Psychological First Aid (PFA) During the Crisis in Ukraine
Tuesday, March 15, 12:00-1:00 PM PT / 3:00-4:00 PM ET
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What will this webinar cover?
Given the recent tragic events in Ukraine, Switchboard will be hosting a refresher course on Psychological First Aid to aid staff in supporting distressed clients. This webinar will be facilitated by Andrew Kritovich, LMHC from the Ukrainian Community Center and Beth Farmer, LCSW from International Rescue Committee. Attendees will increase their awareness of cultural and contextual factors related to Ukraine, as well as learn the fundamentals of Psychological First Aid.
Why should I attend?
After attending this 60-minute session, you will be able to:
- Recognize important cultural and contextual issues as they relate to the Ukrainian community;
- Describe the goals and purpose of psychological first aid (PFA); and
- Apply the Five Basic Principles and Four Core Actions of PFA when working with clients who may be distressed.
Beth Farmer, LCSW, Director of Safety, Education and Wellness at the IRC
Beth Farmer is Director for Safety, Education, and Wellness at the IRC. Beth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience serving displaced and marginalized individuals, families, and communities. She helped develop the Refugee Health Screener-15 and the Pathways to Wellness Adjustment Curriculum, and served on the working group that updated the Centers for Disease Control domestic mental health guidelines for refugees. Beth has developed and directed a number of programs designed to help people heal and thrive.
Andrew Kritovich, LMHC, Deputy Executive Director at Ukrainian Community Center
Andrew Kritovich has more than 20 years of experience working in a variety of settings focusing on counseling, client advocacy and community empowerment for refugees, immigrants, minority population, inmates of the penitentiary system, individuals without permanent housing, victims of the domestic violence, substance abuse and other vulnerable populations. He has led individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, legal assistance in immigration issues as well as client advocacy, such as support in obtaining a permanent housing, supplemental security income, and resolving situations where Child Protective Services were involved. After working for many years with clients of different ethnic, religious and racial background, he has developed a sensitive multicultural approach in addressing clients’ needs. Andrew is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian and English languages.
For questions please reach out to Child Care Health Outreach at (425) 252-5415 or by email at Childcarehealth@snohd.org.