Psychological First Aid:
A Minnesota Community Support Model
Psychological First Aid (PFA) is a set of skills that helps first responders and other community crisis responders care for their clients, co-workers, families, friends and neighbors. PFA has become the standard in helping others cope in times of crisis. As the centerpiece of many communities, hospital staff, county and state services, law enforcement, and other emergency service providers are in a unique position to see and assist in monitoring the public during and after an event. As helping professionals we are not immune from these events either and dealing with our own colleagues is stressful as well.
PFA will add to the skills you already possess in effectively helping ourselves and others during a major incident. This session is designed to support the state of Minnesota in preparing to deal with a disasters, mass casualties, and public health emergencies by providing education on the emotional and psychosocial impact of a pandemic influenza.
Most of the time people do just fine on their own when confronted with an uncommon or overwhelming situation, but often people simply need a caring person to listen and to assist them. Assisting an individual during a difficult and stressful situation can provide hope, and increase resilience.
Areas of Training
Participants will receive a certificate of attendance and Psychological First Aid Help card.
Provide participants with basic information about the stress, recognizing normal stress responses in adults and children and appropriate referral.
Teach participants how to utilize key principles of psychological first aid to assist themselves and families, their community, and their co-workers during a crisis, disaster, or public health emergency.
Learn how to provide Self Care including recognizing signs and symptoms of personal stress, and initiating strategies to improve performance, and assist peers.
Nancy Carlson has been the Behavioral Health Program Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health since 2003. Prior to her current position, Nancy worked in county human services with emotionally disturbed children, and mentally ill adults, and coordinated a multi-discipline county-wide community crisis response team. She has 25 years of behavioral health crisis response and recovery experience at the community, county, and state level. Nancy is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Therapist and Educator. She has an undergraduate degree in clinical psychology from Mankato State University, completed coursework for a Masters in psychotherapy at the Alfred Adler Institute, and is currently in a Human and Social Services Ph.D. program at Walden University, specializing in Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention.