Certified Intervention Professional (CIP)

The Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) credential for professionals who have the primary role of facilitation and participating in substance use interventions.

ROLE OF THE CIP: Certified Intervention professionals guide families, friends, and others through an intervention process where the substance user is encouraged to accept help. It is important that families looking for a professional that specializes in professional intervention services to asked for the credentials of CIP.

CIP is not a marketer or recruiter for a treatment facility; rather they are a front-line professional who is directly engaging an individual and family to help guide them to treatment and is a part of the recovery team.

CanAm Intervention training has a sign-up form to be filled out for completion of registration for CanAm Intervention training 101.

CanAm Intervention 101 is designed for; therapists, admissions counselor, dischargee planners, aftercare programs, treatment consultants, detox Support Workers, family case management workers, sober living support workers, outpatient treatment providers, medical nurses, physicians, business development personnel, sober coaches and others applicable in the professional helping field. It is important to have some experiences of working in the addiction or mental health field to attend CanAm Intervention training.

If you are in your own personal recovery process a three-year sobriety requirement is required to attend CanAm Intervention training 101.

Our goal is to provide an orientation training program that focuses on the principles, philosophies, and basics behind the most popular intervention disciplines utilized today.

This training is beneficial to those working in the addiction, mental health, medical, legal and first responder fields. “Interventions 101” gives a broad overview of what is to be expected, introduces resources, and how best to assist in the intervention process.

CanAm Interventions course work introduces terms and concepts, lays out steps necessary to achieve their certified intervention professional for those aspiring to become a certified interventionist.

Pennsylvania Certification Board provides (CIP) certified intervention professional certfications nationally.

We will provide information on how to become a certified interventionist in your state or country from PCB or other professional organizations.

CanAm Interventions provide 21 CEUs approval education hours from CIP/PCB, CACCF, and CCAPP. All participants will receive a CanAm Interventions certificate that can be used towards your CIP application through PCB/CIP.

Can Am Interventions is three-day structure training providing a hard copy manual and a powerpoint presentation that outlines the six modules focusing -on evidence-based practice such as; intervention approaches, addiction, mental health diagnoses, effects on family systems, the scope of ethics,  family case management, and behavioral health information. All modules are geared towards gaining the first steps towards the CIP application through PCB.

All participants are required to answer a questionnaire after each of the six modules as well as a final 15 question quiz at the end of the intervention skills training course to obtain your CanAm Intervention Certificate. This certificate does not make you an interventionist – It helps and guides you on the path of direction towards CIP.

Intervention Training Six Modules

Can Am Interventions 101 Training & Case Management Skills.
Training Manual: 123 -pages – Participants are required to answer questionnaires after each of the six modules as well as a final 15 questionnaire quiz at the end.

Module 1Introduction of Intervention Approaches: This module introduces intervention approaches that provide a clear understanding of the history, various approaches, and practices of interventions work.

Module 2 – Practical Skills & Techniques for Interventions, Case Management, and Recovery Services. This module introduces practical skills for intervention styles and approaches & Case Management skills, defining a clear action plan for the process and preparation of pre-and post-intervention work.

Module 3 Understanding Healthy & Unhealthy Family Systems and The Cycle of Addictive Behavior in Family Systems. This module introduces the patterns and traits of addiction & mental health within families & relationships, the importance of education and treatment for families and recovery resources.

Module 4 -Understanding the Disease Model and Complex Trauma & Mental Health Diagnoses.
This module is designed to give participants information on drugs and alcoholism, complex mental health diagnoses and treatments for intervention cases.

Module 5 – Ethics and Confidentiality Laws for Interventions: HIPPA/and The Privacy Act, working with treatment programs including Case Management and Recovery Services. This module addresses the importance of ethics and confidentiality and obtaining a professional organization to practice professional guidelines for interventions work.

Module 6 – Professional Development & Private Practices: This module will help participants to gain a clear understanding of the professional and business side of becoming a professional and certified interventionist.

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 CanAm Interventions Training & Skills 101 provides 21 CEU’s from CACCF, CCAPP, and PCB.

