Regardless of the distance, I will come to you. Or host our gathering in Colorado Springs. My practice is not restricted to the southwestern crescent formed by Colorado, New Mexico and Texas where I maintain full clinical licensure. The only restriction unique to my offering of care is a family’s acceptance of psychotherapeutic support in the process of intervention. The same fully professional and clinical services I deliver in those states can be provided quickly anywhere in the continent, including Canada and Mexico. (Para los que hablan Español exclusivamente, mi práctica profesional es totalmente bilingüe.)
These are the best of the ‘senior’ years of my practice… each more with the core passion of restoring [addicts] to their families…”
Very few clinical professionals who offer intervention services appear to establish a bona-fide agreement that assures the fullest possible professional responsibility and accountability to consumers in this rapidly growing arena. I believe I am among those few who do. If you’re seeking intervention assistance and you’re unwilling to settle for less than the most clinically sound treatment, medical necessity can only be verified with an informed consent to treatment for the group through an enrollee. Moreover, the provider must be licensed in a domain and level of behavioral practice that is recognized for independent practice. In my offering of intervention it may be any member, preferably the Responsible Party. A family member or friend other than the addict must give written consent for that customary healthcare alliance to be established.
These are the finest and best of my practice years, in the senior phase of my career. Restoring children – be they teens or young-to-middle-aged adults – to their families is the core passion that fuels my vocation. The same holds true for spouses and siblings or any of the significant persons who fear the worst and hope the best for one they love who is entrapped by addiction.
Though scarce, my time for very brief, pro-bono conversation is available to any who message me through the contact form below. If you’re certain you wish to speak, please initiate a consultation (office, phone or teleconference) request by the designated prepayment procedures listed.
Short definition: Intervention is a staged event, prepared for a person by concerned family and friends to lovingly confront their unhealthy behaviors and lifestyle. With or without a facilitator, the concerned group “sets the stage” for the person’s option to choose health over sickness and untimely death.
Intervention for substance use disorders or unmanageable psychopathology is a vital and diversely understood measure that the loved ones of a substance user or unmanaged person increasingly undertake in order to help their loved one. I have been the personal beneficiary (in 1977) and a facilitator (professionally since 1992) of intervention for most of my adult life, and am pleased to note that at this senior stage of my career, I have formulated an affordable and effective intervention that can be scheduled on relatively short notice. Below are the key philosophical and logistical elements of the intervention process I facilitate:
Enabling & Empowerment: These are simple yet at the same time complex facets of intervention that require definition, identification and attention. The enabling actions or behaviors of family & loved ones mitigate success; empowerment mitigates failure. Competing priorities that include the overall health of ALL parties involved receive appropriate attention.
Risk Reduction & Recovery: Harm & Risk Reduction and Abstinence-Based Recovery are two essential & valid theoretical approaches towards resolving an individual’s addiction or incapacity to refrain from compulsive behaviors. A hybrid that emphasizes one predominantly over the other assures greater success.
Participants: Family & loved ones who can and will engage in a rapid, dynamic dialogue that finds a common highest denominator for all parties invested that becomes a static, initially non-negotiable offer to the identified (addict) patient. All participants are patients (learners) in this clinically guided process.
Roles: Facilitator(s) help to form and initiate the intervention plan, and as needed, to provide consultation in the post-agreement phase of the intervention; Responsible Party acts as the business negotiator between the facilitator, identified patient & family/friends; Liaison serves as a broker and communicator between the identified patient & family/friends.
Magna Carta: With facilitation, participants will formulate a document that represents and codifies the expectations of the group. This document may, as the historical Magna Carta turned out, be alterable by key participants (or Responsible Party) and require the explicit trust and acceptance of the signers of the document.
Associate Facilitators: As a team-oriented clinician and field educator, I offer the advantage of other affordable resource persons ranging from experienced clinicians to interns. These associates are available on a case-specific, as-needed basis. Family coaching, progress review and trouble-shooting are each functions that associate facilitators may perform.