Professional Development Institute

First Call offers a series of continuing education and certification classes designed for professionals in the recovery and prevention community.

Class Details

  • Registration and coffee at 8:30 a.m. Class from 9 a.m.
    - 4 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

  • All classes held at First Call: 9091 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64114, 3rd floor Community Training Room. 

  • Entry and parking on North side of building.

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


Payment & Registration

  • Payment must be received two (2) weeks prior to class.

  • All classes are $45 and 6 contact hours, unless otherwise noted.

  • Registration is not valid until paid in full.

  • Cancellations must be received 7 days before class date to receive a refund.

  • No credits or refunds will be issued for failure to cancel.

  • Pre-registration is required via online or mail only. 

  • Click HERE to pay by mail. 

2020 Professional Development Schedule

February 28

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) (#398)

March 6 

Cognitive Therapy & Clients Experiencing Suicidal Ideation


March 20

Motivational Interviewing (#400)

April 3 

Contemporary Ethics (#401)

April 17 

Women, Violence & Substance Use Disorder (#402)

May 8  

Trauma Informed Care (#403)

May 22 

Resiliency (#404)

June 12

Relapse Prevention (#405)

June 26

Spirituality & Recovery (#406)

August 14

The Psychology of Shame & Its Impact on Addiction (#407)

September 18

Ethics, Violent Behavior & the Substance User (#408)

September 25

Women & Substance Use Disorder (#409)

October 9

Grief: Its Role in the Treatment
of Substance Use Disorder (#410)

October 23

Ethics - Community Health Workers (#411)

MHFA teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or substance use challenge. This training helps you identify, understand and respond to the signs of addictions and mental illness. (8 a.m.- 5 p.m.) Sarah Emanuels & Andrew Dixon, First Call

Review the fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and learn how to approach assessment, management, treatment and referral of suicidal clients with CBT interventions and skills. Kathryn Brewer, PhD, LPC, NCC, CCTP, BC-TMH

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

Explore the standards of confidentiality, professional boundaries, social media, and other areas of ethical conduct in today’s environment. Kenneth Vick, Executive Director, Benilde Hall

Women who experience intimate partner violence are more likely to struggle with addiction issues. This class will review the assessment, treatment and collaboration models for intimate partner violence. Darren Faulkner, KC NoVA

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. Mirna Herrera, MA, MT-BC

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

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

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

Substance use disorder is a risk factor for violence. This training addresses ethical behavior regarding the treatment and interaction with clients. Darren Faulkner, KC NoVA

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

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

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

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