15 Dec 2020

By Stephen J. Sampson, Ph.D. Psychological First Aid (PFA) has long been used as a means of assisting people who face traumatic situations, namely disasters or other significant tragedies (e. g., 9/11). Mental health professionals and first responders can employ PFA skills by assessing “victims’” immediate needs (food, clothing, shelter, communicating with family) and providing empatheti...

15 Nov 2020

By Stephen J. Sampson, Ph.D. Correctional facilities have always been faced with the daunting task of managing the emotional as well as the physical behaviors of inmates in a restrictive environment. For employees of these institutions, the task of navigating both behaviors is a true test of their own social, emotional and communication skills. Add to this the day-to-day administrative d...