Psychological First Aid: Applications in School Based Crisis Response


Instructor: Larry Berkowitz, EdD

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is the current standard of care for trauma recognized by the US government (FEMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It is a one-on-one intervention, meant to be delivered in the immediate aftermath of a potentially traumatic event, such as natural disasters or acts of terrorism. This program will provide a brief overview of psychological trauma and how PFA and the 8 core actions which serve as the central components of the model are used to help support individuals and promote resilience. Presentation will focus on crisis response within the school setting and will include suicide postvention in the community.

Specific learning objectives:

1. Describe a range of reactions individuals may have to a potentially traumatic event.
2.  Identify the eight core actions of Psychological First Aid which should be used to maximize resilience in the aftermath of a crisis
3.  Identify steps that can be put in place to increase their school’s preparation for crisis response.

Program Code: PFA3
Credits: 3
Fees: $65


  • When

  • Friday, September 13, 2019
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • William James College
    1 Wells Avenue
    Newton, Massachusetts 02459

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