The Importance of a Professional Interventionist
Families, who are embattled with the pain of a member being embroiled in addiction or in activities that should be seriously intervened, such as suicide, family aggression, rape, etc., need to seek the help of professionals who are highly trained in this kind of crisis to help them resolve and provide a positive solution to their problem. Most of the time, there is a bigger percentage of not making it possible to bring a troubled member of a family to a facility for counseling and this is where the help of a professional interventionist is made possible. 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. A pre-intervention process is normally performed by the professional interventionist, which is usually conducting interviews to the family and persons closest to the problematic member, so that whatever information that can be secured from the interviews may be used during the actual intervention. Out of this pre-intervention interview, the professional interventionist can easily conclude which among the members of the family is susceptible for manipulation by the problem member, to which the interventionist is trained to be prepared on how to deal with it. It is the duty of the professional interventionist to set the intervention date, set the ground rules during the intervention, and guides the entire family during this process. It is important that the family agrees to the interventionist’s rules and guidance and work together so the problem member is fully aware that he/she has no option but to cooperate.
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. Professional training is often done in rehabilitation facilities, healthcare centers where his/her skills in the following are acquired: verbal and written communication skill, persuasive ability, negotiating skill, conflict resolution ability, including an understanding of applicable laws and legal terms pertaining to family conflicts and problems. Many intervention specialists operate through phone lines and hotlines, while others work on a face-to-face basis. Apart from counseling, intervention work, a professional interventionist must further conduct follow-ups, as well as incidental documentation and, in all of these, must maintain confidentiality at all times.