Community Recovery Education Series

Recovery Communities of North Carolina is delighted to present the monthly Community Recovery Education Series. Helping folks living with SUD and MH issues achieve autonomy, purpose, and community can become complicated. The purpose of this training series is to provide relevant and accessible information about the complex topics you may encounter. These free educational and networking events will be held on the final Thursday of every month from 9 am to 12 pm at RCNC’s RCC, 5245 Capital Blvd. Training will satisfy 3 contact hours of continuing education for certified peer support specialists and may be approved through NCSAPPB for clinicians. Coffee and light morning snacks will be provided. 


Who is invited to attend?

  • Recovery Coaches
  • Peer Support Specialists
  • Sponsors
  • SUD/MH Service Providers
  • Life Coaches
  • Spiritual Advisors
  • Mentors
  • Parents
  • Teachers

NC-JusticeMany face obstacles in recovery around housing and employment due to disabilities and criminal justice system entanglements directly related to substance use disorder. Fair Housing Protection and Criminal Background Relief training is being graciously provided by NC Justice Center Attorneys Daniel Bowes and Jack Holtzman. They will condense the latest legal information regarding your rights to safe and dignified housing and the eligibility requirements and processes involved with felony record expungement & and other reentry issues. You do not want to miss this crucial training on Thursday, August 31st. Registration and networking at 8:30 and the training starts promptly at 9:00 am. RSVP today!

16463580_10202739275078227_4033960404757406611_oNo rivals in recovery! Join us on Thursday, June 29th for An Introduction to Collegiate Recovery. Our good friend Chris Campau, Collegiate Recovery Coordinator with Addiction Professionals of North Carolina, will be sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience with us. Chris will explore the history of the national collegiate recovery movement and the surging programs we have here in North Carolina. He’ll show us how these programs fit into the continuum of recovery oriented systems and how to find and refer to programs in your area. Don’t miss this timely information. UNC Behavioral Health Springboard approved for 3 continuing education contact hours for CPSS and NCSAPPB SA approval pending for clinicians. RSVP today!


Come on by for all things Harm Reduction on May 25th. Our good friend Jesse Bennett with North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition will be facilitating an interactive discussion about syringe exchange programs, naloxone training, medication assisted recovery, The Hope Squad, and more. As always, this education series is free and open to the public. Enjoy, networking, free snacks & coffee, and 3 continuing education hours for NCCPSS. Please RSVP to attend this crucial training.

FAVOR Stories Have Power


On April 27th, we circle back around to Recovery Community Messaging Training, Faces and Voices of Recovery’s research informed language transformation curriculum. Please consider attending this brief session to learn how to speak more effectively about addiction and recovery when serving your people and advocating for them in the community. Words are important. Seating is limited for this popular training, so RSVP now and post the Flyer.



co-occurring disorders

Thanks for letting us have February off… kind of. We’re glad to be back. March’s training, Intro to Co-Occurring Disorders, will provide education on the frequent overlap of symptoms of substance use, mental health, and physical health disorders. We will also cover the progression of co-occurring disorders and the impact each disorder has on one another. Attendees should leave with an increased ability to comprehensively assess symptoms of co-occurring disorders and make informed integrative treatment recommendations. We are so delighted to have Carla MacKenzie, CCS, LCSW, LCAS join our list of top shelf trainers. Ms. Mackenzie is a community case manager and behavioral health counselor at Wake Med Health and Hospitals. Carla holds a Master of Social Work from UNC Chapel hill, and she has over 10 years experience in substance use and mental health services. (NCSAPPB 3 hours SS pending). RSVP today!


