Psychological First Aid for Schools

$16.00 [4.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours]

Course Number: #02-210

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CE Course Description

This course was developed using the National Child Traumatic Stress Network publication, Psychological First Aid For Schools, Field Operations Guide, and will provide strategies to prepare school administrators, teachers, and school partnering agencies before a critical event occurs. Psychological First Aid for Schools (PFA-S), an evidence-informed intervention model to assist students, families, school personnel, and school partners in the immediate aftermath of an emergency, is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by emergencies, and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning and coping. Schools are typically the first service agencies to resume operations after a disaster/emergency and can become a primary source of community support during and after the incident, so this information will be beneficial to school personnel and community members.

CE Course Objectives

1. Discuss the basic standards that the principles and techniques of Psychological First Aid for Schools (PSA-S) must meet and the assumptions that the program is based on.

2. Identify the benefits of providing Psychological First Aid in Schools and the basic objectives of the PSA-S provider.

3. Evaluate how PFA-S fits into existing school emergency plans.

4. Outline guidelines to prepare for the delivery of PFA-S including learning about the school and considering special and diverse populations.

5. Describe the core actions of PFA-S including contact and engagement, safety and comfort, stabilization, and information gathering and offering practical assistance.

6. Review the role of connecting with social supports, providing information on coping, and linking with collaborative services in order to ensure effective response.

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