Crisis Counseling – CEFS 604

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides students with foundational knowledge of the impact of crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events on people as well as the principles of crisis intervention for people during crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events. The appropriate use of diagnosis during crisis, disaster, or other trauma causing events and the differentiation between diagnosis and developmentally appropriate reaction during crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events will be examined. Students will learn specific crisis intervention practices, including procedures for assessing and managing suicide risk, suicide prevention models, and the use of psychological first aid strategies. The counselors’ roles and responsibilities as members of an interdisciplinary emergency management response team during a crisis, disaster or other trauma-causing event and the operation of emergency management systems will be studied.


(CEFS 500 or COUN 500) and (CEFS 501 or MAAC 501 or COUN 501) and (CEFS 502 or COUN 502) and (CEFS 504 or MAAC 504 or COUN 504) and (CEFS 505 or COUN 505) and (CEFS 510 or MAAC 510 or COUN 510) and (CEFS 512 or COUN 512) and (CEFS 515 or MAAC 515 or COUN 515) and (CEFS 521 or MAAC 521 or COUN 521) and (CEFS 522 or COUN 522) and (CEFS 546 or MAAC 646 or COUN 646)


The course of life seldom proceeds smoothly, with trauma and crises affecting nearly everyone. Without addressing the effects of these issues, quality of life suffers greatly and may deteriorate to a point where normal developmental and emotional progress is impeded or negatively altered. It is incumbent upon the counseling practitioner to develop a theoretical rationale and a course of action that will aid the client in regaining control of these aspects of his/her life.

Method of Instruction: This 8 week course is delivered in an online format, with Blackboard® as the primary instructional delivery method. Students complete one module per week over the duration of the course.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the discipline of counseling known as crisis intervention.
  2. Examine the recognized theoretical approaches to crisis intervention in light of a biblical perspective.
  3. Describe the more common crises that counselors face today.
  4. Illustrate the process of crisis intervention by means of case studies.
  5. Organize the primary crisis referral sources in his/her community.
  6. Identify counseling interventions and resources that foster resiliency and healing.

Common Core Courses Matrix of Student Competencies

F1.  Professional Counseling Orientation And Ethical Practice

CACREP Standard

Course/Experience – Learning Experiences

F.1.b. The multiple professional roles and functions of counselors across specialty areas, and their relationships with human service and integrated behavioral health care systems, including interagency and interorganizational collaboration and consultation

Community Disaster Plan; ACA Trauma/Disaster Mental Health; Quiz (Ch 6-13)


F.1.c. counselors’ roles & responsibilities as members of an interdisciplinary community outreach and emergency management response teams

Community Disaster Plan, Quiz, ACA Trauma and Disaster Mental Health, Quizzes (Ch 1, 3, 14)


F.1.k. strategies for personal and professional self-evaluation and implications for practice

Community Disaster plan Treatment plan, Quiz Ch 14

F.1.l. self-care strategies appropriate to the counselor role

Community Disaster Plan Treatment plan, Quiz Ch 14

F.3  Human Growth & Development

F.3.g. effects of crisis, disasters, and trauma on diverse individuals across the lifespan

Quizzes (Ch 2, 14) Crisis Intervention Paper

F.5  Counseling and Helping Relationships

F.5.k. strategies to promote client understanding of and access to a variety of community-based resources.

Community Disaster Plan;

F.5.l. suicide prevention models and strategies

Suicide Intervention Paper quiz


F.5.m crisis intervention, trauma-informed, and community-based strategies, such as Psychological First Aird

Community Disaster plan and Resource list, Crisis Intervention plan


Evidence of Student Competencies: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

CACREP Standard

Course/ExperienceLearning Experiences


CMHC 1.d. neurobiological and medical foundation and etiology of addiction and co-occurring disorders

Crisis Intervention Plan



CMHC 2.f.  impact of crises and trauma- on individuals with mental health diagnoses

Community Disaster Plan, Crisis Assessment


CMHC 2.g. impact of biological and neurological mechanisms on mental health

Crisis Intervention Plan


Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student must post a 250–300-word thread demonstrating course-related knowledge in response to a prompt. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 125–150 words. Each thread must contain 2 scholarly references, and each reply must contain 1 scholarly reference. All references must have been published within the last 5 years and be cited in current APA format.

Suicide Intervention Plan

The student will be given a case study on a client who is actively suicidal. Using the texts and notes from this course, the student will be required to give a step-by-step intervention plan as well as a treatment plan that covers a 3-month action plan complete with appropriate goal setting and interventions. No title page or abstract is necessary.

Community Disaster and Referral Plan

The Community Disaster Plan is a practical assignment designed to familiarize you with the scope, nature, and extent of crisis services available within your local community and to familiarize yourself to the importance of being able to employ a community in action in time of a crisis. Preventing situations like what happened in New Orleans during Katrina. Refer to the Disaster Mental Health Guidebook found under Course content in your course. In addition to identifying local referral agencies and the significance of working closely within your community to establish a well-organized disaster plan, the mental health professional is held at high standards of proper self-care. After reading the Crisis Intervention; The Neurobiology of Crisis you will be required to develop a self-care treatment plan for yourself. This plan must take into account the five areas needed for a balanced life style. This assignment will have 3 parts.

Crisis Intervention Plan

The purpose of this assignment is for you, as the crisis interventionist, to learn an organized approach when working with individuals in crisis. In addition, you are asked to be able to critically evaluate news worthy information in your community or nation to determine what constitutes crises. This challenges you to begin viewing the needs of individuals and communities through the lens of a crisis interventionist rather than an individual readings about tragic events, you become an individual reading about the possible needs of those around you, opening your therapeutic heart to reaching out to others in need. Being a crisis interventionist means being someone open to recognizing individuals and communities in crisis, recognizing the threats, being equipped and ready to intervene. Short of hands on experience, this is an effective way to learn intervention strategies. You will take the information from your text, knowledge from your experience in the field, along with other course work and apply it to a real life circumstance that has been reported in the media. ALTHOUGH there are three sections to this assignment it is all one assignment and must be submitted as one document.

Exams (2)

The student will complete 2 exams in this course. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour-and-15-minute time limit.