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IN SUMMARY


In the course of your crisis
intervention work, more often than not, the crisis will be related to severe
conflict or deterioration in the interaction between the individual and one or
more other people.  Crisis usually has to
do with problems in relationships between people.  Everyone has some degree of difficulty in
interpersonal relationships.  However,
this difficulty usually does not reach crisis proportions.  Sometimes, however, the conflict and
disruption in a relationship is so intense that it really is a crisis
situation.  People unfamiliar with the
social interaction approach to crisis intervention, and having little
understanding of the crisis communication process, as well as not being
familiar with the process of building relationships, will usually be inclined
to try to fix or repair the crisis relationship.  To do this successfully would require insight
into and understanding of the life process, building process, meaning/valuing
process, and blueprint process for each individual and for the relationship, as
well as an ability to maintain this insight and understanding as the
relationship changes over time.  That
insight and understanding would, of course, need to combine with a complex
array of skills for dealing with the intensely complicated maze.  Finding this unusual level of insight,
understanding, and skill in one counselor or therapist is theoretically
possible but is about as likely to happen as finding a chef who can “save” the
stew after it has been severely burned. 
For most people involved in crisis intervention, it is definitely more
reasonable to assume that the really bad relationship is nonrepairable.  Does that mean there is no hope for the
individuals?  Of course not.  Instead of trying to fix or repair their old
relationship, your skills and energies can be used to help them build a new
relationship.




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