Fowler Technical Effectiveness Scale
Fowler, D.E., McGee, R.K. (1973) Assessing the performance of telephone crisis workers: The development of a Technical Effectiveness Scale. In D. Lester & G.W. Brockopp (Eds.). Crisis Intervention and Counseling by Telephone. Springfield: Charles C. Thomas, 1973.
|1. Can the caller be immediately reconnected?||In order to answer this question affirmative the call must contain enough information to enable the centre to call or contact the Centre or to immediately go to the caller.|
|2. Did the volunteer ask or obtain specific information regarding significant others?||A specific question dealing with the possibility of roommates, parents, neighbours, friends or relatives must occur in order to answer this question “yes.” A general inquiry such as “Do you have someone to talk to?” will not qualify.|
|3. Were specific problems identified?||A problem identified to which the centre can respond, even if it’s not the focal problem, will qualify for a “yes” answer|
|4. Did the volunteer communicate that s/he is willing to help?||This question may be answered on the basis of both affect and/or content|
|5. Did the volunteer develop a structured plan of action or help the caller to develop one?||A structured plan of action must lead to some action or event that will involve the caller in an observable behaviour|
|6. Did the caller agree to an action plan?||A definite commitment must be obtained from the caller for this question to be answered “yes”|
|7. Was it determined whether or not this was a suicide call?||Specific inquiry from the worker mentioning “suicide” or “kill self” or spontaneous statement from the caller may be scored.|
|8. a) Did the volunteer ask about a suicide plan? Or b) if the caller voluntarily disclosed the information did the volunteer inquire about further details||Answer either a) or b) but not both|
|9. Was it determined if the caller has made prior suicide attempts?||Specific inquiry must be made by the worker or a spontaneous statement if the caller may be scored.|
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