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Crisis Intervention Ethics Casebook

Crisis Intervention Ethics Casebook

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"Practical, candid, and illuminating! This exceptional resource for counselors uses diverse clinical case studies as compelling illustrations of key ethical issues often seen in real-world critical incidents. Myer, Whisenhunt, and James demonstrate the complexity of applying ethical decision-making models during the midst of a crisis, introduce the LASER protocol for crisis intervention, and champion the role of relationship in conceptualizing a counselor's response to crisis."

—Thelma Duffey, PhD
The University of Texas at San Antonio

"I highly recommend this practical casebook by Myer, Whisenhunt, and James. In one concise volume, the authors have provided the theoretical foundations for and practical applications of the intersection of crisis intervention, culture, and ethics. Counselor educators can easily incorporate the case studies in this text in their classrooms, and practitioners can benefit from the authors' experience, insight, and conceptual framework for ethically addressing the crisis situations they encounter."

—Steve Zanskas, PhD
The University of Memphis

The fast-paced, unpredictable, and high-risk nature of crisis intervention creates critical ethical dilemmas that can result in personal harm and professional liability if not handled appropriately. Applying a traditional model of ethical decision-making is often impractical when time is limited and decisions must be made quickly. This counseling tool kit offers a new operational approach for integrating ethical decision-making in crisis intervention. Following detailed discussions of crisis intervention within the framework of relational-cultural theory, a triage assessment system, and an original ethical decision-making protocol, nine diverse case studies in hospital, telebehavioral health, school, clinical, and public settings are presented. Students and practitioners will build a repertoire of ethical decision-making skills to de-escalate crisis incidents and provide an appropriate level of support to individuals experiencing crisis.
Rick A. Myer, Julia L. Whisenhunt, and Richard K. James
November 21, 2021