Crisis Intervention
0.5 Credit

Students are provided with a background in theories and intervention strategies that deal with crisis situations. A number of important themes are addressed including: the crisis interventionist/person(s) in crisis relationship, suicide intervention, violence against women, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, recovery and aftermath of trauma, crisis related to substance use, illness, death and loss, poverty and homelessness, and community programs for crisis intervention. Strategies of crisis intervention such as specific crisis intervention models, feminist, brief solution focussed therapy and narrative therapy are discussed. This course also explores issues of historical and structural disadvantage as well as marginalization based on factors such as race, class, gender, culture, sexual orientation, etc. and other circumstantial and situational factors involved in 'crises.' Students are expected to identify and be aware of personal values and belief systems that inform their social work practice and its implications in crisis intervention. Students have an opportunity to share their knowledge and practice crisis intervention skills through group exercises and class discussions.