Academic journal article Family Relations

The Dynamics of Cris Intervention: Loss as the Common Denominator

Academic journal article Family Relations

The Dynamics of Cris Intervention: Loss as the Common Denominator

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The Dynamics of Crisis Intervention: Loss as the Common Denominator. J. W. Mitchell. Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas, 1999. 275 pp. ISBN 0-398-06915-8. $59.95 (hardcover).

Crises are frequent, diverse, and pervasive aspects of human life. As such, all members of the helping professions deal with individuals and families in crisis at one point or another, and this book focuses on the application of the special set of skills involved in crisis intervention. The text offers readers a practical approach to crisis intervention using the recurring theme of loss as a key to understanding and intervening in crisis situations. After a general introduction to the dynamics of crisis intervention, the author offers a chapter on grief and mourning followed by a chapter on trauma and disasters that includes a discussion on the trauma of sexual abuse. Basic information on the crises of domestic violence, addiction/substance abuse, dealing with the HIV virus and AIDS, and suicide also is provided. The final section of the book, and one of the most useful, is a training manual for crisis intervention.

There are already several useful texts and handbooks on crisis intervention available to human service providers and the information provided in Mitchell's book is available elsewhere. …

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