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Target Audience: Medical and Health, Law, Fire, EMS responders, and those that may be called to help a person in crisis.

Registration is through the Bay Area Training and Exercise Program (BATEP) Portal:

There is no cost for attending this course. The course has been funded by the Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative (BAUASI). Class maximum is 50 students.

Between the extensive wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all endured – and continue to cope with - unprecedented stresses. It’s easy to feel burned out and overwhelmed. The BATEP has worked with Elizabeth McMahon, PhD, to offer a series of 4 webinars on Psychological First Aid (PFA) Skills that complement and expand on PFA trainings from the American Red Cross, FEMA, and SAMHSA. You will leave each webinar with specific, concrete, practical skills to use immediately during crises and in daily life. The instructor, Elizabeth McMahon, PhD, and the material presented have received rave reviews from previous participants. Learn skills that can help you to help others. This is single course broken into four modules and presented over multiple days to enable those with hectic full schedules to attend, participate in and complete the four modules. Participants will register for the course and are expected to attend and participate in each of the four modules.

• Day 1 - Coping with Stress: Know your stress signals and what to do; Learn a variety of skills. (Tuesday, April 27, 2021)

• Day 2 - Making Fast Connections: How to effectively connect with people in crisis and increase compliance. (Tuesday, May 4, 2021)

• Day 3 - Handling Difficult Reactions: Specific techniques for common difficult reactions from disaster survivors and those who are stressed: overwhelmed, grief, worry, panic, and anger. (Tuesday, May 11, 2021)

Day 4 - Avoiding Personal Burnout: Practical, protective actions to foster resilience and help you cope in situations of ongoing stress. (Tuesday, May 18, 2021)

Date:  April 27 to May 18, 2021