An evidence-informed approach for assisting people following a disaster. Intended for mental health specialists, including first responders. PFA includes provider worksheets and survivor handouts.
This 6-hour interactive course teaches the core goals of PFA and includes mentor tips from the nation's trauma experts.
The Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) Guide was developed by the National Center for PTSD and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. SPR aims to help survivors gain skills to manage distress and cope with post-disaster stress and adversity. SPR is intended to follow Psychological First Aid (PFA) in the weeks and months following disaster or mass violence events.
Disasters can be natural or caused by humans. This page includes a link to find resources for survivors and the public on types of disasters, how mental health can be affected and how to get help.
Find articles relating to war and military, disaster and terrorism, sexual trauma, and other traumatic experiences that describe common traumas, their prevalence and potential impact on survivors, while also addressing treatment implications.
Tips on how to show care and empathy for someone during a difficult time.
Learn about the types of care used after disaster to help survivors and communities recover.
Describes potential sources of moral injury in health care providers and offers self-care strategies and tips for supporting coworkers and staff.
Following disasters or emergencies, the PFA Mobile app can assist responders who provide Psychological First Aid (PFA) to adults, families, and children.
Reviews interventions appropriate for the weeks to months following disaster or mass violence events that include supportive counseling, resource connection, resilience-enhancing strategies, and assessment and formal treatment for those at highest risk for ongoing problems.
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