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Setting the Stage for Recovery

If your family is in crisis because of a loved one’s addiction, Intrepid Interventions can help.

Even when family members agree that something must be done, it can be difficult to determine exactly what that “something” is. Family dysfunction and emotional exhaustion can complicate efforts to establish trust and agreement about the best way to deal with the addict. Families need professional support to address these issues and create a plan to support the addicted loved one’s return to health.

David facilitates family discussions that culminate in mutual transparency and consensus. Family members and friends find healing for themselves and rediscover their own sanity, and addicts have the opportunity to set their foot on the path to a new life. Through intervention and continuing care, many addicts overcome their challenges and rebuild their lives.

David and his associates can help you or your loved one address all manner of problems related to addiction, including the addict’s damage to personal relationships, child custody problems, criminal/legal problems, medical concerns, and professional crises. If you or your loved one needs support dealing with any of these common issues Intrepid Interventions offers qualified, experienced professional support.

When your family is suffering, there is no time to waste. When an addict is using, dark possibilities are not far away—things like escalating legal troubles, destruction of family relationships, and darkest of all, death by overdose. Take action. Contact Intrepid Interventions now.


Take Action Now.

David Petersen, LCSW, LAC

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(719) 440-0025

When you engage the services of Intrepid Interventions, you will be safe in experienced hands. David Petersen has over 25 years of experience as an interventionist. He has helped hundreds of families through the intervention process, and his ongoing success is supported by broad and deep experience and education. His passion is helping families and addicts reverse unhealthy situations and find gateways to recovery. Let him help your family.

Curriculum Vitae

David P. Petersen, MSW, MHA (LLC) 
10 Boulder Crescent, Ste 101F
Colorado Springs, CO  80903-3344
[email protected]
fax:  scan/email only
719-440-0025 office

Adaptable, motivated clinician and leader with proven program design, development and   implementation skills.  Bilingual (English / Spanish), oral and written.  Interpersonal capabilities   with professional, pastoral and lay (volunteer) community.  Strong commitment to quality human   services delivery and to the improvement of community health.

Professional Experience

2010 to Present: Interdisciplinary Practice
(Youth & Adult, Interventional)
Behavioral care development & delivery Clinical & career advisement Critical incident & case intervention
2000 to 2010: Community Health Practice
(Family, Pediatric & Adult)
Clinical assessment & therapy
Program direction & development
Clinical consultation
1991 to 2000: Criminal Justice & Substance Abuse Practice
Community development
Clinical program management & consultation
Full-spectrum forensic practice
1988 to 1991: Seminarian / Priesthood CandidateTheological studies & pastoral formation
Pastoral care in diverse applications
1987 to 1988: Inpatient Substance Abuse and Mental Health PracticeInpatient & day hospital care delivery
Program Marketing
(Adolescent & Adult)
1972 to 1987: Business, Service & Industry
(’77-81 Texas Dept of Corrections)
Agency advertising & marketing
Media sales & marketing
Agri-Industrial chemical production & sales

Academic Credentials

  • Master of Social Work, Colorado State University
  • Master of Health Administration, Pacific Western University
  • Pastoral Lay Ministry Certificate, Oblate School of Theology
  • Bachelor of Arts, Humanities, University of Texas at San Antonio

Professional Credentials

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) – Colorado
  • Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) – Colorado
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) – Texas
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) – California, pending

Related Experience and Skills

Late teens & early twenties:  total immersion in heroin addiction & counter-culture culminating in a four-year incarceration.  Subsequent recovery unfolding into a public life of advanced clinical and pastoral care work.  Public speaking and training for individuals, families, and clinical & pastoral practitioners. References and detailed background qualifications available upon request.

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David’s Recovery History

Explanation of Past Addiction & Legal History for David Petersen

In my teen years, I abused illicit drugs within a ‘counterculture’ lifestyle. After being identified for robberies to support a $200 per day heroin habit, and realizing the severity of my addiction & offenses, I surrendered. In 1977 at age 22, I began serving the lenient prison sentence given to me in light of my voluntary surrender.

Throughout my four-year stay in the Texas Department of Corrections, I was a model inmate. My utilization of education, health and personal growth resources within the system was matched by consistent self-improvement and service within that community.

Since my release from prison in 1981, I have continued to live a productive, responsible life. In 1990 and 1991, two parole boards under successive gubernatorial administrations recommended me for Full Pardon. To date, my perpetual recovery from addiction spans 43+ years.

This explanation is composed for the review of persons who might utilize my experience and skills for the betterment of the community, in both professional and lay settings. Statistical data regarding this matter often needed for administrative or security clearance is listed below. Thank you for your interest and attention in this regard.