We’re taking February off from the Community Recovery Education Series. Much of our personal bandwidth will be devoted to preparing for The 2nd Annual NC Addiction Recovery Advocacy Day. Please consider joining us at the NC Museum of History on February 28th from 9 am to 12 pm then at the NC General Assembly from 1 – 4 pm. We believe that North Carolinians should have access to adequate and appropriate treatment services on demand, robust recovery support services in every community, and the opportunity to live full lives in recovery. Register for #NCARAD17 today and join the #NCRecoveryMovment!


ambivalent-wellMotivational Interviewing is a clinical approach that helps people with mental health and substance use disorders and other chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, and asthma make positive behavioral changes to support better health. The approach upholds four principles— expressing empathy and avoiding arguing, developing discrepancy, rolling with resistance, and supporting self-efficacy (client’s belief s/he can successfully make a change). This training, scheduled for January 26th 9a to 12p, is approved for 3 credit hours for NCSAPPB, ASWB and NBCC and UNC Behavioral Health Springboard. Facilitated by the awesome Michael E. McGuire, LCSW, LCAS, LMFT, CSS, MINT Clinical Assistant Professor, Director Substance Use & Addictions Specialty Program Behavioral Health Springboard at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. RSVP today!

humility-a2-posterHappy Holidays, friends. We have a present for you on December 29th from 9-12. Chris Budnick, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS and founding board chair for RCNC brings us Clinical Humility. For decades, folks seeking help for alcohol and other drug problems have shouldered the entire burden of blame when treatment doesn’t work. But what was our part? Chris addresses this question with An open amends letter to persons with substance use disorder, their families and community, prompting Bill White to publish A Call for Clinical Humility.

We are honored also to have Vivette Jeffries-Logan present Cultural Humility. While the traditional training, Cultural Competence, encourages us to look outward to increase our knowledge and mastery of other cultural elements, Cultural Humility prompts us to look inward. It focuses on self-humility and an acknowledgment of privilege to improve our effectiveness working with diversity by maintaining an inter-persoturkeycresnal stance that is other-oriented. RSVP today!


Between the holiday and our robust training calendar for November, including our week long NC CCAR Recovery Coach Academy, we found it necessary to give CRES a break this month. You may, however, get an early start registering for December once we’ve confirmed our trainers. Thanks again for all your support.




October’s topic comes to us by popular demand from attendees at the August training. Folks wanted to know more about food problems and behavioral addictions such as: gambling, sex, internet, shopping, etc. We will be led by experts in this area on October 27th. Please RSVP today. See you then.





September is National Recovery Month and we will be presenting at The South Central Church of Christ’s Town Hall Meeting on September 16th. We will not be having our Community Recovery Education Series at the RCC in September, so we can support our long-time community partner. Our presentation will be on Access to Recovery, Recovery Community Centers, Recovery Coach Academy, Collegiate Recovery Programs and The Varieties of Recovery Experience. Sign up for this epic, national recovery month Town Hall Meeting today! Continental breakfast, a hearty lunch, and 6 SA-Specific CEU’s are included in your free registration.





“There are many pathways of addiction recovery—and ALL are cause for celebration.” – William L. White. On August 25th, we will offer an opportunity to become more informed on the diverse ways folks have chosen to initiate and sustain recovery. Guests representing various pathways will present their knowledge and experience followed by panel discussion Q&A’s. You won’t want to miss this mini recovery summit, Many Pathways of Addiction Recovery. RSVP today and share the Flyer. Check out the Agenda!



We continue on July 28th with Trauma-Informed Care for Everyone. Trauma-Informed Care is a strengths-based framework that is grounded in an understanding of and responsiveness to the impact of trauma. Participants will learn more about self-care, boundaries, emotional safety and triggers as well as a greater understanding of how trauma affects brain development. RSVP early for this crucial training and post the Flyer.


FAVOR Stories Have Power

Our series begins June 30th with Recovery Community Messaging Training, Faces and Voices of Recovery’s research informed language transformation curriculum. Please consider attending this brief session to learn how to speak more effectively about addiction and recovery when serving your people and advocating for them in the community. Words are important. Seating is limited for this popular training, so RSVP now and post the Flyer.







Please contact with any questions and/or ideas for future training topics.

“Funded wholly or in part by the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant, CFDA Number:  93.959, in conjunction with the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services.”

Donald McDonald