Psychological First Aid: Your First Response to Traumatic Events

  • Courtyard Marriott 75 Felton Street Marlborough, MA, 01752 United States

Presenters: Lawrence Berkowitz, Ed.D. is the Director and co-founder of the Riverside Trauma Center, which provides community response to help people recover from highly stressful events.

Jim McCauley, LICSW, is the co-founder and Associate Director of the Riverside Trauma Center which provides critical incident response and postvention services to schools and communities throughout Massachusetts.

Clinical Expert Series by the Bridge Training Institute

Description: This workshop will provide practical information to help mental health professionals safely, effectively and efficiently respond to the immediate effects of traumatic events. Participants will receive in-depth information on the impact traumatic events have on a person’s psychological functioning and specific intervention techniques. This training uses didactic and experiential (role playing) approaches to teach the human response to trauma, the importance of the responder fully understanding his/her role in the work, and the 8 core components of Psychological First Aid. 

PFA has been developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD, and is the default trauma response supported by the World Health Organization. It is considered an evidence-informed intervention, as it is based on best practices and available evidence as to what activities best promote recovery from disaster. Participants will practice using several components of PFA.

Following this training the participants will:

  1. Describe key attributes of the responder that will facilitate successful administration of PFA

  2. Be able to identify the human psychological response to trauma/stress

  3. List and describe the 8 core functions of Psychological First Aid (PFA)

  4. Identify common bereavement reactions and describe two models of understanding grief

  5. Using role play, demonstrate use of several core functions of PFA

Registration fee: $159 per training (includes 6 CEUs)
Register for any combination of 3 trainings are receive $50 off the total cost.

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