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Psychological First Aid / Posttraumatic Stress Management

Psychological First Aid / Posttraumatic Stress Management

Riverside Trauma Center provides training sessions for mental health professionals and paraprofessionals, schools, organizations, workplaces, first responders and others. Continuing education hours are available for Psychologists, Social Workers, LMHCs, LMFTs, and Nurses for many Riverside Trauma Center sponsored trainings. We can design a customized training to provide the information that is most applicable to your organization.

Call us at 781-433-0672, ext. 5738 for more information and to schedule a training for your organization. Click here to customize your training program with us to meet your requirements:


Psychological First Aid Training (PFA)

Description: Psychological First Aid has long been established as the gold standard of disaster responses. Created by a global team of experts, it is the only intervention endorsed by both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. government (FEMA/MEMA) for use in the aftermath of traumatic events. The goal of this comprehensive full-day training is to prepare participants to deliver basic behavioral health disaster response skills following large-scale disasters or critical incidents, such as homicides, suicides, accidental deaths, and similarly distressing events. Participants will be presented with the evolution of efforts to assist survivors following trauma, and provided with an overview of the human stress response and how it affects the choice of interventions used with distressed individuals. The eight core functions of Psychological First Aid (PFA) will be taught. An abbreviated four-hour version of this training is also available. In this shortened version, the same basic tenets are covered; however, it will not include any experiential exercises for the audience.

Audience: Schools, community agencies, hospitals, workplaces, and other organizations.


Psychological First Aid/Posttraumatic Stress Management Workshop (PFA/PTSM)

Description: The goal of this comprehensive 2-day training is to prepare participants to deliver basic behavioral health disaster response skills following large-scale disasters or critical incidents, such as homicides, suicides, accidental deaths, and similarly distressing events. Participants will be presented with the evolution of efforts to assist survivors following trauma, and provided with an overview of the human stress response and how it affects the choice of interventions used with distressed individuals. The 9-phase Posttraumatic Stress Management continuum and the 8 core functions of Psychological First Aid (PFA) will be discussed.

Audience: Mental health professionals, guidance counselors, school administrators, and school personnel

“The Riverside training brought community organizations and trauma treatment professionals together to develop a collaborative citywide protocol for the recognition and treatment of trauma.” Art McCabe, Manager Community Development, Lawrence


Riverside Trauma Center provides training sessions for mental health professionals and paraprofessionals, schools, organizations, workplaces, first responders and others. Continuing education hours are available for Psychologists, Social Workers, LMHCs, LMFTs, and Nurses for many Riverside Trauma Center sponsored trainings. We can design a customized training to provide the information that is most applicable to your organization.

To discuss any questions you may have, call us at 781-433-0672, ext. 5738.