Association of Intervention Specialists


Why a Board Registered Interventionist

“Why should I hire a Board Registered Interventionist?” This is a question that comes up often in conversations we have with people considering an Intervention as a means of motivating a loved one to seek health or help. It is also an important question as well, for a number of reasons.

The father of modern day addiction intervention is Vern Johnson, a recovering alcoholic and Episcopal Minister from Minnesota. He didn’t believe a person had to “…hit bottom…” in order to accept help. In the 1960′s he developed the concept that came to be known as the Johnson Model of Intervention, whereby family, friends, and employers could intervene on a person in order for them to accept help. The Johnson Institute was opened in 1966 where formal intervention trainings began. Over the years many other models and approaches have been developed to assist loved ones of those suffering from an addictive disorder engage that person and move them and their families toward health.

As those trained at the Johnson Institute grew and more and more Interventions took place the “field” of Intervention grew as well. As the field grew so did the problems. As more people began performing interventions more and more untrained people began attempting them with sometimes disastrous results.

Multiple Solutions

Our members specialize in other models of intervention so we bring a myriad of solutions to this complex problem. The systemic model involves the entire family. The philosophy of this model is that all persons involved move into recovery. All participants are given education and counseling including the addicted person (if he/she will join them). Whether that person comes or not, the family is making changes that it is believed will motivate him/her to stop the behavior. Another very successful model would use a compassionate Invitational Intervention™, the ARISE three-phase process is a Continuum of Care that leads your loved one into appropriate treatment and recovery. The addicted individual is invited to join the process right from the beginning with no surprises, no secrets, no coercion, and absolute respect and love. ARISE introduces the addicted person and the family to a new life of recovery and healing. The individual does not need to hit bottom before getting help.

Check out our blogs over the upcoming months as there you will educational topics on all subjects related to our approach to Intervention.

Board Approved Certification

In 2005 AIS identified a need for some type of license or credential for the Intervention field to set apart those professionals who could document experience working in the addiction field as well as having been formally trained in the art of Intervention. AIS decided to provide resources so such a credential could be developed. A separate not for profit corporation was established which today does business as The International Interventionists Credentialing Board that has established minimal competencies that assure some level of education, experience, and professionalism. The II CB sets minimum standards that assure the public the Interventionist has a recognized License or Certification in a counseling related field, has a minimum of 2 years’ experience, carries Insurance, and has signed a Code of Ethics. It also shows the Interventionist believes what they do requires such specific skill sets that a special designation is warranted that distinguishes them as true professionals in the field.

By hiring a Board Registered Interventionist you can feel safe in the fact that the person you hired is a professional, has experience in the field, an understanding of addiction, and you have some recourse if there is a dispute. AIS believes so strongly in the credentialing of those entering the field that we have made it a requirement to be a Full member of our organization. We are also currently involved in the development of a written exam to add to further ensure a person’s competency to conduct Interventions.

So do yourself and your loved one a favor, always hire a Board Registered Interventionist.

AIS can direct you to a list of their Board Certified Interventionists (BRI-1 and BRI-II) from all over the country.

Minimum Requirements for BRI I

  • Hold a current ICRC (International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium) /NAADAC (The Association for
    Addiction Professionals) certification and/or a state recognized certification/license in a counseling related field.
  • Have malpractice insurance, a minimum of $1,000,000/3,000,000.
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 14 hours of training/education on intervention.
  • Have a minimum of two years of work experience conducting interventions.
  • Submit 3 peer evaluations and supervised practical experiences.
  • Adhere to Board Registered Interventionist Code of Ethics.
  • Passing an oral and/or written exam may be required.
  • Provide a letter from your licensure or certification board verifying your license and/or certification are current and
    in good standing.
  • Must continue training by obtaining 5 continuing education credits per year.

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Minimum Requirements for a BRI II

  • Be or meet the requirements to be a BRI I.
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 14 hours of training/education specific to addictions other than to alcohol and drugs, i.e. gambling, food, sex, etc.
  • Have three additional years of work experience conducting interventions.
  • Submit supervised practical experience.
  • Passing an oral and/or written exam may be required.
  • Must continue training by obtaining 5 continuing education credits per year.
  • Association of Intervention Specialist Members address the following addictions: Alcohol Problem, Drug Addict, Eating Disorders, Dual Diagnosis, Sex Addiction, Compusivity Issues, Co-occuring Disorders and Oppositional Defiance Disorder.

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