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Understanding Crisis Therapies


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1. Introduction to Crisis Theories and Therapies. 2. A Psychoanalytic Approach. Valerie Richardson, University College Dublin, Ireland. 3. A Developmental Approach. Hilda Loughran and Valerie Richardson. 4. A Behavioural Approach. 5. A Cognitive Approach. 6. A Systems Approach. 7. A Radical Approach. 8. A Social Construction Approach. 9. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 10. An Integrated Theoretical Framework for Practice in Crisis Work. References. Index.

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Describes crisis intervention work from seven different theoretical viewpoints, including psychoanalytic; cognitive; systemic; radical; and social construction

About the Author

Hilda Loughran is Lecturer in Social Work at University College Dublin, Ireland, and has taught crisis intervention for over 15 years. Her areas of interest include social work education, counselling and research, and drugs and alcohol misuse, including the use of crisis intervention. She has published widely in these areas, and has been engaged in policy and practice research for many years.


The book succeeds in explaining theoretical concepts relating to crisis therapies in a clear way, and enables critical reflection. -- European Journal of Social Work
This book does exactly what it says on the cover. It describes crisis intervention work from seven different theoretical viewpoints to give a well-rounded and informed understanding... It is written in an accessible style and you do not need a prior knowledge of the theories explored to understand it. Every section of the book concludes with a case study, which is really useful in enabling the reader to apply theory to practice... This book is written for mental health workers of all disciplines. It is relevant to mental health nurses, nursing students and applies to most settings. It does not require any prior knowledge but develops ideas to a level that will also be useful to experienced and well-read practitioners. --
This book is aimed at both students and professionals and gives a historical overview of the development of crisis therapies, concluding with the author's own integrated framework for practice. It summarises a number of therapeutic approaches to working with people in crisis - including psychoanalytic, behavioural and radical approaches... this book has added to the crisis therapy literature and provides a very useful overview. -- Therapy Today
In today's world of conflict and uncertainty the skills of dealing with sudden emergencies, whether personal or societal, are hugely important. Understanding Crisis Therapies offers social workers and other professionals a wide range of methods suitable for helping people facing serious threats to peace and harmony in their lives. Hilda Loughran explains the theory and practice of brief therapy, and provides strategies that are appropriate across cultures and in different living environments. -- John F. Jones, Research Professor and Dean Emeritus, University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, USA
It's refreshing to find a book on crisis therapies which includes radical and social constructionist perspectives. This is a very original and up-to-date take on the topic. Hilda Loughran has managed to cover an impressive diversity of perspectives which provides a sound overview for any student or practitioner. It is a credible contribution to contemporary work, and one I would surely recommend. -- Jan Fook, Professor of Professional Practice Research and Director, Interprofessional Institute, South West London Academic Network, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

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