Psychological First Aid Training
After an emergency, disaster or traumatic event here in the San Francisco Bay Area, community members, faith based institutions, health care professionals, local businesses and nonprofits organizations will be called upon to support neighbors and communities that have been effected. Psychological first aid is an effective approach that can be offered by a wide variety of people in the community (from emergency personnel to neighbors and volunteers, in addition to trained personnel). The primary role of psychological first aid is to protect and promote the mental health and psychosocial well-being of survivors. Psychological first aid aims to reduce initial distress, meet current needs, promote flexible coping and encourage adjustment.
At this three hour training you will learn:
· Specific, practical skills to increase personal resilience, improve coping, and manage stress.
· How to increase your confidence and effectiveness in communicating with others in the aftermath of a disaster.
· Communication skills that can increase cooperation and help you respond to difficult survivor reactions.
About out presenter:
Dr. Elizabeth McMahon, PhD is a clinical psychologist. For over 30 years, she worked at Kaiser-Permanente Psychiatry running crisis groups, providing crisis intervention and triage, offering evening and weekend on-call psychiatric services to the emergency room, and creating and leading groups for anxiety, panic, stress and other issues. Now in private practice in San Francisco, she specializes in brief, effective therapy for anxiety, panic, fears, burnout, and stress. She co-created the SF NERT training curriculum for Psychological First Aid skills and teaches psychological first aid to community members throughout the greater bay area.
Who should attend: Healthcare professional, community members/leaders, service/business providers, non-profit staff and staff/members of faith based institutions.
*space limited to the first 30 registrants