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Crisis Intervention

Browse at your leisure. Each site listed below is identified by name and includes a brief review by the student. This page will be updated often.

Emergency Preparedness and Response was created by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The purpose of the site is intended to assist the general public, as well as health professionals, policymakers, and other professionals involved in responding to disasters—both natural and man-made. Some topics covered include stress and drug abuse in the aftermath of a disaster, coping with relocations, maintaining a healthy mind after a terrorist attack, and self-care for first responders. This website met the criterion of authority, accuracy, and objectivity. In regards to authority, the contents on the page were clearly obtained from the Center for Disease Control, which is a nationally-known government agency. They are the sponsoring organization. The legitimacy of the pages sponsor was evident by its hyperlink to the CDC’s logo as well as the following contact information listed if a person had any questions. +Aysia+

National Suicide Prevention offers information about help with suicide prevention. It is available to individuals who are having suicidal ideation. If a person is feeling desperate, alone, or hopeless, they can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Their call will be routed to the nearest crisis center. This website met the criteria for authority, accuracy, and objectively. This website is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The phone number listed is active and updated. The grant used to fund it is still active, and the site is able to be utilized. Most notably, there are live testimonials from people who have considered suicide and how they have been helped using this resource. +Aysia+

Survivorship is a site for survivors of ritual abuse, mind control, and torture. It is an excellent site/organization that offers support to survivors of extreme child abuse. The site provides a sense of community and resources to survivors, training and educational opportunities for professionals working with survivors of extreme abuse, and support for survivors, partners, friends, and family members. Their mission is to provide information which validates the experiences of survivors of ritual abuse. In addition, there are books on the subject, a community calendar with a list of conferences, and trainings (some webinars) covering topics such as self-injury, flashbacks, flooding, PTSD, gestalt, and body work. (None of the materials are meant to act as a substitute for therapy; it is peer-to-peer run to offer important information and support.) +Katie+

Assistance in Recovery website is geared toward individuals in crisis: either the individual that is in crisis, or a loved one of an individual in crisis. The national organization is comprised of counselors and other professionals who are trained and/or experienced in addiction and mental health crises. The website provides a thorough overview of all services they have to offer, including, but not limited to, speaking informally with a professional, interventions for the differing types of crises, and types of recovery support. I found the recovery support to be most interesting, based on what they offer: coaching for the individual and family members, a trained counselor placed within the home upon exiting the treatment facility, and transportation to and from the treatment facility. I did see a note about employer coaching, but could not find any additional information; I am very interested to see what they would offer in that realm. +Lindsay+

Trauma Healing site discusses treatment approaches for trauma survivors offered by the Foundation for Human Enrichment. There is a section on somatic experiencing, which is a body awareness approach to trauma developed by Dr. Peter Levine. Somatic experiencing restores self-regulation, returning a sense of aliveness, relaxation, and wholeness to traumatized individuals. There are trainings offered to professionals, an online bookstore, and a variety of articles that are very informative for anyone who is working with a client who is grappling with abuse/trauma-related issues. +Katie+

Crisis Counseling is geared toward parents and seeks to inform parents about crisis counseling. This website is sponsored by the Mentor Research Institute, a nonprofit organization. I found this website very informative and easy to navigate. There is a page dedicated to the explanation of what crisis counseling is. They explain that crisis counseling is for the purpose of helping someone with a single traumatic problem. Crisis counseling is short term and usually lasts 1 to 2 months. A section of the site outlines the 8 elements of crisis intervention and gives a detailed explanation of each element. There is a section of the site that has other websites that may be useful. There is a website listing for information on suicide prevention and youth violence. There are links on the site to several books that also deal with crisis intervention with adolescents. Lastly, they have a therapist locator directory and phone number, for people in search of therapy services. There is also a listing of residential treatment facilities in the local area. I found this site to be very helpful with an abundance of resources. {Kelly}

Suicide is a nonprofit organization and website. The organization’s mission is suicide prevention, awareness, and support. The website offers information on suicide prevention hotlines as well as a wealth of information dealing with suicide. The resource page is easy to navigate and includes links to topics such as PTSD and Suicide, Bullying and Suicide, Elderly Suicide, and Gay and Lesbian Suicide. There is also a link entitled How to Talk to Suicidal Callers. This website provided a wealth of information that could be useful to those who are dealing with thoughts of suicide as well as those who are in the helping profession. {Donna}

The Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) site describes victim-offender reconciliation and gives information regarding mediator training and conferences. From the counseling perspective, I found an article written by Marty Price, the founder and director of VORP, to be the most interesting part of the site. The article is titled "Punishment—What’s in It for the Victim?," and I highly recommend it to counselors working with clients who are suffering as a result of being the victim of a crime or serious offense."Nancy"

Hope After Abortion is designed to help women understand that they are not the only woman going through trauma after an abortion. It may help women who are grieving silently and my not know where to turn for help. The website could be a beneficial resource for a client grieving over an abortion. *Carrie*

This website offers a domestic violence handbook put together by a domestic violence organization. The handbook provides an overview of domestic violence including definitions, myths and facts, the violence wheel, the cycle of violence, safety plans, and suggestions for helping or getting help. This site presents key points about domestic violence concerns in an easily accessible, clear, and comprehensive manner. This website can give counselors a better understanding of domestic violence in order to recognize the signs and to offer help to clients in need. *Kristina*

I found this site intriguing. It hosts a prolific poem written by a victim of domestic violence. It's graphics are stark and eye catching. It provides important facts and statistics about domestic violence at a quick glance. It gives a detailed list of the items victims should take with them if they decide to leave or if the are contemplating leaving. Additional information is provided on domestic violence and the effect it has on children, why a victim stays, characteristics of the victim and the abuser, and myths about domestic violence. The possibility that everyone knows a victim of domestic violence makes this site a great reference for anyone. *Michele*

Two breast cancer patients founded y-me? in 1978 as a way of providing peer support to other breast cancer patients. Their website offers an abundance of information that covers the types of breast cancer, treatment options and side effects, and advice including how to talk to friends and family about the situation and how exercise can benefit the affected person. Also included on the website is a resource page that lists publications that y-me? offers along with various helpful links that are related to breast cancer. Probably the most important part of this site is the twenty-four-hour hotline that this organization provides. The hotline is staffed by breast cancer survivors who have been trained as peer counselors. What is most amazing to me is that they will try to match a caller with a counselor who has had a similar diagnosis. I found this website very informative and well presented. Though it was developed primarily to help support and encourage breast cancer patients, I believe that it can be beneficial to almost anyone who is searching for information or resources dealing with breast cancer. *Valerie*

Disaster Crisis Counseling Program: The Nature of Disasters defines what it means to do crisis-counseling services. It, then, goes into detail about the differences between disaster mental health and traditional mental health programs. It gives links to all sorts of disasters and how counseling can help cope with them. Crisis counseling gets overlooked pretty often, but there are more and more disasters that occur now. Even bioterrorism is included in this website as a disaster that may need counseling. They also include links to many of their other programs for specific disorders, HIV/AIDS patients, and community support. ~Abigail~

Crisis Counselor's The help line USA, Inc. is a help-line service available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Strictly a non-profit organization, Crisis Counselors claims to help people with such disorders as panic attacks, sexual dysfunctions, stress related disorders, depression, alcohol/drug related problems, and assault, abuse, and rape to name a few. This sight also has links for teens, a shopping mall, pictures of past clients and a poetry corner. ~Jim ~

Twocupsofjoy.com is a great website for those who have either lost a loved one on 9/11, were victims of the World Trade Center, or perhaps served in the rescue and relief effort there. The sight offers ideas on ways to cope with a disaster such as what has happened in New York, where to turn to, and demonstrates ways that one can use self-help techniques. The site also gives warning signs to look for in both adults and children, i.e. the feeling of being lost and abandoned, a sense of isolation, increased smoking and drinking, decrease in sleep and sexual activity—these are to name a few of those listed. Although this site does not include links to other websites, it give excellent information on how to deal with a disaster and primarily the disaster of the World Trade Center. ~Jim~

The American Association of Suicidology presents an excellent site that offers information and resources for absolutely everyone. Counselors and clients will benefit from the many articles and links as well as the general information that is provided in regard to suicide. A very comprehensive list of crisis centers and support groups are also available through this site, making it useful to the client, the family, and the counselor. I would definitely recommend this site to anyone dealing with suicide prevention and support for suicide survivors. ~ Stephanie~

