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A Practical Guide to Crisis Intervention 1st Edition

Alan A. Cavaiola, Joseph E. Colford

  • Published
  • 304 Pages


Designed for students in counseling, psychology, social work, and human services, as well as crisis workers in-training, this text combines a general introduction to crisis theory and intervention with practical strategies for counseling crisis victims. The L-A-P-C model--a simple yet effective set of intervention techniques applicable to any type of crisis situation by crisis workers at any level of experience, is introduced in Chapter 2. Characteristics of effective crisis counseling and an overview of other theoretical intervention models are also presented throughout the text.

Alan A. Cavaiola, Monmouth University

Dr. Cavaiola is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Counseling at Monmouth University West Long Branch, New Jersey. He began doing crisis intervention work 1975 while working in the outpatient mental health services at Monmouth Medical Center. He later went on to become Clinical Director of the substance abuse treatment programs at Monmouth Medical Center. Dr. Cavaiola has published extensively in the field of addictions and has presented at many national and international conferences. Dr. Cavaiola has co-authored three books: Toxic Co-workers (which has been translated into six languages), Assessment and Treatment of the DWI Offender, and more recently a textbook entitled, A Practical Guide to Crisis Intervention published by Lahaska Press (now Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning). In addition to his teaching, Dr. Cavaiola is a Licensed Psychologist, a Licensed Clinical Alcohol/Drug Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a New Jersey certified Disaster Response Crisis Counselor. Dr. Cavaiola has a private practice in Fair Haven, NJ.

Joseph E. Colford, Georgian Court University

Joseph E. Colford, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Psychology Department of Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey, and is the Director of the Graduate Program in School Psychology. He has had extensive experience in public education as a school psychologist, in private practice, and in higher education as associate professor. His experiences in working with school-age children in the aftermath of a variety of crisis types lead to his collaboration with Dr. Cavaiola in this casebook and in their earlier work, A Practical Guide to Crisis Intervention (Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning). Dr. Colford also created a graduate-level course, School Crisis Prevention and Intervention, for his program, incorporating sound practices for crisis prevention and for crisis intervention with children, adolescents, their schools and families. The political and social landscape of the 21st century convinced him that such a casebook was important for mental health professionals who work in a variety of settings.
  • Types of crises are examined in Chapters 3 through 9. Topics include child abuse and neglect, family violence, drug addiction, suicide, rape or sexual assault, and loss of a loved one.
  • Large-scale crises and interventions are addressed in Chapter 10. The text looks at how communities, professional organizations, and the government respond to events like natural disasters. Special consideration is given to the strategies employed following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
1. Understanding Crisis
Defining Crisis
Types of Crises
Crisis Reactions: A Continuum of Response
Multicultural Awareness and Crisis Intervention
2. Crisis Intervention Skills
Responses to Crisis
Characteristics of Effective Crisis Intervention
Characteristics of Effective Crisis Counselors
Crisis Intervention Techniques: The LAPC Model
3. Child Abuse and Neglect
Definitional Issues
Incidence of Child Abuse and Neglect
Factors Contributing to Child Abuse and Neglect
Types of Abuse
Symptoms and Warning Signs
Psychological and Behavioral Consequences of Abuse
Reporting Suspected Abuse
Intervening After a Report of Abuse
4. Intimate Partner Violence and Domestic Violence
Scope of the Problem
Multicultural Considerations
Crisis Intervention
Intervening with Domestic Violence Cases
5. Alcohol and Drug Crises
The Scope of Drug and Alcohol Problems
Defining Substance Use Disorders: Diagnostic Issues
Crisis Intervention and Case Management
Treatment Options
6. Threats of Suicide, Homicide, and Other Violent Acts
Suicidal Crises
Homicidal and Violent Crises
Issues of Confidentiality and Duty to Warn
7. Rape and Sexual Assault
Definitional Issues
Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault
Why Men Rape
The Aftermath of Rape
Treatment and Intervention
8. Loss and Bereavement
Defining Grief and Crises of Bereavement
Determinants of Grief Reactions
The Grieving Process
Crisis Intervention in Bereavement and Loss
Grief and Divorce
9. Crisis Intervention in the Schools: When Teamwork Counts
Defining School Crises
Crises in Our Schools Today: Causal Factors
National and Community Responses to School Crises
A Model of Crisis Intervention for the Schools
Applying the Model: Prevention
Applying the Model: Secondary Prevention (Intervention)
Applying the Model: Tertiary Prevention (Postvention)
10. Community Responses to Crisis
A Light Among the Rubble
Volunteers: Grassroots Response to Crisis
Crisis Services of Volunteer Organizations
Governmental Crisis Services
Crisis Services of Professional Organizations
Crisis Intervention with Groups

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