Engagement in the Black Community: A Virtual NAADAC Summit

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Day 1:
Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 08:00 AM until 01:00 PM
Day 2:
Friday, February 26, 2021 at 08:00 AM until 01:00 PM
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
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Cost Range
While the Summit is free to attend, non-members must pay to receive CEs. NAADAC members can earn CEs for free.

Host And Instructor

National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
Raven E. Freeborn (née Dickerson), LCSW, CNP, Angele Moss-Baker, LPC, LMFT, MAC, EAS-C, DCMHS-COD, O.T. Porter, PhD, LCDC, and Grady Anthony Austin
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Training Overview Description

This two-day event will feature prominent industry professionals speaking on critical issues in the Black community relevant to treatment and recovery.

Open to all professionals, this summit seeks to foster diversity, openness, and inclusion within the recovery community, and highlight some of the unique needs and traits of this identified group.

Event-specific Details

While the Summit is free to attend, non-members must pay to receive CEs. NAADAC members can earn CEs for free join NAADAC now!

Full Schedule

Thursday, February 25, 2021


Untold Truths: Equity Solutions for the Black Community, presented 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 Community

Join other Summit attendees for a panel-led discussion.

3:30PM–4:00PM ET BREAK


A Rainbow Pipeline: The Earnest Impact of Addiction on Black LGBTQ+ Identifying Individuals, presented 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 Client, presented 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

Join other Summit attendees for a panel-led discussion.

3:00PM–3:30PM ET BREAK


The Journey of the Black Helping Professional, presented 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.