Continuing Education & Clinical Training

continuing education

Fellowship Hall is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP No. 6839) and the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) to provide credits for continuing education classes. 

For more information on which credits are available for the courses we provide, please reference our course list below with continuing education units and types indicated. The requirements for submitting credits for credential renewals, clinicians may visit the NCSAPPB website at or the NBCC website at

NCSAPPB Course Credit Descriptions


2017 Continuing Education Training Fees

  • A package of 11 classes is available for $320 (a $120 savings!) and is available for purchase until Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
  • Advanced online registration for individual classes is $40 per class and closes 24 hours prior to each class.
  • At the Door Registration is $50 and subject to availability
  • Registration Fees are non-refundable, but may be transferred to another individual for the same session with at least 24 hours advance notice.
  • Reservations will not be rolled over between sessions.
  • For information about possible group rates, please contact us at

Important Information Regarding Issue of Credit Certificates

  • Each class has been granted credit hours by the NCSAPPB and/or the NBCC (as indicated).
  • Refunds will not be issued, however registration may be transferred to another individual for the originally reserved training date with at least 24 hours advance notice. Transfers do not rollover to subsequent classes.
  • You must attend the entire training class to receive credit. If you arrive late, leave early, or are not present for any portion of training, a certificate will not be issued
  • Lost certificates will not be re-issued

Questions or complaints?
Contact our Outreach Coordinator at or 336-621-3381.  

For information regarding credit hours, contact the  NCSAPPB at 919-832-0975, or the NBCC at 336-547-0607



Thursday, January 26, 2017, 1:00-5:00PM
Process Addictions: The Changing Scope of Addictions Counseling
credits: 4 NBCC; 4 NCSAPPB (SS) 17-041-S
presented by Ellen Elliot, LCAS, LPC, CCS, CSAT

Class description: Addictions counseling has changed drastically over the years.  Old models have come and gone making way for scientific breakthroughs in the field that continue to change the way we treat addictions.  Once considered compulsive behaviors, sex and food addictions, gambling and spending, and now even excessive gaming and internet use are gaining notoriety as legitimate disorders for addictions counselors to add to the list of issues to address in treatment.  This presentation will provide tools for identifying process addictions and information related to best treatment practices, as well as appropriate   referral sources, specialized training, and educational materials available for specific behavioral addictions. 

About the presenter: Ellen Elliott is a licensed addictions specialist and nationally certified sex addiction therapist.  Ellen has more than 25 years of experience in the addictions field and has been in private practice in North Carolina since 2002.  She is trained in EMDR, EFT, and has trained extensively in the area of process addictions.  Ellen specializes in issues related to emotional trauma, attachment, intimacy, and co-dependency. She works with men and women who struggle with addictions and compulsive behaviors, as well as partners and couples impacted by such issues.   Currently she is a PhD student, focusing her research on the relationship between attachment and addictive disorders.


Thursday, February 23, 2017, 1:00-5:00PM
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Electronic Cigarette and the Impact on Our Culture
credits: 4 NCSAPPB SS(ND) 17-042-S
presented by Katherine Norins, MEd

Class description: The electronic cigarette was introduced into the U.S. market in 2007 and has quickly become a popular source of nicotine for many people. Some herald this item as a safer way to use nicotine and even as a means to quit smoking. Others think that it is a Trojan Horse that will undo two decades of efforts to limit smoking. Still others fear it is a mechanism to get youth addicted and desensitize them to drug use in general.  This workshop will present information about electronic cigarettes and the cultural context in which vaping is becoming a common pastime. Information will be presented from various perspectives and medical and social research will be presented to help counselors form educated opinions about this HOT topic.

About the presenter: Kathy Norins, M.Ed., is a HIV Specialist with Alcohol and Drugs Services of Guilford County. Kathy has been the clinician for the Cone Health System smoking cessation group treatment for the staff and their families for the past five years. She also provides counseling, testing, and educational services. Her previous experience includes a consultant for the development of workshops at the Family Violence Center in Pittsboro, NC. Other experiences include being a school counselor; an instructor for the NCFADS; a presenter at the Addiction: Focus on Women Conference; a presenter at the National Aids Update Conference; and many other trainings and lectures.


Thursday, March 23, 2017, 1:00-5:00PM
Substance Abuse and the Effect on the Family Life Cycle
credits: 4 NBCC; 4 NCSAPPB (SS) 17-043-S
presented by Mat Sandifer, LCSW, LCAS

Class description: This workshop examines the reactions of family systems to addictive disorder as a survival response rather than a pathological response.  By viewing family system’s attempts to cope with the trauma of addiction, as a survival mechanism, the clinician can more empathetically support the family by harnessing their identified strengths and limit the blaming that can accompany addictive disease in a family system.  It is hoped that this workshop will provide a creative forum to explore methods to empower clients and their families to heal from and cope with the disorder of addiction.

