How to Find a Professional Interventionist for a Mental Health Situation

How to Find a Professional Interventionist for a Mental Health Situation

Too often people ignore their mental health problems, perhaps because they are unwilling to accept the need for treatment. However, professional interventionists can help frustrated families get through to their loved ones who suffer from mental health issues, so seek these specialists through treatment programs, referrals and professional organizations.

Find Interventionists through Treatment Programs

Many families look for interventionists through addiction treatment programs, but these programs may offer inadequate help. Many rehab centers are simply understaffed or unprepared to convince resistant addicts to agree to treatment, let alone people who need help for something other than addiction. Therefore, if you need an interventionist to address a mental health issue, then look for help at a mental health facility rather than a rehab center.

Some treatment facilities use an incremental intervention, called the Albany-Rochester Interventional Sequence for Engagement (ARISE). As soon as an ARISE intervention specialist receives a call for help, the intervention process begins. The family is instructed to invite the subject to a meeting at the facility. If she rejects these invitations, the intervention specialist leads the family through more elaborate plans and strategies.

Other treatment facilities use a direct approach, so families who contact them will be immediately paired with a professional interventionist. This worker will then gather necessary information to recommend intervention strategies before anyone discusses treatment with the affected person. This more careful approach may be especially wise when mental health issues are present.

Find Interventionists through Referrals

Families may also find professional interventionists through referrals from the following sources:

  • Friends – Those have gone through similar struggles may recommend the professional interventionist who helped their family
  • Doctors and other healthcare providers are often familiar with practitioners in related health fields
  • Treatment programs – If they cannot coordinate the intervention themselves, some centers will recommend someone who can
  • Professional interventionists recognize when they are not a good fit for the situation and will refer you to other professionals

A good referral can steer your family toward recovery.

Find Interventionists through Professional Organizations

As more people use professional interventionists, organizations and certifying boards have developed to standardize the profession. Search the registries of one of the organizations to narrow your search for professional help. It is important to find a professional interventionist who can work with both addicts and mental health patients to increase the chances of success. One professional organization, the Association of Intervention Specialists, maintains a level of certification available only to members who have qualifications in that area, so seek this option if it sounds helpful for your needs.

How to Choose an Interventionist

No matter how you find an interventionist, consider the following criteria to determine if he is right for the job:

  • Experience with cases similar to yours
  • Clinical training
  • Degrees and certifications
  • Comfort level

If one interventionist does not seem to be a good match for your family, continue searching, because you want the best chances of success for this important meeting.

Help Finding Interventionists

If you need to find a professional interventionist for a loved one with a mental health problem, call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline. Our admissions coordinators will answer your call and refer you to a professional interventionist experienced with mental health issues. Seek professional help now and begin recovery today.