Engagement in the Black Community: A Virtual NAADAC Summit took place virtually on Thursday, February 25 - Friday, February 26, 2021 and featured immersive training sessions presented by nationally recognized speakers.

This exciting summit is now available to view on demand! Click here to watch the on-demand recordings. Earn 8 CEs!

Please note, while the Summit is free to attend, non-members must pay to receive CEs ($15 for 1 CE to $20 for 1.5 CEs). NAADAC members can earn CEs for free!

Below, please find the full Summit schedule.

Full Schedule

Thursday, February 25, 2021


Untold Truths: Equity Solutions for the Black Communitypresented by Raven E. Freeborn (née Dickerson), LCSW, CNP

There has been significant focus on diversity and inclusion in the field of addiction and recovery, yet one term that often gets overshadowed is the concept of equity. Equity refers to a state where everyone has an equal opportunity, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, physical ability, gender, etc. Often confused with equality, equity and equality both emphasize fairness. The subtle difference is that equality does this by treating everyone the same regardless of need, and equity does this by treating people differently dependent on need. How can treatment providers remove barriers and meet the unique needs of African Americans to provide equitable care? This presentation will focus on solutions to bring about systemic change in the form of equity. 

1:30PM–2:00PM ET BREAK

Advocacy and Policy Reform for the Black Communitywith panelists Bakahia Madison, PsyD, LCPC, CADC, Karla L. Sapp, EdD, LPC, LMHS-S, MAC, Helena Washington, MEd, LCDC, ICADC, MAC, and Shevel Mavins, MS

The depth to which drug law policies have destroyed communities has been greatly under reported. Trainings should facilitate conversations that challenge us and increase our level of understanding of the cultural inequities caused by enduring structural systems. At this point in history, treatment providers should increase their cultural awareness, understand bias roadblocks, and move towards greater treatment inclusivity. This presentation will review the history of drug law policies and the intended negative results of mass incarceration.  It will then cover how to build better systems of treatment from arrest to release, and move forward in the creation of fair outcomes for incarcerated individuals and returning citizens.

3:30PM–4:00PM ET BREAK

A Rainbow Pipeline: The Earnest Impact of Addiction on Black LGBTQ+ Identifying Individualspresented by O.T. Porter, PhD, LCDC

LGBTQ+ identifying individuals are more likely to develop a substance use disorder (SUD), and transgender individuals are more likely to seek treatment than the general population (NIDA, 2017). These data trends can vary for LGBTQ+ individuals who are Black or Latino. Some individuals report refusing treatment or leaving against medical advice due to misgendering and discrimination. This presentation will summarize the disproportionate impact of addiction on LGBTQ+ identifying individuals, describe the etiology of LGBTQ+ addiction, and explain how treatment providers can alleviate the stigma and barriers to quality care.

Friday, February 26, 2021


Integrating Music into Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Resilience of the African American Clientpresented by Grady Anthony Austin

Integrating culturally relevant music into substance use disorder treatment has the potential for greater provider-to-client understanding and connectivity. The purpose of this session is to provide a broad appreciation for the African American client’s cultural DNA. This session will result in the participant’s increased understanding of the African American culture and expose the participant to aspects of culturally informed comprehensive care. Participants will learn about why and how music and religion are part of the fabric of the Black community.

1:00PM–1:30PM ET BREAK

Critical Issues in the Black Community, with panelists Peter Mott, MA, LCDC, ICPS, Katina Palmer, MA, LPC, Carmela Drake, PhD, LPC, NCC, CAADP, ACGC-III, Joe Powell, LCDC, and Thurston S. Smith, MPA, LAC, CCS

NAADAC's Critical Issues in the Black Community Committee (CIBCC) provides a voice and platform for the Black community; identifies issues that are unique to and pervasive within the Black community; advocates and provides support for the various challenges that impact addiction, recovery, and mental health within the Black community; and provide professional advancement opportunities and mentorship for Black professionals specializing in addiction treatment. Join leaders from the CIBCC for a discussion about critical issues in the Black community and the work the committee is undertaking.

3:00PM–3:30PM ET BREAK

The Journey of the Black Helping Professionalpresented by Angele Moss-Baker, LPC, LMFT, MAC, EAS-C, DCMHS-COD

The journey of the Black helping professional can be varied and complex. Some counselors report significant educational disparities, differences in rates of promotion to management positions, and a lack of opportunity for mentorship and career advancement. Along this journey, counselors are also keenly aware of healthcare disparities that remain inadequately addressed. How does the Black helping professional advance in their career while also giving quality support and attention to the unequal care given to many of their patients? This presentation will cover the data on critical issues in the Black community, including disparities in access to care and best practices for resolving these disparities, mental health stigma, cultural identity, the damage of healthcare siloes, and the importance of promoting integrated care for treating co-occurring disorders in Black communities.