About the presenter: Mat Sandifer has been a member of North Carolina’s Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder professional community since 1992.  He has been employed in numerous capacities including publicly and privately funded outpatient and inpatient facilities as well as his current position as Lead Therapist at Triad Behavioral Resources in Greensboro, NC.  Additionally, Mat is founder and owner of New View Therapy, PLLC, a psychotherapy clinic with a focus on supporting individuals and families in finding creative methods to cope with life challenges.  Mat was appointed the Guilford County Board of Mental Health and served as a member of the Client’s Rights Committee for Guilford County.  Currently, Mat is the Vice President for the North Central Region of Addictions Professionals of North Carolina.   As an advocate for substance abuse treatment Mat has spoken at numerous community and professional engagements, i.e. the NC Bar Association, NC Social Worker networking events, and at local universities.  Mat earned a Master of Social Work at UNCG and NCA&T and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist.




Thursday, April 27, 2017, 1:00-5:00PM
Thriving in the Clinical World: Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue
credits: 4 NBCC; 4 NCSAPPB SS (CSS-1) (ETHICS-1) 17-044-S
presented by Joanna Linn, PhD, NCC, LPC, LPCS, LCAS, CCS

Class description: This training will be an opportunity to examine compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue from the perspective of what sustains those who work on the front lines of care.  What are some hints from research about the common threads that allow a clinician to function well both professionally and personally, in the professions that by nature deal with human suffering and trauma? The exploration into the positive aspects of human experience can provide new strategies to develop professional resilience, sustain effective practice, and cultivate the capacity to thrive. This trainings is designed to be highly beneficial to individual practitioners as well as supervisors.

About the presenter:

With a passion for cultivating connection and growth through the lens of compassion, Dr. Linn received her undergraduate degree in education, her master’s degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University and her doctorate in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She trained in Motivational Interviewing with Bill Miller in New Mexico in 2010 and has completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Methods Couples Therapy.She developed her company Thrivilege: (The Privilege to Thrive), in 2013 and in 2016 returned to working as a therapist and trainer throughout NC. Prior to 2016, she was the the Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects Director at the NC Council of Community Programs. As a therapist for more than a decade, she has worked in opioid addiction treatment, Level 1 Trauma, Outpatient Mental Health agencies and both public and private Intensive Outpatient Addiction Treatment. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist and Certified Clinical Supervisor. The common threads of empathy, wellness, cultural diversity, resiliency, and ethics have guided her path and research interests. Dr. Linn is also serving as a clinician representative on the North Carolina Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services and on the Rules and Advisory Committees of this Commission. She lives in a converted barn in Lewisville, NC with her family and a myriad assortment of animals.




Thursday, May 25, 2017, 1:00-5:00PM
Cultural Competency and Behavioral Healthcare
credits: 3.75 NBCC; 3.75 NCSAPPB (GSC) 17-045-G
presented by Bonita Porter, MSW, LCSW

Class description: Substance Use and Mental Health professionals generally agree that cultural competency is a critical factor in providing quality services to ethnically, racially and culturally diverse client populations. Providers also know that awareness of diverse groups alone will not facilitate the effective delivery of treatment with people who have substance use and mental health concerns. Attendees will expand their understanding of cultural competency and its impact on service delivery.  Identify personal bias, tolerance level and cultural experience.  Develop treatment approaches that are culturally sensitive to our growing diverse communities.

About the presenter: 
Bonita Porter is a Master’s Level Licensed Clinical Social Worker with thirty years of Administrative and Behavioral Health experience. In addition to her clinical work, she has taught social work as an adjunct professor for nearly twenty years.   Porter’s areas of training and development specialties are in enhancing Cultural Competency in the Workplace, Cultural Sensitivity in treatment intervention and Clinical Supervision. She has a proven and successful methodology of infusing personal storytelling and humor in the context of current events invites participants to engage fully in a safe and comfortable environment.  This unique approach results in the group and individual understanding the full power of inclusion while maintaining one’s own identity, values and beliefs, thus broadening one’s understanding diverse perspectives relative to race, culture and  life experiences.





Thursday, June 22, 2017, 1:00-5:00PM
Codependency and Addiction
credits: 4 NBCC; 4 NCSAPPB (SS)  17-053-S
presented by Tab Ballis, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Class description: This workshop explores the progress of integrating family dynamics and addictions theory and practice, implementing a concept of “codependency” that surpasses myths and stereotypes, for a practical clinical application.  Our discussion will include Shaffer’s Syndrome Model of Addiction, the GATE Model, and the family systems techniques of acclaimed expert, John T. Edwards, PhD.

Tab Ballis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and Certified Clinical Supervisor, in private practice at Insight Wellness Services, in Wilmington, NC.  Tab is a faculty member of the University of North Carolina Wilmington School of Social Work and served as a Board member for the National Association of Social Workers, North Carolina Chapter. Studying structural/strategic family systems therapy with nationally-known expert, John T. Edwards, PhD, Tab assisted Dr. Edwards with training and development of professional education materials and serves as the Media Director for the John T. Edwards Foundation.




