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The St. Jude Retreats Credentials

Excellence and Care, fundamental values of our Programs

Nationally Acclaimed Program

The Saint Jude Retreats ProgramThe BBB (Better Business Bureau) rates St. Jude Retreats as an A+ after more than two decades of helping people. This is unheard of in the drug and alcohol program arena. Many alcohol and drug program researchers also endorse our program such the late Dr. Joseph Vacca, National Institute of Health Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and Boston University Medical School, Dr. David Rudy, alcohol researcher and author of Becoming Alcoholic, Alcoholics Anonymous and the Reality of Alcoholism, and nationally syndicated radio talk show host and noted psychologist, Dr. Joy Browne. You do not get endorsements like these without building credibility first. St. Jude's built this reputation by making our guests and our results number one, and making the business model secondary to those first two goals.

Unparallel Program Training

All our instructors are Certified Cognitive Behavioral Learning Instructors. No other program can provide this level of credentialing, as it is proprietary to St. Jude Retreats only: To gain this certification our instructors must:

  • Participate in one year of intense alcohol and drug research training.
  • Participate in thorough training on all aspects of the alcohol and drug treatment industry, history of alcohol and drug use patterns, and a comprehensive cultural "addictions" study.
  • Gain a thorough understanding of certain scientific as well as societal aspects of "addiction" that have been proven to be effective and informative to our guests.
  • Become versed in the science of Neuroplasticity and its effects on the brain and behavior.
  • Attend 3 to 6 Months of observed Saint Jude Program guest instruction.
  • Have 3 to 6 month overall probationary period of student teaching experience with management observation.
  • Attend both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, as well as other 12-step support groups, to have a thorough understanding of the inconsistencies and religious and cult like aspects of those methodologies. (This is vital to understand what our "treatment wise" guests have gone through prior to attending our non 12-step, non disease based methodology.)
  • Be rated by the Director of Education on public speaking and other presentational skills.
  • Be competent in differentiated teaching skills.
  • Attend CBL continuing education courses to remain fluent in current independent alcohol and drug research.
  • Participate in the BRI Management Training Program.
  • Show the social capabilities and instincts to lead a class and effectively handle issues common to this particular population.

What does it mean to be a CBL Certified Instructor?

CBL Certification, an accreditation that is the gold standard in substance use program education.

  • CBL Certified Instructors are only available at the St. Jude Retreats and through the St. Jude Home Program as well.
  • CBL has been developed over 20 years by the non-profit Baldwin Research Institute, Inc.; the very same team of researchers that designed the original non-12 step, non-disease based program in the nation; the St. Jude Program. This is the same program that many other facilities try to emulate today, but is only available at the St. Jude Retreats. This team changed the drug and alcohol treatment industry forever and continues to be known as the positive force for change.
  • While other facilities try to create programs based on models that were originally created in the mental health field, (such as group therapy, counseling, etc.) CBL was created in an environment of helping people with substance use issues first, making this the most effective teaching method for those who struggle with alcohol and drug problems.
  • CBLhas proven to be effective with those who also suffer needlessly with anxiety and depression. CBL Certified Instructors can help with all of these problems through our educational residential and home-based programs. If an individual has mental health issues that are beyond the scope of an educational process, those guests can request therapy from an outside licensed professional therapist, as the St. Jude Retreats do not provide medical treatment of any kind.
  • In short, CBLCertification is the most stringent certification process in the industry resulting in the most effective method of teaching substance users, including those with depression and anxiety problems how to live productive alcohol and drug free lives.

The St. Jude Retreats are regulated by the Department of Health and Attorney General Bureau of Charities. We are a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization. Our Directors, Assistant Directors and Instructors come from a variety of professional backgrounds including education, administration and mental health to name a few. The St. Jude Retreats are not medical facilities and the St. Jude Program is a social/educational program not a medical treatment program. As such, the St. Jude Retreats do not provide services that require licensure by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. All medical appointments are administered by licensed professionals off site, and transportation to and from these appointments is provided.

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