The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word "crisis." One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger--but recognize the opportunity.
-- Richard M. Nixon
Chinese philosophy teaches that a crisis situation represents a point of choice between a fortunate and an unfortunate change. Accordingly, while the person who is caught in a crisis may indeed be in some form of danger, within that same dangerous situation there is also an opportunity to learn something about one's self and to make changes that improve one's situation. To successfully weather a crisis, therefore, it is essential to recognize the opportunity inherent in the crisis situation and utilize it as a turning point in life.
The crisis situation also presents an opportunity for persons who are employed to assist crisis victims. Crisis interveners are primarily involved in people-oriented professions, whose primary function is service. The criminal justice system is unique among the human service, people-oriented systems in that it becomes inevitably involved in the atypical and stressful events that profoundly affect all people. One important attribute of emergency response jobs within the criminal justice system is the necessity of responding immediately to crisis situations. This responsibility falls on all personnel-- auxiliary police, state and local police officers, highway patrol, investigation personnel, juvenile justice agents, ambulance workers, probation officers,