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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Pamela Marcus, RN, MSCS (Private Practice)
Description: This book is a chronicle of the advances made in the last ten years in crisis intervention as well as a presentation of the editor's seven-stage model of intervention with the addition of sixteen new chapters and original chapter revisions.
Purpose: The editor uses research and trends in crisis intervention to provide a conceptual base that can be used by the crisis intervention professional. His model assists the crisis counselor to utilize an immediate, short term, and structured means of providing care that is geared to buoying up the individual's coping abilities for short term crisis resolution.
Audience: This book is written for graduate level clinicians in mental health services. This is an excellent reference to be used as a textbook in a graduate level program.
Features: This text is divided into five parts. In the overview the editor gives a comprehensive background of crisis intervention theories as well as the introduction of his model. He includes crisis assessment and treatment of children, victims of violence, health related crisis, and research. Different crisis intervention delivery systems are discussed.
Assessment: Since I reviewed the book I have begun using it as a teaching tool in the Crisis Intervention Service where I am the clinical director. The Robert's Model is particularly helpful for use as a conceptual basis for crisis intervention practice. Critical Incident Debriefing is also covered in a comprehensive manner and can reinforce learning for practitioners who are certified in CISM, as well as whet the appetite for clinicians who are not certified in this practice.