Disaster Mental Health Psychological First Aid

Monday, August 19th at 5:00 pm
Main Library

Everyone reacts differently to trauma. Emotional distress is not always as visible as physical injury, but it is just as painful and debilitating.

After a disaster or traumatic event, the earlier you can assist someone in gaining a sense of calm and meeting their immediate needs, the better they can cope throughout their state of crisis. Psychological First Aid training gives us the tools to make this possible.  Avoiding long term struggles such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or unhealthy coping skills such as substance abuse, is the goal of this training. Recognizing when other people – caregivers, first responders or even ourselves may need a little extra help is also part of the discussion.

This method does not require a professional to carry out the steps of care. The process can be learned and employed by anyone who can make direct contact with individuals affected by crisis. A resilient community is a healthy community!

A 2016 needs assessment of NYS Department of Health and Health Emergency Preparedness Coalitions (HEPC) identified the lack of Psychological First Aid trainings, policies, and organizational expertise to achieving a PFA competent response.  All participants will receive a certificate of completion. (This is a 2.5 hour training including hands on activities, video demonstrations and interactive scenarios with role play).

Jennifer Lee is a certified instructor of Psychological First Aid (PFA) from the NYS Office of Mental Health, NYS Department of Health, UAlbany CPHP (Center of Public Health Preparedness) and UAlbany University at Albany School of Public Health.

Register online.