A massive tsunami inundates the coastline of an entire region, killing and injuring thousands, and destroying all towns and villages in its path. A disgruntled employee storms into his workplace and holds 10 people hostage at gunpoint. A terrorist detonates a bomb in a city square, wounding dozens and causing large-scale chaos. Around the world, thousands of people contract a highly infectious, potentially fatal respiratory illness. Although the nature and details of these situations vary considerably, all of them have at least one thing in common: they represent types of systemic crises. This week, you will examine a variety of systemic crises. You will gain an understanding of the intervention strategies that are used to address these crises, as well as analyze the relationships and differences between these situations and their interventions.
By the end of this week, you should be able to:
Apply intervention strategies to systemic crises
Analyze the similarities and differences between types of systemic crises and their intervention strategies
Understand and apply concepts and techniques related to systemic crises
Please read and view (where applicable) the following Learning Resources before you complete this week's assignments.
Course Text: James, R. K. & Gilliland, B.E. (2017). Crisis intervention strategies (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
Article: Brown, M. M., & Grumet, J. G. (2009). School-based suicide prevention with African American youth in an urban setting. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 40(2), 111–117.Use the PsycARTICLES database.This article summarizes the results of a study that implemented a screening program for suicide ideation, depression, and anxiety at 13 middle and high schools in an attempt to prevent suicidal crisis among African American youth in Washington, DC.Chapter 13, "Crises in Schools"
Chapter 17, "Disaster Response"
Article: Wong, H., & Leung, T. T. F. (2008). Collaborative vs. adversarial relationship between the state and civil society in facing public disaster: The case of Hong Kong in the SARS crisis. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 18(2), 45–58.Use the SocINDEX database.In this article, the authors examine the disaster mitigation efforts in Hong Kong following the SARS crisis, with particular emphasis on state-civil society relations.
Article: Logue, J. N. (2006). The public health response to disasters in the 21st century: Reflections on Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Environmental Health, 69(2), 9–13.Use the Academic Search Complete database.
Article: Smith, D. C. (2005). Organizing for disaster preparedness. Journal of Community Practice, 13(4), 131–141.Use the Academic Search Complete database.
Website: American Red Crosshttp://www.redcross.org/
Application: Comparative Analysis of Systemic Crises