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Grace M. Edwards

HIV/AIDS and Addictions in Rural Communities

Grace M. Edwards, MS, is a current doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has clinical experience in the drug and alcohol, mental health and crisis intervention fields. Her master’s thesis  focused on barriers to HIV/AIDS care in rural specific areas of Pennsylvania.

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Dr. Mark Kilwein

HIV/AIDS and Addictions in Rural Communities 

Mark Kilwein, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and has worked in the area of HIV/AIDS for over 20-years. He is also Professor of Rehab and Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. 

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Dr. Michele M. Mahr

Applying the Biopsychosocial Model: Individuals with Disabilities Seeking Treatment for Addiction 

Dr. Michele M. Mahr, PhD, CRC, has a PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology obtained from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Dr. Mahr is currently an assistant professor of Counselor Education at The University of Wyoming.

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Kenya Johns

Using the Social-Ecological Model to explore the Impact of Military Life on Substance Use and Treatment 

Kenya Johns, MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP, has worked in the counseling field for 10+ years with a diverse portfolio of experience. Kenya has a passion for change and education and serves as a program supervisor and educator in various community organizations and in private consultations. 

 

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Dr. Natasha Barnes

Using the Social-Ecological Model to explore the Impact of Military Life on Substance Use and Treatment 

Dr. Natasha Barnes, Ed.D, GCDF, CCSP, CCCE, NCC, is an assistant professor at Delta State University. She is also the president-elect of the Military and Government Counseling Associations. Her research interests include mental health issues in military families and career development and planning.

 

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Arielle Kalvelage

Telehealth and Substance Use Disorders in the Heartland: Considerations and Competencies 

Arielle Kalvelage, MSEd, LPC, NCC, is an Emergency Services Counselor on a crisis unit, and provides residential treatment to trauma survivors and clients pursuing sobriety with substance use disorders.  Arielle also uses telehealth to provide suicide prevention and intervention services to clients experiencing trauma and substance use from ages 4 and up. 

 

Stephanie Klewin, MA

Stephanie Klewin

Telehealth and Substance Use Disorders in the Heartland: Considerations and Competencies 

Stephanie Klewin, MA, NCC, is a clinician in private practice and actively treats a wide range of presenting concerns. She currently serves as a Graduate Research Assistant as a doctoral student at Northern Illinois University; her clinical research includes addressing benefits and implications of utilizing Telehealth platform in efforts to expand mental health services during global crisis and beyond.

 

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Katie A. Rodenkirch

Telehealth and Substance Use Disorders in the Heartland: Considerations and Competencies

Katie A. Rodenkirch, MS, has a clinical focus on human-perpetrated trauma survivors and has worked with individuals, groups and families who have experienced sex trafficking, incarceration and limited to no access to insurance.

 

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Lucas Demonte

Telehealth and Substance Use Disorders in the Heartland: Considerations and Competencies 

Lucas Demonte, MEd, EdS, has substantial experience working with Southern rural low SES communities as it relates to substance use disorders, intimate partner violence, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and the juvenile justice system. Lucas has used Telehealth delivery methods since 2015, shifting to completely remote services since March 2020. 

 

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Benjamin Hearn

Rural LGBYQ+ Youth’s Risk Factors and Barriers To Substance Use Treatment  

Benjamin Hearn, MA, is a second-year doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati. He is currently a clinician in private practice where he specializes  in working with LGBTQ people,  trauma, and spirituality. 

 

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Dr. Kathleen N. Muirhead

The Intersections of Addiction and Incarceration: Culturally and Politically Informed Interventions for Substance Use Recovery 

Kathleen N. Muirhead, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Salve Regina University in the Holistic Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Her scholarly work and research interests center around equitable, socially just, and rigorous education practices for counselor educators, as well as addressing systemic barriers for people who have been incarcerated and/or have substance use diagnoses.

 

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Dr. Sarah N. Baquet

The Intersections of Addiction and Incarceration: Culturally and Politically Informed Interventions for Substance Use Recovery  

Sarah N. Naquet, PhD, LPC, NCC, is an Assistant Professor of Counseling in the Department of School Psychology, School Counseling, and Leadership at City University of New York at Brooklyn College. Sarah is passionate about enhancing the voices of underrepresented and underserved populations through the vehicle of education, outreach, and scholarly research.  

 

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Dr. Jehan Hill

The Intersections of Addiction and Incarceration: Culturally and Politically Informed Interventions for Substance Use Recovery  

Jehan Hill, PhD, LPC, is an assistant professor at Northern Illinois University . Her scholarly work highlights methods of advocacy, activism, and culturally responsive counseling practices to better support historically marginalized and oppressed communities in the educational system.

