Crisis Intervention

As the Clinical Director of the Houston Fire Department’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team, I have dealt with many different crisis situations. My role has usually been to assist first responders who have been at the scene of a tragedy. Sometimes, I myself was at those scenes and experienced the immediate aftermath of the crisis. I have provided care after school shootings, major fires, deaths of first responders, terrorist events, criminal incidents, natural disasters, and bizarre accidents. These events themselves were terrible, but I am pleased that I was able to offer some measure of comfort to those that experienced them. I am also highly experienced in helping potentially suicidal persons. I directed the Houston Fire Department’s suicide prevention team, participated in efforts to prevent veteran suicides, produced videos on suicide prevention, trained thousands of people on recognizing suicide risks, and have provided direct services to hundreds of persons who were suicide risks as well as to their family members.

Typical problems addressed in crisis intervention:

  • Pre-planning (Are we prepared for a crisis event?)
  • Immediate aftermath of a tragedy (What is needed by victims right now?)
  • Short term follow-up care (How can we get people back to their routine?)
  • Long term follow-up (What is the long-term effect of these events?)
  • Suicide Prevention (How do I know if someone is suicidal? What can be done?)