Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

SW 230: Crisis Intervention

General Information

  • Name: Crisis Intervention
  • Discipline: Social Work (SW)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Analyzes types of crisis theory, effects of crisis on the individual, family and community. Looks at methods and resources for crisis intervention.

II: Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the students should be able to:

  • Provide a basis for understanding people in crisis, including their coping processes and stages of growth and development.
  • Present a selective theoretical framework for understanding types of crisis among various social systems.
  • Identify and evaluate the effectiveness of different crisis intervention strategies.
  • Provide a knowledge base for developing communication skills and problem solving strategies.
  • Explore personal values relating to various populations.
  • Identify and analyze ethical issues relevant to crisis intervention.
  • Explore methodologies for understanding crisis prevention and resolution.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

This course addresses the following Student Learning Objectives in which the successful student will be able to demonstrate that they:

  • Have knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate for their degree emphasis.
  • Can maintain a proficiency with their communication and interpersonal skills to a level that is appropriate for their degree emphasis.
  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Understand the importance of cultural traditions, diversity, and ethics in the modern world.


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