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ERIC Number: ED260348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug-27
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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A Crisis Intervention Approach Stressing Early Interpretation of Unconscious Guilt.
Nichols, Nicholas H.
This paper presents an approach to crisis intervention which was developed for use with acutely disturbed patients requesting therapeutic services at the Marin County Community Mental Health Center in California. Assumptions of the intervention approach which center on the crucial role played by unconscious guilt in both psychopathology and patients' reactions to crises are explained. The view that crises reconfirm a patient's pathogenic beliefs and thereby exacerbate his unconscious guilt is discussed. A crisis intervention technique is described which involves: (1) continuing the initial interview until some explanation of the psychopathology is found; (2) formulating the psychopathology of patients in crisis by drawing on all relevant sources of data including history, current life problems, and the patient's testing of the therapist; and (3) offering the patient a dynamic evaluation which includes interpretation about the role of unconscious pathogenic beliefs and guilt in his reaction to the crisis. Factors contributing to treatment effectiveness in the crisis intervention setting are presented and the range of applicability of the approach is considered. A case example is provided and discussed which illustrates the orientation and approach of this crisis intervention technique. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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