||Examines the history, theory, and methods for dealing with individuals in distress, including intervention in both situational and maturational crises. Lectures, readings, presentations by practicing crises services professionals, group exercises, and supervised practicum experiences in a crisis intervention venue, such as a call-in center. Students learn essential techniques for assessing, intervening, and referring individuals who are experiencing a variety of crises. Students will become adept at identifying the client’s state, moving the client away from crisis, and stabilizing his or her functioning. Crises considered include academic matters, suicide concerns, depression, relationship problems, eating disorders, grieving, sexual identity issues, sexual assault, and disasters. Ethical concerns relating to the use of authority in crisis situations are also reviewed. The knowledge and skills acquired in this course are essential to human services professionals and volunteers in social welfare agencies, mental health centers, disaster relief organizations, hospital emergency rooms, criminal justice settings, psychiatric centers, and other organizations providing services to individuals experiencing acute psychological and emotional distress. A library component is included.
3 Credit Hours
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