Towards successful Dissemination of Psychological First Aid: A study of provider training preferences

Erin P. Hambrick*, Sonia L. Rubens, Eric M. Vernberg, Anne K. Jacobs, Rebecca M. Kanine

*Corresponding author for this work

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Dissemination of Psychological First Aid (PFA) is challenging considering the complex nature of disaster response and the various disaster mental health (DMH) trainings available. To understand challenges to dissemination in community mental health centers (CMHCs), interviews were conducted with nine DMH providers associated with CMHCs. Consensual qualitative analysis was used to analyze data. Interviews were targeted toward understanding organizational infrastructure, DMH training requirements, and training needs. Results clarified challenges to DMH training in CMHCs and factors that may promote buy-in for trainings. For example, resources are limited and thus allocated for state and federal training requirements. Therefore, including PFA in these requirements could promote adoption. Additionally, a variety of training approaches that differ in content, style, and length would be useful. To conclude, a conceptual model for ways to promote buy-in for the PFA Guide is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-215
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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