A Future Trend in Crisis Intervention
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Mental Health and Crisis Interventions
A Future Trend in Crisis Intervention
As the population in the United States continues to climb the need for human services professionals does the same. Human service agencies are often face the dilemmas of being over-worked and under paid. Professionals in this field are often prone to burnout because of these dilemmas. Sadly, human service agencies are often the first to experience budget cuts. These budget cuts affect the human service professional’s organization, facility, coworkers, pay, clients, and their personal moral. Leading officials of many human service organizations are noticing the affects of these dilemmas and are trying proactive approaches in solving the epidemics. As a result, the paraprofessional is becoming increasingly popular as they can fill the much needed worker positions, assist in alleviating clinician caseload, assist in keeping up with the demand of services, and one of the most important business reasons is to save the organization valuable budget money. The following will be discussed in this paper: The future trend of the paraprofessional in human services, the impact of this trend on the human services field and how the trend will impact the practice of crisis intervention in the human service. Furthermore, the challenges faced as a result of the impact, and how the human services worker can proactively deal with this expanding trend will also be addressed. The Paraprofessional
Paraprofessionals in the human services field can be considered both an important asset and a nuisance to the clinicians and the clients served. One of the many benefits of the paraprofessional in the human service career field could be that they require less training than typical clinician or other human service professional. The paraprofessional has the potential to lessen the demand for services thus lessening clinician caseload and boosting their moral. Lessening the caseload could prove beneficial in allowing clinicians to prioritize cases and assist those with the greatest needs. Another benefit to increased use of paraprofessionals in the human services field is organizational budgets could be spread further by hiring more workers at less pay. A larger number of clients could be seen in one day. This could potentially bring in more income through insurances, grants, Medicaid, and other funders. Nonetheless, the paraprofessional has potential downfalls that should be taken seriously when considering the spectrum of services they will be rendering. Supporters of the paraprofessional believe that anyone can be effective in human services with the right training. “Effective crisis intervention can be conducted by undergraduate student trainees or community volunteers as well as by graduate-level students and professional counselors if their training is appropriate and they are properly supervised.” (Kanel, 2003, p. 64) Trained clinicians undergo years of education and training to serve clients affectively. Critics may argue that this education and training cannot be replicated through accelerated courses for the paraprofessional. Furthermore, it could be argued that the impact from this lack of education and training may affect the area of crisis intervention the most. Crisis Intervention
Years of education and training help prepare the clinician for one of human services most complicated and frequent services, crisis intervention. Crises can be similar in comparison (e.g. job loss, divorce, suicidal thoughts) but every crisis is unique in circumstances. Because of the uniqueness of each crisis there are no set rules or guidelines to follow when helping a client in crisis. The paraprofessional like the professional is in a position to help guide the client through the crisis or unfortunately...