Psychological First Aid

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD are pleased to make the Second Edition of Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide and accompanying hanouts available. Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of disaster and terrorism.

The Psychological First Aid Field Manual is divided into the following sections:

Introduction and Overview

Preparing to Deliver Psychological First Aid

The Core Actions

  • Contact and Engagement
  • Safety and Comfort
  • Stabilization
  • Information Gathering: Current Needs and Concerns
  • Practical Assistance
  • Connection with Social Supports
  • Information on Coping
  • Linkage with Collaborative Services

Appendices

In addition to the English-language edition of Psychological First Aid (PFA), there are versions in Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese.

Psychological First Aid—Field Operations Manual- 2nd Edition

Chapter Language
PFA Manual complete with Appendices
 
PFA Manual without Appendices
 
Appendices A — E
 
Appendix A—Overview of PFA
 
Appendix B—Service Delivery Sites and Settings
 
Appendix C—PFA Provider Care
 
Appendix D—Provider Worksheets
 
Appendix E—Handouts for Survivors
 
E1—Connecting with Others: Seeking Social Support
(For adults and adolescents)
E2—Connecting with Others: Giving Social Support
(For adults and adolescents)
E3—When Terrible Things Happen
(For adults and adolescents)
E4—Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers
(For parents/caregivers)
E5—Parent Tips for Helping Preschool-Age Children
(For parents/caregivers)
E6—Parent Tips for Helping School-Age Children
(For parents/caregivers)
E7—Parent Tips for Helping Adolescents
(For parents/caregivers)
E8—Tips for Adults
(For parents/caregivers)
E9—Basic Relaxation Techniques
(For adults, adolescents and children)
E10—Alcohol and Drug Use after Disasters
(For adults and adolescents)

Additional PFA Translations

  • Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide, Second Edition — Norwegian
  • Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide, Second Edition — Simplified Chinese

Along with the several language translations, NCTSN members have worked to develop PFA adaptations for community religious professionals, Medical Reserve Corps members, and for staff at facilities for families and youth who are experiencing homelessness.

 

Multiple copies of our PFA manuals are available to purchase: 

Title
Purchase copies
Psychological First Aid Field Operations Manual 2nd Edition
Primeros Auxilios Psicológicos—Guia de Operaciones Prácticas 2da edición
Psychological First Aid Field Operations Manual For Community Religious Professionals
Psychological First Aid Medical Reserve Corps Field Operations Guide
Psychological First Aid for Families Experiencing Homelessness
Psychological First Aid for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Psychological First Aid for Schools (PFA-S)