Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme: Bachelor Social Work Fulltime
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2021

Course unit title Crisis Intervention
Course unit code 048512031105
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2021
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2021
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 2
Name of lecturer(s) Elmar FLEISCH, Helga KRÄUTLER, Pascale ROUX

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content

Unlike long term therapy, crisis intervention is a form of outpatient coaching and counselling of people who have suffered a sudden and massive change of their living conditions (e.g. death of a close relative, acts of violence, illness). Due to these experiences, clients are endangered by acute psychic pain. In the hands of professionals this method aims at offering coping strategies and enabling clients to regain self-determined action. Possible conditions of the genesis of crises are presented.

Learning outcomes

Students know about possible conditions of the genesis of crises. Students are able to recognize crises of various forms and to offer expert assistance.They know about various methods concerning forms of intervention. They are able to deal with suicide hints or announcements professionally and to link up with the respective networks, i.e. other institutions of psychological support.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work, case study

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam (based on a case study)



Recommended or required reading

Dross, Margret (2001): Krisenintervention. Göttingen: Hogrefe Verl. für Psychologie

Kunz, Stefanie; Scheuermann, Ulrike; Schürmann, Ingeborg (2009): Krisenintervention: ein fallorientiertes Arbeitsbuch für Praxis und Weiterbildung. 3. Aufl. Weinheim: Juventa Verlag.

Sonneck, Gernot (1997): Krisenintervention und Suizidverhütung: ein Leitfaden für den Umgang mit Menschen in Krisen. Wien: Facultas Universitätsverl.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)