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In the context of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), crisis management refers to the skills and strategies that are used to help individuals cope with and manage crises effectively. Crises can include situations such as intense emotional distress, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, self-harm, substance abuse, or other life-threatening situations.

The goal of crisis management in DBT is to provide individuals with the tools they need to navigate crises and prevent them from escalating further. Some of the key components of crisis management in DBT include:

  1. Crisis survival skills: These skills are designed to help individuals manage intense emotions and distress in the moment. They may include techniques such as deep breathing, mindfulness, self-soothing, or distraction.

  2. Safety planning: This involves developing a plan to keep the individual safe during a crisis, such as identifying a support system or contacting emergency services if needed.

  3. Problem-solving: This involves identifying the source of the crisis and developing a plan to address it effectively.

  4. Validation: This involves acknowledging and validating the individual's emotions and experiences, and helping them to feel heard and understood.

  5. Follow-up care: This involves ensuring that the individual receives ongoing support and treatment to help prevent future crises from occurring.

Overall, crisis management is an important aspect of DBT and can be a powerful tool for helping individuals navigate difficult situations and improve their overall well-being. By learning and practicing crisis management skills, individuals can gain a greater sense of control and empowerment in their lives, even during times of intense distress. 

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