Crisis Counseling and Therapy

Crisis Counseling and Therapy

Crisis Counseling and Therapy

Crisis Counseling and Therapy

Synopsis

Comprehensive instruction in this important method

From Pearl Harbor to the events of September 11, 2001, to the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, tragedy can leave indelible scars. Its many forms are now visibly present in our local, national, and international communities. Intervention, as a clinical technique to combat the debilitating effects of stress that accompany crisis, is quickly becoming a social movement. Crisis Counseling and Therapy provides comprehensive instruction in this important and rapidly burgeoning field with a systemic three-phase method that is simple and practical. This innovative model can easily be incorporated into the clinician's practice to provide effective, strategic intervention.

Crisis Counseling and Therapy recognizes that no single theory or strategy will prove useful in all situations and so offers students and professionals an adaptable approach to dealing with any crisis they may confront. By integrating four proven theories--narrative, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and experiential/existential--and using the degree of disequilibrium experienced in the system to determine therapy sessions, this unique text presents a new approach to crisis work. In-depth, contemporary case studies and an easily-learned and -implemented model of application allow for multidisciplinary approaches to treatment and more positive, constructive outcomes.

Topics covered in Crisis Counseling and Therapy include:
  • definitions of crisis
  • critical moments of development
  • characteristics of the crisis counselor
  • contemporary standards and models of practice
  • models for intervention
  • assessment models
  • models of treatment
  • justification for a new model of treatment--restoration of functioning
  • integrating the four unique approaches
  • profile of an individual in crisis
  • the systemic crisis intervention model
  • the model's three phases: Remember, Reorganize, Restore
  • integrating the stress of crisis
  • and many more!
A vital text, reference, and resource manual, Crisis Counseling and Therapy is ideal for students and established professionals as well as clinicians and specialists working in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing, organ donor procurement, first responder personnel, ministry, emergency medicine, and managed care who are seeking continuing education.

Excerpt

Tragedy is now visibly evident in our community. Crisis intervention as a clinical technique is moving in the direction of being seen as a social movement in response to a personal accident, trauma, and hardship. As a technique, it relies on models comprised of a variety of strategies integrated from psychology, medicine, sociology, and theology. As a social movement, it is employed as a response to the general cultural trend of greater personal isolation in an indifferent society. Crisis intervention operates under the fundamental notion that an individual’s resistance to stress is finite and idiosyncratic, so that under certain circumstances, every person will find his or her coping mechanisms inadequate to sustain psychological equilibrium. Crisis treatment involves systemic efforts to supplement the personal resources of the individual who is failing under stress, rather than assuming that the individual is in the presence of a disease process.

Practicing crisis intervention requires the clinician to make fundamentally difficult choices regarding the offering of help. the clinician is obligated to shelve some of the traditional psychotherapy techniques in which he or she has been trained in favor of new models and paradigms. in crisis work, there is an assumption that an occurrence of some external precipitant or event has proved distressing and disabling to the individual. the outcome of contemporary crisis practice is defined in terms of restoration of the individual’s pretraumatic level of overt functioning.

This book is written as a text, reference, and resource book for clinicians working in the area of crisis intervention. It is assumed in the discussion that crisis is accompanied by temporary disequilibrium that contains potential for human growth. the successful resolution of the crisis may lead to positive and constructive outcomes, such as self-enhancing coping ability, a decrease in negative, self-defeating . . .

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