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  • 1. Health Crisis Intervention

2. Why?
If you were one day, to go to the doctor and find out that you have a serious illness, how would you feel? Now, say you had a hard year, you barely made enough money to make ends meet, and you find out that you have this illness. What would you do? How do you think youd be able to cope? Do you think youd be worried? Do you think youd be able to handle things rationally, take care of everyday tasks, and still be able to heal, and be open with your friends and family?
3. Diseases
Terminal vs. Chronic
Lyme disease
Epilepsy
Parkinson's
Schizophrenia
Diabetes
Hepatitis B
Cancers
Pancreatic
Lung
Leukemia
Pulmonary Fibrosis
4. HIV/AIDS
It is estimated that more than one million people are living with HIV in the USA and that more than half a million have died after developing AIDS.
In 2007 there were 599,819 people living with a diagnosis of HIV infection. However, the total number of people living with an HIV infection in the U.S. is thought to be around 1.1 million
5. Pre-crisis
Depression
Family Problems
Financial Difficulties
Stress (unusually high levels)
6. father
friend
Family friends
uncle
husband
victim
daughter
mother
spouse
aunt
Whos Effected?
7. Getting Help
Actively seeks help
Seeks information
Expresses feelings openly
Makes effort to cope
Willing to work with a professional
8. The victim will usually display some verbal and nonverbal cues as to what or how they feel.
The Victim
9. Verbal
anger
Yelling
Whispering
fear
Language
10. Non-verbal
Biting lips- anxious
Rubbing their eyes- anxious
Empty look- sad or in shock
Furrowed brow- anger
Talking through pursed lips- anger
Darting eyes, wide eyes- anxious
Rocking themselves- acutely in shock
11. Cultural Differences
Asian American
Rigid traditional family roles and structure
Formal, problem focused counseling, not feeling focused
Instead of focusing on talking about the individual, talk in terms of helping the family unit.
12. Mexican American Families
Language barriers
Negative acculturation
Enmeshed family structure
Strong Catholic religious focus
Different levels of acclimation among multi-generational family systems
African American Families
Distrust of the mainstream institutions
Group with the most salient differences from the mainstream group
13. Skills Needed
Active listening- listening to what isnt being said
Look for consistency in their nonverbal and verbal behaviors.
Eye contact
Never ask why
Metaphor describing the process of questioning
14. Types of questions: open vs closed ended
Open ended- what, when, who, where, how
Closed ended shuts the conversation down
Seek victims meaning of words/phrases
Paraphrasing- let the victim know you understand what theyve say
Clarification Can you tell me what that means to you?
Reflection of feelings
Summarization
15. With Treatment
Improvement occurs with the cognitive reconstructing, drawing, on past successes and strengths
One step at a time approach, short term decision making is empowering
The patient can learn to cope, thrive and build on their relationships and live life to itsfullest.
16. Without Treatment
Patient might eventually learn to cope, with help of friends and family
Patient may not learn to cope properly and start tobecome depressed.
17. Conclusion
Crisis Intervention can help a lot of people to properly cope after being diagnosed with chronic or terminal illness.
Crisis Intervention is for those who cannot cope with their diagnosis, and need help to do so.

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