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The Johns Hopkins Guide to Psychological First Aid


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Learn the essential skills of psychological first aid from the expert who created the Johns Hopkins RAPID PFA method.

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart I. Psychological First Aid1. Psychological First AidDefining Psychological First AidDevelopment of the PFA ConceptPFAPFA RecommendedCore Competencies of PFAValidation of the Johns Hopkins RAPID PFA ModelKey Point SummaryReferences2. Psychological Consequences of TraumaPosttraumatic Stress DisorderDepressionGeneralized AnxietyPanic DisorderSubstance UsePsychophysiological Stress SyndromesKey Point SummaryReferences3. In the Wake of DisasterTypes of DisastersNatural DisastersTechnological DisastersHuman-Made DisastersWar-Related SyndromesFactors That Increase SeverityKey Point SummaryReferencesPart II. Psychological First Aid4. R-Establishing Rapport and Reflective ListeningFirst Things FirstEmpathy and RapportThe Empathic CascadeHistorical DevelopmentMechanisms of ActionDemonstration of the R in RAPID ModelKey Point SummaryReferencesA-AssessmentScreeningAppraisalCognitive IndiciaEmotional IndiciaBehavioral IndiciaSpiritual IndiciaPhysiological IndiciaDemonstration of the A in RAPID ModelKey Point SummaryReferences6. P-Psychological TriageUrgency!Psychological or Behavioral InstabilityPutting It All TogetherDemonstration of the P in RAPID ModelKey Point SummaryReferences7. I-Intervention Tactics to Stabilize and Mitigate Acute DistressExplanatory GuidanceAnticipatory GuidanceCognitive ReframingStress ManagementInstillation of a Future Orientation-HopeEnlisting the Support of Family and FriendsDelay Making Any Life-Altering Decisions/ChangesFaith-Based Intervention in PFAWhen in Doubt...Caution!Demonstration of the I in RAPID ModelKey Point SummaryReferences8. D-Disposition and Facilitating Access to Continued CareWhere Do We Go from Here?EncouragementResourcesDemonstration of the D in RAPID ModelFollow-Up and DispositionKey Point SummaryReferences9. Self-CareThe Need for Self-CareTerminologyRisk FactorsSelf-CareDeveloping a PlanKey Point SummaryReferencesAppendixIndex

About the Author

George S. Everly, Jr., is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, an adjunct professor of international health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a professor of psychology at Loyola University Maryland. He is a former member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness. Jeffrey M. Lating is a professor of psychology at Loyola University Maryland. Everly and Lating are the coauthors of A Clinical Guide to the Treatment of the Human Stress Response and Personality-Guided Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.


This guide is appropriate for all psychology students and others in the mental health fields; teachers, police officers, and firefighters will also find it helpful. Recomended. * Choice *
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The book uses worked examples to engage the reader and help bring the [RAPID response] model to life in real situations. * Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care *
In their two part, nine-chapter book-aimed at the medical community and general public alike- Everly and Lating present an exhaustively sourced yet crisply written analysis of RAPID PFA and its successful application, including sample exchanges between a provider and a distressed individual to demonstrate how the process is done. * Johns Hopkins Medicine *

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