Structured Family Recovery®

Counselor Training

Structured Family Recovery® Counselor Training and Certification is designed to prepare addiction therapists, clergy, and other well-qualified individuals to work with the entire family system, beginning in the earliest days of treatment, and throughout the first year of recovery. The textbook for this training is: It Takes a Family: A Cooperative Approach to Lasting Sobriety.

Debra and Jeff Jay redefined how trainings are done in the addiction field, with their standard-setting intervention trainings at Betty Ford Center and The Retreat. The Structured Family Recovery® Counselor Training and Certification expands on this innovative and challenging design for learning. Participants come away with a strong skill set and a valuable way to expand their practice.

We believe in raising the bar of excellence and, in doing so, elevating the reputation of the addiction treatment profession.

Debra and Jeff Jay will facilitate three distance learning sessions, prior to the three days of classroom training at the McIver Center at The Retreat. Distance learning dates are shown below.

  • Presented by Debra & Jeff Jay
  • Maximum of 10 students
  • Highly personalized
  • 27 CEUs, 2 distance learning sessions, 3 days onsite training, plus supervision of your initial cases
  • Advanced skill-building
  • Retreat style
  • Private room at the McIver Center, wi-fi, taxes, all meals & snacks, plus welcome dinner hosted by Debra Jay included in tuition

“I have been in the addiction field for 30+ years and I been trained by the best including Vernon Johnson, Pia Mellody, and Terry Gorski. But I have to say that the SFR® training with Debra & Jeff Jay was by far the best I have ever had. As Dr. Robert DuPont states in the Introduction of Debra’s book It Takes a Family, this work is the “missing piece” in the addiction field. As the owner of an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Center, I have incorporated many of the concepts in to our work and we are already beginning to see dramatic changes.”

Lois Jordan, LCSW, LCDC
Owner/Director of Solutions Outpatient Services
Dallas, TX

$2,600.00 – Early Registration Discount

$3,100 after March 29th 2018
Trainings fill quickly.

June 17th – 20th 2018
The McIver Center at The Retreat
Minneapolis, MN

Your tuition price includes:

  • 3-day onsite training, June 17th–20th,  McIver Center at the Retreat
  • 2 distance-learning sessions, June 2nd & June 9th (10 AM to noon Eastern)
  • Distance Learning Sessions are recorded and can be accessed at later dates
  • 3 Post-training SFR™ supervision sessions with Jeff or Debra
  • 27 CEUs
  • 3-night stay with private sleeping room at the McIver Center at The Retreat
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and beverages
  • Orientation and welcome dinner, hosted by Jeff and Debra Jay, June 17th
  • All books, materials, and supplies are included
  • Access to Wayzata Big Woods and nature trails
  • Meals prepared by The Retreat’s award-winning chef
  • Read our refund policy here


“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, MaLicensed Professional Counselor

“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.”

Robert DuPont, MD1st Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse

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Requirements for admission

Structured Family Recovery® training and certification is open to experienced professionals and clergy. In order to register for this training, a participant must meet the requirements shown below. Also note exceptions.

1. Three years full-time or five years part-time relevant experience in the addiction field.

2. Strong knowledge and personal experience in any of the 12-step programs.

3. Advanced degree in relevant field with certification in addiction counseling OR bachelors degree with certification in addiction counseling (CAC, CAP or other)

Exceptions: CLERGY, EAPs, and certain OTHERS with strong addiction and 12-step experience but fewer professional credentials will be considered. If you think you should be considered for admission, we will make decisions based on your individual background.

Call Lori Forseth, Clinical Coordinator, with questions:
(outside the USA, +1-313-882-6921)

Read our refund policy HERE.

Helpful details, times, and dates

for planning your clinical intervention training

  • 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).
  • More details HERE
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