University of Charleston

(Charleston, WV) – West Virginia Recovery Oriented Care Solutions (WVROCS), the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute (WV DII), the University of Charleston, and the West Virginia Chapter of the International Nursing Society on Addictions (WV-IntNSA) will partner to present the 2019 WVROCS Educational Seminar for medical professionals and those working with substance use disorder (SUD) and addiction response.

The seminar will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm at the University of Charleston. Session topics will include presentations from experts on the latest advances in the science of addiction and treatment of SUD, successful treatment alternatives, brain chemistry and pharmacology, ethics of all roads of recovery. Continuing education units are available for ARPRN, RN, Pharmacists, Social Workers, Recovery Coaches, and counselors.

“Our hope is to bring together professionals working in SUD recovery and prevention in an effort to educate attendees about the science of addiction,” said Dr. Susan Bissett, president of the West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute.

Featured speakers include Dr. Vance Shaw, Addiction Medicine Specialist from Eastern Tennessee State University and Ms. Susie Mullens, Licensed Psychologist, MAC/AADC.
A panel discussion will include perspectives from local experts from a variety of health professions. In addition, stories of those in recovery will be featured throughout the event.

“Our goal in presenting these speakers is to offer vital tools healthcare professionals need when presented with patients who are in active addiction or recovery. These tools will give participants an edge on assessing, diagnosing, developing patient care plans, providing treatment, recovery and discharge. WVROCS wants to help bring the HOPE back to people with SUD in our state while providing education and improving treatment options for healthcare professionals,” said Denise Hanson, RN Founder and Chair of the West Virginia Recovery Oriented Care Solutions Committee.
Registration is $35 and includes pending completion approval of CEUs (if applicable) and lunch is included. The registration deadline is September 10, 2019. To register, visit
About WV DII
The West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute (WV DII) at the University of Charleston is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The mission of the WV DII is to reduce deaths in West Virginia from opioid and drug abuse by being (a) an independent advocate for life-enhancing drug policies, and practices, (b) a hub for coordinating drug response activities, and (c) an educational center to address the prevalence of drug abuse and the stigma of drug addiction. The Institute is housed at the University of Charleston in West Virginia’s state capital and is designed to: identify and assess best practices through research and data analysis, provide education programs on prescription drug safety, collaborate with municipalities and agencies to promote best practices to prevent overdose deaths, advocate for policies that promote educational and employment opportunities for those in recovery, and identify and implement prevention strategies.

Dr. Susan M. Bissett, President
WV Drug Intervention Institute at UC