Crisis intervention: a review

Int J Emerg Ment Health. Spring 2000;2(2):119-25.


Critical incidents are sudden, unexpected, often life-threatening time-limited events that may overwhelm an individual's capacity to respond adaptively. Frequently, extreme critical incident stressors may result in personal crises, traumatic stress, and even Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. This paper presents a concise, fully-referenced, state-of-the-art review of crisis intervention procedures within the context of Critical Incident Stress Management.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Crisis Intervention*
  • Disasters
  • Humans
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / therapy*