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from the forward to It Takes a Family, by

It Takes a Family, by Debra JayRobert L. DuPont, M.D.,
First Director on the National Institute of Drug Abuse

Debra Jay unlocks the secrets of this revolutionary approach [the New Paradigm] to addiction. She adds a significant new dimension by focusing on the role of the family both in creating this system of care management and in making it work, long term. The author highlights the essential element of the approach as no one else has: the crucial role of the addict’s family.


Structured Family Recovery® training and certification begins with 4 distance learning sessions, each lasting for 2 hours. These sessions lay the groundwork for the upcoming three-day onsite classroom work, which focuses on skill building.


In the tradition of Love First Trainings, participants will graduate from this course with meaningful clinical skills that they can immediately apply to their professional lives and use to build a richer portfolio of competencies to offer clients and patients.


The goal is to learn how to approach families in this revolutionary manner, engaging them on a long-term course of family recovery that “makes recovery, not relapse,” as Dr. DuPont says,  “the expected outcome of addiction treatment.”


In over 20 years of specializing in family systems and addiction, I’ve never seen families change so quickly. As a matter of fact, I see things happen in 2 to 3 weeks that, as a profession, we just weren’t able to make happen before. I see how these changes are having a profound effect on reducing the relapse rate in families.   

                                               -Steve Hanna, MA, LPC, SFR counselor



Debra JayWayzata, MN • June 17–20, 2018

  • Presented by Debra Jay and Jeff Jay
  • 27 CEUS, 6 hours of distance learning and 3 days of onsite learning
  • Experienced professionals only
  • Advanced skill building
  • All training materials included
  • Limited to 10 participants
  • Private room at the McIver Center, at The Retreat included


Distance Learning Segment

Distance learning sessions are scheduled for June 2nd & 9th, 2018. The sessions are two hours each, 10am to 12pm, EDT. If a participant has an important schedule conflict, a solution can be worked out (sessions are recorded). Distance learning is the perfect choice for learning the fundamentals that prepare students for their upcoming classroom experience.


Onsite Learning Segment

Onsite learning sessions take place June 17-20, 2018, at the McIver Center at The Retreat in Wayzata, MN. Active learning dominates the classroom experience. Students engage in problem solving, analysis, evaluation, and participation in team-based learning.


These sessions are designed to teach students how to put into practice with their clients, what was introduced during the distance learning sessions.


View the Curriculum Highlights


  • June 17th: Orientation at 5 PM, Welcome Dinner at 7 PM.
  • Classes are held on June 18–20, 2018.
  • Class time on June 18 & 19, 2018 is: 8:45 am to 5:30pm.
  • Class time on June 20 is: 8:45am to 2:30pm.
  • Each morning, before class, we have breakfast together in the dining room at 8:15am (included).



Learn more about Debra and Jeff Jay.


McIver Center, at The Retreat

As part of the training package, every participant will enjoy their own private room at The McIver Center at The Retreat, in Wayzata, MN.

  • All meals provided by The Retreat’s award-winning chef
  • Fitness Center
  • Meditation Room
  • Lounge area with fireplace and library
  • Access to the Wayzata Big Woods and nature trails



Each student has a private sleeping room. The training is presented in a retreat-style setting, so spouses and significant others are not able to attend or participate.

Meals Provided

Jeff and Debra Jay host an orientation dinner on June 17th, at 7pm. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided daily. These are times we connect, share thoughts and ideas, and begin our day together.



For more information, call Lori Forseth: 888-533-1312


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