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.

Psychological First Aid Time Frame for Response (pdf)

Here are some resources developed by the National Traumatic Stress Network on trauma and traumatic grief:

More resources may be found at and at the NCTSN learning center:  

The following organizations often have high quality resources as well:

Download this self-care resources PDF for additional resources:

Updated August 23, 2021 8:56am