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Advanced Assisting Individuals In Crisis


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.

Course Highlights:

  • Nature & definitions of a psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention

  • Nature and definition of critical incident stress management and its role as a continuum of care.

  • Empathic communication techniques

  • Practice of psychological triage

  • SAFER-Revised model of individual psychological crisis intervention in suicide scenario

  • SAFER-Revised model of individual psychological crisis intervention in a “follow-up” or referral scenario

  • Risks of iatrogenic “harm” associated with psychological crisis intervention and will further discuss how to reduce those risks

  • Principles of self-care

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