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Crisis Intervention and Time-Limited Cognitive Treatment

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A R Roberts
Date Published
437 pages
This book is intended to facilitate graduate students' and therapists' acquisition of time-limited treatment concepts and skills; acute crisis events, clinical issues, crisis intervention, and short-term treatment approaches are examined through current and detailed case illustrations.
Part I contains three chapters that provide a national perspective on the functions of crisis intervention and cognitive therapy with depressed individuals, suicide attempters, individuals with life-threatening illnesses, battered women, sexual assault survivors, unemployed persons, and survivors of disasters. Part II of the book provides three chapters on the practice of crisis intervention with high-risk groups, including stalking victims, sexual assault survivors, and groups in hostage situations. The chapters focus on the application of both individual and group crisis intervention approaches as well as time-limited modalities used at women's centers, rape crisis programs, battered women's shelters, criminal justice settings, and by independent private practitioners. Part III presents four chapters on crisis intervention strategies with diverse client groups that range from survivors of community disasters and mass murders to persons with AIDS. Part IV contains two chapters on crisis lines and 24-hour hotlines. One chapter addresses how best to handle telephone crises that involve cocaine abusers, suicide attempters, people with other medical emergencies, and persons who are HIV-positive. The second chapter identifies 10 of the most common sexual problems that callers present. An appendix provides the reader with a national directory of crisis hotlines. 361 references