Psychological First Aid Helps in Any Stressful Situation

Psychological first aid is useful for dealing with daily stressors as well as traumatic stress, according to Robin Gurwitch (bio).

If we think about psychological first aid, we generally think about psychological first aid being implemented in areas where there's been a natural disaster, for example, Hurricane Katrina or any of the recent weather related disasters. We may think about after the Deep Horizon oil spill, ideal for PFA. Nine-eleven certainly is a time. So any kind of event that affects a whole community. But I think, too, you can use PFA just in day-to-day stressors. It may be, "What do I do? How do I help support someone after their grandmother died? How do I help support someone that may be having a hard time? How do I support a student in school if they've had a hard time with some — with maybe their house was foreclosed? What can I do to help?" So there are myriad — as many traumatic events as you can think about, that's probably as many opportunities to provide psychological first aid.

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Excerpted from an interview at CBITS Summit 2012 in Santa Monica, CA.


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