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

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