Psychological First Aid Training-new
|What is Psychological First Aid for Schools?
- Psychological First Aid for Schools (PFA-S) is an evidence-informed intervention model to assist students, staff, and families in the immediate aftermath of an emergency and can be used by any trained staff member or community partner.
- PFA provides emotional support and coping information to students and staff.
|How is PFA different from our crisis team?
- Every district needs staff members who are trained to respond to hazards, threats and incidents.
- The goal of crisis response is to reduce distress and anxiety experienced by members of the school community when a crisis occurs.
- The PFA terminology comes through the federal Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) training. Each district needs one trained team to respond in a crisis and either name, PFA or crisis team, can be used by districts.
|What kind of training is available for PFA?
- NDE provides PFA training that covers the 8 core actions of Psychological First Aid in three days of team training (Levels 1,2, and 3).
- NDE also provides two-day trainings for ESU’s in developing supports for their school districts.
- Training is based on the Psychological First Aid for Schools Field Operations Guide from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network National Center for PTSD.
|What is the incident command system (ICS)?
- The use of ICS is required for all school districts receiving federal emergency preparedness funding.
- PFA training covers ICS and provides practice in applying ICS in scenarios.
|How does PFA fit into the MTSS model?
May 12, 2022 4:40pm