Psychological First Aid for First Responders

One-Day Course: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Course LengthOne-Day Course: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Psychological First Aid for First Responders

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed modular approach to help first responders in the immediate aftermath of disasters and other critical events. First responders to such events, may struggle with or face new challenges following the event. PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short- and long-term coping skills and adaptive functioning. PFA is based on the understanding that first responders and others affected by such events will experience a broad range of early reactions (e.g., physical, cognitive, psychological, behavioral, spiritual). Some of these reactions will cause enough distress to interfere with adaptive coping, and recovery may be helped by support from compassionate and caring persons. PFA does not assume that all first responders and impacted persons will develop severe mental health problems or long-term difficulties in recovery.

What You'll Learn

  • 5 elements of PFA Engagement
  • 4 elements of effective interaction by active listening, respectful questioning, intentional compassion, and acknowledging personal strength
  • 4 specific core actions of PFA
  • 5 elements of promoting calm, coping, connectedness, competence, and resilience
  • Recognizing signs of distress
  • When to obtain additional support and link to collaborative services
  • Provider care