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Darla Belflower

Founder and CEO

Book Launch

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July 19, 2023

I Am Not Anonymous

By Darla Belflower

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Thank you to everyone who came out and supported me for my company and book launch! Stay tuned for what is next!



Darla Belflower has worked in leadership in the substance use disorder and behavioral health fields for over three decades. She operates her own training and consulting company covering a variety of behavioral health topics, including peer support, diversity equity and inclusion, recovery language, harm reduction, and LBGTQ+. She serves as the Clinical Director at Healing House, a substance use disorder recovery organization.

She is Vice Chair of the Kansas City Recovery Coalition. She is a member of The Missouri Behavioral Health Council's Culture, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI) Committee. Darla is a member of the Missouri Department of Mental Health State Advisory Counsel. Darla is a member of the Missouri Coalition of Recovery Support Providers.

Darla is a Clinically Licensed Social Worker in both Missouri and Kansas, a Licensed Addiction Counselor in Kansas, a Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Missouri, a Certified Peer Specialist, a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, and a trainer and educator of Narcan distribution. She obtained her MSW from the University of Kansas, and she has a BS in Psychology and Alcohol and Drug Studies from Missouri Valley College. She has made presentations at numerous professional conferences, seminars, and trainings at the local, state, and national levels.



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April 11th, 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM CT

Ethical Practice with Diverse Communities

Missouri Association of Treatment Court Professionals Conference

Providers must always be mindful of the ethical standards of the profession. It is our responsibility to be culturally compliant in the services we provide. Race, ethnicity, and cultural background may influence a peer's identity and life circumstances. Other factors, such as gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, religion, and ability, may also play into the context of a given peer's mental health and substance use disorder.

This course blends didactic material with interactive and small-group exercises to help you understand your ethical responsibility while delivering services to diverse communities. We will review relevant ethical standards, discuss common issues and missteps, and give you opportunities to test your knowledge.

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April 11th 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM CT

Substance Use Disorder and LBGTQ+ People; Assessing the Impact of Compounded Stigma and Treatment Considerations for this Population

Missouri Association of Treatment Court Professionals Conference

Substance use is a complex issue that affects individuals from all walks of life, including the LGBTQ community. Unfortunately, members of this community often face unique challenges when seeking help for addiction. Stigma, shame, and a lack of family support can all make it difficult for LGBTQ individuals to access the resources they need to overcome substance use disorders.

As a service provider, it is essential to approach these issues with sensitivity and compassion. Ethical considerations must be considered when providing services to LBGTQ individuals, and it is critical to create an organization that is welcoming and accepting.

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April 23rd and the 25th or June 25th and 27th

10:00 AM -2:00 PM Central Time Virtual

Two Part Training

California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions

Co-Occurring Disorders

An Overview of Prevalence, Assessment, Client Engagement and Treatment Interventions

Individuals diagnosed with a mental illness have varying lifetime prevalence rates for developing a substance use disorder. Unfortunately, individuals with co-occurring disorders face numerous challenges, such as an increase in the severity of symptoms, lower treatment adherence rates, higher dropout rates, an increased risk of suicide, and a greater chance of relapse. To help providers better understand this population, this workshop will provide education on the prevalence of co-occurring disorders, assessment tools, engagement strategies with specialized populations, and treatment interventions.

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April 26th, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM CT Virtual

Certified Peer Specialty Training: Ethical Practice with Diverse Communities

Missouri Credentialing Board For Missouri Certified Peer Specialist Only

Peers must always be mindful of the profession's ethical standards. It is our responsibility to be culturally compliant in the services we provide. Race, ethnicity, and cultural background may influence a peer's identity and life circumstances. Other factors, such as gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, religion, and ability, may also play into the context of a given peer's mental health and substance use disorder.

This course blends didactic material with interactive and small-group exercises to help you understand your ethical responsibility while delivering services to diverse communities. We will review relevant ethical standards, discuss common issues and missteps, and give you opportunities to test your knowledge.

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May 13th and 14th

11:00 AM -2:00 PM Central Time Virtual

Two-Part Training California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions

Part I Understanding Your Role as a Peer

This course will provide information about the challenges peer support specialists face in this regard and how to apply core competencies to reduce the impact of these challenges and support others in recovery. We will review the importance of boundaries with practical tools on how to implement them with the peers you work with. We will also discuss boundaries with your team members to prevent role drift.


Part II Supervision of Peer Staff

Supervising peer support specialist professionals offers unique challenges. This occurs due to the nuances of those specific roles and the way that their personal experiences as a client of the mental health system, by definition, play a central role in how they work with clients. This course will discuss some of the complexities and unique challenges that you may confront when supervising peer support specialists and other lived-experience professionals.

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April 23rd and the 25th or June 25th and 27th

10:00 AM -2:00 PM Central Time Virtual

Two Part Training

California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions

Co-Occurring Disorders

An Overview of Prevalence, Assessment, Client Engagement and Treatment Interventions

Individuals diagnosed with a mental illness have varying lifetime prevalence rates for developing a substance use disorder. Unfortunately, individuals with co-occurring disorders face numerous challenges, such as an increase in the severity of symptoms, lower treatment adherence rates, higher dropout rates, an increased risk of suicide, and a greater chance of relapse. To help providers better understand this population, this workshop will provide education on the prevalence of co-occurring disorders, assessment tools, engagement strategies with specialized populations, and treatment interventions.

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June 14th Central Time 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Virtual


Substance Use Disorder and LBGTQ+ People; Assessing the Impact of Compounded Stigma and Treatment Considerations for this Population

Missouri Credentialing Board

Substance use is a complex issue that affects individuals from all walks of life, including the LGBTQ community. Unfortunately, members of this community often face unique challenges when seeking help for addiction. Stigma, shame, and a lack of family support can all make it difficult for LGBTQ individuals to access the resources they need to overcome substance use disorders.

As a service provider, it is important to approach these issues with sensitivity and compassion. Ethical considerations must be considered when providing services to LBGTQ individuals, and it is critical to create an organization that is welcoming and accepting.

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Darla’s Blog

April 8, 2024

LBGTQ+ Counnity and Substance Use Disorder

Substance use disorder (SUD) affects millions of people around the world, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. However, research shows that the LGBTQ community is at a higher risk of developing SUD than the general population.

One of the significant factors contributing to the higher prevalence of SUD among the LGBTQ community is the stigma and discrimination they often face. LGBTQ individuals are more likely to experience rejection, harassment, and violence, which can lead to anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. The LGBTQ community has unique stressors and challenges, such as coming out and discrimination from family, friends, and society. Experiencing rejection or disapproval can lead to feelings of shame, isolation, and low self-esteem, which can increase the risk of developing SUD.

Another contributing factor is the lack of culturally competent support and resources for the LGBTQ community. Many healthcare providers and addiction treatment centers may not be equipped to address the specific needs of LGBTQ individuals. This can lead to inadequate treatment, lack of understanding, and even discrimination, which can discourage individuals from seeking help.

Given these challenges, it's critical to create safe and supportive environments for the LGBTQ community to address SUD. This includes providing access to inclusive and culturally sensitive addiction treatment, support groups, and mental health services. It's also important to raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQ community and reduce stigma and discrimination.

By creating more inclusive and supportive environments and addressing stigma and discrimination, we can help reduce the prevalence of SUD among the LGBTQ community and improve their overall health and well-being.


Darla Belflower Books

I Am Not Anonymous

Recovery Planning

Gratitude Journal

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