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Why professional and experienced interventionists are necessary

May 23, 2016
by David Brown
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It began with this. A simple post from a dear friend on Facebook. It said please do not hire interventionists who are not professionally trained, who are inexperienced and have no certifications or insurance.

She went on to say that she was outraged because a young man, who has had no professional training and has zero experience doing interventions, had posted on his Facebook page pictures of significant checks given to him by two families for the interventions he did. Next, the checks clearly displayed the family name of the hiring entity, which leaves the unsuspecting family with zero confidentiality. Here there are no ethics and there are health risks for the identified patient. This is all about exploitation and the easy dollar, where the cowboy has zero professional or clinical training to know how to manage various situations or the professional understanding of clinical knowledge that is a crucial element in working in this field. This is why it is crucial that people understand the necessity of hiring a certified professional interventionist! Please share to help others be aware, especially the buyer. This happens all too often in this field.

So this writer decided to check this out for himself. He found the "interventionist" on Facebook and began a dialogue, as he knew that greed is a formidable motivator, From here the conversation by messenger went like this:

I understand you do interventions. Is this true?

Yes it is.

Curious as to where you do interventions? Your operating area?

I travel all over from West to East.

Located where?

NW Indiana.

Cool; central location.

Are you accredited? Certified?

No, I am not accredited. I've been clean for 2 years 7 months. I also do a lot of work for VA clinics and hospitals.

Do you carry insurance when you do interventions?

Meaning? (You've got to be kidding, right?)

So if you are, say, a Certified Intervention Professional like me, we have to sign a code of ethics and carry malpractice and liability insurance.

Never said I was certified first off, and second I told you I wasn't accredited.

I understand. You asked me to clarify the insurance thought?

Would you be interested in a case?

This was how the conversation began, as I wrapped my head around the fact that I am dealing with a neophyte. So I then confront him with the two very large checks that he has posted and say, "So, you are totally unqualified apart from 5 minutes clean time. Then you do interventions, which you are totally unqualified to do. And then you take a large amount of money from poor unsuspecting people. Then you brag about it on FB. Really? The checks are made out to you. I am sure the probation office in Indiana would be interested in your activities. You seem to have a history. And exit the intervention business. People like you give the trade a bad name."

By this time I had looked the guy up and found that he had had legal problems in Indiana, where he has defrauded people out of money and had been found guilty.

So I wrap up with him by saying: "I am not threatening you. I am telling you like it is. Your story makes zero sense. So you have a great night. And btw, exit the intervention business please."




If employers do not hire interventionists or so to say students who just finished universities and who are not professionally trained, then how can those unprofessionally trained people become professionally trained? To have successful company with experts, employers should give a chance to willing and Intelligent ones to gain experience. custom writings service hires all who are eager to work. The main point is creativity and dedication to work.

Gregory Palumbo, you are right -- hiring young, lesser experienced people is how they become wiser, more experienced people. This is another reason why formal certification exists, as well: to create a framework for education, experience, and supervision, and to use those guidelines to help the inexperienced become experienced. I think David Brown's editorial, above, outlines that very thing. Think of supervision as the equivalent of an internship. Interventionist certification by way of the CIP requires a period of supervision -- aka internship -- that ensures young, inexperienced people are not facilitating interventions without oversight and guidance and review. In this way, they learn in advance not to do the egregiously unethical things that this young man did here.


David Brown


David Brown


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

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