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. For the requirements for submitting credits for credential renewals, clinicians may visit the NCSAPPB website at or the NBCC website at

NCSAPPB Course Credit Descriptions


Training Fees


$40 single class – registration closes 24 hours prior to class

$20 single class for currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students. Email your current class schedule to and we’ll send you a Student Discount Coupon Code. You must be currently enrolled to receive this discount.

$50 walk up registration – subject to availability

  • Registration Fees are non-refundable, but may be transferred to another individual for the same session with 24 hours advance notice.
  • Reservations will not be rolled over between sessions.
  • For information about possible group rates, please contact us at
  • Each class has been granted credit hours by the NCSAPPB and/or the NBCC (as indicated).
  • 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, April 19, 2018, 1:00-5:00PM
Motivational Interviewing
credits: 4 NBCC; NCSAPPB to be determined
presented by Hillary Bolter, LCSW, LCAS

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative and empowering approach to support clients in behavior change. The goal of MI is to support the resolution of ambivalence, and is more effective than traditional advice giving. MI is an evidence-based treatment with over 200 clinical trials that support its efficacy. MI can be used to support clients in complex behavior change, illness management, and in brief encounters. MI implements client-centered communication skills and directive strategies to work collaboratively with clients on progress toward goals. Motivational Interviewing is an Evidence-Based Treatment for substance abuse.

About the presenter: Hillary Bolter graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Hillary is dually licensed by the NC Social Work Board  as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and the NC Substance Abuse Professional Standards Board as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAS).  In 2011, Hillary Bolter joined the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She has provided engaging trainings to various health care providers in basic, intermediate and advanced MI skills. She has been trained in the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) coding system. Hillary has been a national consultant for MI and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), working with individuals in consultation to reach MI competency through ongoing coaching feedback and MITI coding of client sessions.

       Hillary Bolter enjoys both direct client practice and teaching. Hillary is passionate about working with individuals to reach their fullest recovery potential, and has experience working with youth and adults, families, individuals and groups. In recent years she has worked with individuals experiencing homelessness, those struggling with dual diagnosis, and worked within the Harm Reduction framework as well as other recovery modalities (12 Step, Seeking Safety, CRAFT, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Processing Therapy, & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Hillary has also worked for organizations that facilitate therapeutic wilderness trips for adolescents in foster care, and adjudicated youth.



Thursday, June 21 2018, 1:00-5:00PM
HIV and Hepatitis C
4 NCSAPPB (SS) (HIV) Credit 18-058-S
presented by Eli Branscome, LPCS, LCAS

The pace of progress in HIV treatment has greatly outpaced the sluggish shift in stigma. Everyone has unique biases, fears, and knowledge deficits. This presentation will present empirical facts and medical evidence that support a message of hope and optimism for people infected with HIV and Hepatitis C.

People in need of support, empowerment, and education are…addiction professionals. We have the duty and privilege to provide clients with every available resource for recovery and wellness. But how do we do that? This session will present practical steps to assess needs, plan treatment, counsel effectively, refer/consult, respond to crises, and educate. Clinicians will leave session feeling empowered and informed. “I’ve never discussed HIV with a client” may be synonymous with “I’m uncomfortable discussing HIV.”

About the presenter: Eli specializes in working with people who want to clarify or define a sense of self, people who are asking “who am I or who do I want to be?” We are all in transition. Eli helps clients recover from chronic illness, addictions, anxiety, and significant life changes.

Eli has witnessed incredible transformations in the lives of clients who implement new skills and techniques for communication.  By creating balance between thoughts, feelings and actions clients experience more rewarding, happy, healthy lives.   




Thursday, July 19, 2018, 1:00-5:00PM
Trauma Informed Care
credits: 4 NBCC; 4 NCSAPPB (SS) (EBT)  Credit 18-028-S

presented by Linda Harrison, MS, LPCS, CCS, MAC

Trauma Informed Care is a model of client and patient care that recognizes that trauma or a medium -high ACES score can affect how a patient engages medical and psychiatric care. This workshop will help mental health and substance abuse counselors develop a basic understanding of trauma and how it can lead to chronic disease, over-activation of the neurological system with symptoms of fight, flight, or freeze long after the trauma is over. This workshop will cover a wide array of content to help the practitioner understand trauma and how to work with the client to help them stay emotionally regulated so that they can participate fully in their care. This is a skills based workshop so come ready to learn and practice the skills the next day!

We’ll also learn about your’s and your client’s zone of resiliency, how your brain functions with stress and trauma, how the brain heals and the skills to heal it. Be prepared to practice and begin using these simple and effective models as a counselor and then share it with your client to add to their recovery tool box!

This workshop will use both dual diagnosis and SA case studies for practicing counselor skills.

About the presenter:

Linda has over 37 years of experience working in public mental health. She received her master’s degree from Western Carolina University in Clinical Counseling and has worked in both private and public sectors. She has diverse experience in counseling ranging from wilderness therapy to many therapies utilizing the arts. She currently owns and operates Asheville Counseling, Clinical Supervision, and Training. She also teaches behavioral health at Mission Hospital.
Linda specializes in substance use treatment, trauma, eco-therapy, and wellness counseling. She has a strong focus on clinical skills in her teaching modality with experientials to help participants integrate clinical knowledge.
Her hobbies involve getting “back to the land” with homesteading. She and her husband Kevin tend an organic farm north of Asheville where she has a training and retreat center. She enjoys gardening, cooking over an open fire, baking artisan breads, quilting, mountain biking, and hiking. Linda is known for her homemade French artisan cheeses.



