What is my intervention style ?

Working in this field as long as I have, one of the great skills that I have as professional. I can become flexible in working with families, there is the Johnson Model, the model that is based on surprise, love and setting up consequences. Then , the Systemic model, which really is educating the family, inviting the whole family unit to participate, and work through the family issues, then there is the ARISE model, which is also an invitational style – it is more of an empowerment model, giving the family the power to set the tone as well as supervision from a professional. Last is the Break Through Model, which is the training that I recently participated in – a model based on invitation – yet staying focus on the reality theory – motivational interviewing, and bringing the family together to address the reality of what is happening in their loved one life that is causing concern for the family. All in all, these models are wonderful ways to help families, and I tend to agree with them all. I provide family support based on the disease model , model of change, family system model, reality therapy, and motivational interviewing, which in the end all comes together when dealing with a family as a whole. When, one person makes a change in the family system, it helps to change others in a family and in the end of any professional service, it starts with one change at a time.

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Intervention Training

Intervention Training

The process of an invitational intervention is much more of a way for some families, these are the lovely people that I took the Break Through invitational intervention with , this past weekend in San Francisco, CA. Great training and great new colleagues.

Invitation Interventions

Families & Friends  email me to asked the Big question , does intervention work ??? or should we do an intervention? and the outcome question comes next ? does intervention  a support / help  convince people to change, or are they a waste of time?

The answer goes something like this – an intervention is not only for the patient that has an addiction, it is for the whole family to make the changes so that the patient has an opportunity to hear from the family unit that they are cared for, and that there is a plan of action, to get help. Mostly , it is 85% of folks that will take the options put in front of them to access help and support through many types of resources.

Patient are really overwhelmed when loved ones come together, to share that they are loves, and care about, most addicted person suffered from low self esteem, believing that all family members hate them, and cannot wait to get away from them. when the family puts this information out in the middle of a family meeting, a big change happens for everyone. It becomes a family problem instead of an individual problem which in turn takes away the pressure from the addicted person, they too become willing to get help.

You should never do a family intervention unless you have a professional leading the family meeting. People do not need to die anymore, and the old lye that we need to let them bottom out is also a lye, the disease of addiction is a brain disease that cannot be arrested until the patient is completely abstinence – they are untreated – and need a form of treatment to get well, just like any rehab from a heart disease, kidney disease, if you don’t do rehab, you will have to go back to the hospital and get treated. Addiction is the same way, the patient needs to get treated, and family are the ones that will and can help put that in place with the help of a professional.

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Regardless of age we have to send, receive, and process many messages every day. We interact with many types of people that have different behaviors, beliefs, lifestyles and practices. Communication is very important because as you grow up, you face more complicated issues and responsibilities. Effective communication will make you, children, to be well equipped in order to face life’s challenges and to solve every problem that comes along the way.

Proper way of communication is a great tool for problem solving. Communication helps you better understand a person or situation. Through listening, you will be able to listen to the other person’s point of view and you become more considerate of the situation. You become more compassionate and not judgmental. When you are able to understand the situation, then you will learn the ways on how to solve the problem. You tend to focus more on the positive side of things. You become more open to the different factors that contribute to the problem. This will avoid putting the blame unto others or looking back into the past.

Good communication helps you resolve any differences. When you communicate with others, you learn to accept that every individual is unique. You will learn to enjoy the traits that other people have that you don’t have. There are many positive things that you can learn when there is open and effective communication. Being assertive is one way of showing that you are open to individual differences. When you have this trait, you will avoid misunderstandings and you will find an easy time to patch up things whenever there is a conflict. You will learn to be more mature in the way you perceive and treat others.

Communication helps build trust and respect. Trust and respect are very important in problem solving. When you talk and the other person listens attentively and understands your point of view, you develop trust and respect towards him or her. When there is trust, you will be able to express your feelings in an honest manner. When you respect the other person, you will avoid having arguments and choose to have proper confrontations. You develop loyalty towards each other. You also develop a sense of responsibility of solving any problem in order to preserve the trust and respect.

Communication creates an environment where creative ideas, affection, and care can flourish. An effective communication caters to all kinds of productive and healthy ideas. It allows suggestions and advices that give solution to the problem. Brainstorming is one way of developing great solutions to problems. Through communication, you also strengthen your bond with your friends and families. You develop the atmosphere of love, care and trust. When these are present, then you are able to gain success in your problem solving. These will help you out to become a more positive, loving and goal-oriented individual.


I will release myself from the compulsion to repeat destructive and painful patterns, by being willing to acknowledge the wounds that lie beneath them. In my attempts to keep these wounds from being known, I keep myself away from important parts of myself. Then I seek out situations that will allow my wounds to surface and be felt.

… My unconscious knows what it is carrying within it and wants it to come to the surface so that it can heal. While I hold it in darkness, I keep an emotional infection from getting the light and air that it needs to heal. I will not glorify living mindlessly and without pain. I will use my pain to cleanse my self.

I am willing to acknowledge my wounds.

I am ill because of wounds to the soul, to the deep emotional self. and the wounds to the soul take a long, long time, only time can help and patience, and a certain difficult repentance, long difficult repentance, realization of life’s mistakes and the freeing of one’s self from the endless repetition of the mistake . . . has chosen to sanctify.