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Recovery Plus 82 Feb 2016 What is... a CIP? A CIP is a chartered intervention professional – earning this accreditation attests to people seeking someone to intervene on a family member that you are competent and ethical. Provided by PCB, the CIP credential is globally recognised and available to intervention specialists regardless of the country or US state in which you live or work. The Association of Intervention Specialists worked with PCB to develop this CIP certification, introduced last year. They are also recognised by IC&RC, the International Credentialling & Reciprocity Consortium which is the global leader in ‘gold standard’ credentialling of prevention, addiction treatment and recovery professionals and which has 45,000 addiction-specialist members across the world. Accredited interventionists used to append the letters “BRI-I” or “BRI-II” to their names (acronym for board registered interventionist) but CIP replaces these. Over 90% of Credentialling offers needed standardisation to the ever-evolving addiction treatment and prevention profession. Being credentialled displays competency, by having professional expertise and qualifications verified by an independent evaluator. It recognises the holder’s achievement of professional education as well as the experience necessary to provide quality addiction services to employers and families striving to get a reluctant addict into treatment. Credentialling also provides employers, clients and their families with the assurance that you have met internationally recognised standards of professionalism and ethics. It gives you an ‘edge’ over lesserqualified counterparts. Interventions Plus (see the pullout programme with this journal) has applied to again award CIP hours, your continuing education credits to become a Certified Intervention Professional. Candidates need 14 CIP hours to start joining AIS. Interventions Plus offers you half of this – a great head start. You can find certification forms at https://www. pacertboard.org/certifications/cip and check more details at www.associationofinterventionspecialists.org. Before the CIP release, the Pennsylvania Certification Board and many intervention specialists throughout the US, Canada and Europe had worked together for two years on the development of this specialty structured interventions result in the addict going into treatment certification. Several of them are members of AIS as well as NII, the Network of Independent Interventionists, who played a major role in creating the new credential. All wanted to help you become an integral part of the recovery process for people struggling with addiction.


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