Mental Health Professional in a rural community without a behavioral health center, safe house, or in-place support systems.
Carol has been your client for 4 sessions and recently disclosed the abusive nature of her 25-year marriage. She alleges her husband has struck her and she is fearful of his rage episodes. She also suspects that he is viewing child pornography on their computer, but has been unable to substantiate. They have a daughter with 2 granddaughters ages 6 and 4. Her husband is a well-respected businessman in the very small, geographically isolated community and frontier county of less than 2000 residents. He is also a Scout leader and buddies with the County Sheriff. The couple attends church semi-regularly, belonging to a dominant patriarchal religion in the area. She is unable to go to church authorities with her suspicions and complaints as is the expected practice, because the last visit to her religious counselors resulted in intensified abuse afterward and a reprimand by the religious leader for being a poor wife. Carol calls you at 10:00 pm one Friday night with terror in her voice and informs you she has left her husband, but knows he will come looking for her. Her personal funds are limited, and she is driving a high-visibility vehicle. From the panic noted in her call, there is little question that she feels she is in danger.
1. Provide your assessment using the ABCDE Assessment Model in the Collins text.
2. Describe your detailed six-step, single-session crisis intervention using the intervention model.
3. Outline your ongoing crisis management and intervention goals.
4. Cite and reference your sources