Community-Based Psychological First Aid: A Practical Guide to Helping Individuals and Communities during Difficult Times

Community-Based Psychological First Aid: A Practical Guide to Helping Individuals and Communities during Difficult Times

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Community-Based Psychological First Aid: A Practical Guide to Helping Individuals and Communities during Difficult Times presents a practical method for helping those in need in difficult times. No advanced training in psychology is needed to use it. Injuries from disasters, terrorist events, and civil unrest are not just physical. These events also cause psychological trauma that can do lasting damage. Psychological First Aid (PFA) draws on human resilience and aims to reduce stress systems and help those affected recover. It is not professional psychotherapy, and those providing this kind of aid do not need a degree to help. Gerard Jacobs has developed this community-based method of delivering PFA over 20 years and has taught it in over 30 countries. Along with the easy-to-follow method, Jacobs includes examples of how this works in action in different situations, and presents scenarios to practice. Unique in its approach of community engagement to train community members to help each other, this guide is an excellent resource for local emergency managers to engage in whole community emergency management.

About Author

Gerard A. (Jerry) Jacobs, Ph.D., is the Director of the Disaster Mental Health Institute (DMHI) and a Professor in the doctoral Clinical Psychology Training Program at The University of South Dakota. He has worked with organizations nationally (e.g., American Red Cross, American Psychological Association [APA], U.S. Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Department of Defense) and internationally (e.g., World Health Organization, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Organizations, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, International Union for Psychological Science, Japan Red Cross Society). His disaster responses have ranged from minor events to the massive loss of life and chaos of the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, the 2001 Gujarat, India, earthquake, and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. He was asked to return from working on the tsunami response in Sri Lanka to set up the American Red Cross disaster mental health program for New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Jacobs was an "invited expert" on the National Biodefense Science Board's (now the National Preparedness and Response Science Board) Subcommittee on Disaster Mental Health and served as a member of the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine Committee on Preparing for the Psychological Consequences of Terrorism (Institute of Medicine, 2003). He has been working on the implementation of community-based psychological support since 1996 and has worked in more than 30 countries in developing psychological support programs.


Chapter 1: What is Community-Based Psychological First Aid, and What It Is Not Chapter 2: Providing PFA Chapter 3: Traumatic Stress Chapter 4: The Stress of Disasters Chapter 5: The Stress of Terrorist Events Chapter 6: The Stress of Civil Unrest Chapter 7: Individual Differences in Responses to Stress Chapter 8: Active Listening Chapter 9: Problem Solving Chapter 10: Coping With Stress Chapter 11: Providing Instrumental (Practical) Assistance Chapter 12: Loss and Grieving Chapter 13: When and How to Refer Chapter 14: Privacy and Ethical Considerations Chapter 15: Taking Care of Yourself While You Support Others Chapter 16: Children and Traumatic Stress Chapter 17: Vulnerable Adult Populations and Traumatic Stress Chapter 18: Closing Thoughts Appendix: Community-Based Adaptation of PFA

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  • ISBN13: 9780128042922
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 234
  • ID: 9780128042922
  • weight: 450
  • ISBN10: 0128042923

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