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Resources for Providers: Responding to Disasters and Mass Violence

 

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Resources for Providers: Responding to Disasters and Mass Violence

Following disasters or terrorism, initial intervention involves reducing primary distress and offering practical assistance. The resources below will help first responders and mental health providers learn skills in psychological first aid and appropriate response to such events.

For resources to share with clients, see our Resources for Survivors and the Public Following Disasters and Mass Violence page.

Psychological First Aid

The Psychological First Aid: Field Operations Guide
PFA is an evidence-informed modular approach for assisting people in the immediate aftermath of disaster to reduce initial distress and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning. The guide, created jointly with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, is available in multiple languages. Features:

  • Psychological First Aid Online training for providers
  • PFA Online Videos on YouTube
  • Handouts for survivors

PFA Mobile App
Following disasters or emergencies, the PFA Mobile app can assist responders who provide Psychological First Aid (PFA) to adults, families, and children.
Free PFA Mobile download from:
iTunes (iOS)Link will take you outside the VA website. VA is not responsible for the content of the linked site. | Google Play (Android)Link will take you outside the VA website. VA is not responsible for the content of the linked site.

Psychological First Aid for Schools (PFA-S)Link will take you outside the VA website. VA is not responsible for the content of the linked site.
For school staff, this manual is an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, teens, adults, and families in the aftermath of a school crisis, disaster, or terrorism event. The guide includes handouts and worksheets for adults and children.

Early Intervention

Early interventions need to focus on safety, reducing initial distress, gathering information, and offering practical assistance. Find out more about early intervention in this section of our website. Highlights:

Treatment Overview

PTSD and other mental health problems develop in some individuals who experience disaster. Find out more about effective treatments that work in this section of our website. Highlights:

Handouts for Providers

Information and Resources for Community Response

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