Disaster Responders

Psychological First Aid: Field Operations Guide   Psychological First Aid

For disaster responders

Developed jointly with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, PFA is an evidence-informed modular approach for assisting people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism: to reduce initial distress, and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning. It is for use by first responders, incident command systems, primary and emergency health care providers, school crisis response teams, faith-based organizations, disaster relief organizations, Community Emergency Response Teams, Medical Reserve Corps, and the Citizens Corps in diverse settings. The 5th appendix consists of Handouts for Survivors (PDF).
NOTE: The latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader* is needed to download these files. Not having the latest version (8) of this reader may cause error messages that the PDF file is "damaged".
Hardcopies of the PFA Field Operations Guide can be purchased at www.castlepress.net/nctsn* for around $10 each.

The Psychological First Aid Manual Contents

Chapter/ Topic
Title of Chapters and Topics
Complete Guide
With Appendices
PFA Manual complete with Appendices (PDF 60mb)
Complete Guide
Without Appendices
PFA Manual without Appendices (PDF 1.6mb)
Chapter 1 Introduction and Overview
Chapter 2 Preparing to Deliver Psychological First Aid
Chapter 3 Core Actions
Topic 1 Contact and Engagement
Topic 2 Safety and Comfort
Topic 3 Stabilization
Topic 4 Information Gathering: Current Needs and Concerns
Topic 5 Practical Assistance
Topic 6 Connection with Social Supports
Topic 7 Information on Coping
Topic 8 Linkage with Collaborative Services
Appendices (5) for Psychological First Aid Manual
1 Overview of PFA (PDF 379k)
2 Service Delivery Sites and Settings (PDF 381k)
3 Psychological First Aid: Provider Care (PDF 900k)
4 Provider Worksheets (PDF 491k)
5 Handouts for Survivors (PDF 2.1mb) Includes:

Available in other languages on the National Child Traumatic Stress Network website: PFA in Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish*

Training on PFA

PFA was created with the Terrorism Disaster Branch of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network as well as others involved in disaster response. Production of this information was supported by SAMHSA.

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