Q. Our family is spread out all over the United States. How do we include them?
I utilize conference call speaker phones, Face Time, or Skype for example to include people out of the area. The first meeting, which generally takes between 2 – 4 hours, is an assessment and training for the intervention. At this meeting we have all of the key people present (excluding the person to be intervened upon) to consider the possibility of doing an intervention. If the group decides in favor of the intervention, we then set the date, consider treatment options, and other tasks. The day before the formal intervention, the out of towners would gather with the others for a rehearsal or fine tuning and then on to the formal intervention. The formal intervention being the time we meet with their loved one, expressing concerns, concluding with the person entering treatment.