The core elements of stress injuries and the principles of psychological first aid are fundamentally the same. Below, explore the base principles and research of stress injuries.
Access resource pertaining specifically to different responder cultures below
Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, Vol. 70, Iss. 4
Combat and Operational Stress First Aid Manual
Once established in the military context, several authors involved in the formation of Combat and Operational Stress First Aid went on to support the calibration of it’s use for firefighters and EMS. See below.
Psychological Treatments that Cause Harm
A review of CISD
The Sharp End Podcast
Too Much, Too Ugly – The Trauma Contamination
Sponsored by Responder Strong and Colorado Springs Police Department this program, created by Dr. John Nicoletti, is a clinical look at the cumulative effects of witnessing traumatic events as first responders and how one can cope with these situations. This video was produced jointly by El Paso County Video Services and Colorado Springs Fire Department.
Disaster Psychological First Aid
NCTSN: Learning Center
A modular approach for all-comers to respond to overwhelming traumatic stress by re-establishing safety and decreasing arousal at the time of the stressful event in order to mitigate the formation of stress injuries. This intervention is supportive, intuitive and can be used by everyone to support folks in their own recovery when exposed to significant and near miss events.
Although the term is not new, psychological first aid was first established as a national intervention by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network in Partnership with the Center for PTSD. This collaboration was the first to offer a certification for those responding to disaster.
Anxiety, Panic and PTSD
Presented during the National Outdoor Leadership School Summit
Stress First Aid SOAP Note
A full SOAP note specific to Stress First Aid
If you already have a developed SOAP note, but are looking for an addendum to add to address stress first aid