Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed prevention strategy aimed at reducing distress and increasing resilience during and following mass disasters, including natural disasters and pandemics. PFA provides a flexible framework for specialty and non-specialty providers to support affected individuals and help them mobilize their natural, adaptive coping strategies. The Trauma Recovery Innovations program at the University of Washington has been adapting PFA to support members of the health care work force amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Michele Bedard-Gilligan, PhD, Associate Professor, UW Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
- Emily R. Dworkin, PhD, Acting Assistant Professor, UW Dept of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences