Workshop Descriptions &
We do our best not to have any changes but life happens
and the schedule is subject to change without notice.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Morning we start with a different Morning
Meditation- to help you get centered and ready for a great day!!
We offer 12 Step Meetings- Open/Facilitated on Tuesday , Wednesday & Thursday
End your day Wednesday & Thursday with Bed Time Stories to wind down and
relax-taking in the cool fresh mountain air!
Presentation Title: Certification Panel - Board members of the West Virginia Certification Board for
Addiction and Prevention Professionals
Information regarding certification for addiction counselors, preventionists, criminal justice professionals
and clinical supervisors will be provided. There will be an opportunity for questions from participants.
Where we were, where we are, where we need to be- Ron Pritchard
Ron will provide a brief history of the growth of the “Substance Abuse Counselor” (SAC) field from past to
present. He will touch on the pertinent building blocks of our profession, how it may differ, but still relate
to traditional 12-step recovery, and what could be the professional relationships between substance
abuse counselors and other professionals providing co-treatment for our joint clients.
Ron will also give an overview of the emerging challenges for SAC’s anticipated as health care reforms
come into play. There are a number of dynamics on the playing field, and SAC’s must keep themselves
aware of potential impact to job stability and the ability to continue to serve our clients with the
professionalism and vast accumulation of first-hand knowledge many of us possess.
Finally, the plans of action NAADAC is putting into play to better equip our membership with the
knowledge, skills and tools needed to continue to have meaningful input to the overall treatment and
recovery planning of our clients.
Presentation Title: Advocacy in Action-WVAADC 2012 Legislative Agenda - Russ Taylor, Randy Housh
and Judy Acree
Attendees will receive an update on the 2011/2012 legislative sessions, on bills that were introduced,
their status, and which bills WVAADC will be supporting in the 2012 sessions. Helpful tips will be
shared which will assist participants in their efforts to articulate/communicate with legislators regarding
issues important to the field of addiction as it pertains to prevention, treatment and recovery.
Presentation Title: WVAADC Business Meeting
This is the annual business meeting of the Association. WVAADC members may vote but all conference
attendees are invited to join us for this meeting. Dinner is being served immediately before the meeting.
Presentation Title: How Many Tools in Your Toolbox? Gerald Schulman MA, MAC, FACATA
This workshop will compare and contrast the changes in persons with substance use disorders, the
treatment for those disorders and the implications for counselor competencies. Recommendations and
rationale will be offered for the clinical attitudes, competencies and strategies required to meet the
challenges of today’s clients and patients and systems by which to acquire them. Resources for
enhancing counselor skills will be provided. All of the material will be presented within the framework of
NIDA’s “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment.”
Sample Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the four demographic variables that lend more weight to treatment outcome than treatment
2. Apply three strategies that will increase treatment retention;
3. Identify at least five principles that are associated with quality treatment.
Presentation Title: Finding Your Sacred Place - Russ Taylor and Judy Kesterson Start your day with
relaxation and finding the inner peace that you can share with others. Learn to relax and take your sacred
place with you.
Presentation Title: Pillars of Peer Support: The science, services and reimbursement for Peer
Support Services - Allen Daniels
This presentation will cover the 4 Pillars of Peer Support Summits and include the core pillars of Peer
Support Services (PSS), how they were developed, and what the implications are for the role of PSS in
recovery based behavioral health care services. This presentation will also review the state of the
science on PSS, what the research evidence suggests about the effectiveness and outcomes of these
services, and what future investigation can be done to support this workforce. The presentation will also
focus on the reimbursement for PSS and the implications for this in State Medicaid, managed care, and
Presentation Title: Using the ASAM PPC-2R Throughout the Treatment Process GERALD D. SHULMAN,
M.A., M.A.C., FACATA
Program Description This workshop will present information on the use of the ASAM PPC-2R from the
point of intake/assessment though placement to discharge and referral for continuing care. This system
will illustrate: (1) the assessment process; (2) the development of a problem list organized by priority
based on severity and risk; (3) the “batching” of patient problems; (4) the development of measurable,
behavioral and achievable treatment plans; (5) what constitutes appropriate, meaningful clinical
progress notes related to individual treatment plan objectives and; (6) a coding system which forces tight
linkages between the assessment problems identified, treatment plan goals and objectives and the
clinical progress notes. Case studies will be used to demonstrate appropriate and inappropriate
documentation at all points along the process.
