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IN SUMMARY


Crisis intervention as a mental
health process can be conceptually summarized in terms of crisis focus, crisis
definition, development of intervention hypothesis, evaluation of intervention
effectiveness, reconsideration of the crisis definition and the intervention
hypothesis, formulation of new or modified intervention hypotheses, further
evaluation, crisis reduction.  As we can
see, the crisis intervention process is reducible to a formula or a series of
steps.  Following that formula in actual
crises with real people, however, requires careful thinking, study, and
practice.


Once you have a good feel for and
understanding of the crisis intervention process and are oriented to the social
interaction model presented here, you are ready to consider the specialized
communication skills essential to effective crisis intervention.




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