Statistical Data

Offenses:Aggravated Robbery (2)
Cause Numbers:77-CR-0520-W
77-CR-0521-W
Court:District Court, 186th Judicial District of Texas
300 Dolorosa San Antonio,
TX 78205-3030
Presiding Judge:Honorable James E. Barlow
Sentence:Eight years per cause, concurrent
Disposition:Discharged, March 8, 1981

Open the Communication

Secure Digital Comunication

David Petersen’s secure, HIPAA compliant, portal for established patients eliminates time or travel obstacles to private counsel and consultation.  Click here to set an appointment for face-to-face communication with David on your handheld device or (camera enabled) laptop.


VSee is a proprietary low-bandwidth, group video chat and screen-sharing software tool. It came out of a Stanford University PhD project addressing the problem of making virtual teamwork easy and conveying trust over video.

The service allows multiple users in various locations to communicate in real-time by video and audio. Its interface is able to concurrently display video faces and allow users annotate on shared screen content. VSee sends video at rates as low as 50 kbit/s and is capable of real-time video communication over 3G cellular networks.

Intervention Services

More than just a conversation, we work to develop a plan for the family, friends, co-workers and loved ones that have someone in their life that is suffering from addiction problems. Addiction is progressive in nature, and the earlier that we can start, the better. A professional interventionist will not only help you step forward from the fear of confronting your loved one, but also play a crucial part in helping you to develop strategies and a plan for treatment of the teen or adult in your life who is in need of help.

An intervention is an educational process aimed at stopping the cycle of crisis that is so common in the life of an addict. The goal is to establish a plan that gets you and your loved one immediately on the path to taking steps toward their recovery.


Help for your family

A clinical Intervention Specialist, such as David, helps families confront their loved ones in a way that gets them into treatment. David Petersen’s no-nonsense style of intervention has worked when other intervention styles don’t.

More than just a conversation, we work to develop a plan for the family, friends, co-workers and loved ones that have someone in their life that is suffering from addiction problems. Addiction is progressive in nature, and the earlier that we can start, the better. A professional interventionist will not only help you step forward from the fear of confronting your loved one, but also play a crucial part in helping you to develop strategies and a plan for treatment of the teen or adult in your life who is in need of help.

An intervention is an educational process aimed at stopping the cycle of crisis that is so common in the life of an addict. The goal is to establish a plan that gets you and your loved one immediately on the path to taking steps toward their recovery.


PRIVACY POLICY

Intrepid Interventions is a medical model, behavioral health service agency that complies with conventional healthcare industry standards. Beyond the industry standard commonly referred to as HIPAA* (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996), Intrepid Interventions expertly discerns and guides medically necessary disclosures.

GUARANTEE

Intrepid Interventions can guarantee only one thing: Things will change. David Petersen and the Intrepid Interventions team will help you set the stage for your loved one’s recovery. Then your loved one will decide whether to take action toward recovery. Either way, your family will find a new approach to the problem, one that helps all family members each align their own lives, together.

About David Petersen, Principal Interventionist

When you engage the services of Intrepid Interventions, you will be safe in experienced hands. David Petersen has over 25 years of experience as an interventionist. He has helped hundreds of families through the intervention process, and his ongoing successes in this area are supported by experience and education, both broad and deep. His passion is helping families and addicts reverse unhealthy situations and find gateways to recovery.

In addition to considerable experience, David holds advanced academic and clinical credentials, including graduate degrees in social work and health administration, along with licenses in clinical social work and addictions counseling. If you require more specific information, you can see David’s CV here.

David Petersen’s understanding of addiction & psychopathology is further enriched and nuanced by his own experiences with heroin addiction and criminal culture. From this experience, he can empathize with individuals and families as well as provide proof that long-term recovery is possible.

Consulting and Speaking

Consulting

David Petersen, principal interventionist, and the specialty advisers of Intrepid Interventions provide issue-specific consultation to individuals and families, as well as businesses, agencies, and organizations. Issues commonly addressed by the consulting team include:

  • Clinical program planning and implementation
  • Civil and criminal legal complexities
  • Academic status issues for matriculating students

Public Speaking

As a public speaker, David Petersen speaks has addressed a wide range of subjects, from addictions to professional self-care, and from community development to family integration. On a limited basis, David can provide clinical and motivational talks to non-profit agencies for affordable honorariums. For agencies or organizations requiring topic-specific address, David and his supporting staff develop and produce presentations to suit. David’s currently available presentations for clinical teams and organizations are titled, “A Psychology of Heroin,” and “A Consensus Model of Intervention.” Contact David for more information.

Principal interventionist David Petersen and others frequently offer new commentary related to illicit drug use and recovery through the Heroin Truth podcast moderated by David.