Jeff has practiced psychotherapy with a focus on substance abuse and families for more than 30 years. He holds licenses as a Clinical Addiction Specialist, a Certified Clinical Supervisor, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Group Psychotherapist by the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Recently, Jeff and his wife, Becky, co-founded Bluefield: A University Recovery Community in Durham, NC to serve students and their families who are committed to a path of recovery, self-discovery and academic excellence. The novel co-educational residence and study support program provides a bridge from treatment to successful integration into the collegiate community. Integral to this transition is the emphasis on the wide range of emotional, social, and intellectual skills that lead to successful and meaningful academic achievement.
Due to his extensive career in substance abuse education and consulting, Jeff contributes strongly to Georgi Educational and Counseling Services (GECS) in its work with educational, governmental, and non-profit as well as for-profit organizations. A sought after public speaker, he has delivered over 100 plenary, breakout, or workshop sessions for a variety of local, state, and national groups in the general field of substance abuse identification, treatment, and recovery, addressing the family unit rather than just the individual. On a national level, Jeff has co-facilitated the authorship of the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) on Group Psychotherapy and has contributed to three other TIPs including Motivational Enhancement.
Prior to his involvement with GECS, Jeff served as the clinical director of the Duke Addictions Program. For more than two decades at the Medical Center, Jeff held clinical appointments in the Departments of Surgery, Obstetrics, and Psychiatry. Jeff developed a substance abuse consult service reaching all departments at Duke University Medical Center. He initiated substance abuse treatment as part of the liver transplant service while at DUMC and authored a chapter on Transplantation of Alcoholic Liver Disease in the Surgical Text edited by Paul Killenberg and Pierre-Alain Clavien. He remains a consulting faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Medicine as well as a faculty member of the Duke University School of Nursing. He has also served as the Director of Psychological Services for the Rice Diet Program in Durham, North Carolina.
He earned his BA from Duke University and his M.Div. in Pastoral Psychology from the Duke Divinity School and The Philadelphia Divinity School. Jeff completed an Internship and Residency program in Pastoral Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical Center and earned a Master’s in Allied Health at Duke University.