Crisis Planning with Families


A crisis is an unstable, emotionally stressful event that involves an impending, abrupt, or traumatic change where health and safety are compromised. Having a safety crisis plan in place before a crisis occurs could mean the difference between a manageable event and traumatic or even dangerous event. This course will help you to recognize antecedents to crises so that you can respond more quickly, decrease the number and severity of dangerous incidents, and assist families to use community resources and self-sufficiency to cope with family emergencies. You will learn specific, proactive techniques to engage the family as partners in developing a family crisis plan and how to manage situational challenges that arise when developing crisis plans with families that are stressed and overwhelmed. You will also learn about the structure and components of a family crisis plan, as well as well as when and how to revise these plans. Furthermore, a number of strategies and techniques will be discussed that you can use to maximize buy-in by family members in both the process of creating a crisis plan and to follow through with it. This course is intended for entry- and intermediate-level licensed behavioral health professionals. Case vignettes and interactive learning will be provided to help you apply your understanding of crisis plans so that you are confident and capable of providing them to families in your practice.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Georgia Paraprofessionals

1.25 HOURS

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-CPF
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2019
Learning Objectives:
Describe the rationale for safety crisis planning with families who are prone to conflict and escalations.
Identify skills and strategies for engaging a crisis prone family in the family crisis planning process.
Describe the purpose of at least three components of a family crisis plan.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Why Have a Safety Crisis Plan? A. Meet Maria B. What is a Crisis? C. A Practical Definition D. Crises are Progressive E. Crises and Impairment F. Crises, Impairment, and Fight-or-Flight G. Family Members and Crises H. Substance Use and Crises I. Opportunity and Crises J. Steve’s Question K. Section Summary Section 3: Challenges of Crises A. Stages of a Crisis B. Meet Marcus C. Points of Intervention D. Help in the Escalation Stage E. Preventing High-Risk Behavior F. Crisis-Prone Populations G. Goals of Family Crisis Planning H. Coaching for Tamara I. Section Summary Section 4: Components of a Family Crisis Plan A. Getting Ahead of the Crisis B. Family Centered Service Provision C. Engaging the Family and Safety Planning D. Engagement and Empathy E. Recommended Sections for a Safety Plan F. Contacts and Resources G. Triggers H. Goals I. Sample Goals J. Actions K. Example Actions L. Moving Forward with the Plan M. The Partez Plan N. Section Summary Section 5: Special Challenges and the WRAP Approach A. Unique Family Situations B. The Masquez Family’s Plan C. Torey’s Substance Use D. Mr. Grace’s Reluctance E. Wellness Recovery Action Plan F. Wellness Plans G. Section Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations C. Course Contributor D. Resources E. References

Staff Writer: Tia Thrasher, MSW
This course was written by Tia Thrasher, MSW.Ms. Thrasher is a Medical Social Worker at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego and has focused her professional career on youth and families dealing with traumatic crises, acute and chronic illnesses, and family violence. Prior to working with children, Ms. Thrasher spent 10 years coordinating NIMH-funded research for the University of California, San Diego, working closely with adults with severe mental illness, as well as collaborating with physicians on NIH-funded clinical outcomes research on women’s health for Kaiser Permanente. Ms. Thrasher obtained her Master’s Degree from San Diego State University where she received a scholarship from the Association of Social Work Leaders in Health Care Southern California.  Disclosure: Tia Thrasher, MSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: David Patzer, MD
David Patzer, M.D. has been practicing child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry for nearly 20 years. His education includes an undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a medical degree from Northwestern Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. He completed residency training in General Adult Psychiatry at Yale University and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training at the Yale University Child Study Center. Dr. Patzer served as Assistant Professor at Yale and subsequently at the University of Arizona in Tucson teaching child psychiatry. He also attended the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Patzer is board certified in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and addiction medicine, as well as licensed for practice in both Tennessee and Arizona. He has served in numerous director-level positions for child and adolescent psychiatry. He has also published numerous articles on developmental disorders and substance use disorders. Dr. Patzer currently serves as the Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Clinical Supervisor for Mental Health Cooperative in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also the Medical Director for the Middle Tennessee Bradford Health Services (Addiction Treatment) in Nashville, Franklin, and Clarksville, Tennessee. Disclosure: David Patzer, MD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Carl Fornoff, LCPC
Carl Fornoff, LCPC, is an Assistant Director in the Department of Community Resources of Villa Maria. He has designed and implemented numerous family-focused behavioral health programs across central Maryland during the past 20 years. Using a “parent/provider partnership” approach, he has developed psychiatric rehabilitation programs, community clinics, respite programming, and school-based mental health services. Carl is also a trainer for the Family Resource Academy of Maryland, and a child and family therapist in private practice. Disclosure: Carl Fornoff, LCPC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level Alcohol and Drug Counselors; entry and intermediate level Marriage and Family Therapists; entry and intermediate level Nurses; entry and intermediate level Professional Counselors; entry and intermediate level Psychologists; entry and intermediate level Social Workers; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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