Understanding Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response
REVIEW OF THE GENERAL CRISIS RESPONSE
The General Crisis Response is a concept that was developed during the writing of our previous book, Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response: Theory and Practice (Wainrib & Bloch, 1998). In it, we attempted to integrate the two concepts life crisis and trauma. We described life crisis as an experience that generally relates to more predictable experiences such as birth, illness, divorce, and so on. Trauma is generally sudden, drastic, and often life threatening. Examples of trauma are the London bombings, September 11, 2001 (9–11), rape; war; natural disasters; and others.
In our earlier book, we said that “As the world becomes more and more complex and varieties of both crisis and trauma seem to be taking on greater visibility on a regular basis, this concept itself takes on larger significance.”
For the sake of simplicity, throughout the present book, the author will integrate the general crisis response and use the term trauma as all inclusive.
The material that you are about to read is an enlargement and update of the vast new knowledge that has been created in this field in the relatively short time since the 1998 book.
Most human beings who live in a relatively peaceful environment such as North America assume that they can face each day in a fairly predictable manner. We see outbreaks of wars and uprisings on our television news and