Many helping professionals who work in hospitals, residential treatment centers, and community-based agencies face unpredictable and complex situations when people go into crisis. These crises seem to “come out of nowhere” and can throw you into a reactive state. Unless you understand how crises develop and have the skills and tools to address them, crises can place you in unsafe situations. Tailored for paraprofessionals, this course will teach you how to think of crises as developing events that should be carefully addressed with specific approaches. Through discussion, review of case vignettes, and practice quizzes, you will learn detailed strategies for how to prevent the development of crises, as well as how to effectively intervene when people are in full blown crises in a way that supports recovery and safety. You also will study how to help the individuals you are serving learn from crises so that they can use coping skills and support networks more effectively when they face stressful events in the future.
Section 1: Introduction A. Learning Objectives B. Definition of a Crisis C. How Does a Crisis Develop? D. Balancing Act E. Life Stress F. Let’s Practice G. Coping Resources H. The Phases of Crisis I. Scenario Section 2: Conceptional Framework A. Definition of a Crisis B. How Does a Crisis Develop C. Balancing Act D. Let’s Practice E. Coping Resources F. The Phases of Crisis G. Scenario Section 3: Crisis Intervention & Stabilization A. Crisis Management B. Tools C. Active Listening D. Strategies Continued E. Practice F. Short Term Problem Solving G. Stress Reduction H. Deep Breathing I. Techniques J. Calm Reassurance K. Goal L. Crisis Stabilization M. Post-Crisis Stabilization N. Crisis Prevention O. Risk Factors P. Tools for Maintaining Balance Q. Self Regulation R. Problem Solving S. Assessing Social Support T. Developing a Crisis Intervention Plan Section 4: Psychotic Clients in Crisis A. What Is Psychosis? B. Components of Responding C. Proxemics and Kinesics D. Paraverbal Communication E. When Working with Clients F. Myth or Fact? G. Medication H. When Crisis Cannot be Resolved Section 5: Recovery A. Process B. 3 Dimensions C. New Concept? D. Quotes E. Meaning of Recovery F. Hard Work G. Recovery is Sometimes Viewed As… H. Controversy I. Three Components J. Symptomatic Recovery K. Functional Recovery L. Conclusion Section 6: Summary A. Course Review B. Congratulations
Gigi Dillon, Ph.D., M.A. is an editor and content writer at Relias Learning, as well as the lead writer in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities library. She has extensive experience in adult learning and instructional design, in addition to 10 years as a translator and editor for diverse cultural and scholarly institutions in Germany. Disclosure: Gigi Dillon, PhD, MA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Staff Writer: Naju Madra, M.A.
Naju Madra, M.A. is an internal subject matter expert and clinical content writer for Relias' Behavioral Healthcare library. She earned her Master's degree in Psychology with specific study in neuropsychological assessment for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She brings with her a wealth of experience in clinical assessment, along with expertise in large-scale clinical research project management, recruitment, training, as well as in-person and web-based curriculum development.
In addition to scholarly activities such as writing manuals and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, Ms. Madra has over 15 years of behavioral healthcare experience ranging from crisis counseling and job coaching for individuals with severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders, to community college instruction, and trauma specialist at the Veterans Health Administration. In her current role, Ms. Madra has contributed authorship to over 100 behavioral healthcare course offerings for both licensed and non-licensed professionals in the Health & Human Services market.Disclosure: Naju Madra, M.A. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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