NSLA Training October 5th


   Room Florentine A at The Tuscany Suites & Casino

For More Information Call 701-590-1491


When:  Wednesday, October 6th, 2021
8:45am – 7:30pm (Lunch & dinner included)

What: Full day of informative and engaging workshops, keynote addresses by national industry leaders, awards luncheon, access to vendors, networking opportunities and much more.

Cost:$100 for NSLA Members $125 for non-members

For your convince NSLA will also offer a day long training for the founding, operation and management of sober living homes. This informative training includes best practices that we have compiled from homes across the nation. It is free for members and $150 for non-members. To preregister for the training on Tuesday Oct. 5th, please email: [email protected]

NSLA members – $100

Non-Members – $125

Where: Tuscany Suites & Casino 

  • 255 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169
  • Room rate is $79.00 per night (reference National Sober Living Association room rates). Reservations made by calling hotel directly at (702) 893-8933.
  • Within walking distance to The Strip, fitness center, pool, several restaurants, spa and more located in hotel.

Schedule & Speakers:

8:00 – 8:30 am.  Registration Opens

8:45– 9:00 am.  Welcome  Judith Roberts,  President of the National Sober Living Association.

9:00 – 10:00 am.  Session 1:  “Outcomes for Residents of Sober Living Homes and Strategies for Making them Better”, Megan L. Frankl M.S., CCMH – In this workshop Ms. Frankl will present results of careful, unbiased studies, research and principles of Social Model recovery complied from researchers across the nation. In addition she will discuss the philosophy, spiritual structure and therapeutic factors which are central for Sober Living Homes. Workshop will include discussion among attendees about ways they have used these principles.

10:15 – 11:15 am. Sessions 2: “Building Community”, Sol Ryan, The Retreat – Mr. Ryan is part of the leadership team at The Retreat, a recovery program  in the field of alcoholism and addiction located in Wayzata, MN. His main responsibilities include Sober Living, Alumni and Community Relations. In addition to his management of all 78 of The Retreat’s sober living beds, Sol actively teaches and trains The Retreat’s model. With over a decade of recovery, Sol is actively involved in both the Twin Cities and national recovery communities. Sol is a member of the National Sober Living Association (NSLA), Minnesota Association of Sober homes (MASH), National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) and he is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Steve Rummler Hope Network.

11:30 – 12:30 pm.  Session 3: “Sober Living Dynamics: You, Them & Us,Gwen Westerlund, LPC, NCC, MAC, MATS – Ms. Westerlund is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Colorado & North Dakota. She will address how personalities, perspectives and patterns affect and influence dynamics within the home. Her workshop will include how to identify define and maladaptive behavior patterns along with techniques to proactively motivate change before the atmosphere of recovery is dampened.

12:30 – 1:30 pm.  Networking Lunch – light lunch provided.

1:30 – 2:30 pm.  Session 4:”Working with Drug Courts and Probation: Integrating Sober Living into Community Corrections”, Sondra Buckles, M.S. (State Probation Officer) – Ms. Buckles has been with the ND Department of Corrections since 2012. She obtained a Master’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati in Analysis of Criminal Behavior. She has worked different caseloads within probation to include the South Central District Drug Court Coordinator for 3 years. She has supervised many individuals within community corrections who have resided at sober living facilities. Her insight can shed light as to what has worked, what has not worked and what type of individuals she has seen success with within sober living homes.

3:45 – 4:45 pm.  Session 5: “Imaginative, Innovation and Creative Programs & Projects”, A selection of progressive NSLA members              A fast and informative workshop by numerous NSLA members who will share unique and successful programs and projects they have implemented for their Sober Living Homes and in their community.            

5:30-7:30 pm.  Spiritus Award Dinner & Keynote Speaker “A Look Back: Adventures, Adversity, & Accomplishments”, Karl Moris              Mr. Moris, is the founder of Puente House Sober Living Homes and has been a passionate advocate for recovery from addiction for more than 24 years. A successful leader in the Los Angeles business community, Karl’s work serves people both inside and out of recovery. His life focus has been to meet needs where and when they arise. A full life of service, which began in the Navy, is anchored in his desire to bring the opportunities for recovery into a world saturated by drugs and alcohol, and has culminated in the opportunity to save thousands of lives through commitment to core recovery principles. Karl and his two children, Madison and Ryan, live in Covina, California.

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Email: Nationalsoberliving @  or call (701) 590-1491

The NSLA offers an annual national conference, as well as regional workshops and training in various aspects of the operation and leadership of sober living homes.

Overseeing the operation of a sober living home presents challenges that aren’t obvious to the casual observer or to the hopeful entrepreneur. Too many people open sober living homes without adequate preparation and training. That can cause great harm to vulnerable residents struggling to stay clean and sober. To be successful, you need a broader set of skills than is required in most businesses and NSLA can help you with that success. The successful operation of sober living requires skill and training. Like many businesses, it’s easy to make mistakes through lack of knowledge and preparation—mistakes that can have serious financial consequences and can cause harm to individuals at risk who are dependent on safe, supportive and well-managed sober living. The NSLA offers training for operators, managers and those interested in opening sober living homes. Our training offers participants a chance to learn about the best practices employed today, and to interact with others facing similar challenges. Our instructors have extensive experience in the field. We’re dedicated to maintaining high standards of professionalism, and offer these workshops as one way of promoting excellence in sober living operation and management.

All conferences, training and workshops are open to anyone in the community.