Our Presenters

Rawson Carlin

Rawson Carlin, B.A., M.A., M. Div., D. Min.; Licensed Professional Counselor (NorthCarolina #LPC-5278); Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (North Carolina #LCAS-1086); Certified Clinical Supervisor (North Carolina #CCS-603); North Carolina Problem Gambling Provider; National Certified Counselor #NCC-209297; Master Addiction Counselor #MAC-507109; Distance Certified Counselor #1464; and a DOT registered Substance Abuse Professional; and Ordained Minister with over 30 years of counseling experience. He is founder and president of E Care Counseling, PLLC in Mooresville, NC where he is in private practice providing addiction and mental health counseling, supervises substance abuse counselors, and presents NAADAC and NBCC approved education for counselors via webinars. Rawson completed a residential substance abuse treatment program over 40 years ago and has never had a slip or relapse. He directed Teen Challenge programs, faith based therapeutic communities for clients with addition disorders, for 11 years in three states and has pastored churches. He has been active in substance abuse treatment for over 30 years including: employed as an addiction therapist serving veterans for almost 8 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs, in-home crisis counselor, counselor with Georgia Department of Corrections for 8 years, for 5 years as a counselor with a physician treating patients with opioid use disorders, and has also been providing distance counseling online for about 14 years. He is a public speaker making presentations in conferences, schools, and churches.

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Dr. Shannon South

Dr. Shannon D. South, aka the “Joy Doctor”, is an award winning therapist, an amazon best-selling author, and a professional speaker. As an expert in the field of spirituality and healing trauma for over 20 years, she knows how to assist people in finding wholeness and joy naturally. In 1994, during graduate school, Shannon had a spiritual experience during meditation that healed her debilitating anxiety and depression permanently. Since this transformative experience, Shannonhas helped thousands of clients connect to their most loving and joy-filled selves. Her most recent book, Ignite Your Soul’s Joy: A 3 Step Process to Permanently Overcome Anxiety, Depression and Stress-And Become a Magnet for Joy is a roadmap to this unique, healing process. Shannon loves dancing, being in nature, and enjoying her family and friends in the beautiful mountains of NC where she currently resides.

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Dr. Carol Cherich

Carol Cherich has a PhD from Capella University with a concentration in addictions. She has 3 master degrees, one fromLincoln University in counseling, a post grad in counseling from Johns Hopkins University and Vocational Rehabilitation from University of Arkansas.Dr. Carol Cherich has been a licensed clinician in both mental health and addictions for over 10 years. She has a Master Addiction Certificate (MAC) status, DOT-SAP Provider status and offers EAP services. She also maintains a private practice andoffers clinical supervision for graduate level counseling students.Carol Is currently learning about Heartmath that is a form of bio feedback and hopes to incorporate that modality in private practice. Dr. Cherich is very familiar with the military culture as she wastrained as a combat medic while serving active duty and wasstationed at Fort Meade, Maryland. She is currently working at Fort Campbell, KY as a Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC) since 2012. She has also worked at several other Veterans Hospitals and clinics in New Mexico, Texas, Vermont and Mannheim, Germany as a contractor. Carol enjoys working with the soldiers, veterans and family members and is also a member of the DAV, American Legion andWomen Veteran. Carol is very passionate about working with this specialty population. In Carols free time, she also enjoys gardening and specializes in hens/chicks, writing, research, walks, travelling (visited over 42states) and anything related to art and music. She has a grown daughter now married and a grandson. Her goal in 2018 is to visit Equator.

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Cathy Norton

Cathy Norton, D. Min, MA, MEd, LPC, LPCS, LCAS, CCS, MAC, NCC, SAP, SAE, has a wide variety of professional experience in an array of settings. A former educator, Cathy entered the counseling profession 20 years ago. Cathy is semi-retired and works part-time in her own private practice in Wilmington, NC, as an acute psychiatric inpatient assessor and therapistin a local hospital,and a substance abuse group leader at a treatment center, along with providing LPC, LCAS, and CCS supervision. As an ovarian cancer survivor with an attitude of gratitude for life, each day is a gift to serve and tohelp others make a positive difference in their own life.

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Jenny Kirwin

Jenny Kirwin, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS has been married for 19 years and have 4 children, 2 dogs, 8 chickens and a goldfish. We are a homeschool family that is active in our church as well as community outreach ministries. My family and I enjoy being outdoors as well as homesteading and staying physically active. She is Consultant and Clinical Supervisor with almost 20 years in the field of mental health and substance abuse. Specializing in Co-Occurring Disorders, She began her career in North Carolina with the local Area Authority in Mental Health. Transitioning to the Women’s Program as lead worker, substance abuse quickly became my focus while obtaining LCAS and CCS with NCSAPPB. From Private Practice to DWI Programs, her background bring diverse experience to her clinical supervision services. Currently, She is a consultant and Clinical Supervisor for Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Programs and several DWI agencies. As well as helping para-professionals work towards certification or licensure in the fields of Social Work, Professional Counseling & Substance Abuse. Jenny provides Clinical Supervision trainings via Webinars to help other professional to become effective supervisors in the field. Education and Credentials: BA in Psychology and Human Services; Masters of Social Work Degree with a concentration in Alcohol and Other Drugs from the University at Buffalo. Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist; and Certified Clinical Supervisor in NC. Specializes in: Individual and group supervision; Substance Abuse and DWI Assessments and SA OP group treatment; DMV evaluations, & Webinar Trainings. Interventions include; Motivational Interviewing; Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Christian Counseling.

