Jared Ferguson

About me

A Little About Myself

I have been working in the addictions treatment field for over a decade. While I started my career with the goal of doing custody evaluations, I quickly realized that I had an interest in addiction and have found myself to be an effective helping professional in this area. While I do very little direct service work these days, I see the world through the therapies I've practiced, including Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I oversee treatment provision through quality improvement processes, clinical supervision, and training. 

When I'm not working, you'll find me trying to trick my children and friends into joining me in some physical activity. I'm a rabid cyclist and also enjoy running, swimming, hiking, and generally being outside (when it's not terribly cold, and even then...). 

Current employment

First Step House - Clinical Director
I direct the daily clinical operations of all First Step House facilities, with the help of an interdisciplinary team of professionals. 

University of Utah School of Dentistry - Adjunct Faculty
I work with the school of dentistry on a program that helps substance abusing individuals obtain much-needed dental services from dental students in training. 

the REACH project - a first step house program

Nearly two years in the making, the REACH Project launched in June of 2017. Designed to serve adult males, with a moderate to severe substance abuse disorder, who are at a high risk of reoffending criminally, the program makes use of evidence-based practices with the target of reducing recidivism in the years after treatment. 

Therapy isn't rocket science, but it's not easy. There is no magic pill; no simple fix. Often, my clients spend years (if not decades) getting themselves into a pinch and getting out always requires a little discomfort and a some work; sometimes, a lot of work. But, there is a way out.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. 
Martin Luther King, Jr. 
The trouble with most therapy is that it helps you feel better, but you don't get better; you have to back it up with action, action, action!
Albert ellis

Jared Ferguson

Father - Helping Professional - Cyclist


Where to find me

I bounce around a lot, but most days you can find me at the First Step House Grant Street Residential Treatment Center