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Professional Development

Professional development is a priority.

As part of our commitment to the professional development of employees, FCA encourages employees to participate in on-going training.

The ALPHA Program
We are thrilled to offer our employees and others “Advanced Learning for Professionals in Health & Addiction” (ALPHA). 

ALPHA is the premier training destination for professionals working in the fields of Substance Use, Public Health, Human Services, Mental Health, Education and others.

Attend a Workshop
If you are a professional and would like to attend a workshop, please see contact information below and check back periodically to see our latest workshop offerings. 

Present a Workshop
Do you have expertise in a specific area of health and human services? If you are interested in presenting a workshop, please see contact information below.


Call (516) 746-0350
Jinny Ferro, Director of Education & Training, FCA
Email: JFerro@FCALI.org


The Impact of COVID-19 on Addictions - ALPHA CONFERENCE [$90 for all workshops]

REGISTER HERE for all workshops

COVID-19 has changed everyone’s life on a daily basis. However, there have been very serious effects rippling through the community relating to mental health and addictions. This conference will discuss the grave impact COVID-19 has had on    different types of addictions and provide strategies to work effectively with these populations during this unprecedented time in our history.  

The Impact of COVID-19 on Substance Use Treatment (1.5 CEUs)                                Thursday, October 1st, 2020 from 10am - 11:30am [$35.00] REGISTER HERE

Recovery from Substance Use addiction can be challenging. Removing support    systems, healthy coping mechanisms, and face-to-face treatment due to a pandemic make it exponentially harder. This training will discuss the negative toll COVID-19 has had on those in recovery from addiction and how substance use treatment has had to adapt in response to the pandemic. 

Problem Gambling Within a Pandemic (1.5 CEUs)                                                      Thursday, October 8th, 2020 from 10am - 11:30am [$35.00] REGISTER HERE

As a result of COVID-19, many of the already challenging components and risk factors were exacerbated for those experiencing problem gambling symptoms. During this course we will explore the myths and facts of problem gambling, as well as identify strategies for how to help those in need.

COVID Through the Eyes of a Peer (1.5 CEUs)                                                                    Thursday, October 15th, 2020 from 10am - 11:30am [$35.00] REGISTER HERE

COVID-19 has placed major barriers in the path of those seeking substance use treatment and support in their recovery. This training seeks to educate the community and clinicians on how peers have continued to engage individuals and their families during the pandemic. It also discusses the vicarious trauma experienced by peers as they continue to help others, while also maintaining their own recovery when personal resources and self-care strategies have been drastically reduced or removed.

Digital Addiction During COVID-19 (1.5 CEUs)                                                                    Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 from 10am - 11:30am [$35.00] REGISTER HERE

Technology is an inextricable part of our world. We talk, we text, we like, subscribe, game and connect with our phones, social media, and digital platforms every day. The impact of these patterns of behavior were significant before the pandemic - but with most of us shut in our homes, our screen time is way up. We'll talk about technology addiction, the impact of increased tech time, and how we can work with the technology to which we're attached.