Psychological First Aid and Victim Assistance

Psychological First Aid and Victim Assistance


From 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM ET

At Online via Zoom


Presented by the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) /


Please join OVC's Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, from 1:00–2:30 p.m. eastern time, for a webinar “Psychological First Aid and Victim Assistance,” hosted by Tara Hughes.

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed intervention for supporting people experiencing stress at any level to help reduce distress and foster adaptive coping strategies. PFA was designed initially to support people in the immediate aftermath of disasters, but its use expanded from the initial intent with the growing recognition of the benefits of PFA support in a range of stressful situations, from daily stressors to traumatic incidents. The approach is based on the understanding that people have predictable reactions to stress and that trauma is on the extreme end of the stress continuum. Most people will exhibit resiliency when stressed—this can be fostered and increased with information about early reactions to stress, encouragement to use existing coping skills, and providing a caring and compassionate presence. This webinar will introduce the basic concepts of PFA that participants can use to support the recovery of crime victims and others impacted by trauma.

The “Psychological First Aid and Victim Assistance” webinar is part of the Vital Subjects series. This series addresses topics that are critical to the victim services field across the country.

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