 

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Dr. Vincent Marasco

The Intersections of Addiction and Incarceration: Culturally and Politically Informed Interventions for Substance Use Recovery  

Vincent Marasco, PhD, is an assistant professor of counseling at Purdue University Northwest. He received his PhD in Counselor Education and Counseling from Idaho State University and clinical foci of queer mental health, sexual health and wellness, and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. 

 

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Dr. Alyssa Swan

Play Therapy with Children and Families Impacted by Addiction and Domestic Violence   

Alyssa M. Swan, PhD, LCPC, RPT, NCC, is an Assistant Professor and Training Director in the Counselor Education program at Adler University in Chicago, IL. She is a Certified Child-Centered Play Therapist-Supervisor/Trainer and a Certified Child-Parent Relationships Therapist-Supervisor/Trainer.

 

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Dr. Vassilia Binensztok

Pain to Paranoia: How the Immigrant Experience with Trauma Affect Substance Use Treatment  

Vassilia Binensztok, PhD, LMHC, NCC, is a board certified counselor whose practice focuses on adult survivors of childhood trauma and family reunification. Dr. Binensztok serves as an Affiliate Faculty in Counseling at Northwestern University. Her research interests include multicultural case conceptualization, childhood maltreatment, and reflective practice.

 

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Dr. Andrew Plath

Working with Male Domestic Violence Perpetrators with Co-Occurring Substance Use Concerns 

Andrew Plath, PhD, LPC, completed his Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Northern Illinois University. Andrew’s clinical experience includes working with sexual assault survivors, domestic violence perpetrators, college students, and adults with chronic mental disorders.

 

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Dr. Janeé M. Steele

Recognizing and Addressing Microaggressions: Cultural Humility, Broaching, and Anti-Bias Strategies in Addiction Treatment Groups 

Janee Steele, PhD, LPC, is core faculty at Walden University and a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She regularly publishes peer-reviewed counseling journals and texts on issues surrounding cultural diversity and social justice advocacy. 

 

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Dr. Tiffany Lee

Recognizing and Addressing Microaggressions: Cultural Humility, Broaching, and Anti-Bias Strategies in Addiction Treatment Groups 

Tiffany Lee, PhD, LPC, CAADC, is an associate professor at Western Michigan University and program director of the Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse. She is the author of the textbook, Embracing Diversity: treatment and Care in Addictions Counseling.  

 

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Dr. Ariann Evans Robino

Healing the Crisis: Counselors and Communities as Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic 

Ariann Robino, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, is an Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Robino’s clinical experiences include addictions treatment at the residential, intensive-outpatient, and outpatient levels as well as working at the intersection of addiction, criminal justice, public health and legislative advocacy.

 

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Dr. Amanda Giordano

Diverse Addictive Behaviors: Examining Biological, Psychological, Social, and Cultural Considerations of Process Addictions  

Amanda Giordano, PhD, LPC is an associate professor at the University of Georgia. She specializes in addictions counseling, both chemical and behavioral, and multiculturalism. Giordano regularly publishes and presents on topics related to addictions counseling and is the author of a forthcoming book (release date: 2021) on conceptualizing, assessing, and treating behavioral addictions.  

 

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Dr. Sylvia Lindinger-Sternart

Indigenous Perspectives related to Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery   

Sylvia Lindinger-Sternart, Ph.D., LCPC, CRC, has earned her doctorate in Counselor Education & Supervision and serves as a core faculty for the M.S Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Providence (UP).   In the past few years, she focused in her clinical work on “Historical Trauma and Enhancement of Resilience in Native Americans”.

 

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Dr. Varinder Kaur 

Indigenous Perspectives related to Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery   

Dr. Varinder Kaur earned her PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision from University of Toledo. She has experience of teaching core counseling courses in prestigious universities of the U.S and providing counseling services to a wide range of client populations in different clinical settings.

 

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Kate Mahoney

Responding to the Unique Treatment Needs of Older Adults   

Katie Mahoney, LCSW has more than 30 years of experience in substance use disorder treatment. Kate’s contributions to the field have been acknowledged by colleagues at the local and national level. In 2013, Kate was awarded the prestigious national Nyswander/Dole award from the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence for her leadership in addressing the opioid epidemic. 

 

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Dr. Claire Openshaw 

The Intersection Between Trafficking and Addictions   

Claire Openshaw is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. She is an Assistant Professor in the Addictions and Behavioral Health department at Governors State University. Claire has Experience working in various clinical settings and researching the topic of human trafficking.

 

 

 

 

 

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