1st Edition

Crisis Counseling and Therapy

ISBN 9780789034571
Published September 5, 2007 by Routledge
276 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

Comprehensive instruction in this important method

From Pearl Harbor to the events of September 11, 2001, to the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, tragedy can leave indelible scars. Its many forms are now visibly present in our local, national, and international communities. Intervention, as a clinical technique to combat the debilitating effects of stress that accompany crisis, is quickly becoming a social movement. Crisis Counseling and Therapy provides comprehensive instruction in this important and rapidly burgeoning field with a systemic three-phase method that is simple and practical. This innovative model can easily be incorporated into the clinician’s practice to provide effective, strategic intervention.

Crisis Counseling and Therapy recognizes that no single theory or strategy will prove useful in all situations and so offers students and professionals an adaptable approach to dealing with any crisis they may confront. By integrating four proven theories—narrative, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and experiential/existential—and using the degree of disequilibrium experienced in the system to determine therapy sessions, this unique text presents a new approach to crisis work. In-depth, contemporary case studies and an easily-learned and -implemented model of application allow for multidisciplinary approaches to treatment and more positive, constructive outcomes.

Topics covered in Crisis Counseling and Therapy include:

  • definitions of crisis
  • critical moments of development
  • characteristics of the crisis counselor
  • contemporary standards and models of practice
  • models for intervention
  • assessment models
  • models of treatment
  • justification for a new model of treatment—restoration of functioning
  • integrating the four unique approaches
  • profile of an individual in crisis
  • the systemic crisis intervention model
  • the model’s three phases: Remember, Reorganize, Restore
  • integrating the stress of crisis
  • and many more!
A vital text, reference, and resource manual, Crisis Counseling and Therapy is ideal for students and established professionals as well as clinicians and specialists working in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing, organ donor procurement, first responder personnel, ministry, emergency medicine, and managed care who are seeking continuing education.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. An Introduction to the Systemic Model of Crisis Counseling
  • Introduction
  • Defining Crisis
  • Critical Moments of Development
  • The Systemic Model of Crisis Counseling
  • Characteristics of the Crisis Counselor
  • Chapter 2. Contemporary Standards and Models of Practice
  • Introduction
  • Three Dimensions
  • Self-Psychology Theory
  • Developmental and Normative Crises
  • Systemic Crises
  • Models for Intervention
  • Models of Assessment
  • Models of Treatment
  • Chapter 3. Profile of an Individual in Crisis
  • Introduction
  • Affect
  • Cognition
  • Behavior
  • Spiritual
  • Multicultural Aspects of Crisis Counseling
  • Chapter 4. The Systemic Crisis Intervention Model
  • Introduction
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Cognitive and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Experiential/Existential Therapy
  • Memory Work and Trauma
  • Chapter 5. Remembering the Crisis
  • Introduction
  • Step I.1. Sharing the Story
  • Step I.2. Validate the Emotional Impact
  • Step I.3. Evaluate the Context of the Crisis
  • Step I.4. Protect Vulnerable Family Members
  • Step I.5. Negotiate a Solvable Problem
  • Step I.6. Network with Relevant Resources
  • Chapter 6. Reorganizing the System After Crisis
  • Introduction
  • Step II.1. Formulating a Plan for Change
  • Step II.2. Identify Developmental Issues
  • Step II.3. Engage Therapeutic Tools
  • Step II.4. Assign Homework
  • Step II.5. Support Systemic Rules, Roles, and Rituals
  • Chapter 7. Restoration and Exiting the System
  • Introduction
  • Step III.1. Track Progress Toward Goals
  • Step III.2. Acknowledge Indicators of the Time to Terminate
  • Step III.3. Address Future Sources of Stress
  • Step III.4. Refer for Continuing Treatment
  • Step III.5. Exit the System
  • Chapter 8. The Impact of Crisis in the Lives of Children and Adolescents
  • Introduction
  • Developmental Characteristics of Children in Crisis
  • Family Characteristics and Crisis
  • Classification of Crises
  • Death: A Crisis of Loss
  • Crisis Related to Family Pathology
  • Resilience
  • Chapter 9. Application
  • Introduction
  • Natural Disaster
  • The Crisis of Sexual Assault
  • The Crisis of a Life Threatening Illness: Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Chapter 10. Integrating the Stress of Crisis
  • Introduction
  • Reflexivity and Agency
  • Confusion
  • Fear and Anxiety
  • Helplessness
  • Moving Toward Recovery
  • Meaning Making and Coping with Crisis
  • References
  • Index

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