De-escalating a mental health crisis is a very difficult skill set and starts with the worker calming themselves and maintaining their composure as they move toward the situation. Fear elicits a threat response in both the upset person and the one trying to help. This means that without specific strategies it is common for the worker to inadvertently worsen the situation as they react to the “noise” of the situation.
Practice a de-escalation model
Pause: Introduce tips to get oneself calm
Listen: Identify the need or concern
Respond: Verbal de-escalation strategies to build cooperation
MN Board of Social Work
2.0 CEUs (CEP-275)
MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
LADC: 2.0 CEUs (2022.CE.ADC.001)
LPC/LPCC: 2.0 CEUs (2022.CE.001)
MN Board of Nursing
This activity has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements. However, the nurse is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.