Sponsored by:  Best Practices Court Franklin County

Opioid Symposium: Saving Ourselves

1:00 – 3:00pm - Ethical Lapse and Relapse; Michael Hayter LCSW, CSAC, SAP

Social workers in the field of substance usage experience unique ethical challenges and dilemmas. Social workers have a clearly defined Code of Ethics to guide their professional conduct that emphasizes client's right to self-determination, the parameters of confidentiality, the importance of guarding against dual relationships, and the necessity of limiting service to areas of competence. Social workers have been primed to incorporate ethical decision-making in all areas of their professional practice. In spite of this targeted focus, even the most ethically aware social workers have experienced or witnessed lapses in ethical practice. 

Am I at risk of a lapse or relapse with my ethical decision making?

3:30 – 5:00pm - Virginia's Behavioral Health System and Opioid Crisis; Stacy Gill LCSW

This presentation will provide an overview Virginia's behavioral health system and the many challenges and changes currently faced by the system.  Management of funding streams, overcrowding of state hospitals, workforce shortages, and the opioid crisis will be presented along with solutions being worked on by the state and local levels in the Commonwealth. 

5:00-7:00pm – Dinner on your own

7:00 – 8:00pm – Reading, interview, and audience discussion with Beth Macy, author of “Dopesick”

An instant New York Times and indie bestseller, Dopesick is the only book to fully chart the devastating opioid crisis in America: "a harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency" (New York Times) from a bestselling author and journalist who has lived through it.

In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it's a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.

8:00-9:00 Panel with community partners battling the opioid epidemic

Sharon Buckman, Clinical Services Director, Piedmont Community Services

Stacy Gill, Assistant Commissioner for Behavioral Health Community Services

of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Martha Haley-Bowling, Associate Professor of Social Work, Ferrum College and Radford Counseling Group, LLC                              

Bill Overton, Franklin County Sheriff

Debbie Powell, LCSW Director, Franklin County Dept of Social Services

Pam Rickard, Director of The Herren Project

Lana Whited, moderator

9 p.m.   Book sales and signing; Reception

Registration Fee - includes CE certificate (emailed after event)

NASW Members - $62

Non-Members - $75

Ferrum students can attend Free of charge!


If you choose the "Bill Me" option during checkout, please mail payment within 7 days of registering in order to hold your seat. You will receive a confirmation email with your purchase information following checkout; this will serve as your invoice, no other invoices will be provided.

Checks should be made out to NASW Virginia and mailed to:

4860 Cox Road, Suite 200
Glen Allen, VA 23060

If a registrant cancels more than 10 days before the event, a refund will be issued by check or credit back to your credit card, minus a 10% administrative fee.

If cancelation occurs less than 10 days prior to the event, no refund will be issued but you may request a credit towards a future training to be used within 1 year of the cancelation date. Call the Chapter Office (804-204-1339) to cancel within 10 days of the training. A request for credit may be granted at the discretion of the Executive Director in case of a documented emergency.

Bios on Instructors

Michael Hayter LCSW, CSAC, SAP

Michael Hayter LCSW, CSAC, SAP is the owner clinician of a private practice therapy program with offices in Abingdon and Marion, Virginia. With extensive experience in public mental health and substance abuse services Michael currently focuses upon his private clinical practice working with clients affected by mental health and substance abuse issues. He has peer reviewed publications in the NASW specialty practice section of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) section and other professional publications as well as serving as a past board member of the ATOD specialty practice section. He has experience presenting on substance usage disorders as well as outreach participation with various community organizations and boards of directors in the State and the Southwest Virginia region.


Stacy Gill LCSW

Stacy Gill earned a BSW from Wester Chester University in Wester Chester Pennsylvania in 1984 and an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA in 1987.  She became an LCSW in 1991.  Currently Stacy is the Assistant Commissioner for Community Behavioral Health Services at the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. She began working for DBHDS on May 1, 2015 following 18 months as Clinical Director with Magellan of Virginia, the Behavioral Health Services Administrator for the Department of Medical Assistance Services. Stacy gained clinical, management, and leadership experience during the 26 years she worked in the Virginia Community Services Board system.  During her time with Portsmouth, District 19, and Henrico CSBs she served in a number of different capacities including Case Manager, Crisis and outpatient therapist, Clinical Case Management supervisor, PACT team leader, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Clinical Supervisor, and Manager of Adult Outpatient MH and SUD Services, Jail MH and SUD Services, and Court Evaluation Services.  Stacy also taught in the Virginia Commonwealth University BSW and MSW programs for over a decade and had a private practice for five years in the Richmond area. 

Originally from Pennsylvania, she moved to Virginia in 1984 and has made the state her home since then.  She is married with a blended family including five children, two dogs, and a soon to be born grandson.  She can be found outside of work spending time with friends and family, reading, watching movies, or working on home improvement projects. 

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National Association of Social Workers - Virginia Chapter

4860 Cox Road, Suite 200 Glen Allen, VA 23060