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Michele B. Hewitt

Michele B. Hewitt, Facilitator, Educator, Trainer is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with aBachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She is currently completing her Clinical MentalHealth Candidacy at Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. She is an activemember of Chi Sigma Iota, Lambda Rho Chi serving as Mentorship Committee Chair.Michele has completed extensive training through the North Carolina School HealthTraining Center, and the North Carolina Family Life Institute both on the campus ofAppalachian State University in Boone, NC.Michele’s experience includes facilitating parenting and family skills education, andproviding sexuality education and life skills training. She has presented researchfindings at the Southeastern Psychological Association conference and hasdeveloped and conducted trainings on the topics of HIV/AIDS, STDs, BloodbornePathogens, and Geriatric Substance Abuse for several years. Michele is a featured trainer for the North Carolina Association of Addiction Recovery Facilitators.

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LaTonya Thorpe

LaTonya Thorpe is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist with more than 25 years ofcombined experience in the law enforcement, mental health, and substance abuse fields. She obtained her Master of Divinity degree, with a focus on Pastoral Care and Counseling, from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, North Carolina, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. LaTonya is the owner and founder of Above And Not Beneath (AANB), a multifaceted, specialized and intensive service agency that provides counseling, training services, resources and referrals in the areas of life skills development, mental health, anger management, crisis intervention, domestic violence and evidence based practices.

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Julie Weaver-Parkes

Julie Weaver-Parkes is a Certified Transformation Coach & Counselor. She has been on a conscious spiritual journey for most of her life. Throughout this journey, many spiritual philosophies, psychological theories and energy/psychology healing modalities have been instrumental in helping her develop new pathways toward a more healthy and full life. Many of us have worked through challenges like chronic depression, divorce and dating again, difficult work environments and/or painful family circumstances. Julie has experienced them all. We can either allow them to hold us back, or we can use them as catalysts to help us become more resilient and grateful, recognizing the true blessings and lessons life offers us every day. In doing her own personal growth work, cultivating gratitude and loving herself “no matter what,” she created the life she really wants to live. Assisting in facilitating this process for clients is her passion and purpose! Her education and work background is extensive, including a BA in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill and an M.Ed. in Counseling from UNC Greensboro. She is a Certified Tapping Into Wealth Coach, also receiving training in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) for PTSD, Reiki and the Aromatouch Technique administered by doTerra. With over 25 years of experience serving others,focusing on improving overall life satisfaction through counseling and social work, recruiting, career counseling, wellness programming, and coaching, She looks forward to continuing her life of support and encouragement for all.

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Dr. Janelle Bettis

Dr. Janelle Bettis , LCPC-S, NCC is an assistant professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and completed her Masters of Arts in Community Counseling and Doctorate of Counselor Education and Supervision at Argosy University, Northern Virginia. Her experience as a licensed clinician has been primarily focused on providing individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults with a myriad of diagnoses such as bipolar, depression, anxiety, ODD, ADHD. She understands the challenges clinicians face and desires to help them avoid burn out and compassion fatigue.

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Dr. Stephen Mathis

Stephen Mathis is a licensed psychologist and an internationally certified addictions counselor who has been working with adolescents, young and middle adults, and families/couples since 1983. He is one of the few clinicians who works on weekends and makes house calls. In addition to providing a variety of assessments (i.e., psychoeducational, forensic, cognitive, emotional, neurological, personological), individual psychotherapy (both “regularly scheduled” and intensive outpatient), and group therapy, Dr. Mathis is an adjunct/part-time faculty at several colleges and training institutes, conducts seminars and workshops nationwide on a variety of topics, supervises other therapists, consults with various professionals and organizations, has pioneered a new form of music-assisted therapy (M.A.TH.I.S.), and is in the process of writing a book on addictions based on his development trauma model. True to the advice given to the patients he serves, Dr. Mathis adheres to a healthy lifestyle, an illicit substance-free existence, and a holistic dietary regimen, making the majority of his meals from scratch himself without using refined or artificial ingredients or simple carbohydrates. In his free time, Dr. Mathis is an avid collector of classic stringed instruments and amplifiers, as well as a being a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, arranger, and producer.

