I'm really enjoying my Crisis Intervention class. It's almost finals week and I wish there were a second level class to accompany it because we didn't discuss half the good stuff in the book!
Since Week 1, I've had the feeling that Crisis Intervention would be something that I could be very good at. But at that time, I considered it more of a distraction from my private practice clinical counseling path.
But now... I'm wondering if Crisis Intervention is supposed to be my path. I know to the bottom of my Soul that I'm supposed to help people heal themselves psychologically, I just never really knew how - my goals were always so scattered.
I don't yet know which area of this I should focus on but today I read an interesting article about CISD - Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. This is not meant as a therapeutic approach but as a tool to prevent the need for crisis intervention after a critical incident and to assess people to see if they need further help. And it is geared toward helping those that help the victims.
Healthcare workers at a hospital treating patients with SARS; EMT first responders; disaster workers; the healthcare workers from New York on 9/11.
So - why would I be good at this? Many years ago, my career counselor told me I should work for FEMA - as in be in charge of it! And my Psych profile spells that out. I thrive under pressure. I know how to assess a stressful situation, figure out what needs to be done and either get it done or delegate to get it done. I have the ability to remove the emotional part of the crisis and look at it objectively and logically (sometimes this makes me seem cold and impersonal, but I'm not).
I actually did look into it - it would have taken to long to climb the ranks. And then Hurricane Katrina happened and I wanted to scream at the incompetence!
Another reason? I have a natural gift of being able to just talk to people and get them to open up. I'm very grateful for it too. I've been told that I am very easy to be comfortable around because I'm so laid back. I would not talk to these people like a Psychologist - I would just be me. And I think that is what makes people feel comfortable.
So, we'll see where this path leads, but this is a good kind of feeling for me. Because I'm trusting the Universe - it hasn't EVER led me astray or wrong. THAT is a great feeling.