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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. Basically, finding the right professional interventionist can be assisted by the rehabilitation center or one can search for a candidate under the following associations – Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS) or the Network of Independent Interventionists (NII).

An intervention period is a process during which the professional interventionist deals with the family and closest friends by working out a way to confront the problem member to let him/her know that the only way to help him/her is 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. 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. The primary role of the professional interventionist is to lay down the ground rules for the actual intervention, set up a date for the intervention, and helps guide the family through the 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.

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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. While most professional interventionists have their own hotlines, some work on a face-to-face basis. Furthermore, the interventionist’s other job is to file incident documentation and perform follow-up work and, in all of his/her work, confidentiality must be maintained at all times.

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