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Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention 2006 6(2):130-136; doi:10.1093/brief-treatment/mhj009
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Introduction to and Overview of Group Psychological First Aid

   George S. Everly, Jr., PhD, ABPP
   Suzanne B. Phillips, PsyD, ABPP, CGP
   Dianne Kane, DSW, CGP
   Daryl Feldman, PhD, ABPP, CGP

From The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (Everly), Postdoctoral Program in Group Psychotherapy, Derner Institute, Adelphi University (Phillips), Counseling Office of FDNY and Hunter College School of Social Work (Kane), and Private Practice (Feldman)

George S. Everly Jr., Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 615 N. Wolfe Street, E2146, Baltimore, MD 21205. E-mail: drgeorge{at}

Psychological first aid (PFA) is emerging as the crisis intervention of choice in the wake of critical incidents such as trauma and mass disaster. Earlier writings have focused on the application of PFA to individuals. This paper takes the next logical step and expands the application of PFA to the small group format. This paper represents an introduction to and overview of group psychological first aid. Rationale and basic procedures are discussed.

KEY WORDS: psychological first aid, group psychological first aid, group crisis intervention, disaster response

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