A couple of weeks ago I blogged about the fact that we see these offers for Interventionist Training all the time and I have 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?
So now we hear about the of a NCIP credential (Nationally Certified Intervention Professional)? I know there is a CIP currently issued by Pennsylvania Addiction Board, which is most widely accepted credential right now for the intervention field. It even is recognized nationally! Remember AIS worked with the Pennsylvania Board over a long time to come up with a certification. I am very involved in interventions and interventionists and know nothing about this new deal. Remember when something seems too good to be true it usually is
I looked at the website to see what the run down would be on qualifications. I knew if this was a national accreditation that the qualifications were going to be exacting. I was wrong. What I read was that “If you have ‘the gift’ to help people get into rehab or detox and turn their lives around, this career as a Nationally Certified Interventionist is for you. You are probably in recovery yourself and have a true desire to help people by using your intervention training skills.”
That's all that is written on qualifications.....really?
So Bob Reid who is a nationally known interventionist and very well respected and I were talking with some other interventionists about this whole training issue and Bob wrote something which really got my attention. I believe it should be reproduced as it so germane.
Bob said in essence that any masters level therapist with a 1,000 hours of experience is just getting started and should know enough that 16 hours of training is not at all enough to train anyone to become an interventionist...after 25 years and over a 1,000 successful interventions( maybe 10 to 15,000 intervention hours) his experience tells him in most cases people should NOT be doing interventions till they have their masters, and 5 to 10 years Post masters experience...treating addiction, mental health, couples, families, codependency, personality disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, paranoia, and clients that are suicidal and even intervening when someone is homicidal...which I have had to do more than once. To effectively & safely do interventions people need to be properly trained, have a lot of clinical experience and work closely with a supervisor...interventions are clearly a matter of life or death and all of their relationships are on the line even with the best of us, they can go belly up and it's an awful feeling, dangerous and extremely difficult for families...it's like thinking one can watch or take a 16 hour course and go to perform heart surgery on someone!!