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Buyer Be Aware - Advertisements for Intervention Training need to be carefully considered!

September 2, 2014
by David Brown
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I see these offers for Interventionist Training all the time and I become quite concerned that we are not telling our public that the training is a very small part of the overall picture with regard to the requirements to become a CIP. So if you are tempted think about all of the requirements not just the training.

Some of these offers say “If you are interested in becoming certified as an interventionist (CIP), this training will provide 25 CE hours approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board.  This is one piece of the requirement for certification”!

And in the next breath they will mention what it will cost you to participate in the training in some sunny location – be prepared to open your wallet and let go of somewhere between $ 1500 and $ 2500 plus travel and hotel for the privilege of putting the training hours in the bank. For what a certificate?

Perhaps it would be better for us to inform our public what the actual requirements to become a CIP really are. If you look below you can see that they are pretty extensive and are certainly worth it if you have the correct experience, education and supervision. There are people out there who do really top notch training and are thinking big picture. The training might occur at a fine treatment center and I would applaud that. But there are others who see this as a means to make money in a hurry. Be sure you ask the right questions.



The amount of experience required is contingent upon the level of education (see below) and must be specific to the domains.  The domains are: Pre‐Intervention, Intervention, Post Intervention and Professional & Ethical Responsibility. Supervised work experience is defined as providing direct addiction intervention and related services 50% of the time.  All experience must be documented and supervised.  2000 hours is equivalent to one year of experience.   

·         6000 hours experience with High School Diploma/GED

·         5000 hours experience with AA/AS degree

·          4000 hours with BA/BS degree

·         2000 hours with MA/MS degree

·         1000 hours with doctorate degree

Applicants must document participation in three interventions and facilitation of two interventions within the last three years for a total of five interventions.  


The amount of education required is contingent upon the level of education (see below).  Six hours must be in professional ethics and responsibility.  Education must be specifically related to the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the tasks within 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.   

·         270 hours of education with High School Diploma/GED of which 80 hours must be relevant to the domains

·         200 hours of education with AA/AS of which 80 hours must be relevant to the domains

·         150 hours of education with BA/BS of which 80 hours must be relevant to the domains

·         100 hours of education with MA/MS of which 80 hours must be relevant to the domains



David Brown


David Brown

David Brown is Director of Avenues to Recovery in Olathe, Kansas and is a certified...

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