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Basic Crisis Intervention Skills

Triage Assessment System
rapid, but systematic technique for the crisis worker's use in adjudicating the severity of a client's presenting crisis situation and gaining some sense of direction in helping the client cope with the dilemma
action-oriented, situation-based method for systematically applying several worker-initiated skills
Six step counseling Model
1. defining the problem
2. ensuring client safety
3. providing support
4. examining alternatives
5. making plans
6. obtaining commitment to positive action
Step 1
Defining the Problem from the client's point of view
core listening skills
empathy, genuineness, acceptance, positive regard
Step 2
Ensuring Client Safety
Step 3
Providing Support-communicate to the client that the worker is a person who cares about the client
Step 4
Examining Alternatives-addresses an area that both clients and workers often neglect
3 Perspectives of Alternatives
1. situational supports
2. coping mechanisms
3. positive and constructive thinking patterns
situational supports
people known to the client in the present or past who might care about what happens to the client
coping mechanisms
actions, behaviors, or environmental resources the client might use to help get through the present crisis
positive and constructive thinking patterns
ways of reframing that might substantially alter the client's view of the problem and lessen the client's level of stress and anxiety
Step 5
Making Plans-plan should:
1. identify additional persons, groups and other referral resources that can be contacted for immediate support
2. provide coping mechanisms
Step 6
Obtaining commitment-enable the client to commit to taking one or more definite, positive, intentional action steps designed to move that person toward restoring precrisis equilibrium
state of mental or emotional stability, balance, or poise in the organism
lack or destruction of emotional stability, balance, or poise in the organism
a state of physical being whereby the person can autonomously change or cope in response to different moods, feelings, emotions, needs, conditions, influences; being flexible or adaptable to the physical and social world
a state of physical being whereby the person is not immediately capable of autonomously changing or coping in response to different moods, feelings, emotions, needs, conditions, influences; unable to adapt to the physical and social world
enables the crisis worker to determine:
1. the severity of the crisis
2. client's current emotional status-the client's level of emotional mobility or immobility
3. the alternatives, coping mechanisms, support systems, and other resources available to the client
4. the client's level of lethality
5. how well the worker is doing in deescalating and defusing the situation and returning the client to a state of equilibrium and mobility
triage system
allows the worker to gauge the severity of the client's current functioning across affective, behavioral, and cognitive domains
objective assessment
based on an appraisal of the clients functioning in three areas:
1. affective
2. behavioral
3. cognitive
affective state
abnormal or impaired affect is often the first sign that the client is in a state of disequilibrium
behavioral functioning
crisis worker should focus on the doing, acting out, taking active steps, behaving, or any number of other psychomotor activities
cognitive state
assessment of the client's thinking patterns may provide answers to many questions
triage assessment instrument
performed rapidly by a broad cross-section of crisis workers who have had little if any training in standardized testing or assessment procedures
affective severity scale
incongruencies to be aware of
1. what the client is saying
2. how the client is saying it
3. what the client's body language says
behavioral severity scale
behavior in a crisis either approaches, avoids, or is paralyzed in the client's attempts to act
cognitive severity scale
the client's processes typically perceive the event in terms of transgression, threat, loss, or any combination of the three
something that is happening that is bad in the present
cognition that something bad will happen
cognition that something bad has already occurred
3-10 rating
minimal impairment, and generally clients will be self-directing and able to function effectively on their own
11-19 rating
clients are more impaired and may have difficulty functioning on their own and need help and direction
20+ rating
moving deeper into harms way and generally will need a great deal of direction and a secure and safe environment. scores in the high 20s almost always mean that some degree of lethality is involved
psychobiological assessment
attempt to asses prior trauma, psychopathology, and use, misuse, or abuse of legal and illegal drugs in an effort to determine whether they correlate with the current problem
4 factors in assessing emotional functioning
1. the duration of the crisis
2. the degree of emotional stamina or coping at the client's disposal at the moment
3. the ecosystem within which the client resides
4. the developmental stage of the client
duration factor
time frame of the crisis
acute/situational crisis
one time, relatively short duration
long-term pattern of recurring crisis
degree factor
concerns the client's current reservoir of emotional coping stamina
very large extraneous variable that can dramatically influence client coping. it includes: geographical region and accessibility, communication systems, language, cultural mores, religious beliefs, economic status, social micro and macro system interactions
acute crisis intervention
requires direct intervention to facilitate getting over the one event or situation that precipitated crisis
chronic crisis intervention
requires a great length of time in counseling
low emotional reservoir
client will have a distorted view of the past and present and will not be able to envision a future
facilitative assessment
the data gleaned about the client are used as a part of the ongoing helping process, not simply filed away or kept in the worker's head
assessing for alternatives
must first consider the client's viewpoint, mobility, and capability of taking advantage of the alternatives
assessing for homicide/suicide
most suicidal and homicidal clients emit definite clues and believe they are calling out for help or signaling warnings
open-ended questions
1. request description
2. focus on plans
3. stay away from why questions
closed-ended questions
particularly suited for obtaining commitments from clients
1. request specific information
2. obtain a commitment
3. avoid negative interrogatives
restatement and clarification
crisis worker can gain agreement from the client on what the client is attempting to say, feel, think, and do
owning feelings
it is important to use your own feelings, thoughts, and behaviors because many clients are using you as a model
disowning statements
1. client and worker can reduce the need to pretend or fake understanding of one another and begin to see more clearly where communications are getting crossed
2. the client can begin to become actively involved with the worker in an attempt to work together
types of owning statements
1. conveying understanding
2. value judgements
3. positive reinforcement
4. personal integrity and limit setting
5. assertion statements
facilitative listening
1. focus their total mental power on the client's world
2. attending to the client's verbal and nonverbal messages
3. picking up on the client's current readiness to enter into emotional and/or physical contact with others, especially with the worker
4. emitting and attending behavior by both verbal and nonverbal actions, thereby strengthening the relationship and predisposing the client to trust the crisis intervention process