Training testimonials

Intervention training and certification testimonials by clinicians who have completed the Love First certification training, hosted by Betty Ford Center.

Clinicians who’ve completed the interventionist training say…


“This was one of the great training experiences of my professional life. I first picked up the book Love First in 2002 and this training was the fullest realization I can imagine of Jeff & Debra’s vision of how Love First becomes the gold standard for professional clinical intervention services in the field of chemical dependency care.

–Bill Russen, Executive Director, Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services, Ithaca, NY

“Hands down one of the best, most professional, ‘content rich’ trainings I have ever attended…a total joy and privilege to have spent time not just with Debra and Jeff, but the whole class!”

–Helen Parker, Ph.D.(candidate), Sydney Intervention, Sydney, Austrailia

“Long ago when I first read the books Love First by Jeff and Debra Jay and No More Letting Go by Debra I fell in love with their approach to interventions. I realized over time that Jeff and Debra Jay are two of the top interventionists in the world and as I got to know them, I saw that they lived lives of dignity and integrity. Jeff and Debra put together a package of written material for this training that amazed me. It must have taken countless hours. The team teaching and group involvement format was a very stimulating experience. The group of participants quickly became a team and we learned a great deal from each other. The small class size allowed for close personal attention. Even though I am an experienced interventionist holding the BRI-II credential, I benefited greatly from this seminar. This seminar cost me nothing. The money I paid was an investment in my profession which will pay a handsome return over the years. I highly recommend this training.”

–Norm Boshoff, Clinical Interventionist, M.Div., Th.M., CADC II, BRI-II

“This was a fantastic training that included didactic, experiential, and interactive learning. What an incredibly caring and competent group I shared the experience with.  Thank you Debra and Jeff for your generosity of self and all the work that went into organizing it. Not only have I made new friends, but once again, saw the power of Love First in our clinical intervention work. Thank you!”

–Paige Stetson, MA, LPC, LMHC, clinical interventionist, Greenwich, CT

“The training I received from Love First was the best I have attended in 25 years as a counselor.  It was engaging, relevant and imminently useful. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.”

–Jeff Henrich, LADC, Director of Men’s Treatment, Guest House, Rochester, MN

“I truly cannot speak highly enough about my experience with Jeff and Debra Jay and their clinical intervention training. The Jays have a passion and a working knowledge of interventions that I couldn’t begin to find elsewhere. The training was incredibly inclusive and well-paced. They were highly accessible as instructors and imparted their knowledge in a fun, warm and energetic environment.”

–Adam Crump, MA, LPC, LCDC, therapist, Fort Worth, TX

“The 5 day training at Betty Ford with Debra and Jeff was absolutely fabulous! I will hold that experience close to my heart for a very long time. The concepts & skills I learned will enable me to be an even better clinician. Thank you so much for the amazing learning opportunity and thank you for being so thorough in your teaching methods.”

–Patti Griffis, MA, LMHC, CAP, therapist, Jacksonville, FL

“As an overseas participant from Australia, I want to express what an unforgetable five days I had. The training and information package Jeff and Debra Jay provided was of an exceptionally high standard and quality. The training gave me a deeper and richer understanding of facilitating a successful Intervention with families/teams. I can’t say enough for the training, accommodation, food, professionalism and ease as the five days unfolded.

“As an overseas visitor I was made to feel extremely welcome and made some lovely friendships. This was an experience that I will never forget and the wonderful people that came into my life, even though it was for a short time. Thank you Debra and Jeff for a wonderful experience, and last but not least a big thank you to Angelica for being an instumental part of the week and your warm spirit of presence to the group.”

–Lesley Withey, Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Syndey, Australia


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