Discussion – Week 8COLLAPSE
During a Crisis—Early Interventions
Early crisis intervention requires rapid responses, assessment, and intervention. Your crisis plan should include information about the demographics of the region, including numbers of people with mental health and physical considerations, approximate number of children and elderly, and information on other special populations. With this information in hand, the initial assessment during a crisis is focused on immediate client needs and physical safety. A survivor’s previous crisis experience or other pre-existing psychological or physical conditions should be included. Aspects of crisis intervention that differ from therapy include short or brief interventions or therapy involving problem-solving techniques. Gathering information about a client’s social systems is important for the client’s safety and support for problem-solving. Also, in most types of crises, interventions taken by counselors are more directive than they would normally be with individual clients. Referrals may be made for housing, clothing, food, and other basic essentials for living. Other early interventions, such case management, include needs assessment, care planning (such as housing), implementation, and regular review. These referral issues are crucial because, depending upon the scope of the crisis, survivors may not be able to return to work or to their homes for an extended period of time.
To prepare for this Discussion:
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 4 a brief description of the natural disaster you chose. Then provide three PTSD-related early interventions that might contribute to the stabilization of survivors in the specific natural disaster you chose. Explain how and why they might work.