Intervention vs. CRISIS intervention: What’s the difference!

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I was hired as a psychologist consultant for The Extractors, a TV series out of Toronto filmed in the US, “crisis” was the focus. Intervention is not to be confused with crisis intervention, a place where time is not a luxury. Typically, the individual is facing arrest, or harm to self or others. In these cases law enforcement (private or public) is present, and consent is obtained ‘on site’ with the individual for the intervention to take place. Yes, the individual may choose to walk away, however with planning around circumstance and process, many times the person makes the right choice for themselves. For someone like Evan “Bullet” Evans, Crisis is the norm, not the oddity. Here is a good conversation with Evan on talk radio to listen:

In more than 50% of the occasions for crisis intervention, mental illness contributes to the continuance of use and consequent negative and serious health, finance, interpersonal fallout. for this reason, and this reason alone hiring a Licensed Interventionist with a mental health background is imperative.

As Bullet says in the podcast, “I believe what we are doing is preventative medicine” is spot – on. I couldn’t agree more. Call us if we can help your loved one facing an addiction, physical or mental health impending crisis.

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DODea (Dept. of Defense Education Activity)

It’s 8 AM when the phone rings and the voice says “Hello, this is Dr. Mark Burdick? Hi, I’m with the DODea (Dept. of Defense Education Activity) and we have an IEP scheduled where we need a complete psychological evaluation conducted along with recommendations for schools for a student with exceptional needs.”

This is a real example of a very recent request that required my skills to turn a very contentious situation around by highlighting the specific needs of the student, and the likelihood they would do well in specific settings with complete charts, examples, reports.

I’m your Expert

A nice ending. The group was able to come together with a workable outcome; the team wrote the IEP and signed off, and life goes on.

If your district needs an expert–a real expert with 30+ years of experience of public, private professional stature in working across the table with IEP teams to provide successful outcome, then I am your expert. Call and let’s discuss your district’s need.


Dr Burdick in London

Every so many conferences you get out of the conference what you hope to get out of it, and that’s certainly what happened in London this month.

iCAAD is an addiction and mental health centered conference where professionals worldwide come to London to talk of “stuff”. “Stuff” like — why certain types of treatment work better than others, and why certain types of people respond better than others to treatment, etc. etc.

This year however, I found out what I respond to best: Generosity of others. And so what did I learn? To give back! It’s that easy, and what a wonderful world this could be, if we all practiced it everyday. So, let’s go on to it. What generous act can you tell me you gave back today, and how did it go? What did you learn about yourself? Want to learn more about yourself and your influences, then may I introduce you to OnSite.

OnSite is a center run by Miles Adox the guy in the center, and both Mark Fenwick (the therapist on the left) and myself on the right have used this short term (7-10-14 day) program successfully in getting in touch with our feelings and true selves, working through trauma in a very safe environment. Want to learn more, or find a different self-realization program for yourself? Let’s connect! I look forward to it. Please see below! .

Podcast on! Listen in on Neil Brown’s interview of Dr Burdick

Neil Brown, LCSW extraordinaire interviews Dr Burdick (aka The American Psychologist) traveling the world and sharing views on sharing of cultures, travel and living overseas. What the family needs to survive! Mandatory listening for anyone who is planning or finding themselves in a new community away from home! Here’s the link: Enjoy!

FIGT 2018: Den Hague

It’s with pride that I’ve accepted the invitation to present this coming week in Den Hague at the Family in Global Transition 2018 conference. This is a conference I attended last year, and found many ‘like kind’: those like myself with true international connections to family, friends, like stye, and unique experiences. My talk with Steven DeMille Exec Director of Redcliff Ascent on Wilderness Treatment will certainly get everyone’s attention. I am available on twitter @drpsych and @amerpsy to those who attend my presentation would like a FREE version of my ebook 10 Steps to Wilderness Therapy, on Apple iTunes! See you in Den Hague!