Psychological First Aid: Building Resiliency for "US" and "Them"
The importance of Psychological First Aid for victims of a disaster as well as first responders has been well established. From the attacks of 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina, the mental impact of a disaster often has far reaching and lasting effects. While more attention is being paid to the psychological needs of victims and first responders, the fact remains that often times during an actual crisis, those needs are not addressed or are not emphasized based on the surrounding physical and environmental needs. Promoting an environment of safety, calm, connectedness, self-efficacy, empowerment and hope is the main goal of providing Psychological First Aid. That’s why basic training in the foundations of Psychological First Aid is critical for anyone who may be called to respond in a disaster situation. This program will help you to better recognize and manage the basic symptoms of psychological distress and give you the tools you need to apply basic Psychological First Aid to children, the elderly, the general population and yourself.
Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students
- Define Psychological First Aid
- Discuss the basic principles of Psychological First Aid
- Demonstrate the intervention strategies of Psychological First Aid
- Describe individual response patterns to disaster stress
- Examine strategies for recognizing and self-managing disaster stress
Joshua Klapow, PhD
Department of Health Care Organization and Policy
South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Joshua C. Klapow is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy (School of Public Health, UAB) and an investigator with the South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness (SCCPHP). Dr. Klapow’s research focuses on the role of behavioral science in health care delivery systems. He is a certified Disaster Mental Health Specialist and serves as the disaster mental health expert for the SCCPHP. He teaches courses in disaster communication and speaks frequently on the topic of self-management for first responders during crises.
- 2.00 Participation/CETulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Psychological First Aid: Building Resiliency for "US" and "Them"
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