  • Continuing education hours means gaining skills to better enhance your knowledge to certified professionals interested in providing direct or indirect professional services.
  • CanAm Interventions has been approval providing 21 CEU hours of education hours to the health care community.
  • Continuing education hours CEUs’ are required as the scope of professional practices to maintain certifications, licensing or prerequisite for further educations or to become certified.
  • CanAm Interventions Skills & Training 101 offers a comprehensive practical 3-day intervention training & skills that will start you on the professional path of learning professional intervention skills. CanAm Intervention training is an orientation to intervention skills.

PCB – The Pennsylvania Certification Board is a private, non-profit corporation which offers voluntary credentialing to the substance abuse and other behavioral health professionals. PCB implements standards and testing for certification of addiction counselors, prevention specialists, clinical supervisors, case managers, criminal justice addictions, co-occurring disorders, auxiliary and intervention professionals and recovery specialists.

ROLE OF THE CIP: The Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) credential is for professionals who have the primary role of facilitation and participation in substance use interventions. Intervention professionals guide families, friends, and others through an intervention process where the substance user is encouraged to accept help. The CIP is not a marketer or recruiter for a treatment facility; rather they are a front-line professional who is directly engaging an individual and family to help guide them to treatment and is a part of the recovery team.

REQUIREMENTS FOR CIP EXPERIENCE: Two years of work experience providing direct substance use intervention and related services 50% of the time. All experience must be documented. Participation in five interventions and facilitation of five interventions within the last three years for a total of ten interventions.
EDUCATION: Education must be specifically related to the domains. Education is defined as formal, structured instruction in the form of workshops, seminars, institutes, in-services, college/university credit courses, and distance learning. All education must be documented. There is no time limit on when education was received. Education provided to other professionals is also acceptable. A relevant three-credit college course is equal to 45 hours.
Minimum High School Diploma/GED.
150 hours of education relevant to domains. The following hours must be included within the total number of
hours required:

  • 20 hours of intervention theory and practice
  • 12 hours in family systems
  • 12 hours in motivational interviewing
  • 12 hours specific to addiction 6 hours in crisis intervention6 hours in behavioral health ethics

SUPERVISION: 100 hours of supervision with a minimum of ten hours in each domain. Supervision must be documented and may occur as part of eligible work experience and maybe completed under more than one supervisor. The supervisor must hold current certification or license in the behavioral health field. Supervision is the administrative and evaluative process of monitoring, assessing, and enhancing professional’s performance.

PORTFOLIO: Submit all required documentation for the Portfolio 

1. Intervention Competence 2. Pre-Intervention
3. Intervention
4. Post-Intervention
5. Professional & Ethical Responsibility
FEES: Certification: $300

CACCF -Formerly the Addiction Intervention Association, the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) was formed in 1985.

  • The CACCF is also an active member of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). The CACCF provides its counselors with a quality, professional, credible and legal certification, offering personal pride and satisfaction. The CACCF promotes, certifies and monitors the competency of addiction specific counselors in Canada using current and effective practices, which are internationally recognized. Canada Interventions Skills & Training 101 is approved through CACCF to provide 21 CEU’s education hours for recertification for CACCF/ towards ICADC or other addiction certifications.

CCAPP – California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals provides a forum and a unifying voice for practitioners and programs. As the state’s largest AOD advocate for programs, CCAPP serves as the vital link between government, consumers, program owners, and directors.

  • At CCAPP education is the key to competency and at the core of our mission. CCAPP identifies and qualifies education institutions; approves continuing education providers; and supports AOD education systems through research, grants, and test development.
  • Intervention Specialist: The Specialty Endorsement program is only available to Alcohol/Drug Certified Counselors (Level I/II) OR equivalent, Certified Clinical Supervisor, Certified Criminal Justice Addiction Professionals, and Certified Prevention Specialists.

NII – The Network of Independent Interventionists is an organization dedicated to supporting, educate, and provide resources to professionally independent interventionists so that they can best serve those in need in the most professional and ethical manner.

  • As a group of Independent Interventionists, we strive to increase awareness, education, camaraderie, and professional support for one another while maintaining the highest ethical standards within the industry.

AIS – The Association of Intervention Specialists is a network of interventionists located throughout the country and abroad. Members guide families and friends, business executives, and others through the intervention process whereby a person addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs and compulsive behaviors is encouraged to accept help.

Full Member: – This is a voting category – A professional meeting the following criteria shall be considered a Practicing Interventionist eligible for Full membership in the Association.

