AIS: WORKING TOWARDS A ‘GOLD STANDARD’ FOR FAMILY INTERVENTIONS
Families of people being destroyed by addiction can call on specialist ‘interventionists’ to persuade the addict into rehab – now some of the world’s best are sharing their expertise and ethics, and encouraging more to join them. Rebecca Flood describes collaboration between both sides of the Atlantic as they meet up at UKESAD in London.
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The Association of Intervention Specialists is an international organisation whose full members are board-registered as interventionists as well as being licensed or certified in the behavioural health field. AIS has been in existence for over a decade and has about 200 members worldwide. We believe in setting the standard of excellence for the intervention field and supporting student and candidate members in becoming fully credentialled to provide interventions for individuals and families suffering from mental-health and addictive disorders.
The current board of directors and its members seek to support all individuals and organisations throughout the world in a variety of capacities such as: providing training for potential interventionists, assisting behavioural health and medical staff who want to gain understanding about the intervention process, supporting family members and communities on how to help their loved ones, allowing for networking opportunities, and support on individual cases.
We also seek to understand the needs of struggling interventionists both in the US and around the world, and how we as an organisation can be more supportive and helpful in meeting the needs of both new and seasoned interventionists on an international level.
Several AIS Board members will be present at the UK/European Symposium on Addictive Disorders in London 9-12 May, specifically to create a variety of opportunities to listen to clinicians and interventionists from around the globe. We want to hear what your successes, struggles, hopes, desires, and dreams – both now and in the future – are, and how we as an organisation can support you in your continued journey of helping others and their families to acquire happy, healthy, whole and successful lives.
We look forward to getting together Wednesday morning for discussion, Thursday evening for a panel and presentation session, and Friday for a boat ride down the Thames River.
John Southworth from Boise, Idaho, Brad Lamm from New York city, Lee Fitzgerald from Los Angeles, and myself from Orange County in California, as well as other members look forward to meeting and greeting with you on one or all three of these occasions.
Rebecca Flood, MHS, LCADC, NCAC II, BRI II is president of AIS and executive director/CEO of New Directions for Women treatment centre.
To promote both public and professional understanding of intervention by providing standards of education, excellence and referral resources.
AIS HAS SEVEN ETHICAL PRINCIPLES:
- the first is non-discrimination, including economic status
- competence – this profession is founded on standards of competence which promote the best interest of the client, the intervention specialist, this profession, and society; we must accept the need for ongoing education
- legal & ethical standards
- client welfare – including responsibility for clients’ welfare either by termination by mutual agreement and/or by the client becoming engaged with another professional
- confidentiality, except when there is a clear and imminent danger to client or other persons
- societal obligations – we must guarantee all persons, especially the needy and disadvantaged, have access to necessary resources and services
- remuneration – arrangements must be in accord with the professional standards that safeguard the best interest of the client, the specialist and the profession.