Assisting Individuals in Crisis: Advanced Principles & Practices

Crisis Intervention is NOT Psychotherapy; rather, it is a specialized acute emergency mental health intervention which requires specialized training. This program is the second in a two course series entitled Assisting Individuals in Crisis Intervention. The program is designed to teach crisis interventions it applies to assisting individuals in crisis, one person at a time.  It does not teach group crisis intervention; although some of the skill sets contained herein are certainly applicable to group intervention. This program will teach advanced scenario-based crisis intervention techniques based upon an understanding of the basic crisis intervention concepts, principles, and tactics taught in the first assisting individuals in crisis program. This two-day course is 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day; 14 contact hours.

*Prerequisite: Assisting Individuals in Crisis

Learning Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand the natures & definitions of a psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention
  • Understand the nature and definition of critical incident stress management and its role as a continuum of care.
  • Practice empathic communication techniques
  • Understand the practice of psychological triage
  • Practice the SAFER-Revised model of individual psychological crisis intervention in a suicide scenario
  • Practice the SAFER-Revised model of individual psychological crisis intervention in a “follow-up” or referral scenario
  • Understand and discuss the risks of iatrogenic “harm” associated with psychological crisis intervention and further discuss how to reduce those risks
  • Understand the principles of self-care

Continuing Education Approvals

Texas Department of State Health Services (EMS) Expires 30 June 2017
Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners Expires 31 May 2017
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors Expires 31 May 2017
Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists Expires 30 June 2017

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