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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

Crisis Intervention

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/31/2020

Course Description

This course offers an understanding of how a crisis can impact the life of an individual and cause a decrease in healthy functioning. A variety of crises are explored, including but not limited to, PTSD, Types of Abuse, Community Disasters, Substance Abuse, Crises of Lethality, Crisis of Loss, and Sexual Assault. In addition, therapeutic interventions and evidence-based practices are identified.



(PSYC 200 or PSYC 101 or PSYC 210 or GEED 201) and PSYC 255


Crisis situations are a part of everyday life. Not only is this to be expected, but such events may also be viewed as an opportunity for growth. The way in which individuals respond to these occurrences will determine whether they serve as a stumbling block or a stepping-stone to healthier living. Students will learn how crises develop, how to intervene, and how to respond professionally when presented with a crisis situation.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competence in the major concepts in the psychological area of crisis intervention.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes that people exhibit during crises.
  3. Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect values in his/her personal and professional behavior that are the underpinnings of the multiple perspectives of psychology as a discipline and Christian/biblical faith and practice.
  4. Communicate effectively in written, oral, and technological formats.
  5. Recognize and respect the complexity of socio-cultural and international diversity especially during the process of crisis intervention.

Course Resources

Required Resource

The resource below is provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Kanel, K. (2018). A guide to crisis intervention (6th ed.). New York, NY: Cengage Learning.

Disclaimer: The above resource(s) provide(s) information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these(this) resource(s).

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word
    5. APA Formatting Information:

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. The purpose of Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among students in regard to relevant current course topics. The student is required to post 1 thread of at least 250 words and 2 replies of at least 100 words each. For each thread, the student must support his/her assertions with at least 2 citations in current APA format.

Public Service Announcement Video

The student will create a 3-minute video presentation on his/her topic of study. The presentation must include the following: a current crisis, the population effected by the crisis, the prevalence of the crisis, the current community response, and a healthier community response that would potentially decrease the prevalence of the crisis. Also, it must be creative and compelling to the viewer. The video must model a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that challenges the viewer to change his/her view on how to respond to the identified crisis (i.e., bullying).

Research Paper

The student will write an 8–10-page (including abstract and conclusion) Research Paper utilizing current APA format. The paper will be based on a crisis intervention topic that is covered in the text/course. The content must be scholarly and use a minimum of 5 journal articles that contain research for the sources.

Exams (4)

Each exam will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions based on the reading identified for that specific exam. The exams will be limited to 45 minutes and are open-book/open-notes. The student will have 1 attempt for each exam.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 75 pts ea)



Public Service Announcement Video


Research Paper


Exams (4 at 100 pts ea)





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


PSYC 317

Textbooks: Kanel, A Guide to Crisis Intervention (2018).


Reading & Study




Kanel: ch. 1

1 presentation

1 video

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1





Kanel: ch. 2

4 presentations

Exam 1



Kanel: ch. 3

2 presentation

DB Forum 2



Kanel: ch. 4

2 presentation

Exam 2



Kanel: chs. 5–6

2 presentations

DB Forum 3

Research Paper




Kanel: chs. 7–8

1 presentation

Exam 3



Kanel: chs. 9–11

2 presentations

DB Forum 4

Public Service Announcement Video




Kanel: ch. 12

1 presentation

Exam 4




DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.