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A program for families, loved ones and anyone impacted by mental health conditions, substance misuse issues, or other unhealthy behavioral patterns to provide participants with the education and tools to improve and strengthen their family systems.


  • 6 NCSAPPB CE Credits
  • 6 NAADAC CE Credits


  • Friday, March 11th • 5:15pm – 8:30pm
  • Saturday, March 12th • 8:45am – 5:00pm


Email mikar@theblanchardinstitute.com by March 9th to register. The Zoom workshop link & details will be provided within 24 hours prior to the event.


GEORGE BITAR, Ph.D., LMFT earned his doctorate at Texas Tech University in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2009 after having received his Master’s degree from Abilene Christian University. While in Texas he served as Director of Behavioral Health Services at Southwest Institute for Addictive Diseases. In 2009 he moved to Charlotte and went on to teach at Pfeiffer University, until devoting his professional energy to private practice.

Dr. Bitar is a well-respected expert with extensive experience in the field of addiction in family systems. He is currently a co-owner of Drew/Bitar Psychotherapy, on staff with Couples Connect Therapy, and a certified Gottman Method Couples Therapist. George specializes in working with couples and families as they navigate through difficult and painful issues including addiction, mood disorders, and relationship challenges.

He has been a leader in his field as well as having produced numerous publications and conference presentations on family systems and substance abuse.


MAT SANDIFER, LCSW, LCAS, CSI has been a member of North Carolina’s Substance Use Disorder professional community since 1992, working in both private and public institutions through the clinical continuum of care. Mat earned a Master of Social Work from UNCG and NCA&T. As a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addictions Professional, and Certified Supervisor Intern, Mat founded and is the Director of Clinical Services at New Vision Therapy, PLLC, in Greensboro and Reidsville, NC. Recently, Mat proudly joined the team at The Blanchard Institute as Clinical Manager. Mat was appointed to the Guilford County Board of Mental Health and served as a member of the Client’s Rights Committee for Guilford County. For the last seven years, Mat served as the past Vice President for the North Central Region of Addiction Professionals of North Carolina, currently serves as an at-large member on the APNC Board of Directors, and is presently Vice President for the South East Region of NAADAC.

As an advocate for substance abuse treatment, Mat is a founding member of CURE Triad, a public safety, public health, public education, healthcare, and substance use disorder providers and community advocates coalition. Lastly, Mat is a person in long-term recovery and is happy to discuss what that means to him.


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