Talk It Out Tuesdays Virtual Conference

We hope you enjoyed our collaborative Talk It Out Tuesdays conference series!

Every Tuesday in March 2021, Talk It Out NC featured speakers to discuss strategies and research about preventing underage drinking. Our speakers joined us from a variety of backgrounds and professional fields, and we appreciate their input and help in reaching our goal to end underage drinking in North Carolina!

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming events in our Talk It Out Tuesdays virtual conference series!


Scott Miller, Ph.D.
International Center for Clinical Excellence

March 2nd

Better Results: Using Deliberate Practice to Improve Effectiveness

Presentation Summary
Dr. Scott Miller, co-author of the newly released book, Better Results, has dedicated his professional life to helping clinicians improve their practices by using deliberate practice, a systemic approach for improving psychotherapy outcomes, one clinician at a time. In his presentation, Dr. Miller will demonstrate how to collect and use client outcome data to create an individualized professional development plan to improve the quality of service for clinicians.


Scott D. Miller, Ph.D. is the founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence an international consortium of clinicians, researchers, and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioral health services. Dr. Miller conducts workshops and training in the United States and abroad, helping hundreds of agencies and organizations, both public and private, to achieve superior results. He is one of a handful of “invited faculty” whose work, thinking, and research is featured at the prestigious “Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference.” His humorous and engaging presentation style and command of the research literature consistently inspires practitioners, administrators, and policy makers to make effective changes in service delivery.

Dr. Joe Lee
Hazelden Betty Ford Youth Continuum

March 9th

Understanding Alcohol and Other Substance Use Disorders in Youth and Young Adults

Presentation Summary
Many youth have risk factors for the development of alcohol and other substance use disorders that largely go undetected in their environments. Because some youth have not yet met criteria for a severe substance use disorder, their concerning trajectories are often unaltered until they have significant consequences later in life. In this presentation, we will present developmental perspectives for detecting high risk youth to encourage a proactive approach. Sample strategies for engaging youth will also be discussed. Lastly, we will discuss the unique role family doctors can play in facilitating discussions with youth and their parents about the dangers of underage drinking.

Donita Robinson, Ph.D.
UNC School of Medicine & Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies

March 16th

Alcohol and the Teenage Brain – Impact on Student Success

Presentation Summary
Adolescence is a developmental period characterized by risk-taking and sensation seeking, and this often leads to experimentation with addictive drugs. The adolescent brain is specifically sensitive to some aspects of alcohol and insensitive to others, which leads many adolescents to binge drink and makes them vulnerable to blackouts. One notable vulnerability is learning and memory, raising the possibility that alcohol-induced memory impairments can impact academic performance. While adolescents eventually “age out” of these sensitivities and often “age out” of problem drinking, new research suggests that binge drinking produces long-lasting effects on the brain and decision-making behavior. Dr. Robinson will discuss the neurobiology of the adolescent brain, its unique response to alcohol, the persistent effects of binge drinking, and potential ways to reverse those effects.

Rev. Porter Taylor
Assisting Episcopal Bishop in Virginia

March 23rd

By Our Wounds We Are Healed

Presentation Summary
Our lives are always paradoxical. What seems a curse becomes a blessing.  Porter Taylor will address the mystery of how his alcoholism surprisingly enabled him to connect more deeply to his higher power, the wider human family, and his true self. His talk will center both on his own story and the paradox that is true for all seekers: we must lose ourselves before we can find ourselves, but in the process, we discover a deeper, wider, and more meaningful life. What he has learned from these experiences, has enabled him to share about the dangers of underage drinking with youth and their families. He will talk about the important role of faith communities working with youth and their families about substance abuse issues. Porter always includes stories—some autobiographical—as well as emphasizing the paradoxical promise that recovery enables us to be grateful recovering alcoholics.

William Moyers
Hazelden Betty Ford

March 30th

Advocacy 101: It’s Your Challenge, It’s Your Opportunity

About the Speaker
William C. Moyers is the vice president of public affairs and community relations for Hazelden Betty Ford, based in Minnesota.

As the organization’s public advocate since 1996 Moyers carries the messages about addiction, treatment and recovery to audiences across the nation.

He has appeared on Larry King Live, the Oprah Winfrey show, Good Morning America and National Public Radio. Moyers is the author of several books including Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption, a New York Times best-selling memoir published in 2006 that is still in print. He lives in Saint Paul.

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