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CI 500: CRISIS INTERVENTION THEORY

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Course Information

This online continuing education course is designed to provide mental health professionals with a solid and comprehensive foundation of the study of crisis intervention theory and therapeutic practices.  This CE online course utilizes three textbooks allowing for an in-depth exploration of various theories and models of crisis, intervention techniques and therapeutic modalities used in clinical practices and in community and social care settings today.  Mental health professionals and other health care professionals will examine many types of crisis including community crisis, disasters, substance abuse, crisis of loss, PTSD, rape, trauma, child abuse, sexual abuse, unemployment, HIV/AIDS, spousal abuse, developmental crisis, and more.  Mental health and other health care professionals will learn assessment criteria for crisis situations, as well as many effective counseling strategies to put into crisis counseling practice. Behavioral Cognitive Therapies and their use in Crisis Counseling are examined as well. Issues of multiple types of abuses are examined and crisis intervention plans and strategies for dealing effectively with such abuses are presented. Legal and ethical issues in crisis counseling are examined. Mental health and other health professionals will also examine and learn how cultural diversity impacts crisis responses and how to deal effectively with diverse populations. The structure and function of crisis intervention programs in the United States, as well as the history of crisis intervention is also examined. This course is particularly designed for those seeking to attain Certification as a Certified Crisis Intervention Consultant as offered by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc.

Level of complexity: Intermediate to Advanced.

Course Code: CI 500. Contact hours of continuing education = 40.

Instructor/Course Author:  Thomas Schear, Ph.D

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Target Audience: Nurses, Physicians, Psychiatrists, Psychologist, Social Work Professionals, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Mental Health Specialists, School Counselors, Grief Professionals, Trauma Specialists, Crisis Interventionists, Stress Management Consultants, Thanatologists, Pastoral Counselors, Mental Health Care Coaches, Rehabilitation Specialists, Substance Abuse Counselors, Spiritual Counselors, other Licensed Health Care Professionals and those in the helping and caring professions, as well as professional educators.

Pre-requisite to enrolling in the continuing education program: registrants must meet at least one of the following; 1.) a registered nurse currently licensed to practice nursing, 2). a licensed social worker, 3). a health care licensed professional, 4). a health care provider with a minimum of a bachelors degree, 5). a licensed counselor or psychologist, 6). holds a bachelor's degree or higher in psychology, human services, or other health related field, 7.) a practicing pastoral counselor, 8). is in current practice as an ordained minister or crisis counselor, or 9). a corporate trainer, 10). a wellness or fitness consultant, or 11). a licensed or certified holistic care provider.

BOARD APPROVALS: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 40 Contact Hours. Access information

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This course has approvals for Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists, Nurses, and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:

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Social Workers: Commonwealth Educational Seminars is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit Commonwealth Educational Seminars CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Social Workers completing this program will receive 40 clinical hours of clinical continuing education credit.

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit Commonwealth Educational Seminars CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LPCs/LMHCs completing this program will receive 40 hours of continuing education credit.

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists will receive 40 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Marriage and Family Therapists:  Commonwealth Educational Seminars is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit Commonwealth Educational Seminars CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LMFTs completing this program will receive 40 hours of continuing education credit.

Nurses:  As an American Psychological Association approved provider Commonwealth Educational Seminars programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however Commonwealth Educational Seminars is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider Number CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Nurses completing this program receive 40 CE hours of credit.

Note: the cost for obtaining the CE Certificate with these approvals is $ 25.00.

TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete this course as well as all of the courses in the Crisis Intervention Consulting continuing education program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time, to complete all of the courses in this program. If you do not complete the course within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the course after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

COURSE EVALUATION: upon submitting your responses to the examination questions, you are required to complete the online course evaluation. Course evaluations are accessed from the online classroom. A course evaluation must be completed in order to receive the CE course certificate.


TEXTBOOKS: There are three (3) textbooks for the course:

A Guide to Crisis Intervention, 3rd ed. by Kristi Kanel.  Thomas Brooks/Cool, Belmont, CA.  2007.  ISBN 0495007765.

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Crisis Intervention & Time-Limited Cognitive Treatment by Albert Roberts.  Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA 1995 ISBN-10: 0803956304

Link to Purchase on Amazon.com: click here Hardback also available here

Fundamentals of Crisis Counseling by Geri Miller, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, 2012. ISBN-13 9780470438305.

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Students are required to purchase their own textbooks. Many online bookstores have used copies available for order, such as amazon.com. Also, your local bookstores can usually order directly for you.

TEST: Questions 1 through 44 are based on the Kanel book.  Questions 45 through 96 are based on the Roberts book.  Questions 97 through 160 are based on Miller book.

GRADING:  You must achieve a passing score of at least 75% to complete this course and receive the 40 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 75% will be contacted by the instructor at American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score will be presented.

