ArticlesCrisis Intervention Psychotherapy in the Age of COVID-19FEINSTEIN, ROBERT E. MD Author Information FEINSTEIN: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX The author declares no conflicts of interest. Please send correspondence to: Robert E. Feinstein, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin, Mac to 16043 Fontaine Avenue, Austin, TX 78734 (e-mail: [email protected]). Journal of Psychiatric Practice: May 2021 - Volume 27 - Issue 3 - p 152-163 doi: 10.1097/PRA.0000000000000542 Buy Metrics Abstract Crisis intervention psychotherapy (CIP) is an underutilized form of therapy that can be offered as a treatment during psychiatric disasters and emergencies, and it may be especially useful during the age of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). CIP is a problem-solving, solution-focused, trauma-informed treatment, utilizing an individual or systemic/family-centered approach. CIP is a brief form of psychotherapy delivered as a companion or follow-up to psychological first aid. Crisis psychotherapy is designed to resolve a crisis and restore daily functioning. CIP can be adapted as a single session for a COVID-19 mental health emergency or for a hotline or as 2 to 20 sessions of treatment with COVID-19 patients and families offered virtually on a psychiatric inpatient unit, through a consultation-liaison service, or in outpatient settings. This article reviews the history of critical incident stress management and the use of its replacement, psychological first aid. The history and core principles of crisis psychotherapy and 8 core elements of treatment are described. The use of digital and virtual technology has enabled the delivery of crisis psychotherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic. A case study of a family impacted by COVID-19 is reported as an illustration. The use of a 6-week timeline, an ecological map, and a problem-solving wheel-and-spoke treatment plan are demonstrated. Copyright © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.