Psychological first aid: A consensus-derived, empirically supported, competency-based training model

O. Lee McCabe, George S. Everly, Lisa M. Brown, Aaron M. Wendelboe, Nor Hashidah Abd Hamid, Vicki L. Tallchief, Jonathan M. Links

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Surges in demand for professional mental health services occasioned by disasters represent a major public health challenge. To build response capacity, numerous psychological first aid (PFA) training models for professional and lay audiences have been developed that, although often concurring on broad intervention aims, have not systematically addressed pedagogical elements necessary for optimal learning or teaching. We describe a competency-based model of PFA training developed under the auspices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Schools of Public Health.We explain the approach used for developing and refining the competency set and summarize the observable knowledge, skills, and attitudes underlying the 6 core competency domains. We discuss the strategies for model dissemination, validation, and adoption in professional and lay communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)621-628
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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