In person/family-centered service provision, creating a Safety Plan involves the provider joining with the person/family as they develop a plan.
The provider facilitates, guides, and empowers the person/family in the creation of a Safety Plan that reflects not what the provider wants the person/family to do, but rather what the person/family will actually do in the event of a crisis.
Crisis planning settings
Watch service providers demonstrate how to--and how not to--engage youth and families in crisis planning three different settings.
Guidance counsellor's office
Children's mental health agency
The result should be a Safety Plan that is authentic, meaningful, usable, and "person/family-owned." The planning process and the Safety Plan should help to strengthen bridges within the family, the informal support network, and the formal treatment network—and leave a person, parent/guardian, or young adult optimistic that they have a better strategy for "next time."