Q. Does gender matter when picking an interventionist?A.
Yes. If you are considering an intervention on a female I believe it’s in the patient’s best interest to have a female interventionist. The reason is so many addicted females have a history of rape, sexual abuse or molestation. They have been traumatized and can easily be re-traumatized. The problem is so many females have learned to “shut up and put up” in our male dominant society and simply don’t recognize when they’re being re-traumatized . It’s not that male interventionist do this knowingly, they are simply innocent bystanders. Another concern is when a male interventionist transports a female to treatment. The patient can perceive this as another male who has the power over her. As chemically dependent people are known to be manipulative, a male interventionist, transporting a female to treatment may be putting himself in a vulnerable position.Q. Does that mean female interventionists shouldn’t do interventions on males?A.
It depends, but in my experience of doing intervention on males, the gender of the interventionist doesn’t seem to matter.