Structured Family Recovery®

Counselor Training

Structured Family Recovery® Counselor training and certification is designed to prepare addiction professionals, clergy, and other well-qualified individuals to work with the entire family system, beginning in the earliest days of addiction 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 professional interventionist 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 will come away with a strong skill set and 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 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 16 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


“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

$1,500.00 – Early Registration Discount

$1,800 after December 15, 2021
Trainings fill quickly.

All sessions presented by webinar, live with Debra Jay
January 19, 2022 – January 31, 2022

Wednesday, January 19th 7:00pm – 9:00pm EDT
Thursday, January 20th 7:00pm – 9:00pm EDT
Saturday, January 22nd 8:30am – 1:30pm EDT
Sunday, January 23rd 11:00am -4:00pm EDT
Saturday, January 29th 8:30am – 4:30pm EDT
Sunday, January 30th 8:30am – 4:30pm EDT
Monday, January 31st 8:30am – 4:30pm EDT

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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Your tuition price includes:

  • Orientation and welcome dinner, hosted by Jeff and Debra Jay, Sunday night
  • 3-day onsite training, McIver Center at the Retreat, Monday-Wednesday
  • 2 distance-learning sessions, prior to the training
  • Distance Learning Sessions are recorded and can be accessed at later dates
  • 3 Post-training SFR® supervision sessions with Jeff or Debra
  • 27 CEU’s
  • 3-night stay with private sleeping room at the McIver Center at The Retreat
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and beverages
  • Meals prepared by The Retreat’s award-winning chef
  • Access to Wayzata Big Woods and nature trails
  • Read our refund policy here

Helpful details, times, and dates:

  • Sunday: Orientation at 5 PM, Welcome Dinner at 7 PM.
  • Classes are held on Monday through Wednesday.
  • Class time on Monday and Tuesday is: 8:45 am to 5:30pm.
  • Class time on Wednesday is: 8:45am to 2:30pm.
  • Each morning, before class, we have breakfast together in the dining room at 8:15am (included).

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