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Knowing about Professional Interventionists

In these troubled times, there are available solutions that can be considered in engaging to resolve conflicts, especially in family discords caused by a family member who is in deep crisis with addiction or attempted suicide many times over, violent aggressions leading to crime, experiencing rape, and so forth. Going for counselling, to no avail, will most likely be the situation of a problem, family member and, usually, counsel centers will suggest for a family to solicit the help of a professional interventionist. Usually, the rehabilitation center can provide a list of candidates who are available, professionally certified, and members of either the Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS) or the Network of Independent Interventionists (NII).

Usually, a professional interventionist starts intervention by working first with the family and closest friends and engaging them to confront the problem member to seek treatment. The initial step that a professional interventionist would usually perform is to conduct interviews with the family including the closest person/s to the problem member in order to get a clear picture of the problem member’s kind of family relationship and use the information that can be drawn out for the actual intervention. From the interview data, the professional interventionist can point out which among the family members is vulnerable for manipulation by the problem member, so that the interventionist is prepared to handle this kind of behavior. After going through the pre-intervention process, the professional interventionist lays down the ground rules during the actual intervention, sets the date of intervention, and is there to guide the family through the process. The essential ingredient to make the intervention a success is the family’s cooperation and agreement to the recommendation and rules of the interventionist in order for the problem member to be induced to cooperate being provided awareness of the only option, which is treatment.

With respect to the educational attainment of a professional interventionist, he/she should finish a bachelor’s degree, majoring in counselling, psychology, sociology or social work. It is important that the professional interventionist acquire the appropriate skills by rendering years of voluntary services at rehab centers or healthcare facilities where skills like communication, persuasive ability, negotiation skill, conflict resolution ability may be honed, as well as learning to know applicable laws and terms that will be needed in resolving family issues and conflicts. While most professional interventionists have their own hotlines, some work on a face-to-face basis. It is equally essential that in the job of a professional interventionist, he/she should further perform follow-ups on the intervention cases that have been worked on and make each an incidental documentation, and, furthermore, confidentiality must always be maintained at all times.

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