1. Perform a six Dimension ASAM assessment;
2. Describe and use the coding system for forcing a relationship between the ASAM assessment
problems, the treatment plan and the progress notes;
3. Describe how to create measurable, behavioral and achievable treatment plans;
4. Describe how to create meaningful, appropriate clinical progress notes related to the treatment
Presentation Title: Promoting Recovery for Service Members, Veterans and Families – What You
Need to Know, and How to Build a Support Program
This will be a two part presentation. The first part will be an overview of the key issues that all
professionals should be aware of in the delivery of recovery based services for service members,
veterans, and families. This will feature both principles of recovery, and cultural competence for this
population. Participants will be able to reflect on their own practice and how it meets the principles of
recovery, person centered practice, and cultural competence for this population. The second part of this
will be an interactive session on the design and development of a model peer support services pilot
program for this population. Participants will be able to develop a pilot program and discuss
opportunities for implementation.
Presentation Title Opiate Addiction in Pregnancy: Assessment of a Subutex Program - David
Opiate addiction is now the most common co-morbidity seen in pregnancy in West Virginia. Traditionally,
methadone maintenance is the gold standard of treatment. Due to the increasing doses of methadone
required during pregnancy, neonatal abstinence syndrome is threatening to overwhelm nurseries in
delivering hospitals. Buprenorphine (Subutex) is an alternative opiate maintenance medication that has
advantages for both mother and newborn. Setting up a buprenorphine program has both regulatory and
medical challenges that are outweighed by the advantages including 1) less overdose risk, 2) improved
counseling availability 3) closer patient surveillance, 4) ability to DECREASE the dose over the course of
pregnancy, and 5) less intense neonatal abstinence.
Presentation Title: Discovering the Resilient Teen Within - Holly Jordan
When it comes to treating adolescents in a clinical setting, one can never be too prepared. Adolescents
come to therapy with a myriad of issues. Even the “normal” teen experiences social anxiety, identity
crises, bullying and relationship issues which can require complex or creative interventions. When
adolescents use substances to cope, it creates an entirely new combination of problems. The already
complex “normal” issues are exaggerated and the clinician is left to address the many layers of addiction
and addictive behavior underneath. But this is not impossible. Adolescents are generally resilient,
intuitive, inventive and open-minded. With a little bit of creativity and a willing attitude, we as clinicians can
treat the adolescent as a whole, empower them to become healthy adults and focus on preparing them
for a successful and productive future. This presentation will showcase relevant case examples along
with helpful ideas for intervention with the adolescent who abuses substances.
Presentation Title: Data Informed Decision Making Andrew Walker
The session on Data Informed Decision Making is designed to help those involved in substance abuse
and mental health services understand the basics of research and evaluation data and available
resources to use in making informed decisions. Overall, this interactive session is designed to improve
behavioral health data literacy. Topics of discussion will include the basics of research and evaluation
methods; how to examine, compare, and use data effectively; and how to locate useful data sources.
Presentation Title: Bedtime Wind Down - Nicole Martin
Participants will engage in a soothing meditation and light movement session to wind down the mind
and body to prepare for a restful nights rest. We will begin the session with deep structured breathing
and then continue on to progressive relaxation. Wear loose clothing (even PJs!) and feel free to bring a
mat, blanket and/or pillow.
Presentation Title: Morning Meditation with a Twist - Gail Kinsey
Participants will start the day feeling relaxed AND energized and learn Easy Does It Yoga techniques.
Presentation Title: Romancing the Brain in Recovery - Cynthia Moreno Tuohy
With funding from NIDA, Cynthia Moreno Tuohy worked with Danya International to conceptualize,
develop, and evaluate a multi-component, multi-media tool for use by addiction and other helping
professionals to assist adults and youth improve their life traumas and conflict through knowledge,
attitudes and skills. Romancing the Brain skills are an intensive set of psycho-emotional-social-spiritual
Cogitative Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatments that, if followed, will result in a lifestyle change. This
program will affect a “self and other” assessment of conflict style with a communication style, with the
goal of behavior changes that are instilled in the brain. Some treatment sessions are based in brain
research and CBT treatments that have been effective for anger and relapse-triggering problems. Other
techniques are employed that unify the principles of social learning and emotional intelligence theory
that mark this program as different from “anger management” programs. This program affects
behavioral learning with emotional development and maturity that results in long-term changes in the
brain and behavior.
