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Program Description

For professional counselors who wish to expand their portfolio into the area of crisis intervention. This program provides theoretical training and focuses on the best practices in crisis intervention applications for many settings and populations. Students will have an opportunity to examine ethical, legal, multicultural issues, and current trends.


Program Requirements

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
Expected Availability
CreditsFall Winter Summer
Crisis Intervention/Theories/ModelsBSCI-10292YesNo
Students will learn about the evolution and development of crisis intervention theories and models, and will have an opportunity to examine ethical, legal and multi-cultural issues as well as current best practices in the field trends in this field. Along with a clear understanding of how to apply crisis intervention models to their practical work in this field.
Death & DyingBSCI-10302NoYes
Death is an elemental aspect of life. It is an inevitable transition yet it seems to remain one stage of the life cycle that causes most discomfort. This course enables students to explore their own life backgrounds as they engage in a critical and exploratory study of ideas and issues surrounding Death and Dying. The course will look at Society's attitudes about death, varied meanings and definitions and their influence on the thoughts and feeling of an individual's capacity to acknowledge and prepare for end of life. Students will study the concept of a Death System as theorized by Robert Kastenbaum. Students will look at issues related to anxiety, acceptance or denial and palliative care. The will allow students to examine causes of death, including illness, traumatic loss and suicide. Students will also examine the critical role of the communicational processes in understanding and relating to dying people.
Domestic ViolenceBSCI-10312NoYes
This course provides students with an opportunity to explore many of the issues related to domestic violence. Topics to be studied include: Battered Woman Syndrome, the Battering Cycle, and immediate and long-term effects on children. Other subjects to be examined are the abuse of pregnant women, women with disabilities, issues distinct to multi-cultural, Aboriginal women and same sex violence, and relevant Canadian history and legislation.
Students will learn about the emotional impact of victimization. The focus will be on victims of residential break and enter, children and trauma, victims of crime such as; those sexually assaulted, elders, and victims of hate crimes. There will be a special emphasis on recognizing and preventing vicarious (VT), and secondary victimization. VT is also known as secondary traumatic stress, and can affect family, friends, witnesses, first responders such as paramedics, police and health care professionals.

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 2 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

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Learning outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Discuss the complexities of crisis intervention strategies in various first responder and health care settings.
  2. Discuss the application of relevant ethical and legal issues in crisis intervention and referral practice.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of the needs of clients from special populations and diverse cultures.
  4. Make sound decisions based on an evaluation of crisis situations.
  5. Identify the potential and possible causes of violence.
  6. Be prepared for interventions with potentially violent persons.
  7. Utilize learned strategies to assist victims of crime in meeting their emotional needs.
  8. Apply accepted techniques of crisis intervention used in situations such as domestic violence and sudden death.

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