The third annual Engagement in the Black Community: A Virtual NAADAC Summit will take place on February 9-10, 2023 from 12:00pm ET - 5:00pm ET, and feature immersive training sessions presented by nationally-recognized speakers. Attendees can earn up to 8.5 CEs!

Please note, while the summit is free to attend, non-members must pay to receive CEs. NAADAC members can earn CEs for free! Join now!

Below please find the full Summit schedule.


Full Schedule

Thursday, February 9, 2023

12:00PM–1:30PM ET welcome and OPENING SESSION (1.5 CES)

Opening Sessionpresented by NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, NAADAC President Angela E. Maxwell, PhD, CPS, and Critical Issues in the Black Community Committee Co-Chairs Peter D. Mott, MA, LCDC, ICADC, ADC, and Monica Rich-McLaurin, MHSA, MSW, LMSW, facilitated by Peter D. Mott, MA, LCDC, ICADC, ADC, and Monica Rich-McLaurin, MHSA, MSW, LMSW

Physical Health and Wellness in the Black Community, presented by Helena Washington, MEd, LCDC, ICADC, MAC

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the prevalence of diabetes in non-Hispanic Blacks is 11.7%, compared to only 7.5% in non-Hispanic Whites (Cunningham, 2018). For over a decade, healthcare providers have known that Black adults in the U.S. are 60% more likely than White adults to be diagnosed with diabetes (Shiyanbola, 2018). Addressing physical health and wellness disparities with Black patients is just as vital as addressing mental health and addiction-related disparities. In spite of the history of high physical health risk, African Americans make up the fastest-growing vegan demographic in the U.S. (Greenebaum, 2018). Today’s Black communities are hyper-focused on holistic health and wellness. Addiction professionals must understand both historical challenges and current trends to provide culturally relevant care to Black patients. This presentation will examine specific health disparities that need to be properly assessed and describe practical steps to incorporate physical health and wellness into addiction treatment for Black patients.

1:30PM–2:00PM ET BREAK
2:00PM–3:30PM ET panel DISCUSSION (1.5 CES)

Public Policy and Advocacy for the Black Community: Decriminalizing Cannabis is a Racial Justice Issuewith panelists Curtis Dorsey, MEd, CCS, CADC-II, ICGC-II, Sherrá Watkins, PhD, LCMHC-S, LCAS, CRC, Sherri Layton, LCSC, CCS, and Critical Issues in the Black Community Committee Co-Chairs Peter D. Mott, MA, LCDC, ICADC, ADC, and Monica Rich-McLaurin, MHSA, MSW, LMSW, facilitated by Rommel Johnson, PhD, LPC, NCC, CAADC


This session is sponsored by Renew Counseling, Consulting, & Wellness Services.

Between 2001 and 2010, there were over 8 million marijuana use-related arrests in the United States. That’s one arrest every 37 seconds. Nationally, African Americans are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession despite roughly equal marijuana usage among Blacks and Whites. Even two years after decriminalization in Washington, D.C., a Black or Latinx person is 11 times more likely than a White person to be arrested for public use of marijuana. For decades, the addiction treatment industry has been the greatest recipient of incarcerated or formerly incarcerated individuals in the U.S. Decriminalizing and/or legalizing marijuana must come with expungement and investment in the communities most harmed by enforcement. In this presentation, participants will identify why it is critical that the addiction profession prioritize public policy and advocacy efforts to prevent further injustice in the communities we serve.

3:30PM–4:00PM ET BREAK
4:00pm–5:00PM ET CLOSING SESSION (1 CE)

Black & LGBTQ+: Understanding Intersectional Treatment Conversations, presented by Daryl Shorter, MD


This session is sponsored by NAATP.

According to the most recent Gallup Daily Tracking Poll, more than 1.2 million adults in the United States identify as both Black and LGBTQ+; that’s 40% of LGBTQ+ adults (Gallup Daily Tracking Poll, 2021). Critical issues in the Black community and critical issues in the LGBTQ+ community equally impact disparities for individuals who represent both communities. When examining intersectionality, counselors must understand that a patient’s life cannot be easily explained by single categories such as gender, race, and sexual orientation. This presentation will provide guidance on how individualized assessment and treatment can include addressing discrimination that arises at the intersection of multiple identities.

Friday, February 10, 2023

12:00pm–1:30PM ET OPENING SESSION (1.5 CEs)

Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking: The Harm to Black Women, presented by Nissi Hamilton, BS, MBA, Conte M. Terrell, CCC, DMin, PhD, and Carolyn M. West, PhD

During the COVID-19 global pandemic, there was an 82% increase of domestic violence (Sharma & Borah, 2020). One in four women have been impacted by this spike. The number of people at risk for human trafficking also increased, as traffickers took advantage of the social and economic crisis created by the global pandemic (Usta & El-Jarrah, 2021). When compared to other minority communities in the United States, Black women experience multiple types of victimization often at higher rates (West, 2021). These systemic issues often funnel into the addiction treatment industry through victim care and offender treatment. In this presentation, participants will learn more about how domestic violence and human trafficking impact the Black community.

1:30PM–2:00PM ET BREAK
2:00PM–3:30PM ET panel DISCUSSION (1.5 CES)

Fostering Alignment Within the Black Religious Community, with panelists Joe Powell, LCDC, Kevin Washington, PhD (Mwata Kairi), Rev. Earle J. Fisher, PhD, Pastor Lisa Connors, LCPC, NCC, MAC, ABD, and Faiza Coleman-Salako, MSIS, with moderator Rev. Thurston Smith, MPA, LAC/S, CCS, CAADAC

Findings from the most recent Pew survey show that 61% of Black adults in America attend spiritual services. Of that group, more than half attend a predominantly Black congregation (Pew Research Center, 2021). It’s no surprise that members of the Black community may share experiences with local spiritual leaders that either positively or negatively impact their recovery. A Black patient may share spirituality as a resource for recovery, or a traumatic experience of spiritual abuse that contributed to their diagnosis. This panel discussion will demonstrate how to advocate for the Black Community by addressing “church hurt,” exploring opportunities for alignment with spiritual leaders, and sharing examples of mobilizing recovery partnerships.

3:30PM–4:00PM ET BREAK
4:00pm–5:30PM ET CLOSING SESSION AND closing (1.5 CES)

Supporting Black Folx in Treatment Through Integrating Music and Drama Therapy Through a Black Aesthetic Lens, presented by Britton Williams, MPhil, LCAT, RDT/BCT, and Marisol Norris, PhD

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS) is defined as a condition that exists when a population has experienced multigenerational trauma resulting from centuries of slavery and continues to experience oppression and institutionalized racism today (Burrowes, 2019). Individuals who report traumatic experiences of oppression are often looking to find their voice and have their voice heard, validated, and healed. Providing an avenue of healing through expressive arts is a critical component of culturally responsive counseling for the Black community (Collins, 2022). In this presentation, participants will deepen their understanding of the cultural impact of music in the Black community and learn how to integrate music into addiction treatment.

Closingpresented by NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, NAADAC President Angela E. Maxwell, PhD, CPS, and Critical Issues in the Black Community Committee Co-Chairs Peter D. Mott, MA, LCDC, ICADC, ADC, and Monica Rich-McLaurin, MHSA, MSW