Crisis Intervention – PSYC 317

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

Course Description

This course offers an understanding of how a crisis can impact the life of an individual and cause a decrease in healthy functioning. A variety of crises are explored, including but not limited to, PTSD, Types of Abuse, Community Disasters, Substance Abuse, Crises of Lethality, Crisis of Loss, and Sexual Assault. In addition, therapeutic interventions and evidence-based practices are identified.


(PSYC 200 or PSYC 101 or PSYC 210 or GEED 201) and PSYC 255


Crisis situations are a part of everyday life. Not only is this to be expected, but such events may also be viewed as an opportunity for growth. The way in which individuals respond to these occurrences will determine whether they serve as a stumbling block or a stepping-stone to healthier living. Students will learn how crises develop, how to intervene, and how to respond professionally when presented with a crisis situation.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate competence in the major concepts in the psychological area of crisis intervention.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes that people exhibit during crises.
  3. Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect values in his/her personal and professional behavior that are the underpinnings of the multiple perspectives of psychology as a discipline and Christian/biblical faith and practice.
  4. Communicate effectively in written, oral, and technological formats.
  5. Recognize and respect the complexity of socio-cultural and international diversity especially during the process of crisis intervention.

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 (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. The purpose of Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among students in regard to relevant current course topics. The student is required to post 1 thread of at least 250 words and 2 replies of at least 100 words each. For each thread, the student must support his/her assertions with at least 2 citations in current APA format.

Public Service Announcement Video

The student will create a 3-minute video presentation on his/her topic of study. The presentation must include the following: a current crisis, the population effected by the crisis, the prevalence of the crisis, the current community response, and a healthier community response that would potentially decrease the prevalence of the crisis. Also, it must be creative and compelling to the viewer. The video must model a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that challenges the viewer to change his/her view on how to respond to the identified crisis (i.e., bullying).

Research Paper

The student will write an 8–10-page (including abstract and conclusion) Research Paper utilizing current APA format. The paper will be based on a crisis intervention topic that is covered in the text/course. The content must be scholarly and use a minimum of 5 journal articles that contain research for the sources.

Exams (4)

Each exam will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions based on the reading identified for that specific exam. The exams will be limited to 45 minutes and are open-book/open-notes. The student will have 1 attempt for each exam.