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date: 10 December 2023

Crisis Interventionslocked

Crisis Interventionslocked

  • Albert R. RobertsAlbert R. RobertsRutgers University


Crisis intervention has been used to help millions of at-risk and vulnerable social work clients throughout the world. Acute crisis-inducing situations range from the sudden loss of a loved one to a Stage IV cancer diagnosis to a school shooting spree. This entry includes definitions and descriptions of crisis theory and crisis intervention protocols. It traces the historical background on the development of crisis intervention programs. The next two sections discuss social work roles and techniques with persons in crisis, and evidence-based crisis intervention protocols based on the latest meta-analysis.


  • Clinical and Direct Practice
  • Mental and Behavioral Health

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