Crisis Prevention and Intervention Certificate (CCPI)

Why earn an undergraduate certificate in crisis prevention and intervention?

A certificate in crisis prevention and intervention provides specialized training in crisis and emergency situations that you can immediately apply in a variety of real-world settings.

Who should earn a certificate in crisis prevention and intervention?

A certificate in crisis prevention and intervention is ideal for anyone who may need to manage a crisis situation. It is a versatile credential applicable to careers ranging from business and education to emergency services and human resources. Students can also add the certificate to their undergraduate degree program.

Why SUNY Empire?

At SUNY Empire, you can earn your undergraduate certificate online, in person, or a blend of both, giving you the flexibility to complete your courses while you work or earn your undergraduate degree. If you’re a current SUNY Empire student, you can even embed your CCPI into your degree plan.

You can register for the CCPI even if you are not seeking a degree at SUNY Empire.

Required Courses

The four core courses focus on content areas essential for all healthcare-management professionals. A required elective allows you to customize your certificate to meet your specific needs or interests.

Crisis Intervention I: Theory and Practice (HUSV 2020)
This study surveys the major theories, evidence-based practices, concepts of crisis intervention assessment and intervention. Students will demonstrate crisis intervention skills and illustrate ethical, legal, and cultural considerations. 

Crisis Intervention II: Skills and Models (HUSV 3022)
This study builds on the knowledge gained from Crisis Intervention I and examines how people respond to crises, as well as the evidence-based practices currently used in the field.

Students will analyze interventions including time-limited cognitive behavior therapy, eye movement and desensitization reprocessing, and client-centered, long-term treatment action plans and referral systems. Students will compare methods, models, and interventions and relate them to cases, including working with vulnerable and diverse populations during crisis. 

Bereavement Counseling (HUSV-4005)
This course provides students with an overview of intervention strategies for a variety of loss scenarios with diverse populations. Other topics may include evaluating and strategizing interventions for loss across a lifecycle; intervention strategies for special populations; and approaches to support sudden loss and crisis situations.

Secondary Trauma in Human Service Workers (HUSV-4045)
Students will explore theory related to conflict, mediation, and negotiation, as well as approaches useful for one-on-one and organizational settings. Students will research an area of interest related to a resolution process.

One program elective chosen from the following:

  • Disaster Mental Health (HUSV-3142): This course focuses on the psychological and physiological impacts disasters and major crises have on individuals, families, emergency workers, and communities. Students will explore post-traumatic stress, disaster-related anxiety and depression, signs and symptoms of mental-health distress, and interventions. In addition, students will examine the effectiveness of disaster mental-health programs and services designed to prevent or mitigate mental-health problems.
  • Conflict in Human Services (HUSV-3122): Students will learn specific approaches useful for one-on-one situations and strategies for managing conflict in organizational settings. Students will research an area of interest (e.g. transformative mediation) related to a resolution process.
  • Supporting Active Military, Veterans, and Their Families (CHFS-3065): Students will develop an understanding of the challenges facing active-duty military, veterans, and their families and the ability to provide support to this unique population.

Enroll in the Certificate Program for Crisis Prevention and Intervention

To enroll, currently enrolled students: Submit the online Degree Add/Change Request Form, select “add”, select “CUG” for degree, and choose “Crisis Prevention and Intervention” for program.

Not Currently Enrolled?

If you are not currently enrolled, you can still register for a certificate program. Applicants to the undergraduate certificates are required to submit the same admissions requirements as the associate and bachelor’s degrees.

Certificate students who are concurrently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program are eligible to apply for federal financial aid, while those students who enroll only in the certificate program are not.

To learn more contact our certificate program coordinator, Jenny Mincin, Ph.D., at