Posts Tagged ‘Crisis Intervention’

Verbal Judo

November 18, 2008

I can see that verbal judo could be useful in many settings, especially when communicating with difficult patients, family members, not just in a critical situation. Verbal judo teaches the skill of remaining centered and focused while redirecting behavior and generating voluntary compliance. It has proven effective in hospital environments when dealing with intoxicated, angry and mentally ill individuals.

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Secondary trauma

November 18, 2008

Interpreters and therapist who may be affected by continued interactions with human right atrocities may be in need of counseling themselves in order to continue their work with torture victims. Since there are only about 200 such centers around the world that provide this service, in light that there so few people who are trained to do this work? Who helps those who help the victims?

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Crisis Response

November 17, 2008

If I understood the concept, the author Lynch (in Forensic Nursing) suggests there is a coordinated response with hospital security, the crisis response team, or the police. The members of this team should have training so they can respond safely to an incident. At the hospital I work, this concept strikes me as extremely amusing, our security is comprised of approximately half Navajo women, and half retired or semi retired men which dose not exactly inspire confidence. If the local police department even has a SWAT team much less someone trained in crisis management, I would be surprised. In our area the most likely scenario is a coordinated effect comprised of upper management and law enforcement. We have already had an employee with a gun who planned to shoot several ICU nurses. Needless to say the situation was defused without incident. But to say that there is routine or even infrequent training for the employees to recognize critical situation would be ludicrous.

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