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape would be an excellent place to find resources for clients. The site is broken into sections such as crisis intervention, child sexual assault, adult survivors, and sexual harassment. In each of these sections, one can find useful information such as warning signs of child sexual assault, how significant others can be helpful, and what to do if you are sexually assaulted. The site is also the place to find out about workshops and support groups for survivors, friends, family, and professionals. There is an informational and support series that could be a good supplement to weekly counseling. PAAR also offers a twenty-four-hour crisis hotline and an advocacy program. I found this site easy to navigate and full of useful resources and information. ~Rachael~

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network is home to the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. This easy-to-navigate site includes information on what to do if you are sexually assaulted, how to help a friend who has been assaulted, as well as how to reduce risk to yourself and/or your children. It also includes links to the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Medical Center's website, which has information on the impact of sexual assault, stories, facts, and information on topics such as rape drugs, and campus rape. The RAINN site allows one to search for local counseling centers by state or ZIP code and includes links to international resources. The number for their crisis hotline is included on the site. By dialing the crisis line, a victim of assault can be linked to a crisis center in his/her area that can provide needed services. Anyone can also request information from the website, such as brochures or hotline wallet cards. This site would be useful for clients and professionals. With the amount of information and statistics included on the site, it could also be a valuable tool for students doing research. All research and statistics on the site are well documented, and they even go as far as to tell you exactly how they figured out the numbers. The site also includes information on how to donate to the organization or volunteer to help with the fight against sexual assault. I believe this site would be an asset to anyone working with the sexual abuse survivor population. ~Rachael~

This suicide-related site is designed for professionals who are looking for information on development of suicide prevention skills, crisis intervention skills, and advanced clinical interviewing skills. A main focus is on the development of interviewing skills that can help determine where a client might be in regard to actually taking their own lives. The site also provides a extensive list of links to other key suicide prevention sites. It also provides information on workshops, readings, and consultations related to the topic of suicide. ~Skip~

This mental health site is very easy to follow. One of the things contained in this site is some ideas on how to talk to children following traumatic events. This site will allow you to navigate through the drop-down menu to find things such as managing anxiety after a trauma, what exactly is trauma, and management of the aftermath. This site also includes a mental health services locator. (Amy)

Child Trauma Academy seems to be a useful resource for both professionals in the field and for caregivers. The organization is based out of Texas, but presentations relating to child-related trauma can be located nationwide. The website offers detailed information on child attachment issues and trauma-related issues for children. Also, individuals can participate in free online classes relating to topic areas that deal with the effects of trauma on children. Informative books, videos, and training materials can be ordered for further advancement in the knowledge of effects of neglect on children. The website is also soon going to include specialized materials on PTSD, violence, and child development topics of interest. The articles that are viewable on this site seem to be very informative and easy to follow. (Melissa)

David Baldwin’s Trauma Information Pages site has been developed by David Baldwin, PhD. Dr. Baldwin has focused his research on understanding and treating individuals who have experienced trauma. The site offers an extensive, detailed description of the facets of trauma. Those who visit the site can also use links to connect to professional websites for further information on specific areas of traumatic experiences. Resources can also be accessed for information regarding research on the topic of trauma. The one disappointing factor relating to this website is that it has not been updated since February of 2005 (therefore no information relating to Hurricane Katrina is available). (Melissa)

Tolerance.org is a website supported by The Southern Poverty Law Center. It provides group and classroom activities that address topics such as bullying, self-esteem, and racism. Each activity is designed for a specific age group. The range of ages includes kindergarten through high school. One of the most interesting aspects of this website is titled “Mix It Up.” This section is devoted to providing adolescents with a voice about pertinent issues in their lives. Teenagers are able to share personal experiences as well as provide advice to others. While the website appears to be designed for classroom use, the activities could easily be utilized in social skills, esteem, and anger management groups in schools or agency settings, including partial hospital programs and inpatient units. (Kristen)

The Samaritans: Suicide Prevention is a charity group that offers free peer counseling by phone to suicidal people twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The counselors are trained volunteers, but are not licensed counselors or mental health professionals. The website offers a lot of information on suicide issues ranging from prevention to detection as well as the warning signs. They include up-to-date publications and articles on the subject of suicide and depression. The website also has practical suggestions for dealing with suicidal issues in everyday life. The Samaritans also include information for family and friends of suicidal people and how to cope. I found this website to be very user friendly and informative on a wide range of issues surrounding suicide and depression. (Sara—10)

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