Referral in Crisis Counseling General Considerations: Referral is viewed as broadening and sharing responsibility.

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  • Referral in Crisis Counseling General Considerations: Referral is viewed as broadening and sharing responsibility.

  • When to Refertoo complicatedlack skillsyour help is no longer effectiveyour reactions interfere with help

  • When to Refersevere symptoms remain after 5 or 6 sessionshelp with long-term underlying pathologyserious threat of violence or evidence of psychotic behavior

  • How to Refer: The DecisionThe decision is considered jointly, with prayer. Final responsibility remains with the hurting person whenever possible.

  • How to Refer: The ContactGenerally by hurting personYou can supply phone number(s)Advance phone call paves way

  • How to Refer: The Follow-upDont undercut the one referred to.Dont continue counseling the person.Dont interfere with the newly formed relationship.

  • How to Refer: Specific ProceduresReferral can be a crisis in itself.Share compassionately why you are referring.Encourage client to share their reaction with you (I can imagine this came as a surprise and you may feel that I am abandoning you.)

  • Specific Procedures, cont.Review the clients needs and the need for other sources to meet those needs.Be prepared for feelings of rejection, anger, or fear.Follow-up on the referral to see that the connection has been made

  • Implications & ResponsibilitiesPut good of parishioner ahead of your own feelings.Know the available resources in your area.Know your limits and other commitmentsReferral is not abandonment

  • Implications & ResponsibilitiesReferral does not release you from praying and general pastoral care for the personYou can check on the person.Clarify how you can help in the futureRemember that this is a loving act.

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