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APNC is going virtual this year, and we are excited to announce that two of our very own will be speaking this year!  The conference will consist of live sessions each day and you’ll have untethered access to their innovative four-day virtual event featuring practice area experts, keynote speakers, interactive workshops, networking opportunities, and live Q&A sessions. There will be ninety hours of exciting CE content spanning the entire continuum of care.

With NAADAC hours, they can offer these replays for CE credit still! APNC has been approved for 79.5 NAADAC hours. Hours are dependent on which and how many sessions you attend. The recordings of their live sessions will be available through 11:59 PM on the 24th. For CE credit, you have to show that you still paid attention. Please note that you will have to pass a quick 5 question quiz at the close of each session to receive your hours. If you have any questions please email: info@apnc.org.


  • Tuesday, October 13th  – Friday, October 16th


Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Session C​: ​Empowering Family Change: Everyone Gets to Recover

Speaker: Stacey Surratt, MT-BC, LCAS, CSI


Thursday, October 15th, 2020

Session C​: ​The Neuroarchitecture of Family Systems: All Humans are “Chemically Dependent”

Speaker: Ward Blanchard


To register for the APNC Conference, you will need to click the following link and register online: http://www.apnc.org/conferences/2020-fall-conference/



Description: We will discuss an overview of the parallel disease and recovery processes for families and identified patients with substance use and/or mental health disorders, and outline steps needed for beginning a healthy family system realignment.

Stacey has worked clinically in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient treatment facilities, schools, and private practice. Stacey utilizes a relationship-based approach and enjoys incorporating experiential, creative, and multi-sensory tools into sessions as a way to fully engage and retain growth from participation in the treatment process.



Description: SUD “impact the whole family” and “a family disease” are common therapeutic ideal most professionals have heard before; however, professionals rarely provide the information and education on the neurological changes identified patients, families, and loved ones experience when involved in a relationship with someone suffering from a mental illness or substance use disorder. Ward Blanchard’s presentation reviews the most up-to-date neurological findings in helping professionals understand what exactly the words “family system disease” means, what evidence-based treatment options are most effective, and what role professionals play in the treatment of the family.

After 15 years of working in the field of SUDS, behavioral health, and family systems, Ward established The Blanchard Institute, LLC, a dual diagnosis outpatient center that incorporates comprehensive and innovative family-focused care. Ward and his team approach behavioral health conditions through a unique family model that utilizes multiple evidence-based modalities in their unique and trailblazing Blanchard family process.