Crisis intervention

Author: Ruth Forbes

Learning activity: personal experience of crisis

Before we explore crisis theory in detail, take a little time to reflect on your personal experience of a crisis. This doesn’t need to be a dramatic event, but should reflect a time of urgency, disorganisation and confusion. Now make some notes on this experience using the following headings:

What feelings were engendered by this activity? Was it easy to analyse the event? Does your response to this time of crisis feel familiar? Can you identify a pattern to your management of such events? If you’re undertaking this activity as part of a class, try comparing your notes with those of your colleagues. Given the findings of research into responses to crises it’s likely you’ll discover that responses to change are often unique and depend on a wide variety of factors. Moving house might create a crisis for me, but not for you!