The Institute for Responder Wellness is honored to announce that Jeff Van Vonderen will be our interventionist for #1stresponders. He's been a tireless advocate for recovery and he's an expert in guilt and shame. You may recognize him from the award winning show Intervention. Welcome aboard Jeff!!!
Jeff VanVonderen is a highly sought after speaker and consultant both nationally and internationally. For over 35 years, individuals, families, and organizations have benefited from his skills and understanding in the areas of addiction, family systems, and recovery.
Jeff is one of the featured interventionists on the A&E Network’s Emmy-winning documentary series about intervention. The show has won two Emmy’s: Outstanding Reality Program and Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming. For more information about this series visit the A&E Network. If you are considering Jeff’s involvement in an intervention with your loved one, do not have them watch the INTERVENTION show on A&E first.
He is the author of six books: Good News for the Chemically Dependent, Families Where Grace is in Place (Now in it’s 14th printing.), When God’s People Let You Down, Tired of Trying to Measure Up (Now it it’s 22nd printing), The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse (Now in it’s 18th printing.) and Soul Repair: Rebuilding a Spiritual Life .
Several magazines and journals have featured Jeff’s work, and he has been featured guest on radio and television shows across the country. Jeff’s services as an expert witness in cases involving various abuse issues have been utilized in Minnesota, Alabama, Wyoming, Washington, and Hawaii.
“Quite often people try, with the best of intentions, to help themselves or their loved ones through a problem or crisis, only discover that the help is not helpful, or even harmful,” Jeff says. “They find themselves supporting and helping to prolong on the outside, the very thing they do not support on the inside.”
He goes on to say that “individuals and families become dysfunctional by accident. But they get well on purpose and this is what I’m about, helping them do that.”