Online Classroom Resources and Tools

* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page "Student Resource Center." The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the term “Crisis”
  2. Discuss the history of crisis intervention and detail a model for crisis intervention in the USA.
  3. Discuss the key ethical issues for mental health professionals today when practicing crisis intervention counseling
  4. Discuss the key issues that mental health professionals must be aware of when working in crisis situations related to cultural diversity
  5. Describe the ABC Model of Crisis Intervention and how mental health and health care professionals can utilize this model in clinical practice and in community and social service settings
  6. Discuss how mental health professionals can determine when crisis becomes a danger
  7. Explain what is meant by Developmental Crisis and how to incorporate its theory into clinical practice
  8. Discuss the concept of Crisis of Loss and explain the assessment criteria used in working with clients in such situations as well as some therapeutic interventions that may be incorporated into practice
  9. Discuss common issues of crisis related to HIV infection and issues related to AIDS and how mental health professionals and other health care professionals can work collaboratively to develop crisis intervention plans to deal effectively with these issues
  10. Discuss the common issues related to the crisis of substance abuse for clients and communities and how mental health professionals and other health care professionals can work collaboratively to develop crisis intervention plans to deal more effectively with these issues
  11. Explain effective crisis intervention models and strategies to work with clients suffering from PTSD
  12. Discuss crisis intervention strategies/plans that are effective for use in various community disasters, which are collaborative among many care providers and community services
  13. Discuss effective crisis intervention plans and strategies that mental health professionals use to deal more effectively with crisis situations related to issues of abuse, including child abuse, spouse abuse, and sexual abuse
  14. Discuss and explain how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can best be incorporated into Crisis Intervention Plans and provide some examples of its use in crisis counseling
    Define and discuss how to effectively integrate crisis intervention counseling with cognitive therapy and crisis triage
  15. Identify the key issues presented in clients who are involved in crisis situations related to life-threatening and high-risk situations
  16. Discuss key strategies and interventions for work therapeutically with crisis counseling for victims of crisis situations related to life-threatening and /or high-risk situations
  17. Discuss how mental health professionals can use cognitive behavioral therapy in working with victims of rape
  18. Identify at least four diverse client groups; discuss the key issues related to their diversity and effective crisis counseling strategies that may be used in the clinical counseling setting to work more effectively with these groups and facilitate quality outcomes
  19. Identify the issues and uses of phones and other devices as mediums for communication with clients in situations of crisis
  20. List and discuss the most commonly occurring diagnoses that mental health professional work with in situations of crisis and in crisis counseling practice
  21. Identify and discuss special populations that mental health professionals may encounter and work with in crisis intervention counseling and detail the particular ethical and legal issues that may be encountered with these populations
  22. Discuss various assessment tools and criterion that are used in comprehensive crisis intervention assessments and how they can be used in your own crisis intervention counseling or consulting practices
  23. Discuss key issues related to self-care of mental health professionals who practice crisis intervention counseling
    24. Identify effective strategies that mental health professionals may utilize to better           care for themselves when practicing crisis intervention counseling in order to           avoid burn-out.
 

COURSE CONTENT

Definition of crisis and crisis intervention

The history of crisis intervention

Ethical and professional issues in crisis counseling for mental health professionals

Issues of cultural sensitivities crisis intervention counselor must examine in their practices

The ABC Model of Crisis Intervention for mental health and other health care professionals

Dangers involved in crisis situations

Assessment and interventions for developmental crisis

Models of assessment and treatment for loss for use in counseling practice

Crisis intervention planning and community services for mental health professionals for situations related to HIV infection /AIDS

Crisis intervention models and plans for mental health professionals and crisis counselors when dealing with substance abuse issues and crisis

Models of crisis intervention for mental health professionals and crisis counselors working with clients suffering with PTSD

Models of crisis intervention for mental health professionals and crisis counselors working with victims of community disasters

Models of assessment, planning and interventions for crisis counselors when working with victims of abuse, including child abuse, spouse abuse and sexual abuse

Foundational skills and applications of crisis intervention and cognitive therapy for mental health professionals and crisis counselors

Integrating crisis intervention, cognitive therapy and triage into mental health/crisis counseling practice

Structure and function of Crisis Intervention Programs in the United States
Models of assessment and intervention for mental health /crisis counselor for victims in life-threatening and/or high-risk situations

Brief cognitive therapies for rape victims

Models and plans for Crisis Intervention psychological care and counseling for diverse client groups

Crisis Intervention models for crisis counselors when working via phones and other types of voice mediums

Crisis intervention theories, domains and intervention models most commonly used to define crisis counseling practices

Disaster mental health counseling; theory and practice

Self-care of the mental health professional practicing crisis intervention counseling

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