from other best practices from across Ohio, Tennessee, and the U.S.

Pastor Greg Delaney, BS

Greg serves as the Hope Director for “Reach for Tomorrow Ohio” a non-profit community organization located in Highland County, Ohio where he leads a coordinated effort to educate churches, faith and community leaders about addiction, trauma and human trafficking. Greg is also a part of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s Recovery Ohio Advisory Council, representing the efforts of the faith community in Ohio. Greg also serves as the current Outreach Coordinator for a statewide alcohol and drug treatment center, Woodhaven, and is a presenter and contributor to the faith-based recovery efforts of the Center for Faith-based and Outreach Initiatives in Washington D.C.


Practical Treatment Approaches for Adolescents with Substance Abuse Disorders

This interactive workshop is designed to introduce clinicians to a variety of Practical Treatment Approaches for Adolescents with Substance Abuse Disorders. This systematic use of a theoretical model to establish the interpersonal process in which trained clinicians use the power of practical treatment approaches to help clients achieve optimal growth and development.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Effective strategies addressing clinical presenting problems with trauma, grief, and loss
  2. Determine possible ethical dilemmas and appropriate ethical responses when utilizing substance abuse disorders techniques with adolescents
  3. Cite the appropriate rationale, theoretical orientations, and current literature supporting the use of Practical Treatment Approaches for Adolescents with Substance Abuse Disorders

Shannon Eller, LPC, LMFT, CCS, ICCS, ICAADCC

Currently, in private practice as the owner and clinical director of Brighter Tomorrows Consulting, LLC, Ms. Shannon Eller provides individual and family counseling services, supervision to rising professionals and paraprofessionals, and counseling training workshops focusing on addictions and play therapy interventions. Brighter Tomorrows Consulting (BTC), a comprehensive counseling, supervision, education, and community advocacy program which provides services to adults, children, adolescents, couples, families, and individuals is one of the largest private counseling practices in middle Georgia seeing approximately 250-400 clients per week.

Anni Skurja

Providing mental health support for diverse populations that include couples, children, adult individuals and families using a variety of techniques, such as cognitive-behavioral, narrative, mindfulness and art and play therapy techniques. Special project coordination including compiling and creating comprehensive clinical assessments for adults, adolescents, couples and families.


Telesupervision: The New Frontier

Obtaining clinical supervision can be a challenge in areas where quality, affordable supervisors are few and far between. This workshop will highlight the professional opportunities of online video supervision and identify some of the challenges of using this emerging modality, paying particular attention to ethical considerations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The participant will be able to identify the opportunities, as well as the challenges that come from offering or obtaining online video supervision
  2. The participant will be able to describe recent research in the area of online video supervision
  3. The participant will be able to list five best practices of offering or obtaining online video supervision

Rachel McCrickard, LMFT

Rachel McCrickard is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and AAMFT Approved Clinical Supervisor. Rachel experienced the struggle of finding quality, affordable supervision first-hand on her road to licensure. In 2017, she fostered the creation of the first HIPAA-compliant video platform for connecting pre-licensed therapists to clinical supervisors. Since then, Rachel has begun to emerge as a thought leader in the area of distance supervision.


The Proper Use of Buprenophine and the Changing Face of Marijuana

The workshop will include two presentations. The first will concentrate on the proper, medically appropriate use of buprenorphine products for the treatment of opioid use disorder with the goal of long-term recovery. The second presentation will clearly show how the effects, side-effects, and co-morbidities of marijuana have changed in the last 40 years.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand how buprenorphine products are intended to be a bridge to long term recovery, not a maintenance program
  2. To understand the medical and legal issues associated with the improper prescribing of buprenorphine products
  3. To learn the medical. societal and legal issues with use of current high content THC compounds compared to use 40 years ago

Vance Raham, MD

Dr. Raham is nationally boarded in addiction by ASAM/ABAM and ABPN/ADM. He has been practicing addiction medicine for 15 years in various roles and treatment models. He has been in charge of detox, PHP/IOP, MAT, sober living and recovering professional programs in Indiana and throughout Georgia. He has helped pass legislation to increase patient access to substance abuse disorder treatment. He also was a member of the Indiana Attorneys General Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force. He served as the President-elect for Indian Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine before relocating to Georgia.


Wellness a Cultural Effective Intervention for Men with Co-Occurring Disorders

This workshop will demonstrate how to use the SAMSHA Wellness Model and SAMSHA TIP 56- ADDRESSING THE SPECIFIC BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEEDS OF MEN to promote wellness and long term recovery for men. The workshop presenter will assist workshop participants to explore cultural bias that may reduce the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions. Both didactic and interaction methods will be utilized.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will complete and discuss a self-evaluation of cultural belief about co-occurring treatment of men
  2. Participants will be presented key concepts from SASMHA Wellness Model and SAMSHA TIP 56
  3. Participants will be presented innovative interventions using the key concepts of SAMSHA Wellness Model and Tip 56

Floyd Russell, PhD

Dr. Russell F. Floyd, the son of Dave and Laura Floyd, a native of Philadelphia, PA but now a resident of GA. Dr. Floyd earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Lemoyne-Owen College, Memphis, TN and Doctoral Degree at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce, TX. During his career, Dr. Floyd has worked in many settings but his drug-specific employments have been the following: Adult and Adolescent Drug Court Coordinator, Princeton, N.J., Contracted Alcohol Group Counselor for the Philadelphia Court System, and Integrated Treatment Facility Counselor for Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. In these agencies, Dr. Floyd utilizes the Wellness Approach as an important treatment variable to the recovery process.


Working with Transgender and Non-Binary Clients in Behavioral Healthcare Settings: An Introduction

This 101 workshop will expose clinicians to basic concepts of gender identity and expression and how these concepts impact the quality of care transgender and non-binary clients experience in behavioral healthcare settings.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learners will be able to define the difference between sex and gender
  2. Learners will increase their knowledge of transgender and non-binary terminology
  3. Learners will increase their knowledge related to the experience of transgender individuals accessing care

Nick Fuentes, LPC, LMHC, CST, CPCS, NCC, CCMHC

Nick Fuentes, MS LPC, LMHC, CST, CPCS, NCC, CCMHC (no pronouns), owner of Modern Path, LLC and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, has been working in the behavioral health community for close to 25 years with experience in both direct care and administrative oversight capacities. Nick’s clinical practice helps gender, sexuality, and relationship structure minorities overcome substance use, mood and anxiety disorders, engage in positive sexual health and develop skills and resiliency to live their lives authentically.