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How can someone become a crisis-intervention counselor?
To become a crisis intervention counselor, a person typically needs a bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, or counseling. The American Institute of Healthcare Professionals is one organization that provides respected certification. A crisis intervention counselor's job might involve manning a suicide-prevention hotline or working face-to-face with patients who need counseling.
A crisis plan is a document created by (or on behalf of) someone who has had past mental-health difficulties, and it is used to provide a roadmap for treatment if the individual encounters a crisis situation. A crisis plan lists preferred, acceptable, and unacceptable treatment medications, and it also lists preferred treatment facilities. This document is usually signed by the person who created it, and it can also be signed by witnesses and an attorney.
How does crisis intervention work?
Crisis intervention can take many forms. In some cases, family members come together to help the individual cope with the crisis. In other cases, professional counseling is needed. Crisis intervention is mostly focused on providing resources and care that can help minimize someone’s response to a triggering event, and the strategies used are meant to provide short-term relief.
What is considered a crisis situation?
A crisis situation is one that causes trauma that leads to acute mental or physical distress. In a crisis situation, stress can lead to a breakdown that prevents someone from functioning normally. Something is considered a crisis by the way an individual responds to the event. This means something that triggers a crisis situation for one individual may have zero or minimal impact on another.
What is crisis intervention?
Crisis intervention is treatment and care used to help patients who are suffering from trauma that has caused an acute mental or physical breakdown. It is meant to provide quick, short-term, and immediate assistance, and is designed to help an individual recover from extreme distress and regain normal functioning.