Chapter 9. Crisis and Crisis Intervention on College Campuses

  1. Jerald Kay MD Professor Chair7 and
  2. Victor Schwartz MD University Dean of Students8
  1. Morton M. Silverman MD Senior Advisor1,2,3,4 and
  2. Rachel Lipson Glick MD Clinical Professor Associate Chair Director5,6

Published Online: 6 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470686836.ch9

Mental Health Care in the College Community

Mental Health Care in the College Community

How to Cite

Silverman, M. M. and Glick, R. L. (2010) Crisis and Crisis Intervention on College Campuses, in Mental Health Care in the College Community (eds J. Kay and V. Schwartz), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470686836.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 7

    Department of Psychiatry, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University, East Medical Plaza, 627 S. Edwin Moses Dr, Dayton, OH 45408, USA

  2. 8

    Yeshiva University, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 500 W.185th St., New York, NY 10033, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

  2. 2

    The University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, CO, USA

  3. 3

    The Jed Foundation, New York, NY, USA

  4. 4

    Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Education Development Center, Inc., 4858 S. Dorchester Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615-2012, USA

  5. 5

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, SPC 5295, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5295, USA

  6. 6

    Psychiatric Emergency Services, University of Michigan Health System, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, SPC 5295, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5295, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470746189

Online ISBN: 9780470686836



  • crisis and crisis intervention - college campuses;
  • crisis - responding to event taxing a person's usual methods of problem solving;
  • crises - result of unique synergy of intrapsychic, interpersonal, environmental, social, and situational variables;
  • key determinant in intensity and duration of crisis reaction - individual's appraisal of threat;
  • goals of crisis intervention - aiming to reduce emotional, mental, physical and behavioral reactions, aiming to help individual return to their pre-crisis level of functioning;
  • prevention of self-injurious behaviors and situations - responsibility of mental health professionals and entire campus community


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What is a crisis?

  • Crisis intervention

  • Common crises and suggested responses

  • When does a crisis become a psychiatric emergency?

  • Disasters and other crises that affect multiple students

  • Working with campus leadership to prevent crisis and improve mental health

  • Conclusion

  • References