Crisis Theory Is An Important Analytical Tool For Social Workers

1562 Words Dec 4th, 2016 7 Pages
Crisis theory is an important analytical tool for social workers to use when working with emergency first responders dealing with mental health issues following a critical incident. Those in the emergency response profession are unlikely to describe their job as mundane. Daily, adrenaline pumps through their systems as they respond to the worst events, people will face in their lifetime. As a defense mechanism, first responders are able to operate in their logical minds, build up a resilience, and keep themselves separate from the travesties they witness. Unfortunately, like all helping professions, over time there is a cumulative effect that builds, many times unbeknownst to the individual. Once faced with a critical incident, such as a mass casualty incident or death of a co-worker, first responders can find themselves in a state of crisis where they would benefit from the help of a social worker. This paper will start with an explanation of crisis theory and the theoretical models used to explain why someone would benefit from a crisis intervention. It then describes the utilization of this theory in clinical mental health practice while working with emergency first responders. Next will be an account of how this theoretical framework has been used in practice to prevent, assess, intervene, and evaluate first responders who will be subjected to emotional distress after a critical event. Research findings and evidence used to show crisis intervention…

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