chapter  58
Plan for a Crisis
Write a Three-Step Crisis Plan to Anticipate Patients’ Triggers and Coping Skills
WithScott A. Simpson, Anna K. McDowell
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Patients struggling with suicidality, violent ideation, or substance use present across all medical settings, but clinicians often feel they lack evidence-based tools to treat these patients. A brief three-step safety plan with suicidal patients reduces suicide risk and improves symptoms up to months after the encounter. Crisis planning is also adaptable for other symptoms. The technique of crisis planning is introduced, and the reasons for its benefit are explained. This technique assists the clinician in a functional evaluation of the patient’s coping skills. Pitfalls and nuances in the crisis planning exercise are discussed.