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Written for beginning paraprofessional counselors, this textbook on crisis intervention outlines skills and strategies that Kanel (crisis intervention, California State U., Fullerton) found useful as a psychotherapist. She describes what can be defined as a crisis, the history of the field, ethical and professional issues, cultural sensitivity, and the ABC model of conducting mental health interviews with clients, which consists of three stages: developing and maintaining contact, identifying the problem and providing therapeutic interaction, and coping. She then outlines crises that are dangers, including suicide, self-mutilative behaviors, and psychotic breakdowns, and discusses gravely disabled mentally ill persons. Types of crises associated with stages of development, loss, AIDS and HIV, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, disaster, and child, spousal, and sexual abuse are detailed. Indexes are divided by subject and name. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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