Crisis is ever present in our society and in our communities from large scale crises that effect the entire nation and our world to small scale crises that begin within an individual or family but the effects of which ripple into our communities. This ripple effect is why the support and services of the Family Resource Centers exist. The existence of a sturdy pillar of guidance and hope in a community mitigates the risk of crisis in the lives of it’s community members and is a guide and source of strength when crisis inevitably arrives.
At our November training, presented by Tina Rocha and Vickie Vuong of Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA), it was explained that there is a duality to every crisis that can be traumatic. The first is the crisis itself, the second is the new world created by the realities of the crisis. These changes often alter the way an individual or family views the world, how their friends and loved ones view the world and each other, and for larger scale crises how we as a society view the world.
Response to a crisis is only the first phase on a road to recuperating. Crisis intervention/response is to long-term psychotherapy as first aid is to surgery. It is a short-term helping process designed to mitigate the long term effects of a traumatic event. It’s goal is to foster natural resiliency through stabilization, symptom reduction, return to adaptive functioning, and facilitation of access to continued care.
Families that make their way to the FRC are often in the middle of their own crisis. Understanding where they are coming from and steps you can take to helping them with that initial “first aid” and getting them on the path to recovery makes the work of the FaCT FRCs stronger! Learn more about crisis intervention from the presentation that can be found at the link below!