Crisis Intervention

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Analysis and Application:
Crisis Case Handling

September 2, 2012
CJ440-01
Unit 3 Homework
Kaplan University

Case One

You have been called out to a scene in which a 35-year-old woman is experiencing a crisis. Her husband just committed suicide and she is distraught about her circumstances. What information would you want to know before intervening? After finding out the necessary information, how would you handle this case? I would follow the Six-Step Model of Crisis Intervention to handle this case. I would first assess the crisis situation. It is very important to do this so that you can make sense of the various causes and reason why the crisis has occurred in the first place. In the case the woman is experiencing the
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How would you assess the mental state of this individual? How would you begin to interact with him? How would you secure his safety? The patient in this scenario is obviously delusional. While there is not enough information to clearly diagnose the patient I would say it is highly likely the person is suffering from delusional disorder (previously known as paranoid disorder). This is a serious mental illness involving psychosis in which someone cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined. The person in this scenario is in the process of having a crisis in which he was found nude and unkempt and ranting about how UFOs are coming down to get him. The main symptom of this disorder is the presence of delusions. People with this disorder experience non-bizarre delusions about situations that could occur in real life but are misinterpreted perceptions of reality. While there is no proof UFOs exist, here are people whom do believe in life forms from other planets, so you could not really call this an unrealistic delusion. However, in this situation his delusion is either not true at all or highly exaggerated. People with delusional disorder can often continue to function normally; however, some people with delusional disorder might become so preoccupied with their delusions that their life is disrupted. I do believe that this is the case with our patient. It seems as if he has had the belief in UFOs for some time and this belief has taken

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