The Association for Addiction Professionals – A State Affiliate of NAADAC

Upcoming Events

COVID-19 corona-virus: information for our customers

We are constantly reviewing the situation around COVID-19 Coronavirus and the impact on our events in line with local and national government and public health advice and WHO guidelines, and our policies reflect those of the country governments in which our events take place. The health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors, partners and staff is our number one priority. We appreciate your patience while we work through this complex and unprecedented situation. Please check your event website for the latest updates.



If you would like to sponsor an online event download and complete this form:

We appreciate your support!



COMING IN MARCH – Register with Eventbrite:

Unconscious bias – called implicit bias – is a hidden attitude of how we react to each other and it can influence the choices and decisions we make. We are all at risk of implicit bias and it can creep into SUD assessment and treatment as this presentation will discuss.

March 30, 2021 (Tuesday),  a 2-hour session from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.,


  • What is bias;
  • How do we develop and reinforce biases (a discussion of schema);
  • What is implicit bias;
  • How do we become aware of our biases;
  • Implicit bias and SUD (including examples of disproportionate treatment responses to women, Black, Latinx, and poor individuals seeking SUD treatment);
  • Guarding against implicit bias in SUD assessment;
  • Assessing for inclusivity in your organization; and
  • Action steps to check personal implicit biases.

Tentative Schedule:

10:00 a.m. Welcome, sign in, housekeeping, begin presentation.

What is bias;       Unconscious thought associations;        What is implicit bias;         How do we develop biases and implicit biases?   Schema and associations;       Kinds of biases;     How we become aware of our biases;     The Implicit Association Test;     Implicit bias and SUD (with examples from medical professionals, outpatient SUD treatment, MAT, OUD treatment, and overdose revival rates);             Discussion of our own implicit biases that can occur during SUD assessment;

How to assess your organization for inclusiveness vs. implicit biases;

How to self-assess for inclusiveness vs. implicit biases;

How to counteract and educate ourselves on our implicit biases;

11:45 a.m. Questions, discussion, conversation, close.

12:00 p.m. End.

Stephanne Thornton is a Master Addiction Counselor and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who specializes in trauma assessments and therapeutic interventions. She develops mitigation for public defenders across West Virginia and utilizes social science research relevant to the lives and needs of individuals involved in the criminal legal system.


We plan to have the 2021 Summit Virtually

August 9-13, 2021

During this ever-changing time and after much consideration and discussion by the WVAADC Board of Directors’ Professional Development Committee, the Board has decided to move the 2021 conference to an entirely virtual format. This decision was made keeping in mind the pandemic’s effects on agency travel budgets while also considering the health of our members and communities. We hope you will join us as we move to the virtual format and look forward to connecting with you in a meaningful way in August 2021! 

Please send comments to:







🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Dear Colleagues,

Registration is now open for the 2021 Virtual West Virginia Eating Disorder Conference. This year, the conference will be held from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on March 17-18 (Wed-Thurs). This is an incredible opportunity for providers of all disciplines to get training to screen, assess, and treat people with eating disorders. 

We have an amazing lineup of expert presenters. Wednesday we will kick off with a virtual welcome from Senator Shelley Moore Capito. Our workshop by Drs. Peat and Peebles that evening is titled, “Screening, referral, and ongoing management of eating disorders in primary care”. On Thursday, Dr. Someshwar of WVU-Morgantown will be presenting a workshop titled, “Identification and treatment of patients with eating disorders: A case-based approach.” The full conference brochure is attached.

Online registration is available at this link:

The fee for professionals who are needing continuing education credit is $40 for both evenings (6 hours), and $25 for one evening (3 hours). Thanks to the generous support of the CAMC Health Education and Research Institute, students of all healthcare disciplines can attend for FREE, but we need folks to register online so we can get you the proper log-in instructions! Please note participants wanting psychology and LPC credit need to attend both sessions for credit March 17 and 18 – No Partial credit can be granted.



If you need a copy of your CEU Form or Certificate from the 2019 “Pathways to Recovery” Professional Summit or other WVAADC training you have attended you may contact Heather:                                           There is a $10.00 fee for each copy.     

Thank you!