PICs Pathways in Crisis


Pathways to Crisis Services (PICS) Curriculum Infusion Packages (CIPs) are products for educators and trainers developed by the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT). The main developers of crisis services materials are April Lang-Barroga, LMFT, LCADC, NCC, and Bianca D. McCall, LMFT. Additional guidance and editing support were provided by, Terra Hamblin, MA, NCC, BC-TMH, Sophia Graham, BS, and Kate Speck, PhD, MAC, LADC. 

The CIPs were developed to help community college/university faculty, clinical supervisors, and recovery support staff have access to brief, science-based content with the goal of providing materials that can be easily infused into existing substance use disorder and related courses (e.g., social work, nursing, criminal justice, nursing, counseling, etc.) and for clinical and recovery staff use in in-service meetings. Ensuring that academic courses and training events are up-to-date with current information on crisis-based services can be an overwhelming task, especially for faculty or trainers who do not have extensive crisis intervention expertise.

Utilizing the subject matter slide decks available, individuals can select specific content to infuse into existing curricula/materials depending on the specific needs of their learners. The table below offers a roadmap on content for each topic from foundational (Tier 1) to advanced (Tier 6) indicating different educational information as the tiers increase. Each slide deck contains enough content to build an overview (Tier 1) to an advanced clinical application (Tier 6) presentation. The curriculum is meant to be repetitive and progressive, which encourages revisiting key concepts while building upon previous course material or the learners’ current knowledge of the concept or topic. In addition, each slide in the slide decks contains notes to provide guidance on the topics along with references, videos, and handouts where appropriate.