Crisis Assessment and Intervention
This course contributes to the ongoing development of reflective practitioners who will inevitably be faced with crisis situations at some point in their careers as professional counselors. Accordingly, the course is designed to provide a foundation for best professional practice by increasing knowledge about the professional practice of crisis counseling, facilitating critical analysis of issues and challenges in the profession, and nurturing the development of professional capacity in this important area of practice. These goals are achieved by providing students with theoretical and practical grounding in the conceptualization and delivery of crisis counseling services, by sensitizing them to issues of diversity, and by reflecting on ethical, legal, and professional conduct issues for crisis counselors. Opportunities will be provided for knowledge and skill development in the areas of individual, group, and organizational crisis assessment, intervention and treatment strategies for restoring equilibrium, crisis resolution, facilitating growth, promoting resilience, and outcome assessment. This course offers students an overview of current best practices, roles and functions, ethics, and professional practice in the field of crisis intervention. This content is both relevant and important across all practice settings and with diverse client populations. In this sense, crisis response and intervention is considered an essential capacity for all practicing counselors.