Thursday, July 27, 2017, 1:00-5:00PM
Ethics and Ethical Decision Making
credits: 4 NBCC; 4 NCSAPPB (SS) 17-180-S
presented by Latasha Becton, NCC, LPC, LCAS

Class description: Ethical decision making is an important part of clinical practice.  A few counseling and related organizations have recently updated their ethical codes, and others are in the process of doing so.  Providers are expected to be aware of existing codes and stay abreast of changes.  This training workshop is an opportunity for participants to examine relevant ethical codes and principles and practice applying them as part of an ethical decision making model.

About the presenter: Latasha Becton earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University, a certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling from East Carolina University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Counseling and Counselor Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She has worked with mandated/criminal justice populations in an abstinence based program, opioid maintenance treatment, and university students.  She is currently a member of the staff at Fellowship Hall. 






Thursday, August 24, 2017, 1:00-5:00PM
From Resistance to Recovery
credits: 3.75 NCSAPPB (SS) 17-109-S
presented by Deb Young, LCAS

Class description: Included in this course will be a review of the clinical assessment tools necessary to measure where the client fits on the treatment-resistant continuum.   In the post-assessment phase, therapists are often left with a limited number of techniques to address denial, passivity and therapeutic defiance.

This training is aimed at the process of forging a relationship with the more difficult client, maintaining clinical credibility and developing flexibility when traditional approaches fail.About the presenter: Deb Young started her career in the addictions field in 1985 and she has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  In 1996 she launched Family Recovery Center in Greensboro, NC.  Since that time she has been in private practice, working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction.  A firm believer in education as a primary form of prevention, Deb makes herself available to parents and professionals to conduct workshops on the dangers of adolescent substance use.  In her spare time, she thoroughly enjoys her power tools, working with wood and being outdoors.





Thursday, September 28, 2017, 1:00-5:00PM
Trauma and PTSD
credits: 4 NBCC; 4 NCSAPPB (GSB) 17-110-G
presented by Wanda Burger, LPC, LPC-S, LCAS, CCS

Class description: A general awareness and a basic understanding of trauma, how it can cause PTSD, issues, implications and knowledge of how trauma is treated and when to refer to a specialist.

Recognize signs and symptoms of trauma and signs and symptoms of when it leads to PTSD. To recognize best interventions for those experiencing trauma; can apply these skills to be the best for those we serve and family members by assisting clients to the best interventions possible. We will also touch on differences in recognizing and treating trauma and PTSD in military and civilians.

About the presenter: Dr. Wanda Burger began working as a nurse in the early 80’s. Following a near fatal car accident, caused by a drunk driver in 1991, Wanda completed physical recovery and returned to college in 1997. In 2003 she graduated with a Masters in Counseling from Gannon University and a Masters in Faith Based Counseling from Sarasota Academy in Florida. She began work on a PhD and opened Changing Seasons Counseling Services. In 2004 she relocated to her birth state of North Carolina and began working as a dually licensed therapist. Over the years she has had opportunity to work as an outpatient therapist, team leader, supervising therapist, director of programs, clinical director, consulting director and consultant to agencies developing programs. In 2010 she transferred work from Sarasota to FUMC of Trinity University and completed the PhD in faith based counseling.





Thursday, October 26, 2017, 1:00-5:00PM
Developmental Model of Recovery
credits: 4 NBCC; 4 NCSAPPB (SS) 17-111-S
presented by Tammy Bell, MSW, LCSW, MAC

Class description: The Developmental Model of Recovery allows recovering people to understand the six stages of recovery. Each stage has specific tasks that are crucial for maintaining sobriety. Relapse prevention is possible through recognizing stuck points and complicating factors within each stage of recovery.

About the presenter: Tammy Bell, MSW, LCSW, MAC is an author, national lecturer and consultant who has been working in the field of addiction treatment for more than 25 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Master Addiction Counselor, and a Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist. She is the founder and current Director of The Relapse Prevention Center in Charlotte, NC. 






Thursday, November 30, 2017, 1:00-5:00PM
credits: 3.75 NCSAPPB (SS) 17-196-S
presented by Shannon Frady

Course description: Participants will gain a deeper understanding of what we know now about HIV/AIDS, how the use of specific substances makes a person more or less likely to get infected with HIV, ways that new research has changed the way we think about and implement HIV prevention, and ways to find resources in your area to assist HIV+ clients get help, and assist HIV- clients to stay negative.

About the presenter: Shannon Frady, Executive Director at Carolinas CARE Partnership, has worked in HIV since 1999, holding a variety of positions including Prevention Manager, Development Director, Operations Director, Program Director, and Training Manager. Currently she works with the Board of Directors on strategic planning and other big-picture, visioning-type activities,  writes grants, plans events, and manages prevention, testing, linkage to care, and housing programs, as well as provides training across the state. Carolinas CARE Partnership is working to end chronic homelessness amongst people living in the Charlotte area by the end of this fiscal year. She is an award-winning professional who spends time in the community, serving as Past Co-Chair of the Mecklenburg County HIV/AIDS Council and as a member of the, the Homeless Services Network, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing First workgroup, the Continuum of Care, and is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Prevention Services, as well as an active member of PFLAG.  Shannon enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, their 4  children (ages 12 -16) and their 2 dogs.









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Fellowship Hall
Attention: Continuing Education
PO Box 13890
Greensboro, NC 27415