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  • Crisis Intervention and Prevention
    Crisis Intervention and Prevention


Crisis Assessment, Intervention, and Prevention, 2/e byLisa Jackson-Cherry and Bradley Erford is the most effective training tool available for various mental health professionals preparing to help in crisis situations. A concise and informative resource for mental health professionals, this textbook is filled with vital information on assessing and reacting to various crises of our time, presenting the most important topics related to successfully intervening and responding in a series of crisis situations that warrant adequate preparation by helping professionals from all subsets of the community. Uniquely, the book includes perspectives and roles of clinical mental health counselors, school counselors, and pastoral counselors when assisting in crisis situations, and includes vital information on assessing and reacting to various crises of our time. Readers will be presented with the most important topics related to successfully intervening and responding in a series of crisis situations that are unfortunately common, but warrant preparation by helping professionals today. The topics cover the basics and overview of crisis intervention, how to react, the essentials of crisis intervention, understanding grief and loss, intervening with clients who are suicidal, the violence between intimate partners, child victims of sexual assault and abuse, adult sexual assault and sexual abuse victims, addressing substance abuse and dependence within the crisis context, emergency preparedness, and counseling military families. The authors also address topics such as death notifications, diagnostic impressions, and homicidal risk assessment, field experiences, and diverse activities, and integrate the approaches from various counseling specialties. Examples and case studies are included in each chapter.


Written as a training resource for various mental health professionals in the field including clinical mental health counselors, school counselors, and pastoral counselors, similarly, schools of social work, psychology, and criminal justice will find applicable information for how to address crisis situations. Graduate programs as well as upper level undergraduate programs will find this book an effective tool in teaching crisis intervention to their students.

Author Biography

Lisa R. Jackson-Cherry, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, is the department chair and a professor in the Department of Counseling at Marymount University and director of the clinical mental health counseling and pastoral counseling programs with primary teaching responsibilities in clinical supervision, crisis intervention, and pastoral integration. Her research and clinical practice areas include crisis intervention and planning, risk assessment, and treating complicated grief and addressing mental health issues of the military and children of fallen law enforcement officers. She is also a member of the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.


Bradley T Erford, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, is a professor in the school counseling program at Loyola University with primary teaching responsibilities in assessment, research, and lifespan development. He has held numerous professional leadership positions and published numerous books, articles and book chapters.

Table of Contents

Part I   Elements of Crisis Intervention

Chapter I                    Overview of Crisis Intervention   Stephanie Puleo and Jason McGlothlin               

Chapter 2                    Safety and Self-Care in Crisis Situations   Charlotte Daughhetee 

Chapter 3                    Ethical and Legal Considerations in Crisis Counseling   Paul F. Hard, Laura L. Talbott-Forbes, and Mary  L.                                         Bartlett

Chapter 4                    Essential Crisis Intervention Skills   Joseph Cooper

Chapter 5                    Risk Assessment and Intervention: Suicide and Homicide   Judith Harrington and Charlotte Daughhetee

Part II   Special Issues in Crisis Intervention  

Chapter 6                    Understanding and Treating Substance Use Disorders with Clients in Crisis   William R. Sterner

Chapter 7                    Intimate Partner Violence   Amy L. McLeod, John Muldoon, and Danica G. Hays

Chapter 8                    Sexual Assault   Robin Lee and Jennifer Jordan

Chapter 9                    Sexual Abuse   Carrie Wachter Morris and Elizabeth Graves

Chapter 10                  Emergency Preparedness and Response in the Community and Workplace   Jason McGlothlin

Chapter 11                  Emergency Preparedness and Response in Schools and Universities   Michele Garofalo and Bradley T.                                                Erford

Chapter 12                  Grief and Loss   Lourie W. Reichenberg

Chapter 13                  Military Deployment and Reintegration Issues   Seth C. W. Hayden

Chapter 14                 Death Notifications   Lisa R. Jackson-Cherry

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