Building Resiliency Through Psychological First Aid & Self-Care

Sponsored by BSAS: 


This training is intended to provide individuals with concrete tools to support strong, attainable self-care practices and resiliency when working with vulnerable populations, to develop an understanding of the impact of the stress response and vicarious trauma, and to practice interventions to foster adaptive functioning and coping for our clients and our coworkers through exposure to Psychological First Aid (PFA).

Developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Psychological First Aid (“PFA”) is an evidence informed approach for assisting people in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic event, in an effort to reduce initial distress, and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning. PFA can be adapted to help service providers support individuals in the aftermath of trauma experiences.


Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to

  • Participants will develop a working understanding of Psychological Trauma, the Human Stress Response Continuum and common physical and emotional reactions to stress 
  • Participants will be introduced to the 8 Core Actions of Psychological First Aid and will be presented with concrete tips/scripts for implementation of the intervention
  • Participants will have the opportunity to practice the intervention and increase their comfort level through use of breakout groups and role-plays
  • Participants will explore Vicarious Trauma (VT) and the 4 domains affected by VT 
  • Participants will learn about concrete self-care strategies to navigate each of the 4 domains, including in the moment strategies for use in the workplace

Sponsored by:  MA Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, Office of Youth and Young Adult Services & AdCare Educational Institute Inc.


Deborah Jackson; Adam Edwards; Tara Sagor
Event Date: 
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Attendance Mode: 
In Person
Hotel Northampton
36 King St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Contact Information
Gina Colon
AdCare Educational Institute, Inc.
Training Coordinator