Psychological First Aid (PFA)

    What to Do (and Not to Do) with Clients in Therapy After a Traumatic Event

Critical incidents caused by accidents, crime, violence, and natural disasters are inevitable in all communities, and readiness to respond is essential.  Meeting basic survival needs is, of course, the highest priority in crisis response, but it should not be the only concern.


Psychological first aid, made available as a part of early response to crisis, has proven effective in mitigating stress responses and assisting trauma survivors to maintain a sense of safety and containment immediately after critical incidents. 

In this 90 minute workshop, participants will be introduced to concepts of psychological first aid (PFA) as well as key concepts of psychosocial support and the three stages of trauma response: PFA, Psychosocial Support, and Trauma Processing.
Additionally, participants will be introduced to specific grounding activities found to be effective in the aftermath of critical incidents. 


  1. Review key concepts of crisis response, particularly Psychological First Aid (PFA) and the Dos and Don’ts of PFA.

  2. Review key concepts of the ETI trauma response timeline.

  3. Review strategies for sustainability in times of high stress or post-trauma.

  4. Introduce several exercises for grounding and containment as part of psychological first aid response.

Target audience
Mental health counselors, social workers, psychotherapists, psychologists and other clinicians working with clients affected by stress, chronic stress, trauma and complex trauma. 


Recording from January 14, 2021.
Cost: $35.