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How to Choose an Professional Interventions

Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) credential is for professionals who have the primary role of facilitation and participation in substance use interventions offered through the 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 is through the Pennsylvania Certification Board.
Search using the professional’s first and last name, CIP, state. It will show if the professional is a CIP and active or non-active.

Intervention Professional organizations such as;

  1. Both AIS and NII organizations follow the scope of ethical practices and credential interventionist offering directory of CIP
  2. interventionist throughout the United States and Canada.
  3. AIS) Association of Intervention Specialists
  4. (NII) Network Independent Intervention
  5. If you need a referral for an interventionist throughout the United States and Canada, you can call (415) 827-3725
    Credentials/ Degrees
  6. 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.
  7. Degrees from an accredited college/university that is recognized by Higher Education Accreditation.Qualifying work and education experience as a professional
  • Certified Intervention Professional (CIP)
  • Licensed Advanced 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 (CADC-II)
  • BA in Psychology (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Ph.D. “Doctor of Philosophy
  • R.N.s Master’s in Nursing Education
  • Law Degree

Certified Intervention Professional / Intervention Stages

  1. Family Assessment Meeting: Develop a thorough assessment and intervention treatment plan of the concerned person and family wounded by addiction or mental health, decided what style of intervention.
  2. Intervention Preparation Planning Meeting: Educating the intervention team on the cycle of addiction, mental health, recovery treatment process and letter writing assignments.
  3. Rehearsal Process: Have the intervention team prepare two letters, read the letters. if your loved one doesn’t accept treatment, decide on specific consequences and what actions to take.
  4. Treatment Referrals: Treatment placement includes the family’s insurance policy or private pay budget and coordinating treatment centers that best fit the patient’s needs.
  5. Intervention Meeting: The Intervention meeting includes the intervention team, untreated person directed by the Certified Intervention professional.
  6. Travel Coordination: Certified Intervention Professional will arrange the patient to the selected treatment program with clear steps, goals, and guidelines
  7. Post Intervention Outcomes: The outcome of intervention studies has indicated that 85% of patients 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.
  8. Intervention Aftercare Services: Post-intervention/aftercare case management is available. Studies have shown case management and patient monitoring have 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 work experience
• Intervention process that involves pre-intervention work
• Interventionist can ensure a better intervention outcome
• Experience working complex clients and families wounded by addiction / mental health

Checklist on (not) Hiring 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.

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