chapter  3
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Crisis Care Basics in Primary Care

We therefore emphasize the smooth integration of crisis assessment and intervention basics into established medical and mental health diagnostic protocols, as illustrated in Chapter 2. Underscoring the chapter’s importance is this reality in primary care settings: While a minority of clients may present in emotional distress or acute crisis, these patientsespecially when risk to life is at stake-can be the majority, in terms of stress, anxiety, or

• Interdisciplinary Theoretical Underpinnings to Crisis Care • The Crisis Paradigm: A Guide to Understanding and Helping • Basic Crisis Assessment Skills: Pre-crisis and Acute Crisis States • Crisis Intervention Strategies in Primary Care: Mental Health Linkage and

Follow-up • Crisis Counseling Strategies: Coordination with Primary Care • Psychotropic Medication in Crisis Care • References

frustration experienced. A primary care practitioner is in a strategic position to identify an impending or acute crisis, offer immediate support and safety, and link an acutely distressed person to crisis specialists and recommended follow-up counseling services.