Professional Development Institute

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.

2018 Schedule of Classes 

March 16: Screening, Assessment & Treatment Planning (#373)

Effective clinical and ethical practices as they relate to screening, assessment and treatment planning will be discussed for various clinical settings. Kathyrn Brewer, PhD, LPC, LCPC, CCTP

April 6: Youth Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) (#374)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) theorizes that human happiness is found by focusting on three key skills: the ability to be present; to open up; and do what matters. Jim LeCluyse, LCSW, LSCSW, LCAC, MAC

April 20: Trauma & Addiction Treatment & Recovery (#375)

Addiction and trauma are closely intertwined. Those who seek treatment for addiction may have a history of trauma or could experience trauma as a result of their addiction. Kathryn Brewer, PhD, LPC, LCPC, CCTP

May 11: Ethical Issues for Counseling Trauma Survivors  (#376)

Information and resources for counseling clients with substance use disorders who have also experienced traumas in their lives. Mary Vorsten, MA, MDiv, LCPC, CRAADC, MAC

June 8: Creative Activities for Group Education/Counseling (#377)

An interactive training where participants will practice activities that can be used in educational and group counseling sessions. Scott Breedlove, MRSS

June 22: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) (#378)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a popular evidence-based therapy commonly used to treat trauma, anxiety and addictions. Kathryn Brewer, PhD, LPC, LCPC, CCTP

August 10: Developing a Language of Care and Hope Management (#379)

None of us can get through life unscathed. Learn how to grow new strengths and perspectives. Thomas Scott, MS, LPC

August 24: Motivational Interviewing (MI) (#380)

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based treatment that addresses willingness to change. Keith Faison, CCJC, CRADC, LAC.

September 14: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) (#381)

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is specifically designed to help people who have chronic, relapsing depression (Major Depressive Disorder). Combines concepts of cognitive-behavior therapy with the meditative practice of mindfulness. Jim LeCluyse, LCSW, LSCSW, LCAC, MAC

October 5: Ethics & Digital Age (#382)

Learn how technology has impacted the ethics and dynamics of various behavioral health professions. Topics will include legal remifications of using technology and how to decide ethically what technology to use. Scott Breedlove, MRSS

October 19: Ethics & Special Populations: Ethical Issues Regarding Diversity of Clients (#383)

This class will assist the substance abuse counselor in increasing their understanding of the ethical issues in counseling clients of special population groups. Mary Vorsten, MA, MDiv, LCPC, CRAADC, MAC