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CanAm Interventions Training Courses 101

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Patricia Pike, CEO of CanAm Interventions an education provider offers 21 CE hours through the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB), Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) , and California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP).

CanAm Interventions Training course (101) offers a 3-day practical orientation intervention and training course providing intervention and case management skills.

PCB – The Pennsylvania Certification Board is a private, non-profit corporation which offers voluntary credentialing to the substance abuse and other behavioral health professionals. PCB implements standards and testing for certification of addiction counselors, prevention specialists, clinical supervisors, case managers, criminal justice addictions, co-occurring disorders, auxiliary and intervention professionals and recovery specialists.

ROLE OF THE CIP: The Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) credential is for professionals who have the primary role of facilitation and participation in substance use interventions. Intervention professionals guide families, friends, and others through an intervention process where the substance user is encouraged to accept help. The CIP is not a marketer or recruiter for a treatment facility; rather they are a front-line professional who is directly engaging an individual and family to help guide them to treatment and is a part of the recovery team.

REQUIREMENTS FOR CIP EXPERIENCE: Two years of work experience providing direct substance use intervention and related services 50% of the time. All experience must be documented. Participation in five interventions and facilitation of five interventions within the last three years for a total of ten interventions.

EDUCATION: Education must be specifically related to the domains. Education is defined as formal, structured instruction in the form of workshops, seminars, institutes, in-services, college/university credit courses, and distance learning. All education must be documented. There is no time limit on when education was received. Education provided to other professionals is also acceptable. A relevant three-credit college course is equal to 45 hours.
Minimum High School Diploma/GED.
150 hours of education relevant to domains. The following hours must be included within the total number of
hours required:

  • 20 hours of intervention theory and practice
  • 12 hours in family systems
  • 12 hours in motivational interviewing
  • 12 hours specific to addiction 6 hours in crisis intervention6 hours in behavioral health ethics


  • 100 hours of supervision with a minimum of ten hours on each domain.
  • Supervision must be documented and may occur as part of eligible work experience and maybe completed under more than one supervisor. Supervisor must hold an Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) current certification or license in the behavioral health field.
  • Supervision is the administrative and evaluative process of monitoring, assessing, and enhancing professional’s performance.


1. Intervention Competence

2. Pre-Intervention

3. Intervention

4. Post-Intervention

5. Professional & Ethical Responsibility

CACCF -Formerly the Addiction Intervention Association, the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) was formed in 1985.

The CACCF is also an active member of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). The CACCF provides its counselors with a quality, professional, credible and legal certification, offering personal pride and satisfaction. The CACCF promotes, certifies and monitors the competency of addiction specific counselors in Canada using current and effective practices, which are internationally recognized. Canada Interventions Skills & Training 101 is approved through CACCF to provide 21 CEU’s education hours for recertification for CACCF/ towards ICADC or other addiction certifications.

CCAPP – California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals provides a forum and a unifying voice for practitioners and programs. As the state’s largest AOD advocate for programs, CCAPP serves as the vital link between government, consumers, program owners, and directors.

At CCAPP education is the key to competency and at the core of our mission. CCAPP identifies and qualifies education institutions; approves continuing education providers; and supports AOD education systems through research, grants, and test development.
Intervention Specialist: The Specialty Endorsement program is only available to Alcohol/Drug Certified Counselors (Level I/II) OR equivalent, Certified Clinical Supervisor, Certified Criminal Justice Addiction Professionals, and Certified Prevention Specialists.

NII – The Network of Independent Interventionists is an organization dedicated to supporting, educate, and provide resources to professionally independent interventionists so that they can best serve those in need in the most professional and ethical manner.

As a group of Independent Interventionists, we strive to increase awareness, education, camaraderie, and professional support for one another while maintaining the highest ethical standards within the industry.

AIS – The Association of Intervention Specialists is a network of interventionists located throughout the country and abroad. Members guide families and friends, business executives, and others through the intervention process whereby a person addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs and compulsive behaviors is encouraged to accept help.

Full Member: – This is a voting category – A professional meeting the following criteria shall be considered a Practicing Interventionist eligible for Full membership in the Association.

Candidate Member: – This is a non-voting category – A professional meeting the following criteria and abide by the following guidelines shall be considered a Candidate member in the association after completing an application and paying dues.

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