Professional Development & Training

Agency Founder and President, Dr. Craig Pierce, provides continuing education trainings in interpersonal neurobiology, trauma-informed treatment, and grief trainings for clinicians and educators.

The Southwest Family Institute provides professional development and training opportunities to therapists on staff and other mental health providers in the community. We conduct regular trainings on various topics, including specific treatment modalities, interventions for particular mental health issues, best-practice standards for treating specific diagnoses, and ethical considerations in mental health. Participants in these trainings can NBCC certified CE hours.

Our clinicians are provided quality trainings free of charge, enough to satisfy the continuing education requirements for licensure in New Mexico. Our non-independently licensed clinicians are additionally supported.  After one year, the agency agrees to pay for study guides and exam fees for independent licensure.

Specialized training for Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST), Multi-Systemic Therapy for Problem ‘Sexual Behavior (MST-PSB), Thriving Kids, Seven Challenges, Comprehensive Community Support Services (CCSS), and Infant Mental Health is also provided free of charge to agency clinicians interested in working in these programs.


NBCC has approved Southwest Family Guidance Center & Institute as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6888. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are identified. Southwest Family Guidance Center & Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.