Remaining calm in a crisis:

Remaining calm in a crisis: Remaining calm in a crisis: - Start

2017-04-05 57K 57 0 0


Effective ways to intervene when a child or adolescent presents in psychiatric crisis. . Brooke Anderson, LCSW / AISD School to Community Liaison. Laura Slocum, LPC / ATCIC MCOT Mobil Crisis Team Manager. ID: 534023 Download Presentation

Embed code:
Download Presentation

Remaining calm in a crisis:

Download Presentation - The PPT/PDF document "Remaining calm in a crisis:" is the property of its rightful owner. Permission is granted to download and print the materials on this web site for personal, non-commercial use only, and to display it on your personal computer provided you do not modify the materials and that you retain all copyright notices contained in the materials. By downloading content from our website, you accept the terms of this agreement.

Presentations text content in Remaining calm in a crisis:


Remaining calm in a crisis: Effective ways to intervene when a child or adolescent presents in psychiatric crisis.

Brooke Anderson, LCSW / AISD School to Community Liaison

Laura Slocum, LPC / ATCIC MCOT Mobil Crisis Team Manager

Dianna Groves, LPC AISD Learning Support Services Crisis Coordinator


What you will walk away with today:

Understand the principles behind crisis intervention theory and how to apply them to realistic



confident and comfortable asking the “tough questions when it comes to children or adolescents in crisis

Conduct a thorough suicide risk assessment including next steps and problem solving for safety.

Be knowledgeable of community resources that help children in psychiatric crisis.


Overview of Crisis Intervention Theory


Developed November 28, 1942 after the fire at the Coconut Grove night club by Dr. Eric


Continued to be developed in the social work profession and was discovered to be a highly effective time to intervene and make change in clients’ lives

Crisis intervention theory believes that a crisis can either result in a highly positive or a highly negative change. The goal of crisis intervention theory is to remove vulnerabilities from the person’s past and bolster them with new coping skills to serve as a buffer to stressful situations in the future.

A little help, rationally directed and purposefully focused at a strategic time is more effective than more extensive help given at a period of less emotional accessibility.” Lydia



Definition of Crisis


simplified in a children’s dictionary


1 : the turning point for better or worse in a disease

2 : a turning point (as in a person's life or in the plot of a story)

3 a : an unstable or difficult time or state of affairs <a financial crisis> b : a situation that has become very serious <the energy crisis>

Danger and Opportunity- Pictogram in Chinese for Crisis


Stages of a Crisis


event – something happened


state – how the client feels


factors – stress, etc.


crisis – outcry of suicide


of Crisis Intervention:


Relief of

symptoms – How can we get you feeling better

Restoration of pre-crisis level functioning

Understanding precipitating events and their contributions to disequilibrium

Remedial measures to address results of crisis and prevent future ones.


What do I do now?

Establish contact

Assess, Assess, Assess



Crisis Event (What happened)

Student’s subjective


Historical and current coping skills, resources and strengths

Student’s functional skills and abilities

Triage the most critical concerns

Spell out specific next steps : Take Action


The Big Three

Suicidal Ideation and current self harm

Homicidal Ideation



Some Sobering Statistics

Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for youth ages



in 11 high school students made a suicide attempt in the past 12



% of school

counselors surveyed

reported that they had counseled a student who had threatened or attempted



% of school


surveyed reported that they have had a student make a nonfatal suicide attempt at


From the American Association of




A nationwide survey of youth in grades 9-12 across the US found that 15% of students reported seriously considering suicide.

11% reported creating a plan

7% reported trying to take their own life in the 12 months preceding the survey.

Over 40% of surveyed gay or lesbian youth seriously considered attempting suicide.


Assumption makes an … out of you and me. Assessment does not.

Most important step

Never underestimate the importance of assessment


Assessing Suicide Risk

According to the

Harvard Medical School Guide to Suicide Assessment and Intervention

, "There is no psychological test, clinical technique, or biological marker sufficiently sensitive and specific to support accurate short-term prediction of suicide in an individual person" (Jacobs et al., 1999, p. 4). However, the guide also suggests that the use of a suicide assessment can "allow for a more informed intervention" (p. 6). These interventions can include decisions about whether additional expertise, medication, or hospitalization is warranted.



I = Ideation

S = Substance Abuse

P = Purposelessness

A = Anxiety

T = Trapped

H = Hopelessness

W = Withdrawal

A = Anger

R = Recklessness

M = Mood Change



Suicide Assessment Five Step Evaluation and Triage

1) Identify Risk Factors

2) Identify Protective Factors

3) Conduct suicide inquiry

4) Determine Risk Level/Intervention

5) Document


Is the student a member of an

at-risk, vulnerable or socially marginalized

group? (e.g. male, older adolescent, history of mental illness, GLBT)



historical or predisposing factors

may elevate suicide risk? (e.g. previous history of suicidal behavior, family history of suicide, history of child abuse)


What are the presenting problems or

current risk factors

? (e.g. mental health status, impulsivity, aggression, stressful life events, relationship break-up, conflict with a family member, failure, disciplinary problems)


What is the level of

current suicidal thinking and planning

? (e.g. duration, specificity and intensity of ideation, level of planning, access to plan)


What are some specific

protective factors

(e.g. coping and problem-solving skills, supportive family, relational connections and social support, plans for the future, willingness to ask for help)


Documentation SOAP Method


ubjective: What the client tells you


bjective: Factual, quantifiable


ssessment: Summary of client’s clinical thinking


lan: Parameters of treatment, action plan and prognosis


Break into Small Groups

Please select a “recorder” to document

Decide on the person at risk for suicide to give the details for assessment

Chose the individual who is going to ask the questions (everyone can participate, but one person leads)

Decide how to ASK the questions and what ACTION to take

Document your assessment and plan


AISD Guide for Counseling Support Following a School Crisis

AISD Crisis Counseling Support Team is the 12 District’s SSS Social Service Specialist Coordinator by Dianna Groves

Team assist campus counselors in monitoring &


ounseling students following campus crisis

SSS will work directly with Principal/Counselor to determine the LEVEL of crisis and support needed

Campus Level Crisis

/ Handled by Campus Staff

District Level Crisis

/ Need additional support from district

Community Level Crisis

/ Community Involvement


AISD Suicide Intervention Protocol

AISD Protocol provides specific steps for counselors and school staff

If student has specific plan /previous attempt/ or presenting


danger, contact the SRO immediately

Contact Parents & Campus Administrator Immediately


About DocSlides
DocSlides allows users to easily upload and share presentations, PDF documents, and images.Share your documents with the world , watch,share and upload any time you want. How can you benefit from using DocSlides? DocSlides consists documents from individuals and organizations on topics ranging from technology and business to travel, health, and education. Find and search for what interests you, and learn from people and more. You can also download DocSlides to read or reference later.