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Yvonne Johnson - Gilbert

YVONNE JOHNSON- GILBERT, attained her BA in Clinical Psychology with a secondary in Special Education under a full academic scholarship and continued for her Graduate degree attaining her MSW from SUNY, StonyBrook, NY with a major in Clinical Social Work and Secondary Specialization in Psychopharmacology and Addiction. Ms.Gilbert’s internships included CPS/DSS, Probation and Parole and Inpatient Psychiatric/Medical. Having come from a Professional Fine Arts background, she emerged her analytic understanding of psychology with the concepts of Art and attained Certification as a Clinical Art Psychotherapist (RATR) from the AmerArtist Therapist Assoc. in NYC and has taught many courses over the years to Mental Health and Educational Professionals. While working in Mental Health she quickly became aware of the symbiotic relationship between mental disorders and substance misuse deciding to attain Certifications in Substance Abuse and now holds the CC-ATODSW, LCAS, CCS. Yvonne Gilbert’s Professional Career spans almost thirty years, having worked Mental Health, inpatient and outpatient covering New York at Central Islip Psychiatric Hospital, Florida at Charter Hospital and out-patient Center as well as teaching courses at Edison Community College and North Carolina with Blue Ridge Mental Health and North Carolina Dept. of Corrections. She is currently in Private Practice in Waynesville, working DWI Assessments and Treatment and Assessments &Addictive Behavioral Alternatives, PLLC. Because of her dedication and compassion for the field she has developed and published several articles and numerous professional training seminars for NASW, APNC, NAADAC , MAHEC among others on various topics and is currently writing a book on “Journey Into The Inner Psyche,” which is based upon her clinical work and case histories working with Clinical Art Psychotherapy. Yvonne Gilbert, is not only a seasoned professional but also a mother to adult children, grandmother and great-grandmother which has given her “human insight” having worked through many of the issues other families struggle with and seek help with. Yvonne Gilbert, loves gardening especially flowers and herbs, swimming, fishing, hiking, museums, art galleries, flea markets, photography, and painting, cooking and entertaining friends. She is also a member of Psi-Chi , NASW, NAADAC, APNC, AATA, GAL, Alliance for the Mentally Ill and is currently involved in the development of a Neighborhood Community Center in rural Western N.C., along with Glady’s Knight and her husband Billy McDowell.

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Thea Vondracek

Thea Vondracek, LPC-S, LMFT is an International Center for Clinical Excellence certified trainer in Feedback Informed Treatment and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. She works at Youth Haven Services, LLC in Reidsville, NC as the Training Director and Director of Clinical Outcomes. She has a part-time solo private practice in Greensboro, NC where she began using FIT with her clients in 2012. She obtained her masters in Community Counseling from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a post-masters certificate in marriage and family therapy from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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Dimayquoaye (Dim) Smith

Dimayquoaye (Dim) Smith obtained his Masters of Science degree in Addictions Counseling from Grand Canyon University. He is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Clinical Supervisor Intern, a Global Career Development Facilitator GCDF and maintains his credentials with the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board and the Credentialing and Education (CCE®). Dimayquoaye (Dim) is a member of the National Association of Addiction Professionals. He has a history of working with men in a homeless shelter setting, adolescents in Addiction, those in the criminal justice system and adults who struggle with psychiatric problems (unresolved grief/trauma, depression & anxiety) complicated with issues of addiction. Specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy, faith based, and solution-focused therapy, Dim utilizes relaxation techniques, meditation & cognitive restructuring to guide clients through the complicated maze of addiction.

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Cheryl Meola, PhD, LPC,

Cheryl Meola, PhD, LPC, NCC has a doctorate from East Carolina University from the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Counseling. Her research and clinical work focus on Equine Assisted Therapy for clinical populations and Equine Assisted Wellness and Stress Reduction for helping professionals, veterans, parents, and others struggling with stress in day to day life. She has a private practice in Greenville, NC where she provides therapy and wellness counseling along with several talented equine co-therapists. Her specialties are coaching parents whose children are diagnosed with a mental health issue and working with counselors in self-growth and awareness. She also provides supervision for those pursuing licensure. She has two children and a little therapy puppy in training, and enjoys spending time at the farm with the horses and reading and writing about new ways to incorporate horses into therapy!

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Philip DeLuca, LCSW,

Philip DeLuca, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, speaker and author of The Solo Partner Repairing Your Relationship On Your Own. He presents what he calls his Un-TalkUnTherapy model on all media formats and to both lay and professional audiences. He also has an on line course about to go live on his 5 step approach in which he teaches people an alternative communication approach. Philip is also in private practice in Cornelius, NC. He has specialized in relationship conflict for the past 40 years. His own health problems led him to look into the cause of his chronic health problems which he cured, and led to integrating this knowledge a new communication model. He has clinically perfected his approach with thousands of couples, frequently turning chronic high conflict couples around in the first session.

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Sarah Altman

Sarah Altman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Community and Agency Counseling. She has over 25 years of counseling and teaching experience from Smoky Mountain Mental Health, Park Ridge Hospital, Jackson County Department of Social Services, Southwestern Community College, REACH of Jackson County, and The Child Advocacy Center of Cherokee.

Sarah is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor a Nationally Certified Master Addictions Counselor, a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and a North Carolina Certified Clinical Supervisor.

She is employed part time as a psychological consultant for the medical department at the MaconCounty Detention Center. She retired from Southwestern Community College as the coordinator of the Human Services Technology and Substance Abuse program and continues to teach Codependency as an adjunct professor for SCC. She has a private practice where her interests aredeveloping healthy relationships with self and others, and helping family members who struggle with love ones who are experiencing difficulties in mental health and addiction.

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