Romancing the Brain is designed to:
• Help reduce relapse and sustain recovery of adult and adolescent substance use, abuse, and
dependent persons by improving their trauma conflict resolution knowledge, attitudes and skills.
• Serve as a research-based, empirically-tested, psycho-educational curriculum that is effective and
appropriate to use with diverse populations of adult and adolescent substance use disorder persons.
• To provide treatment and training materials for professionals, paraprofessionals (counselors,
social workers, therapists, psychologists, outreach and faith-based, etc.) that are easy to use and
integrate into existing community residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient substance abuse
treatment facilities as well as school-based counseling, faith counseling and other helping professional
groups and faith-based groups.
• To provide an effective, cost-efficient, feasible model for improving client’s conflict resolution
capacities to offer an innovative program based on concepts adapted from effective use in other
disciplines/environments, make use of today’s technology, and enhance relapse-prevention options.
An outline of key areas we will cover in this session are:
1. Instinct or intellect - Understanding where anger and conflict resides in the brain (limbic system
2. Instinctual patterns/familiar feelings - Where we learn our patterns in conflict and how our brain
automatically reverts to the familiar conflicting styles
3. Understanding relationships - How they start and traverse through stages
4. Four types of agreements - Setting up relationships to be healthy
5. Understanding your style of conflict in communication - Learning what your primary reactionary and
secondary reactionary styles are and how they harm you and others
Presentation Title: The Solutions are in the Community – The Positive Community Norms Framework
- Jay Otto
The Center for Health and Safety Culture at Montana State University believes that improving health and
safety is all about growing positive norms throughout our communities by cultivating cultural
transformation. Jay Otto, a research scientist with the Center, will discuss how this strategy transforms
our work and how the solutions to address the problems we face are in our communities. The Center
addresses a range of issues including substance abuse, child maltreatment and traffic safety. The
presentation will seek to shift how preventionists relate to the communities they serve. Participants will
learn about the unintended consequences of fear appeals and the power of hope. Social Norms Theory
will be introduced, and participants will learn how perceptions of norms influence beliefs and behaviors.
The three components of the Positive Community Norms framework (leadership, communications and
integration) will be reviewed, and participants will learn how to use these components to organize their
Presentation Title: WV System of Care: Working Together for Children & Families- Karen Yost
This presentation will describe a system of care as an approach to serving children and families. The
mission, values, and guiding principles of the WV System of Care will be discussed, as well as
implication for service delivery. A number of evidence-based practices will be presented, including those
for youth with co-occurring disorders and trauma.
Presentation Title: Clinical Supervision- Dr. Tom Durham With the many challenges faced in today’s
treatment environment, effective clinical supervision of treatment staff is a component no treatment
program should be without. This one day workshop covers various aspects of clinical supervision of
counselors working in addiction and co-occurring disorder treatment settings. This workshop will
examine the interpersonal aspects of clinical supervision, the dynamics of the supervisory relationship,
and methods, models and processes that focus on individualized needs (for both the counselor and the
client). Highlighted will be leadership skills and the use of active techniques as a “case” is made for why
supervision must remain an essential part of treatment.
Presentation Title: Adolescent Substance Abuse System of Care Panel- A community getting it right.
Lora Maynard, John Moses, Ron Scott, Rose Larosa, Susan Mortakis
“It takes a village to raise a child” could be the slogan for the Adolescent Substance Abuse SOC which
has been developed in the northern panhandle of WV. Join an esteemed panel of multidisciplinary
professionals who are working together to create a system of care & success for WV youth.
Presentation Title: Prescription Drug Epidemic -Shannon McBee
Participants will be provided an in-depth look into the prescription drug epidemic facing the nation.
Participants will learn what prescription drug abuse is, what types of drugs are involved and how
prescription drugs affect the health and brain of an individual. The workshop will showcase national,
state, and local data surrounding prescription drug abuse. Lastly, participants will be provided an in
depth look at how the nation is responding, what prescription monitoring programs provide us, and what
West Virginia is doing to address the prescription drug epidemic.
