ERIC Number: ED194860
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Crisis Intervention With the Mentally Retarded: The New Treatment Look.
Sternlicht, Manny; Deutsch, Martin R.
The trend toward normalization of the mentally retarded has brought a new dimension to the problem of their adjustment. Within the past several years, large numbers of the mentally retarded have been discharged into the community from residential facilities; the stress and anxiety they experience at being thrust into a strange and alien world often become overwhelming, and the individual may become psychologically immobilized. Crisis intervention has been used only marginally with the retarded in this and other situations. A crisis intervention model is proposed which targets four treatment areas: (1) emergency problems associated with behavior disorders; (2) incidents arising from emotional disturbance; (3) stress resulting from the transition between institution and community; and (4) crises in the community (particularly within families and foster families). Against the backdrop of de-institutionalization and community placement, the possibilities for the creative use of crisis intervention with the mentally retarded are manifold. (Author/CS)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Anxiety, Behavior Modification, Community Role, Counseling Techniques, Crisis Intervention, Deinstitutionalization (of Disabled), Emotional Disturbances, Family Role, Foster Family, Mental Retardation, Models, Normalization (Handicapped), Psychotherapy, Stress Variables
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).