Disaster Mental Health Resources
From the NYS Office of Mental Health
National Child Traumatic Stress Network – To raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.
Resources for School Personnel – Crisis intervention and resources
Online PFA Trainings
University of Rochester
Psychological First Aid: Helping People Cope during Disasters and Public Health Emergencies
This 75-minute educational program for public health professionals, healthcare workers, first responders, and potential disaster response personnel emphasizes the key components of PFA and the methods for providing emotional and practical support to disaster-affected populations. This self-study program on Psychological First Aid (PFA) and Workforce Resilience provides participants with critical information about how to provide support to survivors, their families, and disaster responders in the immediate aftermath of human- and natural-caused tragedies. Individuals affected by a disaster experience a range of emotions and reactions, some of which can result in significant personal, family, and work life challenges.
In this presentation, Dr. Parker examines the change in public health policies regarding psychological first aid after September 11, 2001.
Part 1: Psychological First Aid: The Setting and the Need
Part 2: Competencies for Psychological First Aid for Public Health Workers
National Child Traumatic Stress Network Learning Center
PFA online includes a 6-hour interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. This professionally-narrated course is for individuals new to disaster responses who want to learn the core goals of PFA, as well as for seasoned practitioners who want a review. It features innovative activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from the nation’s trauma experts and survivors. PFA online also offers a Learning Community where participants can share experiences using PFA in the field, receive guidance during times of disaster, and obtain additional resources and training. This project was funded by SAMHSA, NCPTSD, and NACCHO.