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(Critical) This program provides a good review, with documentation, of the development of crisis theory from World War II to the present time. Definitions of crisis by several authors are offered, as are theoretical frameworks. The presentation of systems theory as a theoretical model is somewhat simplified and confusing at times. Three useful examples of persons and families in crisis are shown. The crisis intervention expert being interviewed is well-informed theoretically but attempts to cover too much material. She speaks well, but too rapidly. Overall, the program is very useful for presenting crisis theory but not so useful for presenting application of the theory in actual intervention. Other than the point of providing help close to the critical event to prevent disabling adaptations, little specific information is given relative to working with persons in crisis. and A woman discusses methods of crisis intervention and analysis to ensure that those with troubled minds get the appropriate help. Three different simulated situations are shown and analyzed: a twenty-six-year-old divorcee, a mother with a baby in critical condition, and a fourteen-year-old runaway and her livid parents. In each situation, everyone involved in the crisis has some role to play in another person’s emotions. A crisis intervention may end with hospitalization, but typically results in less drastic measures.
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