What is an intervention?
An intervention (a.k.a. family meeting) is a forward moving process in which to disrupt the downward spiral of crisis within families or organizations caused by behavioral health related issues. The team will come together, usually led by a professional, in an effort to guide all persons involved out of crisis, with the more specific goal of providing immediate help and relief to the identified individual.
What is the goal of an intervention? And how successful are they?
The traditional goal of an intervention has been to provide solutions to individuals in crisis from addiction. However the more modern goal of an intervention/family meeting, takes a broader view of crisis caused by behavioral health related issues and attempts to provide solutions not only for the identified individual but for the family or system surrounding the individual as well, which is known as the “systemic model”. While making help available to the identified individual is an objective, it is not the only objective and it is not the way an intervention or family meeting determines its success. The success of an intervention is not determined just by the number of individuals that enter treatment, but more importantly, by how many families are able to move out of crisis.
How do you know if an Intervention is appropriate?
An intervention/family meeting is appropriate if you, as the friend/family/coworker, can no longer in good conscience sit by and watch the situation deteriorate. When you have decided that you have to do something to help or alter the situation then an intervention may be appropriate form of action.
What if the intervention makes the situation worse? What if my loved one never speaks to me again?
The team will be guided in utilizing a “care-frontation” model verses the “confrontation” model and to proceed with a gentle, loving, factual, conversational approach with the individual.The intervention/ family meeting is not that of a showdown or a test of wills. The process is designed specifically to improve the lives, perceptions, and choices of all involved.
How long is the entire intervention process?
The process, from initial consultation to the actual intervention/family meeting can be as long as several weeks to as short as the next day. In certain crisis situations it is imperative to take immediate action to prevent the identified individual from harming him/ herself or others. When possible more planning is always appropriate. As the facilitator, I will help guide those involved to get out of the problem and into the solution.Clients typically feel relief and hope from the moment they agree to move forward with the services of an interventionist and get into action. The actual intervention usually lasts no longer than an hour. All of the hard work of preparation by the team and the interventionist is done in advance.
Who should be part of the intervention team?
Family, friends, spiritual advisors, co-workers, supervisors or other supportive collateral are all appropriate. As the interventionist I will work with you to build a well-rounded and effectual team.