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Crisis Response

Crisis Response was designed to provide clergy students with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and temporarily intervene in a helpful and effective way in a crisis situation.

  1. Provide both an objective (from a source e.g. dictionary, textbook) and subjective definition (in your own words) for the following terms: "crisis" and "precipitating event." (minimum 50 words each, excluding the objective definitions)
  2. Describe the following classifications of emergency situations and provide an example of each. Please utilize the required text pages 386-400 for your resource (minimum 50 words each).
    1. interpersonal
    2. intrapersonal
    3. somatic complaints
  3. Describe at least five possible events or situations that may cause an individual to experience a crisis in his or her life. (minimum 100 words)
  4. Discuss how an individual's ability to appropriately cope and/or problem solve may be affected by crisis and explain the process you would use to assist this individual. (minimum 100 words)
  5. List and discuss at least five suicide warning signs. Explain how you would respond if you were assisting an individual exhibiting one or more of these signs. (minimum 50 words each warning sign and minimum 100 words for response).
  6. Choose four of the seven common misconceptions about suicide from the list below and discuss why each is a misconception. (minimum 50 words each).
    1. People who talk about suicide won't really do it.
    2. Anyone who tries to kill himself/herself must be crazy.
    3. People who commit suicide always leave notes.
    4. If a person is determined to kill himself/herself, nothing is going to stop him/her.
    5. Once the emotional crisis improves, the risk of suicide is over.
    6. Talking about suicide may give someone the idea.
    7. After a person has attempted suicide, it is unlikely he/she will try again.
  7. Discuss why an individual in crisis might seek an ADF clergy person for help and explain whether or not you feel this is an appropriate function for ADF clergy, why or why not? (minimum 200 words)
  8. Discuss an example of a crisis situation to which you have responded (this may be a crisis you have personally experienced or an experience in which you tried to help someone else in crisis). Reflect upon your response to the crisis in your example, and explain what you found effective, as well as how you could have improved your response to this situation. (minimum 200 words)
  9. Discuss how the skills required of ADF clergy in ritual, especially those which involve mitigating chaos and generating order, might relate to those necessary for appropriately responding to an emergency situation. (minimum 100 words)
  10. Compile and submit a list of mainstream resources providing crisis services available in your locality. Additionally, explore your locality for a hotline number to access emergency services and discuss the results of your search. (Please provide the following information for each resource listed a) name of resource b) contact information c) how to make a referral d) hours of operation e) specific service[s] provided by the resource). (no minimum word count)
    1. suicidal thoughts
    2. mental illness
    3. substance abuse (addiction)
    4. financial issues
    5. homelessness (lack of shelter, food, clothing, other basic needs)
    6. suspected abuse of the individual's child(ren)
    7. criminal victimization (victims of theft, sexual assault, domestic violence)
    8. grief (resulting from death, terminal illness, divorce or other loss)


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