Crisis Intervention Theory

  • Many individuals in crisis use old coping mechanisms that have worked for them in the past.
  • Crisis intervention theory is an educational process taught to first responders and professionals to assist individuals in crisis.
  • Successful application of crisis intervention prcesses helps individuals learn new ways of coping with the challenges they are facing.
  • Processes focus on helping victims adapt successfully and survive.
  • Crisis intervention theory teaches the professional the necessary skills to help people survive and eventually move past the traumatic experience.


10 essential values for crisis intervention


Roles of a professional during crisis

  • Crisis prevention / risk assessment
  • Negotiator
  • Problem-oriented / solution-oriented
  • Support / take over / protect
  • If necessary, apply coercion / compulsion