Substance Use Disorder Academy Series

When designing this training opportunity, Radford University faculty and staff identified needs for continuing education and training for Substance Use Disorder Providers. We polled clinicians in the field regarding what they perceived as training needs for staff who work with individuals diagnosed with Substance Use Disorders. We also discovered that it would be more cost effective if trainings were offered close to clinicians' home bases and in a format that allows many people to take advantage of without having added travel expenses.

Instructions: Individuals - please indicate below whether you will be attending all 4 sessions or attending individual sessions as well as whether you are requesting CE credit. Check "Not applicable" if the section does not apply. Once you have completed all fields, "Add to Cart" and then proceed to shopping cart to enter payment information.

Employers - If registering multiple attendees, fill out all information for first attendee and add to the cart before entering next attendee. If you are wanting to utilize the 4 session option to send more than one person (one person attends 2 dates and another person attends the other 2 dates), please contact the Office of Academic Outreach at to discuss arrangements.

Event Dates/Times

Thursday, March 7, 2019           9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Thursday, June 6, 2019             9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Thursday, September 5, 2019   9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Thursday, November 7, 2019    9:00 AM - 3:30 PM


*Registration will begin at 8:30 am.  Conference begins at 9:00 am and will run until 3:30 pm.  Participants will have an hour break each day for lunch on their own.


Topics to be Covered

Topics to be covered are Ethics, Case Management, Trauma Informed Care, Shame and Addiction, Mindfulness Treatment for Recovery and Medication Assisted Treatment for both individuals and in group settings. With each of these topics, we will focus on evidenced based practices, clinical skills and practical applications for clinicians to use when working with individuals who battle addiction.



Session 1
Ethics and Case Management
Steve Ratliff, LPC
Diane Grieder, M.Ed., AliPar, Inc.

Session 2
Trauma Informed Care
Kathryn Ryder, LPC, Linda Talor, LPC, Lynne Winebarger, LCSW and Rebecca Moore, M.A.
New River Valley Community Services

Session 3
Shame and Addiction/Mindfulness Recovery
Alan Forrest, Ed.D., LPC, LMFT, Radford University
Joe Klein, LPC, New River Valley Community Services

Session 4
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Individuals and Group
Mary McMasters, M.D., DFASAM



Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
One Partnership Circle Abingdon, VA 24212

          Also live-streaming to:    

         - Roanoke Higher Education Center, Roanoke, VA

        - New College Institute, Martinsville, VA 

        - Region Ten Community Services Board, Charlottesville, VA

        - Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Alexandria, VA

        - Division of Rehabilitative Services, Norfolk, VA

        - Radford University, Radford, VA  

        - Chesterfield Public Library, Chesterfield, VA 

        - Western Tidewater CSB, Suffolk, VA

To accommodate a larger audience, we will be offering a live stream broadcast to the above locations.  Attendees at the off-site locations will be able to view the same training and ask virtual questions as if they were onsite in Abingdon. 


Registration Cost

   $270 for non-continuing education attendance to all 4 sessions

   $330 for continuing education attendance to all 4 sessions

   $75 per individual session

   $90 for continuing education credits per individual session (Nursing, Social Work and Counselor Education)



For assistance with the registration site, please contact Radford University Conference Services:

For inquiries about the course, please contact the Office of Academic Outreach: or by phone at (276) 619-4314


Refund/Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be made in writing.  Cancellations may be sent by email to, by mail to Conference Services at Radford University, PO Box 6911, Radford, VA 24142 or by fax to (540) 831-6363.  Cancellations will not be accepted over the telephone.  There is a $25 non-refundable fee for the cancellation of any reservation.