Crisis Management in the Community

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Aspects of Clinical Psychiatric Crisis Intervention – Theoretical Demand and Reality on the Basis of Existent Treatment Insufficiencies

This presentation discussed the implementation of a psychiatric crisis intervention centre in connection with an existing psychiatric outpatient department in Steglitz, Germany. The set-up, structure, mode of operation, & possibilities for follow-up treatment or arrangement of further treatment were also discussed. The presentation concluded by raising the question of whether psychiatric treatment facilities would be […]

On Crisis Theory. Reactions to Sudden and Unexpected Deaths

This presentation discussed research on crisis theory. Results from a prospective interview investigation of relatives bereaved by a sudden &/or unexpected death in the Uppsala region were presented. The first ten cases were discussed & a preliminary interpretation of reactions during the first year of bereavement was offered.

A Basic Crisis Intervention Paradigm

In this presentation, the shortcomings of crisis theory were discussed, particularly in its practical applications. The discussion departed from the notion of a sequence of temporally defined stages & attempted instead to define the process of crisis by differentiating three basic stages (crisis moment, critical stage, & resolution). The implications of this approach for the […]

Young People, Crises and Suicidal Behaviour – Through the Eyes of the Researcher and Henrik Ibsen

This article opens with a scene from Ibsen’s play “The Wild Duck” in which a young girl in acute crisis impulsively kills herself. The question of whether one crisis is sufficient to trigger suicidal behaviour is examined in some detail through an analysis of this play & findings from recent research. (8 refs.)

Intensity and Duration of Suicidal Crisis Vary as a Function of Previous Suicide Attempts and Negative Life Events

Crisis Assessment Tools: the Good, the bad, and the Available

Systemic Perspectives on Suicide in Families

Published in “Back to the Future: Refocusing the Image of Suicide,” ed. by J L McIntosh

When we Feel like we’re Going Nowhere!

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention

“One Size Fits all”: an Existential-Constructivist Perspective on the Crisis Intervention Approach With Suicidal Individuals

The empirical data on the relationship between suicide & suicide attempts are interpreted as suggesting that the contemporary assessment & intervention approaches to suicidal individuals are, by & large, ineffective. The authors focus on the crisis intervention model as one example & suggest that the crisis intervention approach to responding to suicidal patients is at […]

Turning Points: Relapse Prevention as Crisis Intervention

This study (1) reviews the stages of crises & draws parallels to the relapse process; (2) compares crisis intervention & relapse prevention; & (3) suggests ways that primary, secondary, & tertiary levels of prevention can be applied to relapse prevention. (65 refs)

Delivery of Clinical Social Work Services in the Emergency Room: a Description of an Existing Program

Describe is a program of social work delivery in an emergency room. The application of crisis intervention theory as practiced by the emergency room social work and the utilization of a system of clinical evaluation, community referral, and advocacy are delineated. Problem categories and protocols in social work treatment of patients and families in cases […]

Assessment of the Child in Crisis (IN: Play Therapy With Children in Crisis: Individual, Group, and Family Treatment, edited by N B Webb Second Edition)

The focus of this chapter is on making an assessment of the child in crisis. This assessment includes an evaluation of individual, family, & contextual factors as these interact with the particular crisis situation. (66 refs.)

Modified Crisis Intervention for Personality Disorder

A Process View of Crisis and Crisis Intervention: Critique and Reformulation

The traditional view of crisis & crisis intervention is critiqued from a constructivist & a systemic point of view. It is suggested that traditional crisis theory is based on an inappropriate model of human systems & results in a problematic risk management approach. A process view is offered as an alternative. Crises are seen as […]

A Catalyst Model: Guidelines for Doing Crisis Intervention and Brief Therapy From a Process View

The major elements of a catalyst model of crisis & crisis intervention are described. The catalyst model is based on a process view of crisis. Guidelines and intervention options are delineated to help therapists create small yet significant shifts in the escalating solution patterns of client crises. Directions to other resources & implications for future […]

Crisis Intervention: a Handbook for Practice and Research


Suicide: the Tragedy of Hopelessness


Bereavement After a Physician-Assisted Suicide: a Speculation Based on Theory

This article explores the anticipated bereavement experience of significant survivors following a physician-assisted suicide. Theoretical approaches to bereavement frame the discussion of possible reactions to suicidal death: psychodynamic, attachment theory, crisis theory, & cognitive theory. 3 case scenarios illustrate potential survivor reactions, with suggested intervention approaches. (28 refs.)

Crisis Training From a Feminist Perspective

This presentation asserts that feminist values should be incorporated into the training for crisis line workers. It notes that workers operating with traditional values can inadvertantly interfere with & hinder a caller’s attempts to become healthier. A feminist perspective can benefit both female & male callers & influence interactions with volunteers & the community. Seven […]

Boras 1978 – A Swedish Cocoanut Grove Disaster

This paper discusses the 1978 hotel fire in Boras, Sweden. Schools had just ended & many young people had been in the restaurants & disco. 20 of them were killed in the fire & 49 injured. 135 people who were in the disaster area when fire broke out were surveyed by questionnaire 3 months later. […]

People in Crisis: Understanding and Helping (Fourth Edition)