Structured Family Recovery®

Counselor Training & Certification

The SFR counselor training is designed to prepare addiction professionals, clergy, and other well-qualified individuals to work with the entire family system. You will learn how to help families from the earliest days of addiction treatment throughout the entire first year of recovery. The textbook for this training is: It Takes a Family, 2nd edition.

Redefining the virtual training experience

Debra and Jeff Jay redefined how training is done in the addiction field, with their standard-setting clinical interventionist training 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 will gain a strong skill set they can apply immediately to their work. They will also learn a new way to expand their professional practice.

We believe in raising the bar of excellence and, in doing so, elevating the reputation of the addiction treatment profession. This training expands family support during and after treatment.

Debra Jay will facilitate all distance learning sessions. Dates shown below.

Examine the content of the Structured Family Recovery® counselor training and certification.

  • Presented by Debra Jay

  • Advanced skill-building

  • Detailed simulations

  • Highly personalized

  • 27 CEUs

  • Supervision of 3 cases


“The SFR® training with Debra & Jeff Jay was by far the best I have ever had. 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

“Debra Jay unlocks the secrets of this revolutionary approach [the New Paradigm] to addiction…  The author highlights the essential element of the approach as no one else has: the crucial role of the addict’s family.”

Robert DuPont, MD
1st Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse

“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.”

Steve Hanna, MA
Licensed Professional Counselor

Early registration DISCOUNT:

$2100, until 11/15/23

After 11/15/23: $2400

Read our refund policy HERE

A Virtual Training Experience

All webinars are presented in real time with

Debra Jay

January 31, 2024 – February 10, 2024

Jan 31. Weds, 7:00- 9:00 PM, Eastern
Feb 1. Thurs, 5:00 – 10:00 pm, Eastern
Feb 2 Fri, 5:00 – 10:00 PM, Eastern
Feb 3. Sat, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Eastern
Feb 4. Sun, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Eastern
Feb 10. Sat, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Eastern

Requirements for admission

Structured Family Recovery® training and certification is open to experienced addiction professionals, family therapists 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 clinical 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 (LADC, CAP or other)

Exceptions: CLERGY, EAPs, LAP & JLAP directors and certain other professionals with strong addiction and 12-step experience but different professional credentials in related fields will be considered. If you think you should be considered for admission, we will make decisions based on your individual background.

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