NSLA Training Tuesday, October 4th


   Siena Room at The Tuscany Suites & Casino

For More Information Call:  701-590-1491

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. 4th, please email: [email protected]


When:                                                                                                                                                                             Wednesday, October 5th, 2022                                                                                                                                         8:00am – 5:15pm Tuscany Room (Lunch included) 

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

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

NSLA members – $100

Non-Members – $125

Where: Tuscany Suites & Casino 

  • 255 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169
  • Room rate is $84.00 per night (reference National Sober Living Association room rates). Reservations made by calling hotel directly at (702) 893-8933 OR click the following to redirect to the hotel page:
  • Within walking distance to The Strip, fitness center, pool, several restaurants, spa and more located in hotel.

Schedule & Speakers:

8:00 – 8:45 am.  Registration Opens

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

9:15 – 10:15 am.  Session 1:  “I Am a Sucker For Sober Living.” –  The Hon. Daniel Traynor – In his role as a United States District Judge, Judge Traynor regularly handles multiple cases involving residents of sober living homes. Judge Traynor will share the ins and outs of working with the judicial system as well as the “what to do” and “what not to do” when your residents appear in court. Prior to his judicial service, he was engaged in an active general litigation practice, with a particular interest in insurance defense, personal injury, business litigation and Indian law. Judge Traynor is a United States District Judge. He also represents the ND Bar Association in the ABA House of Delegates, serves on the Board of Governors of the State Bar Association, the ABA Commission on the American Jury and is a member of the Cybersecurity Legal Task Force.

10:30 – 11:30 am. Session 2: “Tapping the Power of Marketing, Social Media and Fundraising.”  – Adam Martin, Founder and CEO of The F5 Project – Mr. Martin will share his wealth of experience in how to work smarter, not harder to produce the results you are looking for with your sober living home business. Martin is not your typical entrepreneur, business owner and nonprofit founder. He was a very successful Sales and Marketing professional in the technology industry, who chose to walk from his profession to start a non-profit. A nonprofit for the most highly stigmatized people in the state – felons. So began the F5 Project, which helps people coming directly out of jail and prison find stability in their communities. In 5 short years Mr. Martin has become the CEO of a nonprofit company with a 2.4 million dollar operating budget. He oversees 40 employees, 7 transitional homes, peer supports and many other program-partnership agreements.

11:45 – 1:15 pm.  Elections and Networking Lunch (lunch provided)

1:30 – 2:30 pm.  Session 3:”Hot Topics.” – Judith Roberts, JD – Ms. Roberts will present an overview of the legal, legislative and social issues currently facing sober living homes, such as the challenges of Transgender, Non-Binary and Gender Non-Confirming individuals residing within sober living homes. She will also address the nationwide push towards regulating sober living homes and what owners/operators can do to protect the autonomy their homes. Ms. Roberts is a licensed attorney and the Founder of Hope Manor – Sober LIving Homes. Judith has received awards by the ND State Bar Association and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers who recognized  her with the “Sunlight of the Spirit” award. She has also received “Humanitarian of the Year” and “Frontier” awards from the Governor of North Dakota for her work in sober living.

2:45 – 3:45 pm.  Session 4: “How To Be a Leader Without Losing Your….Ship” – Gwen Westerlund, LPC, NCC, MAC, MATS – In this workshop, Ms. Westerlund will address important mental health issues, tools, tips and techniques for those with leadership roles in sober living. Ms. Westerlund is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in North Dakota and Colorado. She is also a board member for a nonprofit foundation that oversees sober living homes.             

4:00-5:00 pm.  Session 5: “Community Impact: Being an Asset Not a Liability.” – Terri Todd, Co-Founder of Ignatia’s House and Director of Gratitude in Action (GIA) – Ms. Todd will address how sober living operators can, and do, have meaningful and vital roles in the community. Sober living homes grant valuable and unique services in the community and collaboration with other services can help ensure that no one needing help falls through the cracks. Terri has been involved in operating sober living homes ice 2016 and has also been actively involved in legislative efforts locally, regionally and nationally. Her passion lies in reentry, family reconciliation and recovery. She has extensive knowledge of Drug Courts, Criminal Justice Reform and Reentry Reform. As Director of  GIA, Ms. Todd also focuses on fundraising and program development while serving as the current Chair of Yellowstone County Local Advisory Council on Behavioral Health. In addition she serves on 4 statewide advisory committees for homelessness, recovery and reentry.

        5:00-5:15 pm. Closing & Announcement of New Board Members and Open Regions

Sponsorship Opportunities


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.