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Observations on crisis theory and practice

Social casework 01/1968; 49:151-155.

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CRISIS IS SEEN AS AN ENTITY DISTINCT FROM A CHRONIC CONDITION ALTHOUGH AFFECTED BY IT. CRISIS TREATMENT IS NOT A BRIEF FORM OF PSYCHOTHERAPY BUT A UNIQUE TREATMENT ADAPTED TO THE ACUTE SITUATION. AGENCY STRUCTURE DESIGNED TO TREAT CHRONIC PROBLEMS IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CRISIS INTERVENTION. CASEWORKERS MUST BE STRATEGICALLY LOCATED IN THE LIFE SPACE OF THE CLIENT AND IN PHYSICAL PROXIMITY TO THE SCENE OF CONFLICT TO GAIN FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE, BE READILY AVAILABLE TO THE CLIENT IN DISTRESS, AND TO OFFER TREATMENT TO OTHERS WHOSE BEHAVIOR INFLUENCES THE CLIENT. CRISIS INTERVENTION OFFERS CASEWORKERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM AN IMPORTANT PREVENTIVE FUNCTION. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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