Advanced Assisting Individuals in Crisis

Crisis Intervention is NOT Psychotherapy; rather, it is a specialized acute emergency mental health intervention which requires specialized training. This program is the second in a two course series entitled Assisting Individuals in Crisis Intervention. The program is designed to teach crisis interventions it applies to assisting individuals in crisis, one person at a time. It does not teach group crisis intervention; although some of the skill sets contained herein are certainly applicable to group intervention. This program will teach advanced scenario-based crisis intervention techniques based upon an understanding of the basic crisis intervention concepts, principles, and tactics taught in the first assisting individuals in crisis program.

*Prerequisite: Must have previously taken Assisting Individuals in Crisis (aka: Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support)

Course Highlights

·         Natures & definitions of a psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention

·         Nature and definition of critical incident stress management and its role as a continuum of care

·         Empathic communication techniques

·         Practice of psychological triage

·         SAFER-Revised model of individual psychological crisis intervention in s suicide scenario

·         SAFER-Revised model of individual psychological crisis intervention in a "follow-up" or referral scenario

·         Risks of iatrogenic "harm" associated with psychological crisis intervention and will further discuss how to reduce those risks

·         Principles of self-care

Completion of "Advanced Assisting Individuals in Crisis" and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (13 Contact Hours) qualifies as an ICISF's Certificate of Specialized Training Program.


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