PFA:  An Overview - PowerPoint
PFA Manuals​
PFA Tutorial Mobil App
PFA Training Resources
Handouts for Survivors​​​​​​​
Handouts for PFA Providers, Crisis Workers, and Supervisors​


  • PFA's core principles can be helpful in responding to emergencies, crises, and disasters that affect individuals, groups, and communities during and in the aftermath of a situation. 
  • One does not need to be a mental health professional to provide PFA. One needs to be trained.
  • Take Away Points - PFA actions are designed to promote:
    • Safety (physical and emotional)
    • Calm and comfort (a calm and caring presence helps)
    • Connectedness (to friends, family, natural supports, professionals if needed)
    • Self-empowerment (ask people what they need)​

​PFA:  An Overview - PowerPoint 
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PFA Manuals
The Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide (2006)​
The guide describes key steps for providing PFA including how to approach someone in need, how to talk to them, how to help stabilize someone, and how to gather information. Appendices include resources about service delivery sites and settings, provider care, and worksheets and handouts. The Guide is translated into English, Spanish, Japanese, Norwegian, Simplified Chinese, and Chinese.

Psychological First Aid: Field Operations Guide
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Includes manual, provider worksheets, handouts for survivors, etc.

The Psychological First Aid (PFA) Manual A Guide for Responding to Emergencies at Colleges and Universities
The manual includes handouts for survivors and provider self-care information adapted to higher education institutions.

PFA Tutorial Mobil App
Image result for image for mobile apphttp://www.sph.umn.edu/pfatutorial/#about_home​ ​
The free PFA Mobile app can assist responders who provide PFA to adults, families, and children. The app allows responders to:
  • Read summaries of the 8 core PFA actions.
  • Match PFA interventions to specific stress reactions of survivors.
  • Get mentor tips for applying PFA in the field.
  • Self-assess to determine their readiness to conduct PFA.
  • Assess and track survivors’ needs to simplify data collection and referrals.​

PFA Training Resources

YouTube:  Psychological First Aid - Minnesota Department of Health (11 minutes)

For supporting information see: Minnesota Psychological First Aid Training Resources http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/practice/minnesota-psychological-first-aid-training Includes:
  • PFA Presentation for Local Health Departments
  • PFA Presentation for K-12 Schools
  • PFA Pocket Card for Providers
  • PFA Provider Self-Care Pocket Card ​
University of Minnesota Series: Crisis Intervention During Disaster
(Approximately 20-40 minutes) http://www.sph.umn.edu/ce/online/

Psychological First Aid (PFA): Helping People Cope During Disasters & Public Health Emergencies (Approximately 53 minutes

Training on Psychological First Aid (Approximately 6 hours)

PFA training can be provided face-to-face or online http://learn.nctsn.org/; http://learn.nctsn.org/course/category.php?id=11 ).  This is 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 about experiences using PFA in the field, receive guidance during times of disaster, and obtain additional resources and training.​

Handouts for Survivors
PFA Handouts for Survivors (English only)

PFA Aid Handouts for Survivors (English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Simple Chinese, Norwegian) http://www.nctsn.org/content/psychological-first-aid

When Terrible Things Happen What You May Experience
Grief and Loss

Additional Resources for Survivors of Suicide. Most of this information is relevant to all grief and loss situations.

Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event and Helpers

Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Traumatic Event: What to expect in your personal, family, work, and financial life https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Tips-for-Survivors-of-a-Disaster-orOther-Traumatic-Event-/sma17-5047

Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Managing Stress https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Tips-for-Survivors-of-a-Disaster-or-Other-Traumatic-Event-Managing-Stress/SMA13-4776

Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers​ https://store.samhsa.gov/product/tips-talking-helping-children-youth-cope-after-disaster-or-traumatic-event-guide-parents/sma12-4732  

Handouts for PFA Providers, Crisis Workers, and Supervisors
PFA Provider Care

PFA for First Respondershttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24187743

A Guide to Managing Stress in Crisis Response Professions https://store.samhsa.gov/product/guide-managing-stress-crisis-response-professions-2/sma05-4113

Managing Stress During a Crisis A Guide for Supervisors