Brief Therapy and Crisis Intervention

  • Peter C. Kratcoski


Crisis intervention counseling and brief therapy are similar in the sense that it is necessary for the counselor or therapist to develop rapport with the person being counseled very quickly in order to offer some relief to the trauma being experienced. At times, a person who is normally psychologically well balanced can have an experience such as sudden death of a loved one, being a victim of a violent crime, being subjected to bullying, being incarcerated in jail, or witnessing a catastrophic event, and that experience has such an impact that it is difficult for the person to adjust.

Crisis intervention counseling may involve one interaction between the counselor and the person being counseled, the purpose being to try to stabilize the person. This would occur when counseling a recently admitted jail inmate who tried to commit suicide. Brief therapy takes place if the counselor continues to interact with the person on several occasions with the purpose of having the person accept the reality of being locked up and adjusting to the new environment.

In this chapter, examples of brief therapy and crisis intervention are provided.


Crisis intervention Brief therapy Sex offender Substance abuse Counseling the mentally impaired 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter C. Kratcoski
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  1. 1.Kent State UniversityKentUSA

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