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Virtual Grand Rounds: Introduction to Psychological First Aid (PFA)

Presented by:

George S. Everly, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP, FACLP, FAPA

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Adjunct Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

Chairman Emeritus and ICISF NGO Delegate to the United Nations

Psychological first aid (PFA) has been endorsed by the World Health Organization, the American Psychiatric Association, the United Nations, and the American Psychological Association. Scientific American has deemed it an important life skill. It may be utilized by physicians, psychologists, social workers, educators, public health and safety personnel, and others. It is an emerging standard of care for staff support programs in healthcare. When applied in the community, it may serve to increase crisis and disaster-driven access to psychological support. This presentation will provide an overview of PFA, review empirically derived core elements, and review relevant research.

Educational Objectives

As a result of participating in this activity, learners should be able to:

1.     Define psychological first aid (PFA)

2.     List its three core mechanisms of action

3.     List three settings wherein PFA may be applied


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Accreditation Statement: Silver Hill Hospital is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement: Silver Hill Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program has been approved for 1.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal. Approval also meets the continuing education criteria for CT LMFTs, LPCs, and licensed psychologists.

Silver Hill Hospital is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0728.

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