Origins of crisis intervention theory

Crisis intervention is a model of practice that describes the impact of crises on people, and offers a helpful framework for professionals working with people in crisis. The model was developed during the mid 1960s based on Caplan’s research into community mental health, and the experience of individuals with acute mental health problems.

In the sections that follow we’ll explore the key features of the model and outline the stages and tasks involved in working with people in crisis.