A brief description of a specific type of disaster, crisis, or

In the chaotic aftermath of disasters, crises, or traumas, crisis workers have the opportunity to effect positive social change. This opportunity may occur whether they are disaster relief workers responding to a hurricane, school psychologists responding to a school shooting, or mental health clinicians working with returning combat veterans or survivors of child sexual abuse. Crisis intervention is, by its very nature, a means to a positive social change.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Identify a specific type of disaster, crisis, or trauma that you learned about in this course.
  • Think about how this specific disaster, crisis, or trauma might impact individuals, families, and communities.
  • Reflect on the role of crisis workers in responding to the identified disaster, crisis, or trauma.
  • Consider crisis intervention strategies and/or skills that crisis workers might use to address the needs of individuals, families, and communities impacted by the disaster, crisis, or trauma.
  • Think about how crisis workers might help to reduce the short- and long-term effects of the disaster, crisis, or trauma on affected individuals, families, and communities.