Program Agenda

The 2021 Spring Symposium will provide attendees with the opportunity to come together and collaborate with experts in the fields of prevention, intervention, and treatment models of substance use disorders for solutions-based panels and workshops. 

Please note this agenda is subject to change. A PDF version of this agenda can be downloaded here.

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9:30am - 11:00am: Welcome & Keynote

  • Presented by Kevin McCauley, MD

11:00am - 11:15am: Break

11:15am - 12:00pm: Workshop Session 1

  • Neuroscience of Addiction & Recovery
    • Presented by Kevin McCauley, MD
  • Meeting Them Where They Are: Addressing Opioid Use Among Jail Entrants
    • Presented by Tyler Yates, CADC-I & Melissa Floyd-Pickard, PhD
  • Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis:The Dilemma of Exposure to Alcohol in Utero
    • Presented by Kathy Hotelling, PhD, ABBP

12:00pm - 12:30pm: Lunch/Exhibitors

12:30pm - 1:15pm: Workshop Session 2

  • Pregnancy and Opioid Exposure
    • Presented by Melissa Godwin, MSW, LCSW
  • Post Overdose Response: Wake County's Rapid Responder Program
    • Presented by Justin Garrity, MSW
  • History of Drug Laws and Racism in Addiction
    • Presented by Jesse Bennett, MSW, LCA

1:15pm - 1:30pm: Break

1:30pm - 2:15pm: Workshop Session 3

  • Language Matters
    • Presented by Beth Young, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
  • Trauma Informed Practice
    • Presented by Sarah Ascienzo, PhD, LCSW
  • Recovery from the Inside Out
    • Presented by Kim Graham, MA
  • HRSA Scholars Speak
    • Presented by NC State Social Work Students: Kirsten Bubak, Ashley Wainright, Demetria Murphy, and Tara Pawlyk

2:15pm - 2:30pm: Break

2:30pm - 3:15pm: Workshop Session 4

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment: Examining Biases, Prejudices and Implications
    • Presented by Scott Luetgenau, MSW, LCAS
  • Substance Use Disorders and the LGBTQIA+ Community
    • Presented by KC Ray, LPC, LCMHC, MAC
  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Applying Harm Reduction Strategies
    • Presented by Chase Holleman, LCSW, Jim Albright, MS, Timothy Joseph Sowicz, PhD, & Jay Poole, PhD

3:15pm - 3:30pm: Break

3:30pm - 4:15pm: Closing Plenary

  • Policing, Race, Vicarious Trauma and Substance Use Disorders
    • Presented by Lorenzo M. Boyd, PhD

4:15pm - 4:30pm: Closing Remarks and a Call to Action

4:30pm - 5:30pm: Post-Event Networking Reception

  • NC State University School of Social Work
  • MSW Program: 15 Years of Excellence


                                                                National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
NC AHEC is a 2021 NASW-NC approved provider of distance continuing education.  This program has been approved for 4.75 contact hours.

Wake AHEC CEU(s)  

Wake AHEC will provide 0.5 CEU to participants upon completion of this activity. 

A participant must attend 100% of the program to receive credit. Partial credit will not be awarded.

Contact Hours
Wake AHEC will provide up to 4.75 Contact Hours to participants.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kevin McCauley


Dr. Kevin McCauley wrote and directed two films: “Memo to Self” about the concepts of recovery management, and “Pleasure Unwoven” about the neuroscience of addiction which won the 2010 Michael Q. Ford Award for Journalism from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. He is an engaging and renowned speaker on the topic of addiction. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows of Wickenburg, Arizona.