Thoughts on training guidelines in emergency mental health and crisis intervention

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Abstract

Given the terrorist attacks in Oklahoma City, Washington, D. C., and New York City, there has been increased interest in the provision of emergency mental health services, especially disaster mental health. Rather remarkably, however, there is a paucity of formal emergency mental health training programs. As a result, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers have found themselves thrust into situations where they have been expected to provide emergency mental health services in the absence of formalized training. Herein follows a discussion of what may be argued to be five core competencies in the provision of emergency mental health services. These guidelines may be of value to those interested in assessing existing training programs, or those interested in developing new training programs in emergency mental health and crisis intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-141
Number of pages3
JournalInternational journal of emergency mental health
Volume4
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Crisis intervention
  • Disaster mental health
  • Emergency mental health
  • Psychological first aid
  • Training guidelines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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