Required Readings

James, R. K., & Gilliland, B. E. (2017). Crisis intervention strategies (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
Chapter 10, “Partner Violence” (pp. 286-330)
Chapter 11, “Family Crisis Intervention” (pp. 331-372)


Assignment: Crisis With Individuals, Couples, and Families

Many people do not connect the word crisis to the words couples and families. When considering the impact of issues such as significant illness, death, job loss, addiction, and relationship violence, a crisis is indeed what has happened within a couple or a family. Such an event affects all involved, singularly and collectively. Family systems theories teach that there is a recalibration period after an event occurs for which the collective unit must make adjustments and acclimate to the change, whether that event is positive or negative. When one part of a system is changed, the other parts are impacted as well. For crises that have a family impact, it is important to work within this framework to help the family adjust and recover.

For this Assignment, identify two types of crises experienced by individuals, couples, and/or families. Select two research articles from the Walden Library that discuss interventions for each of the crises you chose (totaling four articles). Think about the merits and limitations of the interventions discussed in your articles and that you would implement in your own practice and why. Consider the cultural, ethical, and/or legal issues related to treating survivors of the two crises you chose.

The Assignment (2–3 pages):

  • Explain the merits and limitations of the interventions discussed/recommended in the articles.
  • Explain which intervention(s) you most likely would use in your own practice and why.
  • Explain the primary cultural, ethical, and/or legal issues related to treating survivors of the two types of crises you chose.

Support your Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are required to provide a reference list and to appropriately cite, in APA style, all references used within your Assignment.

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