Dealing with a Residential Fire The Zhang family—Kane, the 32-year-old father; Miya, the 28-year-old

Dealing with a Residential Fire

The Zhang family—Kane, the 32-year-old father; Miya, the
28-year-old mother; Asa, the 7-year-old daughter; and Kenji, the 3-month-old
son—lives on the sixth floor of a 9-story apartment building in a major
metropolitan area. Last week there was an electrical fire in their neighbor’s
apartment. As a result, their entire floor caught fire, as did parts of the
floors above and below them. The majority of the building experienced
significant smoke damage. The Zhang family was awakened at 2:30 a.m. by fire
alarms and the smell of smoke. They barely escaped the
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Dealing with a Residential Fire

The Zhang family—Kane, the 32-year-old father; Miya, the
28-year-old mother; Asa, the 7-year-old daughter; and Kenji, the 3-month-old
son—lives on the sixth floor of a 9-story apartment building in a major
metropolitan area. Last week there was an electrical fire in their neighbor’s
apartment. As a result, their entire floor caught fire, as did parts of the
floors above and below them. The majority of the building experienced
significant smoke damage. The Zhang family was awakened at 2:30 a.m. by fire
alarms and the smell of smoke. They barely escaped the fire; Kane and Asa both
got second-degree burns and Miya got third-degree burns on 10% of her body. All
four family members also experienced significant smoke inhalation.

After the fire was extinguished, the tenants were taken to
the hospital and treated. The building was declared to be unsafe, and the Zhang
family and the rest of the tenants were told that they could not move back into
the building.

As a crisis counselor, you are meeting with the entire Zhang
family for the first time 3 weeks after the fire. They are living with family
nearly 40 miles away from their previous home and did not recover any of their
belongings from the fire.

Shortly after the fire, Kane started to drink heavily (a
minimum of 8 beers a day and a maximum of a fifth of bourbon a day). You are
meeting them in a group room in a local mental health clinic.

Discussion Questions

1. As a crisis counselor, what would be your priority with
the Zhang family?

2. What might be some of their thoughts, feelings, and
behaviors?

3. Consider the appropriateness of individual, group, or
family counseling for this family. How might each be conducted if found to be
appropriate?

4. How might you facilitate growth in this family?

5. What might be some developmental concerns for each of the
family members?

6. What might be some multicultural considerations for the
family?

7. What physical concerns might you have for each of the family
members?

8. Consider the reaction and consequence of Kane’s recent
drinking.

9. With a peer, role-play implementation of the task model
of crisis assessment and intervention presented in Table 1.1.

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