Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Book Reviews -- Crisis Intervention Strategies by Burl E. Gilliland and Richard K. James

Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Book Reviews -- Crisis Intervention Strategies by Burl E. Gilliland and Richard K. James

Article excerpt

Authors Gilliland and James have an active practice in crisis intervention. They also teach the subject at Memphis State University. Crisis Intervention Strategies is a literature review as well as an eclectic "how to" manual for both practitioners and students. Chapters covered include suicide, posttraumatic stress disorder, sexual assault, woman battering, chemical dependency, bereavement, violent behavior in institutions, hostage crises, and human service worker burnout. The last chapter focuses on prevention programs.

The authors point out that crisis intervention is different from short-term or long-term psychotherapy and discuss some of those differences. So far, the mental health community has not accepted crisis intervention as worthy a subject as psychodynamic psychotherapy. Yet, managed health care trends all point in the same direction: practitioners will be doing more crisis intervention and less traditional long-term psychotherapy. For this reason alone, Crisis Intervention Strategies should have a place on the practitioner's bookshelf.

The authors appear to be writing to two audiences: inexperienced students taking their course and experienced practitioners. …

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