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ERIC Number: ED542874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 189
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide. 2nd Edition
Brymer, Melissa; Layne, Christopher; Jacobs, Anne; Pynoos, Robert; Ruzek, Josef; Steinberg, Alan; Vernberg, Eric; Watson, Patricia
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. Psychological First Aid is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning and coping. Principles and techniques of Psychological First Aid meet four basic standards. They are: (1) Consistent with research evidence on risk and resilience following trauma; (2) Applicable and practical in field settings; (3) Appropriate for developmental levels across the lifespan; and (4) Culturally informed and delivered in a flexible manner. This guide contains the following sections: (1) Introduction and Overview; (2) Preparing to Deliver Psychological First Aid; (3) Core Actions; (4) Contact and Engagement; (5) Safety and Comfort; (6) Stabilization; (7) Information Gathering; (8) Practical Assistance; (9) Connection with Social Supports; (10) Information on Coping; and (11) Collaborative Services. Appended are: (1) Overview of Psychological First Aid; (2) Service Delivery Sites and Settings; (3) Psychological First Aid Provider Care; (4) Psychological First Aid Worksheets; (5) Handouts for Survivors; and (6) Handouts to Distribute and Copy. (Contains 1 footnote.) [This paper is co-published by the National Center for PTSD.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS); Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)