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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Psychological First Aid

Psychological First Aid

When: TBD 2020 / 8:30am – 5:00pm

Where: Richmont Graduate University- Chattanooga Campus, 1815 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404

Continuing Education: 6 CE Credits Awarded. Partial attendance is not awarded.

Target Audience:  Clinical mental health counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, graduate students, emergency responders, humanitarian aid workers, pastors and short/long term missionaries working with traumatized populations.


  • Students= $90.00
  • Professionals= $130.00

Presenter: Dr. Vanessa Snyder

Dr. Vanessa Snyder is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Traumatologist, and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She is a 2008 graduate as well as the VP of the Institute of Trauma and Recovery at Richmont Graduate University. She received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University in VA. Her areas of research interests include: trauma in families, sexual abuse and trauma, trauma treatment with play/art therapy, assessment in treatment of adults who experience trauma/complex trauma, secondary traumatic stress, complex trauma model protocol used for human trafficking and dissociative disorders.

Topic: The focus of psychological first aid is to understand the wide range of needs of survivors across the developmental life span. Emphasis is placed on cultural awareness, flexible methodology, and research best practices.

This workshop will address the issues of Psychological First Aid. What is it? Who offers it? Where is it Offered? Etc. Psychological First Aid is an approach to working with survivors and first responders in situations of trauma, disaster and crisis in all cultures and situations. It is guided by research and effective, portable methodologies and techniques while addressing all levels of individuals regardless of age, gender, disability or status.

Learning Objectives: As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Create a human connection in a non-intrusive, compassionate manner
  • Provide immediate and ongoing safety and provide physical and emotional comfort
  • Calm and orient emotionally-overwhelmed or distraught survivors
  • Guide survivors to tell you specifically what their immediate needs and concerns are, and gather additional information as appropriate
  • Provide practical assistance and information to help survivors address their immediate needs and concerns
  • Connect survivors as soon as possible to social support networks, including family members, friends, neighbors and community helping resources
  • Employ adaptive coping, acknowledge coping efforts and strengths and empower survivors; encourage adults, children and families to take an active role in their recovery
  • Provide information that may help survivors cope effectively with the psychological impact of disasters
  • Explain your availability, and linking the survivor (when appropriate)  to another member of a disaster response team or to local recovery systems, mental health services, public-sector services and organizations

Intruction Level: Intermediate

Target Audience: Clinical mental health counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, graduate students


8.00 am Registration 
8.30 am Welcome & Introductions, Trauma Theory and Associated Traumatic Stress Responses 
10.30 am Break 
10.45 am


The Impact of Trauma on the Individual, Family and Community 
11.00 am


Plenary Discussion 
11.30 am


Orientation to DSM and ICD nomenclature for classifying trauma-related mental disorders 
Noon Lunch  
1.00 pm Orientation to Assessment and Diagnostic Instrument 
3.30 pm ·                  Break
3.45 pm Effectiveness in comparing and contrasting six (6) treatment approaches of


4.00 pm ·                  Orientation to Self Care 
5:00 pm Adjourn


For questions about the course, please contact Dr. Vanessa Snyder at

For questions concerning registration or Continuing Education, please contact Martha Busby at

Refunds: Refunds must be requested prior to January 31, 2020.

There is no known commercial support for this progam.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Richmont Graduate University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.