Professional Development Institute


ALL continuing education and certification classes for 2020 will be held virtually. The move to virtual classes was taken as a necessary precaution for containing the spread of COVID-19. These series of continuing education and certification classes are designed for professionals in the recovery and prevention community. Please note that class sessions will not be recorded.


We appreciate your flexibility and support as First Call has moved to remote service delivery via teleconferencing and HIPPA-compliant videoconferencing. For more information, please contact Michelle Irwin

Class Details

  • Classes are from 9 a.m. to noon. 

  • All classes approved by the Missouri Substance Abuse Professionals Credentialing Board for three contact hours.


Payment & Registration

  • Payment must be received 7 days prior to class.

  • All classes are $39 and 3 contact hours, unless otherwise noted.

  • Registration is not valid until paid in full.

  • No credits or refunds will be issued.

  • Pre-registration is required via online only. 

June 12

Relapse Prevention


2020 Professional Development Webinar Schedule

June 12


Relapse Prevention

June 26


Motivational Interviewing

July 10


How to Care 

July 22


Trauma Informed Care

August 7


Self-care in a Virtual Day


August 19


Spirituality & Recovery 

September 18


The Psychology of Shame & Its Impact on Addiction 

September 25


Women & Substance Use Disorder

October 2


Ethics - Community Health Workers 

October 9


Grief & Substance Use Disorder 

October 23



How building relapse prevention strategies and recognizing and planning for emergencies help prevent relapse. Nikki Bergstrom, LPC, LMAC

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based treatment that addresses the willingness to change. This conversational approach introduces treatments to help clients sustain their desired changes. Keith Faison, CCJC, CRADC, LAC

How to Care teaches adult caregivers (teachers, foster parents, extended family members, etc.) to better understand the dynamics of a family system impacted by substance use disorder, the lasting effects of this experience on children’s physical and emotional development, and the best approach to help them achieve their full potential. Megan Keller, MS, MAADC ll,

Learn how to provide trauma informed care and understand the involvement and impact of traumatic events, violence and victimization in the lives of many seeking help with mental health, substance use disorder and other issues. Angie Winkler, MS, LPC

The importance of taking care of yourself in these changing times. Kenneth Vick, Benilde Hall

Learn the importance of spirituality in the recovery process. Keith Faison, CCJC, CRADC, LAC

Shame is a powerful experience that often goes unaddressed. It impacts a person’s ability to cope, which often leads to unhealthy coping behaviors. Learn to address and understand shame’s pervasiveness in those who seek treatment for substance use disorder. Kathryn Brewer, PhD, LPC, LCPC, CCTP, BC-TMH

This training addresses the complexities of women and recovery, including social factors, trauma, the biological progression to dependence and co-occurring mental health disorders. The barriers to treatment, treatment options, and the intricacies of navigating and maintaining recovery for women will also be explored. Megan Fowler, LCSW, Bethany DePugh, CPS

Explore the different roles ethics plays in the recovery and prevention fields. Andrew Dixon, MPS 

Learn the relationship between bereavement and addiction, specifically among those who have substance use disorder. Nikki Bergstrom, LPC, LMAC

Understand the link between childhood trauma and negative health outcomes, and substance use later in life. Learn The positive impact of trauma informed care, and how to build resiliency in youth. Margaux Guignon, CRPS, MRSS & Megan Keller, MS, MAADC II

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