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How to Choose a Certified Intervention Professional

Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) credential is for professionals who have the primary role of facilitation and participation in substance use interventions offered through Pennsylvania Certification Board. Intervention professionals guide families, friends and others through an intervention process where the substance user is encouraged to accept help.

Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) are trained and skilled in family systems and successful intervention techniques. The interventionist supports, educates, provides guidance, direction and training, as well as the facilitation of the intervention and aftercare services.

  • Professional Interventionist is an Expert on addiction and/or other mental health issues. Interventionists who are also mental health counselors spend years in school, studying both addiction and psychology.
  • This first place to look for a certified intervention professional is to verify a credential through the Pennsylvania Certification Board.
  • Search using the professionals first and last name, CIP, state. It will show if the professional is a CIP’s, active or non-active.
  • Other professional intervention organization such as.
  • AIS and NII organizations follow the scope of ethics and practices of credentials, offering an intervention directory throughout United States and Canada.
  • (AIS) Association of Intervention Specialists
  • (NII) Network Independent Intervention
  • If you need a referral for an interventionist throughout United States and Canada, you can call (415) 827-3725

Credentials/ Degrees

Many Certified Intervention Professionals will have years of work experience for the treatment of substance abuse and/or mental health also have other degrees such as.

  • Degree from an accredited college/university that is recognized by Higher Education Accreditation
    Education and professional work experience
    Certified Intervention Professional (CIP)
    Licensed Advance Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC)
    Licensed Therapist (MFT) trained in interventions
    Masters in Substance Abuse Counseling
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LSCW)
    California Association of Alcohol and Other Drug Counselors
    Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor
    BA in Psychology (Bachelor of Arts)
    PhD “Doctor of Philosophy
    R.N.s Master’s in Nursing Education
    Law degree

Certified Intervention Professional / Intervention Stages

Family Assessment Meeting: Develop a thorough assessment and intervention treatment plan for the concerned person and families, wounded by addiction or mental health and decided what style of intervention.

Intervention Preparation Planning Meeting: Educating the intervention team on the cycle of addiction, mental health, recovery treatment process and letter writing assignments.

Rehearsal Process: Have the intervention team prepare with two letters, have each person read the letters, to the group. If your loved one doesn’t accept treatment, decide on specific consequences and what actions to take, this will be part of the conversations, prior to the intervention.

Treatment Referrals: Treatment placement includes, family’s insurance policy or private pay budget and coordinating treatment centers that best fit the patient’s needs.

Intervention Meeting: The Intervention meeting includes, the intervention team, untreated person directed by the Certified Intervention professional.

Travel Coordination: Certified Intervention Professional will arrange transportation for the patient to the selected treatment program, with clear steps, goals and guidelines

Post Intervention Outcomes: The outcome of an intervention studies has indicated that 85% of patient’s accept treatment the day of the intervention meeting and 15% enter treatment within two weeks after the intervention. Ask the intervention team, to avoid enabling the destructive cycle of behavior and take active steps to encourage positive change. What actions to take, this will be part of the conversations, prior to the intervention?

Intervention Aftercare Services: Post-intervention/aftercare case management is available. Studies have shown case management and patient monitoring has a higher level of success.

Checklist on Hiring an Interventionist

  • Certified Intervention Professional (CIP)
  • Substance Abuse Degrees
  • Mental Health Degrees
  • Accredited College/University Degrees
  • Member of professional organizations
  • Academic background, training, and/or experience background
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Understanding Evidence Based Treatment
  • Experience treating addiction, mental health, trauma and families
  • Assisting families to develop a strong balanced recovery plan
  • Carrying a caseload of clients in a treatment center for at least 6000 hours of professional work experience
  • Intervention process involves pre-intervention work usually two meetings between 4-6 hours
  • Interventionist can ensure a better intervention outcome because of work/education experiences
  • Experience working with complex clients and families wounded by addiction / mental health

Checklist on (not) to Hire an Interventionist (red flags)

  • No credentials or educational background in addiction or mental health
  • No experience other than their own personal recovery from addiction
  • Not being affiliated with a professional educational organization
  • Persons representing themselves as a recovery coach saying they have done interventions
  • No formal training in the arena of intervention, family systems, addiction, mental health, assessment of referrals.
  • Accepting financial funds from treatment programs
  • Doubling dipping accepting money from families and treatment programs

Intervention Fees

$2,500 to $15,000 or more for intervention services. The fees are usually based on the years working as an interventionist, work history and higher education accreditation.