North Carolina Substance Misuse Prevention Conference

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Up to 10.45 hours NCSAPPB  GSB & SS hrs available
(ND & ETHICS available based on sessions attended)

May 8

Opening Plenary 10am-Noon
Partnering in Prevention: Coalitions, Schools, First Responders, and More
Director Harding will tailor her remarks to the prevention and treatment professionals, community coalition directors, school counselors, and social workers in the audience by demonstrating how the entire prevention community is expanding and how we all can work together to prevent substance misuse and abuse. She will share the most recent data on use and deaths from various substances and she will explain how prevention’s role remains as important as ever, if not more so in this evolving landscape.

It’s More than Opioids: Polysubstance Use in North Carolina
While the main focus may currently be on the prescription opioid, heroin, and fentanyl epidemic, North Carolina data show that involvement of other substances is also on the rise.  Recent data also show varied drug combinations responsible for an overdose, suggesting a need to include polysubstance use prevention efforts in our overdose prevention interventions.  This session will describe the changing landscape of substances responsible for overdose deaths in North Carolina and the increasing prevalence of polysubstance use.

Luncheon Noon-1:30pm
An ABC Commission Update

NC ABC Commission Chairman Zander Guy will speak about the systems, services, and strategies that the commission employs as they seek to prevent underage drinking and over-service in their role at the intersection of public health, fair commercial regulation, and public safety.

Breakout Sessions 1:45pm-3:00pm (Choose One)
Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework: Parental Resiliency (Part 1)
Resilience is the ability to recover from difficult life experiences, and often to be strengthened by and even transformed by those experiences. After completing this course you should be able to define and recognize signs of parental resilience, identify actions you can take to help parents build their resilience in your work, and give examples of program efforts to value, support, and respond to parents and families in crisis, and identify the steps you will take to integrate these ideas into your work.


Appreciative Inquiry: Redefining the Communities We Seek to Create
In this session we will learn the basic principles of Appreciative Inquiry and how it challenges us to reframe our work. Appreciative Inquiry is an innovative organizational and community development approach that helps groups move from problem focused work to an innovative solution space. We will also discuss how this provocative reframing creates more space for inclusion and community ownership of the solutions we seek.

Hispanic/Latino Misuse of Substances and Charlotte Prevention Approach
This presentation will focus on understanding substance misuse in our state in relation to the Hispanic/Latino Population. We will explore individual and cultural challenges, data collection gaps, and current youth lead prevention efforts to serve this population.

 

Breakout Sessions 3:15pm-4:30pm (Choose One)
Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework: Parental Resiliency (Part 2)
Resilience is the ability to recover from difficult life experiences, and often to be strengthened by and even transformed by those experiences. After completing this course you should be able to define and recognize signs of parental resilience, identify actions you can take to help parents build their resilience in your work, and give examples of program efforts to value, support, and respond to parents and families in crisis, and identify the steps you will take to integrate these ideas into your work.

Drugs and the Military, from an NCIS Perspective (Session Sponsored by Prevention Providers Association)
Presenter will discuss drug use within the military and the approach NCIS uses to combat such use among active duty military members. Drug trends within the military in Eastern North Carolina will also be discussed, as well as the ramifications it has on the local civilian population.


Collaboration: Community Level Change by Community Minded People
This session will demonstrate how a grassroots community prevention coalition in Wilson County, NC collaborates to create sustained community level change.  Attendees will hear real life examples of collaboration from community partners.  There will also be an opportunity to brainstorm and consider how you might tailor the collaborative efforts presented to fit your community.


May 9

Opening Plenary 9am-Noon
The Intersection of Prevention and Recovery
This session will explore how substance misuse prevention and recovery approaches intersect and how they can support each other resulting in a more holistic approach to the continuum of care. Specific ways in which prevention and recovery practitioners can better support each other will be identified.

Studies on the Lasting Impact of Adolescent Alcohol Abuse on Adult Brain
Adolescent underage drinking causes lifelong changes in the brain and increases the risk of alcohol use.

Parental Socialization of Adolescent Alcohol Use: Current Evidence & Future Directions
Parents play a critical role in the socialization of their children, serving as a primary source of influence throughout childhood and adolescence. Utilizing multiple theoretical frameworks for socialization, this session will present the current evidence we have for how parents influence their child’s substance use behaviors. From this evidence, the session will identify pertinent prevention and intervention strategies to reduce the burden of adolescent alcohol use, and discuss future directions for research and practice relative to parenting and underage drinking.

Luncheon Noon-1:30pm
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Breakout Sessions 1:45pm-3:00pm (Choose One)
Synar – From Big Picture to Best Practice: Reducing Tobacco Sales to Minors
This session will cover North Carolina’s middle and high school tobacco use rates and data on youth access to tobacco products.  The presenters will demonstrate how to connect the current data and trends to support to tobacco use prevention evidence-based strategies and polices in your local communities. The presenters will discuss building support and mobilizing stakeholders to implement effective tobacco-related environmental changes. The session will focus on how the State’s compliance with the federal Synar Law impacts your local communities and why it is important for retailers to follow the NC youth access to tobacco products law.  What is working well with Synar in neighboring states? The Virginia Synar Program Manager will provide an overview of their Synar program and innovative strategies that could benefit your local communities.

Current Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Trends Among Adolescents
Anyone who spends a significant amount of time with youth should keep apprised of the latest ATOD trends. Slang terms, drug popularity, methods and concealment of substance use change regularly. In this workshop, program participants will be updated on the latest significant drug trends among the adolescent population, as well as signs and symptoms of use.


Making Them Visible: Recognizing, Supporting, and Advocating for Children of Incarcerated and Returning Parents
27,000. Come learn more about the significance of this number. Melissa Radcliff, program director at Our Children’s Place of Coastal Horizons Center, will share what the program has learned about children of incarcerated parents and work to create a community where they are acknowledged, supported, and encouraged to share their stories. Our Children’s Place is a statewide program committed to the children of incarcerated parents. They strive to be the leading North Carolina advocate and educational resource focused on these children and the need for a statewide response to ensure their well-being.

Breakout Sessions 3:15pm-4:30pm (Choose One)
Understanding the Six Principles of Prevention Ethics (Session Sponsored by Prevention Providers Association)
The Certified Prevention Specialist Code of Ethics was developed to provide standards for exemplary profession conduct.  This training session will review the six Principles of Ethics and introduce a framework for making ethical decisions.

State Substance Use Prevention Reporting System: Where have we been and where are we going
Presenters will provide an overview of why the Community Wellness, Health Integration, and Prevention Section of the Division of Mental Health adopted the ECCO system for substance use prevention reporting, how the system can currently be utilized to report on substance use prevention interventions, and what the next steps are to ensure enhanced utility for prevention providers, LME/MCOs, and state agencies. In doing so, presenters will provide an overview of major system components, share strategies to increase data entry efficiency, share tools anticipated for estimating population research, and will also share newly available automated reports.

The Link Between Substance Use Disorder and Traffic Safety
There is a clear link between substance use and traffic safety in North Carolina. We’ll explore the history and research behind that link, and discuss innovative ways the substance use disorder treatment/prevention community and traffic safety professionals can work together to address these two major public health issues. The presenter, a former Executive Director of Addiction Professionals of North Carolina (APNC), will also discuss possible funding opportunities to help address impaired driving. 

This conference is supported by the NC DHHS, DMHDDSAS, with funding from SAMHSA, NC SPF-Rx (Grant #1U79SP022087-01)