Doylestown, PA (Feb. 20, 2013) – Foundations Community Partnership, a philanthropic foundation benefiting youth in Bucks County and the Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) are co-sponsoring a full-day workshop entitled “Psychological First Aid Training” on March 19, 2013, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA. The program is designed to help expand the skills of behavioral health professionals and other disaster response personnel. The workshop presenter will be Steven M. Crimando, MA, CTS, CHS-V, an internationally known consultant and educator experienced in the application of the behavioral sciences in homeland and private security, violence prevention, crisis management, and disaster response.
“We are excited about bringing this important training to our Bucks County community and we are thrilled to be partnering with NOVA and Bucks County Community College to offer the best training possible to various first responder networks,” says Ron Bernstein, Executive Director, Foundations Community Partnership.
Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed modular approach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster, terrorism, and other crisis events. It is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning and coping.
PFA is based on the understanding that disaster survivors and others affected by such events will experience a broad range of early reactions (physical, psychological, behavioral, spiritual). Some of these reactions will cause enough distress to interfere with adaptive coping; and recovery can be helped with support from compassionate and caring disaster responders.
Presenter Steven M. Crimando, MA, CTS, CHS-V, is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress (BCETS), a Diplomate of the National Center for Crisis Management; the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress; and he serves on the board of directors of the International College for the Behavioral Sciences. He is a Certified Trauma Specialists (CTS), a Certified Police Instructor, and holds Level 5 Certification in Homeland Security (CHS-V). He is an expert in threat assessment and threat management, and is frequently called upon by law enforcement agencies, the media and the courts to provide insight on workplace, school and community violence prevention and response, including acts of extreme violence such as active shooter incidents. Steve served as a Disaster Field Operations Supervisor for the FEMA’s mental health response to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks and coordinated onsite psychological operations at New Jersey’s Anthrax Screening Center. He helped coordinate psychological support services at such incidents as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Hurricanes Floyd, Irene and Sandy, and TWA Flight 800 crash. Steve has assisted at over a dozen major air crashes and has counseled many victims of violence, including those who were targets of the Unabomber, international kidnappings and other acts of terrorism.
The workshop offers seven (7) continuing education credits for PA Social Workers & Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychologists, NBCC Counselors. Credit approval is pending for PA Nurses and Act 48 credits. Cost is $25 and includes coffee and lunch.
For more information or to register, call (215) 343-6543 or visit http://www.novabucks.org/PSAregistration.pdf