Reaching Out to Responders: Stress First Aid
This year’s conference consists of a full day training in “Stress First Aid”. This training focuses on skills and techniques for serving first responders. It is appropriate for both licensed behavioral health professionals and for paraprofessional disaster behavioral health responders.
Application has been made for APA Continuing Education credits
July 26, 2019
Embassy Suites Omaha
555 South 10th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
Describe the role of behavioral health professionals in working with responders
Identify how behavioral health professionals and peers provide support to responders
Discuss the ethical implications of providing Stress First Aid
Explain the benefits of Stress First Aid in promoting community wellness
Patricia Watson, PhD
Psychologist at National Center of PTSD
Specialty areas have included disaster mental health interventions, peer support for military and first responder populations, early intervention treatments for trauma, resilience, moral injury, military culture, and trauma in children and adolescents.
She is co-author of the Psychological First Aid (PFA) Field Guide and the Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) Manual, produced by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD. She has additionally co-edited three books on disaster behavioral health interventions, numerous articles, guidance documents, and chapters on disaster mental health, resilience, combat and operational stress, and pandemic flu. She has co-authored online courses on disaster mental health, burnout and secondary traumatic stress, police PTSD, chaplains and PTSD, sleep and PTSD, assessment of PTSD, and anger and PTSD.
National Center for PTSD Mass Violence Resources
Stress First Aid Self Care Organizational NCPTSD
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