Candidate Member: –  This is a non-voting category – A professional meeting the following criteria and abide by the following guidelines shall be considered a Candidate member in the association after completing an application and paying dues.

Patricia Pike, LAADC, CADC-II, ICADC, & CIP

Patricia M. Pike (Patti), Founder and CEO of CanAm Interventions and Certified Intervention and Addiction Specialist, is a trained expert with over 25 years of professional experience in the field of behavioral health treatment, specializing in addictions and alcoholism.

Ms. Pike holds a master accredited certification in addiction studies and conducts successful interventions nationally and internationally. Patricia is a Licensed Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor (LAADC), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II), long standing member of the Canadian Addiction Counselor Association Federation, internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the IC&RC (I.C.A.D.C), Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) through the Pennsylvania Certification Board and Adult Instructor Diploma (AID). Patricia sits on the board of the Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS) and is a member of the Network of Independent Interventionists (NII). She also offers 3-day intervention training courses, nationally and internationally, to enrich, inspire and educate professionals within the healthcare field.

Ms. Pike draws both professionally and from her own personal journey, with over 28 years in recovery. Patricia is passionate about advocating for untreated individuals and their families affected by addictions and/or mental health challenges. Patricia believes that she does not end up in the lives of her clients by mistake but that her vast experience, genuine nature, and passion for helping others creates a connection with her clients. Addiction is a global crisis, and it has never been more important to have highly effective and ethical approaches for interventions from a certified and credentialed interventionist.

Patricia has an extraordinary success rate for helping those in need to access treatment and achieve recovery, as well as helping to facilitate the healing process for the entire family. Ms. Pike is a highly effective trauma-informed and family systemic interventionist with an extraordinary success rate of 92% of guiding individuals needing help to accept professional help.

CanAm Interventions services include both traditional interventions (surprise approach) and family systemic interventions (invitational approach), recovery case management, consultation and treatment placement, recovery coaching, transportation companionship, in-home detox, aftercare treatment support, virtual family programs, and professional intervention training courses.

Ms. Pike’s unique experiences include working with complex addictions and mental health challenges. Patricia has experience working with first nation populations, business leaders/executives, music/entertainment professionals, and employers/businesses. Patricia believes strongly in fairness and equality. Her energy and passion to help individuals and families comes from believing that anyone can achieve recovery from alcohol and/or drugs, find purpose and a new way to live, and self-dignity in recovery.

Patricia M. Pike, LAADC, CADC-II, ICADC & CIP

(415) 827-3725



 Ed Storti, BA, CADC-II, CIP

Mr. Storti, lecturer, author, and international Intervention Specialist, developed and refined his special method of addictive disease intervention, the Storti Model of Intervention, 41 years ago.

Ed is an International and California Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and Board Registered Interventionist. He has choreographed thousands of interventions throughout the world.  His authored books include Crisis Intervention: Acting Against Addiction (Crown Publishing Company, 1988) and Heart to Heart: The Honorable Approach to Motivational Intervention (Carlton Press, 1995, republished in 2001).

Ed is also a contributing author of the book, Addiction Recovery Tools, Robert Holman Coombs, Editor, (published by Sage Publications, 2001).  Ed devotes much of his time to education on the disease of addiction and the process of intervening.

Two documentaries featured on television that highlighted his Storti Model of Intervention procedure are The Party’s Over, Lifetime Television and The Journey Back, PBS Television.  Ed has been a guest on the live Internet Talk Radio show, Voice America, numerous times.

Ed is the recipient of the 2009 Spirit Award from the Gooden Center, Pasadena, California, the 2011 Pillar of the Community Recognition Award from Sierra Tucson Treatment Center, Tucson, Arizona, the 2013 Joseph L. Galleta, M.D., Spirit of Recovery Award from Hemet Valley Recovery Center and Sage Retreat, Hemet, California, 2016 Ken Schonlau Award For Outstanding Contribution To Sobriety from Share Center, Culver City, California, the 2017 Award for Pioneering Efforts in the Intervention Profession from Evolutions of Addiction Treatment, Long Beach, California and the recipient of the 2017 Promises Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Annual Polo in the Palisades.

Ed Storti, BA, CADC-II

(310) 547-5704