Presentation Title: Yoga and The 12 Steps: A Deeper Recovery - Maggi Aebi
Participants will discover a useful way to apply Yoga philosophies and postures to combine mind/body
connections for a deeper, more sustainable recovery in a 12 Step life. Rehabilitation and recovery from
addiction and trauma encompass the physical, emotional and spiritual changes necessary to move into
a new life. Yoga practice teaches a lifestyle that incorporates the same changes. Participants are
encouraged to bring a yoga mat and a blanket for the experience of the workshop. Comfortable clothing
that does not hamper movement is suggested. Please be prepared to move into yoga postures and
sitting meditation at a beginner level.
Presentation Title: The Affordable Care Act: An Overview of the New Health Care Law - Lisa Diehl &
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was 100 years in coming and this workshop will give you
an overview of the new law in a way that you can understand. Beginning with a cartoon and ending with a
video of West Virginians who are benefitting from the new law, this session will review: Reform in
Context; Why Health Reform?; What’s in the Affordable Care Act; Coverage Expansions (Medicaid, WV
Health Benefit Exchange);Changes in Medicare; Insurance Reforms; Controlling Costs/Improving Quality
Presentation Title: Sex and the Addictions Counselor Ron Pritchard
This session is intended to present the concept of broadening the scope; while staying within the clinical
boundaries of the typical interactions of Substance Abuse Addictions Counselor (SAC) and clients.
Participants will have the opportunity to examine and reflect on the frequency of comorbid occurrences of
sex addiction and substance abuse. Participants will also be encouraged to explore the impact on
sustained recovery if both the addictions are not addressed. A few rudimentary screening tools will be
presented with other references. When indicated, the absolute necessity of properly referring to a
specialty provider for thorough assessment and further treatment will be highlighted.
Presentation Title: Bedtime Stories - Jim Baker Participants will find a relaxing setting that may remind
them of times they shared with their family or friends on the front porch or around a campfire. This
experience may help them unwind from the serious and fast pace of the day.
Presentation Title Bath Salts and K2 Spice / Drug Trends - Cathy Coontz and Jo Anne McNemar
Professionals in addictions/SW/related fields need to know the dangers, impacts, symptoms of K2 and
Bath Salts. WV counselors and preventionists need to know what the trends are in the state to deliver the
most effective treatment and prevention services. Many folks (community, counselors, law enforcement,
medical, schools) have asked for this information and the contents have been noted to be essential and
critical to professionals and community members who work with the public.
Presentation Title: The Training and Feeding of the Brain to Beat Addiction - David Semanco
Participants will be introduced to the integrative model of addiction treatment that combines conventional
therapies, which address the psychological and spiritual aspects of addiction, with research-based
neurotherapies, which treat the physical components and the root cause of addiction rather than just
treating the symptoms. Models that focus on emotional issues and spirituality have played a valuable
role in the treatment of addiction for decades. However, recognizing that addiction is truly a disease of
the brain, the need to repair irregular brainwave activity and rebalance abnormal brain chemistry is
paramount if emotional healing and spiritual development are to take place. This presentation will
specifically look at the use of neurofeedback and neuro-nutritional therapy in treating these physical
aberrations of the brain that initially lead to the maladaptive behaviors associated with substance use
disorders and that ultimately can contribute to relapse if not addressed during treatment.
Presentation Title: Working with Legally Involved Clients- Amanda McGrew/Melissa Richmond
Many of our clients are involved with the legal system through community corrections, regional jails, state
jails and federal prisons. The presenters will discuss what community based providers need to know
when working with clients who have been incarcerated.
Presentation Title: Juvenile Drug Courts Janie Howsare & Angela Kauffman
This program will cover the Evolution of Specialty Treatment Courts & Juvenile Drug treatment Courts in
WV; answer the questions about What Juvenile Drug Courts do; review the assessments utilized;
(Diagnostic Interview-SASSI/CAFAS) and show how working with the adolescent, family and groups
promotes success & recovery.
Presentation Title: Ethics and the Professional - Shirley Beckett Mikell
Participants will learn: How to assess Ethical dilemmas confronted each day in our personal and
professional lives. How to make Ethical decisions. When to and how to report Ethical violations. When to
obtain advice or guidance. What type of supportive documentation is required when reporting.