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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: CJAD 310
Course Title: Crisis Intervention
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Survey of the current crisis intervention literature and introduction to the theories, principles, concepts and techniques of crisis intervention. Upon completion, students should be able to predict who may need crisis intervention services, and demonstrate the provision of first-order crisis intervention. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

PSYC 101

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Crisis Intervention Strategies
By Gilliand, B. E., & James, R. K. (Wadsworth)
A Guide to Crisis Intervention
By Kanel, K. (Wadsworth)
Elements of Crisis Intervention: Crises and How to Respond to Them
By Greenstone, J. L., & Leviton, S. C. (Wadsworth)
Crisis Intervention: Contemporary Issues for On-Site Interveners
By Hendricks, J. E., McKean, J. B., & Hendricks, C. G. (Charles Thomas)
Essentials of Crisis Counseling and Intervention
By Wiger, D. E., & Harowski, K. J. (John Wiley & Sons)
Crisis Negotiations
By McMains and Mullins
Crisis Intervention: The Criminal Justice Response to Chaos, Mayhem, and Disorder.
By Harmening, William M.
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the historical development and evolution of modern crisis intervention.
  2. Explain the crisis intervention process.
  3. Articulate the communication skills necessary to effectively de-escalate a person in crisis.
  4. Explain crisis intervention methods used by criminal justice and healthcare professionals.
  5. Articulate the different applications of crisis intervention as they relate to individuals from different social groups.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:

 All students are expected to participate in course activities demonstrating skills related to communication in crisis interventions. Instructors should cover at least 10 of the following topics: • Crisis theory • Developmental crises • Situational crises • Crisis Intervention models • First-order interventions • Practice interventions • Interventions by clergy • Interventions by attorneys or legal workers • Interventions by police • Interventions by health care workers • Psychiatric interventions • Life cycle crises - pregnancy, divorce, retirement • Domestic violence and child abuse crises • Sexual abuse and rape crises • Interventions in rural communities • Interventions with cultural minorities • Burnout in crisis workers • Natural disasters • Terrorism and wartime crises


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Lia Willis Date: December 6, 2017
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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