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 

DOMAINS
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 M. Pike: Addiction Recovery Specialist & Certified Interventionist – LAADC, CAADC II, I.C.A.D.C, CIP, & IC&RC


Patricia Pike president and CEO of CanAm Interventions, Interventions Canada and Intervention Trainings. Patricia is a highly trained expert drawing from her skills with over 26 years of professional experience. Her education background includes; Licensed Advanced Alcohol Drug Counselor (LAADAC), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor from California Consortium of Addiction Programs (ICAADC), long-standing member of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation, Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counsellor through the (IC&RC) International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium, (CIP) Certified Intervention Professional through the Pennsylvania Certification Board and is an Adult Educator Instructor (AIS) through Simon Fraser Extention Program. Ms. Pike is an education provider through PCB, CACCF, and CCAPP with a focused on intervention skills for professionals in the community.

Ms. Pike is a highly effective Trauma-Informed and Family Systemic Interventionist with an extraordinary success rate of 92% for helping those in need of getting into treatment and recovery, as well as helping and facilitating the healing process for the identified patient’s families, friends, associates, employers, and resolving the myriad complications and difficulties associated with addiction. Patricia has dual citizenship both in the United States and Canada, she is an Internationally Certified Addiction Specialist that has worked both in Canada and the United States. She currently resides in San Francisco Bay area however she is passionate about working in both countries working in the chemical dependency field, supporting clients and their families wounded by addiction and its associated mental health disorders.

Ms. Pike was born in eastern Canada, she moved to Vancouver British Columbia with her family in her late teens, where her passion to help others professional path started in 1992. Her experience includes; working in the downtown eastside of Vancouver BC working alongside many research doctors trying to help untreated addictions with comprehensive health issues related to HIV/AIDS. Her work with the First Nation Population as a behavioral therapist supporting the first nation population with an individualized treatment plan and referrals focusing on trauma-informed support services for first nation peoples. Ms. Pike worked very closely with the Vancouver College of Physician and Surgeons in acting groups with a focused on educating new physicians becoming addiction doctors in Canada. Patricia worked in the 12 step recovery treatment field in various professional positions both in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and San Francisco, California until 2010. At that time, it was clear her calling was to work with families suffering from the emotional pain of their untreated loved ones which she too understood the great need to offer family interventions, family case management, treatment referrals and professional development to the professional community. Patricia’s goal is to enrich, inspire and educate the health care professionals in the treatment community, raise the bar for the quality of treatment for those struggling with addiction and complex mental health challenges.  She currently has private practices both in Vancouver, British Columbia and San Francisco, California Bay area facilitation of professional interventions and family case management services and providing educational training for the professional community. To date Patricia has facillated intervention trainings internationally since 2013 to date.

Adam Finley: Business Development and Certified Intervention Professional 


Adam Finley is certified Intervention Professional (CIP) and Business Development Professional with many years of experience of working in the field of addiction providing professional support to many people that are suffering from addiction and mental health issues. In his position, as an admissions representative at a drug and alcohol treatment center, he counseled families to help connect their loved ones with the appropriate drug and alcohol treatment program. Adam answered the phone anytime day or night to provide support to families in crisis. He also visited homes to facilitate family interventions to help motivate individuals to get to treatment.
Working closely with families before and after clients were admitted to treatment helping those establish healthy boundaries to ensure a client’s success during and after treatment. Adam continued working with the family system after graduation, with continued follow up during their aftercare to help coach individuals in the early days of sobriety. The natural progression of his work led him to Patricia Pike’s Can Am Intervention training, June 2018. To date, Adam has completed over 16 successful interventions.
As a coach, he owns and operates a Crossfit program helping people in recovery establish healthier habits and connect to a new community.
Adam is passionate about helping addicts/alcoholics achieve sobriety, to watch families put back together, and to see the hope and freedom that comes from sobriety.
Adam holds a BA in Economics from Eastern Washington University and is currently attending Eastern to complete a Dual Master’s in Addiction Studies and Social Work. He is also a veteran of the United States Coast Guard where he served from 1994-1997


Jenny Jensen: LMHC, CDPT, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Chemical Dependency


She received a Masters of Counseling Psychology degree from Northwest University in July 2017. Prior to this, she received a BA in Sociology from the University of Washington in 2015. Additionally, she completed certificate courses with a focus on Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Bellevue College.

Jenny is a passionate mental health therapist and chemical dependency professional with strong expertise in co-occurring disorders, family conflict, and adjustment issues. She has experience working with individuals in a variety of treatment settings struggling with substance use, eating disorders and other mental health problems as well as working with their loved ones.

Ms. Jensen specializes in helping you identify your goals and will help keep you accountable. I am well-versed in utilizing Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral techniques and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to assist you with realigning your long-term goals with the present. DBT is particularly helpful in addressing maladaptive behaviors.

Howard B (Howie) Marlin: Masters Level Addictions Counselor and Certified Intervention Professional 


Howard B (Howie) Marlin is a Masters Level Addictions Counselor, Crisis Interventionist, Emergency Services Clinician and Addictions Interventionist who earned his BA in Counseling Psychology from Stockton State University, and Masters in Education from Cambridge College in 1985. He is a Licensed Addictions Specialist at the senior level accepting insurances- LADC1; Board Certified Intervention Professional through the Pennsylvania Certification Board- CIP; Certificated in Traumatic Stress Studies from The Trauma Center at JRI; as well as Certified Recovery Coach, Recovery Coach for The ER, and (pending) Recovery Coach Professional Certification through CCAR- Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery.

Industry association memberships include Association for Intervention Specialists-AIS, National Association For Addiction Professionals-NAADAC, The Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc- MaMHCA, and the American Counseling Association-ACA.

Trained by Jeff and Debra Jay on Love First “confrontational”, and Dr. Judith Landow on Arise-Network “invitational” disciplines of intervention, Howie treats all engagements from a Family Systemic Intervention model. He practices from his home office on Martha’s Vineyard serving families in need and providing interventions and intervention training in the United States and Canada.

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