Crisis Prevention and Intervention, Certificate
The Certificate in Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CCPI) is designed to advance undergraduate students in becoming skilled professionals who have the potential to respond to, manage and intervene with people in crisis. The CCPI is non-licensing and structured around courses that address fundamental aspects of how crises, disasters, and emergencies affect individuals, families, and communities, while examining the assessment, referral systems, and resilience-building interventions. The CCPI incorporates a five-course curriculum that focuses on equipping students with fundamental skills through primarily advanced-level undergraduate courses. On the website, all promotional materials, and in the first crisis intervention course, prospective and current students will be notified that this is a non-licensing program. Current students who include the CCPI as part of their degree plan will be asked to sign a disclaimer that they understand that the program does not lead to licensure.
While the CCPI is designed for non-degree seeking students working in human services or related fields and/or degree-seeking students currently working towards an associate or bachelor’s degree in Human Services or a related field, students from any profession or academic discipline may enroll in the certificate program. The CCPI will be available to both degree-seeking students in other concentrations as well as non-degree seeking students wishing to acquire the CCPI.
Crisis intervention is a specific training and set of skills that is different than traditional mental health, clinical social work, and counseling assessment and treatment services. Crisis intervention is an evidence-based and evidence-informed specialty that enables practitioners to assess individuals and families during crises and disasters, utilizes specific techniques to triage and stabilize individuals and families, and creates crisis assessment and intervention plans.
Within the field of human services, crisis intervention training has broad applicability for both practitioners and administrators. Health and human service personnel often work in hospital, clinic, and community-based settings with an array of client populations. Work environments are dynamic, fast-paced, and highly interactive and include a diverse client population such as homeless, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, mental illness, at-risk youth and aging. In addition to human services, there is strong demand for professionals trained in crises across other disciplines including psychology and social work, community service workers, healthcare, law enforcement and first responders, educators, and risk managers at large corporations.
Since this is a certificate, the sequencing is critical. Students need to take Crisis Intervention: Theory and Practice first, and Crisis Intervention: Skills and Models second. Students can then take the elective followed by Secondary Trauma in Human Service Workers and Bereavement Counseling.
|HUSV 2020||Crisis Intervention: Theory & Practice||4|
|HUSV 3022||Crisis Intervention: Counseling Skills and Models||4|
|HUSV 3142||Disaster Mental Health Theory & Practice||4|
|or HUSV 3122||Conflict in Human Services|
|HUSV 4045||Secondary Trauma in Human Service Workers||4|
|HUSV 4005||Bereavement Counseling||4|
Each course has been chosen to meet the fundamental aspects of crisis prevention and intervention per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s National Guidelines for Behavioral Health Crisis Care (2020). SAMHSA’s criteria includes:(1) ensuring services are resiliency and trauma-informed based care that includes recovery needs and significant use of peers (knowledge of human behavior in a crisis, diversity, and skills); (2) current suicide prevention and intervention models such as suicide safer care (human behavior in a crisis and skills); (3) safety and security for staff and those in crisis including secondary trauma and self-care (knowledge of human behavior, skills, ethics); and, (4) knowledge of law enforcement and emergency medical services collaboration, referral systems, action planning, and after-care models (service delivery, application and integration, ethics and diversity).
Federal programs that provide crisis intervention are based upon these guidelines and utilize a comprehensive model of care which includes Psychological First Aid (PSA), positive psychology, resiliency interventions, and trauma-focused recovery (Miller, 2017).
The learning outcomes of the certificate center on elements of SAMSHA guidelines and the comprehensive model utilized by federal programs. These include:
1. Crisis Behavior & Theory: The student will be able to analyze crisis related behavior within the context of various social, developmental, global, economic, political, biological, and/or environmental systems. Crisis Intervention Theory and Practice I and II, Secondary Trauma, Bereavement Counseling, Disaster Mental Health.
2. Service Delivery & Skills in Crisis: The student will be able to acquire skills in crisis assessment, intervention and evaluation with individuals, families, groups and/or communities. Crisis Intervention I, Crisis Intervention II, Conflict in Human Services, Bereavement Counseling, Supporting Active Military, Veterans, and Their Families.
3. Diversity & Values: The student will be able to integrate an understanding, respect for and commitment to autonomy, confidentiality, self-determination and the basic rights of individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds in crisis intervention. Crisis Intervention Theory and Practice I and II.