• Hands down, the most professional, content rich training I have ever attended. -Helen Parker, PhD

Professional Interventionist Training and Certification

Love First certified Clinical Interventionist training and certification program

The Love First Intervention training is coming to Australia, sponsored by The Sydney Retreat.

This training and certification program is unlike any other. Active learning dominates the experience, and you will gain new skills and increased confidence. This course is not for beginners. It is a training and certification program for experienced clinicians and other qualified professionals. Thirty (30) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits are available through your certificate of attendance.Love First, by Jeff Jay and Debra Jay, Hazelden, 2021.

Jeff and Debra Jay have developed an advanced curriculum, complete with custom workbooks designed exclusively for this training. All participants will receive clinical field materials, written by the Jays, to be used when doing actual interventions.

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The 5-day interventionist training course covers every aspect of the process, including:

  • structured family intervention
  • executive-style intervention
  • invitational intervention
  • workplace intervention
  • adolescent intervention
  • co-occurring disorder
  • older adult intervention
  • licensed professionals
  • and more

You will learn how to individualize the intervention process to the needs of the family and the addicted person, including working with co-occurring disorders and special populations.

Participants engage in analysis, evaluation, problem-solving, and team-based learning. The course includes 3 case supervisions, by the end of the calendar year.

Jeff and Debra Jay have set the highest bar possible for this training. There is no fluff or filler. The training is challenging day-in and day-out. You will leave this training with a new skill set you can use immediately.

Lodging, meals, and snacks are included in the tuition cost of the training. All participants will stay at the St Joseph’s Spirituality & Education Centre, Kincumber South. The Centre provides a comfortable, home-like setting for the training. You will not be sitting in a sterile classroom, but will instead work and learn in a beautiful setting.

Interventionist training for clinicians. Certification in the Love First model of intervention.

Growing Your Practice

Jeff Jay provides an special workshop Friday afternoon on how to build and market your intervention practice. He will teach you how to grow your private practice and become a trusted partner for treatment providers. He will share decades of experience and insight, with methods you can use right away.

Official seal of a Love First Certified Clinical Interventionist

Students who attend the training, pass the final exam, and complete three supervisions with Jeff Jay (included) will earn the right to display the LFCCI seal on their website with an explanatory link.

Jeff & Debra Jay provides special workshop on how to build and market intervention practice and grow from a local interventionist to a regional interventionist to a national interventionist


“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.”

“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.”

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

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

Nov 17-22, 2024

St Joseph’s Spirituality & Education Centre, Kincumber South

$6,995.00–early registration discount

$7,995.00 after June 30, 2024

Training, meals, and lodging included.

Your tuition price includes:

  • Lodging and meals at St. Joseph’s Retreat
  • 5-day course, 30 clinical hours (see curriculum)
  • Certificate of attendance for CPD credits
  • Personal supervision by Jeff Jay of 3 interventions
  • Welcome dinner, hosted by Jeff and Debra Jay, Sunday night
  • Custom workbooks and field materials
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and beverages
  • Dynamic, immersive training experience (see testimonials)
  • How to build your intervention practice with Jeff Jay, Friday afternoon
  • Much more

Admission Requirements

The Love First professional interventionist training and certification is designed for experienced addiction specialists and other seasoned professionals. We believe the job of an interventionist is not a job for beginners. To register for this training, a participant should have 3 years of experience in an addiction treatment or mental health program.

In addition, we require strong personal knowledge of 12-Step recovery.

EXCEPTIONS: Medical or treatment professionals, clergy, or others with strong experience, a 12 Step background, 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.

We’ll be glad to talk to you.

Contact John Malone at The Sydney Retreat: 02 9171 2920.

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    Helpful details, times, and dates

    for planning your clinical intervention training

    • Sunday: Orientation at 5 PM, followed by Welcome Dinner with Jeff & Debra
    • Training is Monday through Friday.
    • Monday-Thursday: 8:45 am to 5:30 pm.
    • Friday : 8:45 am to 12:00 pm (or 2:30 with optional marketing class)
    • Optional session: “How to Build Your Private Practice,” with Jeff Jay, Friday, 1PM to 2:30 PM.
    • We have breakfast together in the dining room at 8:15 every day.
    • See our refund policy here.
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