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Psychological First Aid- Field Operations Guide – 2nd Edition

Psychological First Aid- Field Operations Guide – 2nd Edition

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Psychological First Aid- Field Operations Guide – 2nd Edition
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Field Operations Guide
National Child Traumatic Stress NetworkNational Center for PTSD
This work was funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, opinions, and content are those of the authors, and do not necessarilyreflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.
This Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide was developed by the National ChildTraumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD. Members of the National ChildTraumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD, as well as other individualsinvolved in coordinating and participating in disaster response, contributed to the currentdocument.The principal authors (in alphabetical order) include: Melissa Brymer, Anne Jacobs, ChrisLayne, Robert Pynoos, Josef Ruzek, Alan Steinberg, Eric Vernberg, and Patricia Watson.Special contributors (in alphabetical order) include: Steve Berkowitz, Dora Black, CarrieEpstein, Julian Ford, Laura Gibson, Robin Gurwitch, Jessica Hamblen, Jack Herrmann, RussellJones, Robert Macy, Betty Pfefferbaum, Rose Pfefferbaum, Beverly Raphael, Margaret Samuels,William Saltzman, Merritt Schreiber, Janine Shelby, Cynthia Whitham, Bonita Wirth, RuthWraith, and Bruce Young.Additional material for this Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide was drawn from anadaptation by the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Principal authors for the MRC adaptation (inalphabetical order) include: Abbe Finn, Jack Herrmann, John Hickey, Edward Kantor, PatriciaSantucci, and James Shultz. Additional content was provided by members of the ClergyAdaptation Group, including from Fuller Theological Seminary (in alphabetical order): DavidAugsburger, Cynthia Eriksson, David Foy, Peter Kung, Doug McConnell, Kathy Putnam, DaveScott, and Jennifer van Heijzen; from North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System andHealthCare Chaplaincy (in alphabetical order): Christine DiBenedetto, Nathan Goldberg, GeorgeHandzo, Yusuf Hasan, Martha Jacobs, Sandra Kaplan, Victor Labruna, Jon Overvold, DavidPelcovitz, Ayme Turnbull, Juliet Vogel, and Eun Joo Kim. Additional content was also provided by the University of California, San Francisco (in alphabetical order): Chandra Ghosh Ippen,Alicia Lieberman, and Patricia Van Horn.A SAMHSA-supported expert review panel convened on March 31-April 1, 2005, where participants made invaluable contributions. Those attending (in alphabetical order) included:Miksha Brown, Cecilia Revera-Casale, Kerry Crawford, Rosemary Creeden, Daniel Dodgen,Darrin Donato, William Eisenberg, Mary Fetchet, Ellen Gerrity, Richard Gist, Ian Gordon, SusanHamilton, Seth Hassett, Jack Herrmann, Stevan Hobfoll, Stacia Jepson, Sandra Kaplan, SusanKo, Linda Ligenza, Steven Marans, Christina Mosser, April Naturale, Elana Newman, BonnieO’Neill, Dori Reissman, Gilbert Reyes, Janine Shelby, and Robert Ursano.For citation: National Child Traumatic Stress Network and National Center for PTSD,
 Psychological First Aid: Field Operations Guide,
July, 2006. Available on:www.nctsn.organdwww.ncptsd.va.gov. ii
Psychological First Aid
Introduction and Overview 1Preparing to Deliver Psychological First Aid 6Core Actions 91. Contact and Engagement 102. Safety and Comfort 123. Stabilization 284. Information Gathering: Current Needs and Concerns 325. Practical Assistance 376. Connection with Social Supports 397. Information on Coping 448. Linkage with Collaborative Services 55List of Appendices 58Appendix A: Overview of Psychological First Aid 59Appendix B: Service Delivery Sites and Settings 61Appendix C: Psychological First Aid Provider Care 64Appendix D: Psychological First Aid Worksheets 70Appendix E: Handouts for Survivors 72

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