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Intervention Information

The Role of an Interventionist

By Trudy Annand, RPC

For years, I have been asked the question, “What is an Intervention?” With the introduction of A&E´s television show, “Intervention,”more people are being introduced to the theory of interventions. Interventions are not a new concept in fact Vernon Johnson developed the first model in the 1960´s. The three models primarily used today include the Johnson, ARISE, and the Systemic Models.

Interventionists generally determine which model to use based on the circumstances presented by the family. Originally, the Johnson model was developed for alcohol and drug addiction; however, other addictions such as gambling, sex, eating disorders, computer/ internet, and shopping addiction are successfully intervened on by using these techniques. In addition to family interventions, workplace and executive interventions are commonly carried out. For this article, I will use the term “concerned persons” to include all types of interventions.

The Interventionist works with the concerned persons to form the appropriate intervention team, develop strategies for the intervention, provide education on addiction, assess the needs for referral and make arrangements with the appropriately identified residential alcohol and drug treatment program, and transport the client to such facility.

Interventions that are properly executed allow the concerned persons to begin resolving the hurt and anger that has developed by the relationship with the addicted individual. Through properly facilitated interventions, concerned persons are transformed in ways that are necessary for lasting change to occur within the addicted individual.

Interventionists require specialized training to guide concerned persons through the intervention process successfully. Although a background is addictions and human behaviour is essential, intervention training is paramount. It takes a great amount of knowledge, skill, and flexibility to become an Interventionist. When enquiring about an Interventionist, ask how long they have been doing interventions, how they conduct them, what training they have had, and if they are certified. It is important that you trust the Interventionist!

Trudy Annand is a Senior Interventionist with AXIS Intervention Services Ltd. She is a member of the Association of Intervention Specialists and conducts interventions throughout Canada for families, employers and executives. See below for more information on Trudy.

For More Information on Interventions

For individuals who require additional information about interventions are recommended to visit a site created by Vaughn Howland, an interventionist located in the United States.

Increasingly, families are choosing to perform their own interventions. While you may decide, in the end, to perform your own intervention you may still consider having the interventionists listed in this directory to assist in a consulting capacity.

The listings below include known interventionists in Canada. Interventionists regularly travel to other cities. For rates please contact the interventionist directly.

Note: This website does not list interventionists based out of the United States. If you would like a listing of American interventionists visit the Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS) or Contact Us at canadadrugrehab.ca for a list of recommended US-based interventionists.

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