Psychological First Aid (PFA)

Note: The PFA program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

About This Program

Target Population: Children and adolescents in the immediate aftermath of a disaster or terrorism

Program Overview

PFA is a modular approach for assisting people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism to reduce initial distress and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning. It is for use by first responders, incident command systems, primary and emergency health care providers, school crisis response teams, faith-based organizations, disaster relief organizations, Community Emergency Response Teams, Medical Reserve Corps, and the Citizens Corps in diverse settings.

Education and Training

Education and Training Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to deliver this program, and there is some training available for this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Psychological First Aid (PFA).

Additional References

Pynoos, R. S., & Nader, K. (1988). Psychological First Aid and treatment approach to children exposed to community violence: Research implications. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 1(4), 445-473.

Ruzek, J. I., Brymer, M. J., Jacobs, A. K., & Layne, C. M. (2007). Psychological First Aid. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 29(1), 17-49.

Contact Information

Melissa Brymer
Phone: (310) 235-2633 x227

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: August 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2016