The Psychological First Aid training curriculum was originally developed by Elizabeth McMahon, PhD in Psychology and Susan Schmitz, MA in International Disaster Psychology for Community Emergency Response Team members. Dr. McMahon has adapted the training for varied audiences including the staff of nonprofits providing services post-disaster, San Francisco Department of Public Health Behavioral Health Services providers, Emergency Operations Center staff, residential care providers, and others.
- Understand the common reactions to disaster.
- Practice practical self-care skills to prepare psychologically, increase your resilience, manage stress, and reduce the effects of trauma before, during, and after an emergency.
- Learn communication skills to connect quickly with survivors and increase adherence to recommendations.
- Describe specific techniques for common difficult survivor reactions.