Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 172–179

Family-Based Crisis Intervention in the Emergency Department: A New Model of Care

  • Katherine B. Ginnis
  • Erina M. White
  • Abigail M. Ross
  • Elizabeth A. Wharff
Original Paper


Adolescent suicide is on the rise and treatment resources are scarce. Adolescents with suicidal behavior often are evaluated in the Emergency Department (ED), where the default treatment recommendation traditionally has been admission to an inpatient psychiatric unit. Emergency Medicine increasingly provides intervention in the ED with the goal of stabilization and discharge, avoiding unnecessary inpatient stays that are expensive and utilize limited resources. Family-Based Crisis Intervention (FBCI) is a manualized psychiatric intervention that is used to optimize care for suicidal adolescents and their families in the ED. This paper presents the framework of FBCI and includes a case to demonstrate the essential parts of the treatment.


Suicide Adolescent Crisis intervention Family therapy Evidence-based practice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katherine B. Ginnis
    • 1
  • Erina M. White
    • 1
  • Abigail M. Ross
    • 1
  • Elizabeth A. Wharff
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryBoston Children’s HospitalBostonUSA

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