Addiction Overview - "Undiagnosing" the Prozac Nation

Event Date & Time: August 25th 2017 at 8:30 am

= = = WORKSHOP Overview = = =

The main purpose of this workshop is to give mental health care practitioners an overview of addiction and its impact on modern society. We will explore the root cause, disease concept and the treatment of various addiction related issues. There will also be an emphasis on the importance of obtaining chemical free baseline psychiatric assessments on those who are believed to be dual diagnosis. Harm reduction verses abstinence based addiction treatments will be compared and discussed. Holistic and whole person approaches to treatment will be discussed at length. 


  1. To gain knowledge and be able to discuss harm reduction and abstinence based treatment modalities.
  2. To gain knowledge of addiction disease concepts and how they mimic mental health disorders.
  3. To gain knowledge of baseline psychiatric assessments in those with addiction and mood disorders.
  4. Examine the important facts of Reality therapy and Cognitive behavioral therapy and why they are a good fit for abstinence based treatment for chemical dependency.
  5. Examine the counselor’s role in effective treatment for chemical dependency.


8:30 am – 9:00 am | Check-in & Registration

9:30 am – 10:15 am | “Addiction Overview: – 'Undiagnosing' the Prozac Nation” Featured Speakers: Shawn Williams, D. O. and Raymond Scott, CCS, CAC II 

10:15 am – 10:30 am | BREAK

10:30 am – 11:30 pm | “Addiction Overview: – 'Undiagnosing' the Prozac Nation” Presentation (Continued)

11:30 am – 1:00 pm | LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:00 pm – 2:45 pm | “Addiction Overview: – 'Undiagnosing' the Prozac Nation” Presentation (Continued)

2:45 pm – 3:00 | Workshop Wrap-up

    We have applied to the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) for approval of 4.0 substance abuse specific credits.


    Shawn Williams, D.O. | Addictionologist & Medical Director
    Shawn Williams, D.O. joined the Willingway family as staff physician in 2011. He came 
    to Willingway with experience in family practice and emergency room medicine and is 
    dedicated to educating and empowering patients who are affected by alcohol and drug 
    addiction. In June of 2013, Dr. Williams was named the Director of Medical Education 
    for Willingway and in 2014 was named Medical Director. In his work, Dr. Williams strives 
    to educate the public and health professionals on addiction and addiction recovery.

    Raymond Scott, CCS, CAC II | Inpatient Program Manager
    Raymond began his career at Willingway as a Substance Abuse Counselor and is a two time 
    recipient of the Employee of the Year award in 1998 and 2016. Raymond coordinates and 
    advises the counseling staff at Willingway. He began working in the addiction field as an Intern 
    Counselor and has since become a Certified Clinical Supervisor, and a Certified Addiction 
    Counselor II (CAC II). Raymond serves the community by coordinating alcohol and drug 
    education programs for companies and their employees, families and churches. His primary 
    goal is to reeducate people about the stereotypes and myths about alcoholics and drug addicts.

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