On January 28, the Nehalem Bay Medical Reserve Corps hosted a psychological first aid training at Fire Station 13 in Nehalem. Members from CERT, the EVC board, Red Cross, as well as nurses, physician assistants and other community members joined together to learn and role-play under the tutelage of Judy Olivier, Behavioral Health Disaster Planner, and part-time Manzanita resident.
The focus of the course was teaching the necessary skills to provide psychological first aid – helping people with their basic needs, making sure they are functioning adequately, and helping them develop a plan of action to take the first steps to recovery following an emotionally traumatic event.
Participants practiced interviewing with a partner using the acronym PFA which stands for Physically Ok, Functioning and Ready to Act; the three questions you should ask when you’re performing a psychological first aid intervention.
Olivier received rave reviews from her audience and is excited to become more involved in the emergency preparedness community in the Nehalem area. Rest assured, for those that missed this training opportunity, Olivier will be teaching more courses in the future, ranging from the psychological first aid portion of the CERT curriculum to a psychological first aid II course.
(Pictured: Paul Steele and Liela Salmon)
Special thanks to Elise Englert, Nehalem Bay MRC Coordinator, for contributing this content.
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