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Crisis intervention is designed to provide an immediate response to interrupt and reduce tpotentially adverse, and on occasion, fatally harmful consequences. Its objective is to restore an individual’s level of functioning to that which was experienced prior to the events that triggered the crisis.

Critical to this process are the skills of the crisis responder in ensuring that the case assessment and identification of factors that have resulted in the crisis are correctly identified and treated. An incorrect assessment can be potentially fatal.

The affects of crisis can result in an individual reacting in one of three ways (James 2008):
• Some are able to effectively deal with the situation and emerge stronger as a result.
• Some survive the crisis but block the pain from their awareness which results in ongoing issues and consequences that remain unresolved.
• Others remain completely immobilised for an ongoing period unless they receive immediate intervention and support.

In this particular case study the treating modality being adopted is Gilliland’s Six Step Model.

Initial case synopsis – Wesley (university student)
The selected case involves a male university student, Wesley, age 36. Wesley has been attending my clinic for counselling over a six month period for treatment of previously diagnosed depression and anxiety.

Wesley recently missed a scheduled appointment without prior notice and has now re-attended presenting with significantly increased anxiety. He
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