Thursday, August 16, 2018, 1:00-5:00PM
Soul Collage
credits: 4 NBCC; NCSAPPB to be determined
presented by Margaret Wyche, LPC, LCAS, CCS

SoulCollage® is a creative and rewarding collage art therapy technique developed by Seena Frost, MA, M.Div.  In shaping SoulCollage®, Frost drew from the works of Fritz Perls’ gestalt therapy, Virginia Satir’s work with parts, and from art therapy which holds that art-making in and of itself is therapeutic. Frost was also inspired by Jungian concepts of the unconscious and archetypes.   She too was moved by Jungian, James Hillman’s, concept of the soul’s code, as well as by the value of personal narrative and myth-making. .  The “Soul” in SoulCollage® refers to the complex and mysterious Self about which we seek to become more aware.   The SoulCollage® process is in two parts: 1) making SoulCollage® cards, and 2) using SoulCollage® cards.  Through the process of making SoulCollage® cards a personal deck of cards is created.   Each SoulCollage® card contains one energy depicting one aspect of the person who is collaging the card. Energies fall into four categories or suits: personality parts, relationships, physical energies, and archetypes.

Once cards have been made, they can be used in a number of ways to assist a client in accessing his or her own inner guidance and meaning and expressing these to others.

About the presenter: I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. I have also completed three years of training in Somatic Experiencing (SE) which is a body-awareness approach to trauma. Dr. Peter Levine realized that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of trauma. SE supports our bodies to access our body’s innate wisdom and apply it to healing and resolving the effects of trauma. What I love most about my work is being allowed on the journey with individuals and families as they grow and heal emotionally and spiritually.

I specialize in working with adults around a wide assortment of issues and concerns including grief and loss, codependency, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction and other life challenges. I facilitate creative expression groups and SoulCollage(R).I also work with families of chemically dependent individuals to facilitate interventions.

I have over 25 years experience working with individual and families. One of the things I love most is incorporating SoulCollage(R) into my work with individuals and families. SoulCollage(R) offers a way to tap into one’s own wisdom and intuition.



Thursday, September 20, 2018, 1:00-5:00PM
Addiction and Domestic Violence
credits: 4 NBCC; 4 NCSAPPB (SS) Credit 18-029-S

presented by Christine Murray, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT

Domestic violence and other forms of interpersonal violence often co-occur with substance abuse in clinical populations. However, historically there is a lack of training and treatment coordination among professionals who work within domestic violence agencies and substance abuse treatment programs. The purpose of this workshop is to provide substance abuse professionals with an understanding of the dynamics of abusive relationships and assessment and counseling strategies that help to support survivors, hold offenders accountable, and prevent future violence. Particular attention will be paid to strategies for coordinating treatment between domestic violence, mental health, and substance abuse professionals to promote more coordinated treatment and response approaches. This presentation will include lecture, small and large group discussion, and interactive activities.

About the presenter: Dr. Murray is passionate about working to end intimate partner violence and other forms of abuse. Her research, teaching, and service all reflect this commitment to supporting survivors, holding offenders accountable, and preventing future violence. Recently, most of her work has centered on understanding and ending the stigma surrounding intimate partner violence. She is the Co-Founder of the See the Triumph Campaign (, which is a research-based social media campaign that highlights the stories of hundreds of survivors of past abuse. She also serves as the Director of the Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative, which is a partnership between UNCG and the Phillips Foundation to promote happy, healthy, and safe relationships of all kinds. Outside of work, Dr. Murray enjoys coaching youth basketball, volunteering in the community, and running.



Thursday, October 18, 2018, 1:00-5:00PM
Evidenced Based Practices for Co-Occurring Disorders
credits: 4 NBCC; 3.75 NCSAPPB (SS) (PSY) (EBT) (ETHICS .5) Credit 18-050-S
presented by Joanna Linn, Ph.D., LPCS, LCAS, CCS, NCC

This training will explore practical implications of current research involving co-occurring disorders. A structured but flexible model will be presented to assist professionals in evaluating and engaging individuals effectively. Interactive learning methods will be emphasized throughout this training to address an array of co-occurring mental health and substance abuse needs in an integrated treatment approach.

Topics will include: identifying the complex needs of individuals with co-occurring disorders in substance abuse treatment systems; utilizing a quadrant system for basic screening, treatment planning and referral; an overview of evidence-based interventions and treatment applications for co-occurring disorders; as well as ethical and licensure considerations of scope of practice for practitioners and supervisors.

About the presenter: Joanna 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 UNC-Charlotte. She has been a counselor in a variety of settings ranging from Opioid Addiction Clinics and Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Programs to counseling patients with alcohol and drug-related trauma in a Level I Trauma Center. Her research areas of interest include Empathy and Secondary Traumatic Stress, Compassion Satisfaction in Helping Professionals, and Evidence Based Practices in Addiction Treatment. She currently works in Corporate Compliance at an MCO, teaches classes in substance abuse counseling and wellness as an adjunct instructor at a local community college, and conducts trainings throughout the state for NC Council of Community Programs and AHEC. She has presented at multiple organizational, regional, state, and national conferences and is a past chair of the Cutting Edges Techniques committee of the IAAOC division of the American Counseling Association.