Psychological First Aid: Field Operations Guide for Community Religious Professionals

Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. Psychological First Aid is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events to foster short and long term adaptive functioning and coping. Principles and techniques of PFA meet four basic standards. They are: (1) consistent with the research evidence on risk and resilience following trauma; (2) applicable and practical in field settings; (3) appropriate for developmental levels across the lifespan and (4) culturally informed and delivered in a flexible manner.

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