Psychological First Aid for Schools (PFA-S)

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

The PFA-S 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

PFA Wallet Card - Summarizes the Eight Core Actions


Psychological First Aid for Schools—Field Operations Manual- 2nd Edition

PFA-S Manual complete with Appendices
PFA-S Manual without Appendices
Appendices A – C
Appendix A – Recommendations for School Staff
Appendix B – Guidelines for Using PFA-S in a Group Format
Appendix C – Handouts and Worksheets
C1 – Provider Worksheet – Survivor Current Needs
C2 – Provider Self-Care
C3 – Connecting with Others: For Adults
C4 – Connecting with Others: For Students
C5 – When Terrible Things Happen: For Adults
C6 – When Terrible Things Happen: For Students
C7 – Helping Your Family Cope: For Parents
C8 – Tips for Relaxation

To order PFA-S Field Manual, click here.