Year: 1989 Source: Clinical Social Work Journal, v.17, no.3, (Fall 1989), p.245-258 SIEC No: 19902034

Examines psychiatric emergency work as a unique form of crisis intervention. Basic practice principles are identified, including common intervention pitfalls that can occur especially with the novice helper. These pitfalls include inappropriately rescuing the client, getting drawn into a collusion with the client’s version of the crisis & retreating from responsibility. 5 of the most prevalent categories of psychiatric emergency, including suicide, are discussed with case examples. (22 refs.)