Crisis Intervention & Management Module

Module Sections:

Theory & Phases of Therapy

Your preferred theory guides your work with families. It is important to think about how you apply your theory to the various phases of therapy.

Joining – Rapport Building

  • Getting to know the family and each of the members
  • Building a level of mutual trust and respect as the foundation for subsequent work

Assessment and Diagnosis

  • Family readiness to change is reflected in the combination of each member’s readiness
  • Moving to subsequent phases depends in part on your assessment of readiness
  • Work at and with the motivation level of each member
  • Acknowledge members’ efforts to affect the circumstances within the family

Contracting – Goal Setting and Treatment Planning

  • Each member needs to “buy-in” to treatment and contracting provides the opportunity for each to suggest her/his goals and expectations for treatment
  • Identify points of disagreement and the possibilities for compromise to accomplish shared goals


  • Determine what the family needs to know as early as possible in treatment which prepares them to finish treatment
  • Termination suggests that the child and the family are familiar with and demonstrate healthy responses to the reverberating effects of conflicts within the family. A family that is ready for termination develops the self-efficacy and practical strategies needed to consistently manage the effects of the SED on all members including the child.

Journal- Crises occur at various phase in the course of therapy. How do family crises impact the therapy process?