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Psychological First Aid (PFA): Helping People Cope During Disasters & Public Health Emergencies (Podcast)


Approximately 53 minutes

Course Description:

The podcast "Psychological First Aid (PFA): Helping People Cope During Disasters and Public Health Emergencies" features a presentation delivered by Mr. Jack Herrmann. The presentation covers some of the human impacts of disasters, and describes the core components of Psychological First Aid, as well as the differences between Psychological First Aid and Psychological Debriefing.

This presentation was recorded at Pacific EMPRINTS’ 2008 Pacific Preparedness Conference: Capacity Building to Address Vulnerable Populations, on January 16, 2008. This Conference was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


This podcast fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
  1. Explain the concepts of and describe functional response roles for one’s profession, health agencies, and community members.
  2. List and describe the public health interventions that are part of a response to surveillance signals.
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with a range of resources to address delayed or critical incident stress among community members or responders.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this podcast, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe what PFA is and why it is important.
  2. Identify the core components of PFA.

Target Audiences:

Public Health personnel, Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Dentists, Veterinarians, Other Emergency Medical Services personnel


Jack Herrmann, MSEd, NCC, LMHC
Mr. Herrmann is the senior advisor for public health preparedness at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), an association that represents local public health departments across the country. Prior to coming to NACCHO, Mr. Herrmann was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the program in Disaster Mental Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Mr. Herrmann has been a long time volunteer with the American Red Cross. He was assigned as the mental health coordinator for the Family Assistance Center in New York City immediately following the attacks of September 11, 2001. In 2005, he was deployed as the Client Services Administrator for the Hurricane Katrina relief operation. In 2006, Mr. Herrmann responded to Kentucky as the Mental Health Manager following the crash of Comair Flight 5191. His commitment to disaster mental health has been recognized with many awards including the 2001 National Disaster Services Award. Mr. Herrmann has co-authored the Foundations of Disaster Mental Health and Psychological First Aid training curricula, a required training for all Red Cross disaster mental health volunteers.

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.