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Lead Facilitator and Owner

I am a graduate of Eckerd College with a major in Human Development, a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor-I, a Certified Peer Support Specialist Workshop Facilitator and a Masters in Social Work candidate with a focus in clinical trauma.

I have 20+ years of combined training & development and social services experience in the corporate sector, substance use recovery programs, and mental health. I have worked with large brand organizations as well as with the homeless population, at-risk families, substance use disorder and recovery programs, and mental health support programs.

I am trained in learning methodologies and instructing techniques as well as course material development to meet any of your professional training needs.


Lorna Simmons

Owner CE Training Workshops,
Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (I),
Certified Peer Support Specialist Workshop Facilitator, MSW Candidate Specializing in Clinical Trauma

Training Instructor

Erich Freywald Priest, MSW, LCSWA recently moved to North Carolina from Connecticut, where he completed his Master’s degree in Social Work with a focus on Group Work, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health. For the past 15+ years he has provided trainings, programming, and support to community care organizations throughout Washington, California, New York, and Connecticut to help improve cultural competency and decrease barriers for LGBTQ+ clients and their families.

Erich specializes in strengths-based, recovery focused, and empowerment approaches when working with clients with co-occurring disorders, complex developmental trauma, and those living with HIV/AIDS. He currently works as a co-located Licensed Clinician at a non-profit organization providing direct services to adolescents, adults, and families in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and in the Chapel Hill Outpatient Clinic.


Erich Freywald Priest, MSW, LCSWA

Multi-discipline Masters Level Professional

Training Instructor

Marlo is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and licensed in the areas of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. She has experience working with individuals/families suffering from Substance Abuse (specializing in Opiate Addictions), Learning Disabilities, Depression, Anxiety, Parenting, and PTSD. She utilizes Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and components of DBT.

Marlo works in private practice and has been a Clinical Supervisor for several years offering both group and individual sessions. Marlo is also an adjunct instructor at Wake Tech Community College and enjoys spending time with her three children and riding her horse.

Marlo Watson, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Multi-discipline Masters Level Professional

Training Instructor

Shannon is a Durham native. Her undergraduate degrees are in sociology and criminal justice. Shannon also has her MA in Forensic Psychology as well as a graduate certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling.  She started her career in education and worked for many years with gang-involved youth.

After transitioning from education to full-time mental health, Shannon spent many years working with adolescents and adults struggling with severe and persistent mental illness, and/or substance use disorder, and chronic homelessness. Shannon offers over 20 years of experience working with these vulnerable populations. Shannon also believes in and strongly supports harm reduction initiatives as well as being an ally in the fight to ensure that our most vulnerable populations are treated with dignity and respect in their journey in recovery.

In her spare time, Shannon rehabilitates wildlife and believes strongly in the healing impact of animals in the therapeutic setting.

Shannon Facilitator


Multi-discipline Masters Level Professional