Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Graduate Courses

SOWK 645: Crisis Intervention

Credit Hours



This course focuses on crises and emergencies, significant and stressful phenomena that are common in all aspects of social work. The definitions and implications of crisis (a period of emotional disequilibrium that lasts for up to 6 weeks) and emergency (an immediate situation that includes the potential for physical harm) are explored. A model of crisis intervention is presented, with a variety of case examples, along with an understanding of the importance of not conducting crisis intervention when a client is not in crisis. The nature of emergencies are also explored, with emphasis on potential suicide, potential violence, and states of impaired judgment that produce vulnerability to harm. Sample Syllabus