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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.
What are some questions to ask a daycare as part of the selection process?
In addition to questions about cost, ask any potential daycare provider about licensing or accreditations and qualifications. Other questions to consider:
- What is the staff-to-child ratio?
- How long have they been in business? (Longevity and stability are highly desirable)
- Can you get references?
- How safe is the center?
- What plans are in place if a child gets sick?
- What (if any) is the curriculum?
- If transportation is necessary to get a child to or from the facility, what is the vehicle arrangement?
- What are the visitation rules?
- Are you closed during holidays?
- What is your cancellation policy if we leave?
- What if my child gets hurt while in your care?
What is a good caregiver-to-child ratio?
Having enough staff may be the most important part of any daycare provider. Having a staff-to-child ratio of 1:3 for infants, 1:6 for toddlers, and 1:9 for preschool-aged children is considered ideal. Generally the rule is, the younger the children the higher the caregiver-to-child ratio. Having more than that can be fine, but less than that is not.
How much does daycare cost?
The typical cost of full-time daycare is around $1,000 a month. That’s the average – you can spend more or less depending on your location, the type of daycare your child is attending, and if it is full or part-time. Also be sure to ask if it’s a year-round daycare. If it’s not, or they are closed for certain holidays, you will need to arrange for additional childcare coverage.
What steps do daycares take to keep children safe?
Daycare safety should start with:
Daycares should maintain a clean and sanitary environment to prevent the spread of germs and illnesses, including confirming with parents that kids are properly immunized, and having parents keep sick kids at home to prevent spreading illnesses. Many daycares also have stringent sign-in and sign-out procedures to make sure they know who is picking up (and dropping off) your child.
- Adequate supervision of the children – having an appropriate staff-to-child ratio (1:3 for infants, 1:6 for toddlers, and 1:9 for preschool-aged children).
- A regular training plan in place for health and safety issues, including pediatric CPR and having first-aid certified staff present at all times, and that procedures are in place for handling medications and dosages carefully and accurately.
- Making sure all poisons, drugs, and medications, as well as all toxic substances are safely removed from children’s reach.
- Ensuring all toys and playground products are safe (and regularly cleaned) and age-appropriate.
What is the difference between a licensed vs. an accredited daycare provider?
Licensed means the daycare program meets the minimum licensing standards that are set forth by the state – and licensing laws vary state-to-state. Accredited means the program meets the standards set forth by national groups like the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) or the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Usually the standards set forth by accreditation are higher than state-licensing regulations.