Pocket Guide to Crisis Intervention

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Crisis workers make split-second decisions every day that affect the mental health and well-being of individuals, families, and entire communities. They support and guide people through health diagnoses, bankruptcies, sexual assaults, deaths of loved ones, suicide attempts, and natural or man-made disasters from the front lines. While professions vary from mental health professionals, emergency responders, educators, business managers or volunteers such as suicide hotline workers, all have a common and urgent need for a rapid reference that covers every type of traumatic event they may be asked to respond to in the course of an unpredictable and highly stressful day.

The Pocket Guide to Crisis Intervention is a complete crisis toolkit, a trusted resource to consult on the fly, packed with easy-to-follow, step-by-step evidence-based protocols for responding effectively to a broad range of traumatic events. Checklists, bullets, and boxes highlight symptoms & warning signs and provide action plans, do's & don'ts, and screening & assessment questions. The open layout and two-color design make this pocket guide as visually appealing as it practical, ensuring at-a-glance lookup of the essentials of managing the most common types of crisis.

More than just a collection of action lists, though, this pocket guide explains theories and models in clear, jargon-free language, offering tips for clinical practice, treatment planning, referrals, and coordinating services as needed. It can be used as a field manual for seasoned professionals or as a training tool for new recruits and practitioners seeking to sharpen their skills.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195382907
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/2/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 352,604
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Albert R. Roberts was Professor Criminal Justice, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University Livingston College Campus and Editor-in-Chief, Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention. Dr. Roberts was a member of The Board of Scientific and Professional Advisors, and a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress for The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.
Kenneth R. Yeager is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Social Work at The Ohio State University, Director of Quality Assurance at The Ohio State University Medical Center, and Clinical Director of Outpatient Psychiatry Services of OSU Harding Hospital.

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Table of Contents

1. Definition and Nature of Crisis
2. Public vs. Private Crisis
3. Events that Precipitate a Crisis
4. Twelve Characteristics and Indicators of a Crisis-Prone Person
5. Types of Crises
6. Burgess and Roberts' Stress-Crisis-Trauma Continuum
7. Psychophysiological Reactions to a Crisis
8. Stress Symptomatology and the General Adaptation Syndrome
9. Common Signs, Symptoms, and Psychological Responses to Crisis (Emotional, Cognitive, and Behavioral)
10. Roberts' Seven Stage Crisis Intervention Model (R-SSCIM)
11. The Crisis Management Plan
12. Dos and Don'ts for Crisis Hotline Workers
13. Steps for Handling Difficult or Hostile Callers to a Hotline
14. Suicide Risk Assessment Protocol and Warning Signs
15. Crisis Intervention with Families
16. Crisis Intervention with Substance Abusers
17. Crisis Intervention with Accident Survivors
18. Crisis Intervention with Violent Crime Victims
19. Crisis Intervention with Abused Children
20. Crisis Intervention with Battered Women
21. Crisis Intervention with Sexual Assault Victims
22. Crisis Intervention with Mental Illness: Determining Safety Needs
23. Crisis Intervention after the Death of a Loved One
24. Crisis Intervention with Children in the Aftermath of School Violence
25. Crisis Intervention after Natural Disasters-Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Floods
26. Crisis Intervention after Terrorist Bombings in Planes, Railroads, or Buildings
27. Crisis Intervention after Bio-terrorism
28. Crisis Intervention with Homicide Survivors
29. The 10 Stages of Acute Traumatic Stress Management (ATSM)
30. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Model
31. Multi-Component Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
32. Signs and Symptoms of Clinician Stress and Burnout
33. Stress Reduction and Coping Skills for Clinicians Working in Crisis and Disaster Relief Positions

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