Psychological First Aid Training
Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed intervention strategy for helping students, families, school personnel, and school partners through response and recovery of any incident. PFA is designed to reduce initial distress caused by emergencies, and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning and coping skills. Support from informed, compassionate, and caring professionals can help students and staff members process a broad range of early reactions following an incident.
NDE School Safety is establishing PFA as a systems-approach for Nebraska schools as an immediate response after an incident. Contact Jolene Palmer if you would like to schedule a training at your ESU.
Here are some resources developed by the National Traumatic Stress Network on trauma and traumatic grief:
- Helping Youth After a Community Trauma: Tips for Educators
- Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
- Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
- Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
- The Power of Parenting: How to Help Your Child After a Parent or Caregiver Dies
- After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal
The following organizations often have high quality resources as well:
Download this self-care resources PDF for additional resources: