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Psychological First Aid

  • February 23, 2024
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites - 165 Skimobile Road, North Conway, NH 03860
  • 28


A 7-hour training with Sarah Gaer

February 23, 2024


*this training will take place at Fairfield Inn & Suites in North Conway, NH*

PRESENTATION: Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidenced informed, modular approach to assisting individuals to reduce distress after a potentially traumatic event such as natural disasters, terrorism, a public health emergency or a personal crisis. PFA is a set of 8 core action steps that operate on the assumptions of human resilience and a recognition that strong reactions to potentially traumatic events are common and normal. PFA is based on the evidence informed principles of safety, calming, connectedness, hope and Self/Community efficacy. PFA is intended to be able to be used by non-clinically trained individuals to assist in supporting their community after a potentially traumatic event. PFA is culturally informed and able to be provided to all age groups. The PFA training is a 6+ hour training and trainees will be provided a certificate of completion. 

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • List 5 common reactions to potentially traumatic events;
  • Identify the 5 evidenced informed principles of Psychological First Aid; and
  • Describe the 8 core actions of Psychological First Aid.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Sarah Gaer holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with 24 years experience in the field of mental health care. Her early career was started working with children in residential programs, therapeutic schools, and therapeutic outreach. She also worked in a therapeutic community substance use treatment facility both as a counselor and an intake coordinator.  

Sarah focused her graduate degree work on military veterans and trauma. She was an outpatient clinician, crisis clinician and member of the trauma response team in Springfield Massachusetts for 5 years. Sarah then spent 9 years as a Suicide Prevention Specialist focused on men in the middle years and first responders with Riverside Trauma Center.  

She has trained over 1000 first responders in Massachusetts and is a QPR (Question, Persuade & Refer) Master Trainer for the QPR Institute. Sarah was also a member of the Riverside Trauma Center trauma team for 9 years and has responded to suicides, homicides, natural disasters, and terrorist attacks. Sarah was the Senior Team Leader for MassSupport Network, the FEMA funded Crisis Counseling Program responding to Covid19 in Massachusetts and was the Team Leader for the CCP in 2011 responding to the tornadoes that impacted Western & Central Massachusetts. Sarah currently works as a consultant in suicide prevention and trauma recovery and is spearheading long term recovery efforts at Holyoke Soldier’s Home, which experienced a mass causality event during Covid-19.  

Sarah also holds a contract with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health creating and providing training for Law Enforcement on topics such as suicide prevention, toxic stress and resilience building.  

Sarah has presented her work at National and International Suicide Prevention conferences and her writings have been published by SAMHSA and the Good Men Project. She authored the novel “The Price” which chronicles the suicide death of a police officer as well as co-authoring Guts, Grit & The Grind, which is an anthology series about Men’s Mental Health. Sarah has also published a children’s book, Good Night Grace, which assists families and caregivers in talking with children about their parents’ substance use disorder. 

REGISTRATION FEE: *NHADACA Members $65; *Non-Members $75; *NBCC included. For registration information contact: 603-225-7060 or

7 Contact Hours Available
CRSW Performance Domains: 3, 4
LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 4-7, 8, 11-17
CPS Domains: 6
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category A) & Psychologist Category A
NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

PLEASE NOTE: Only one registrant per form.  For multiple registrants you must register each one individually.  Registration is not complete or guaranteed until payment is received.  Payment by means other than credit card may slow down completion of registration.  Checks and cash are still accepted, however, your registration will be placed on a pending list until payment is received.  We strongly encourage payment by credit card for training of high demand topics.  Thank you.

This training is financed under a contract with the State of NH, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the State of NH and/or such funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

This training is financed under a contract with the State of NH, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the State of NH and/or such funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

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