Huffington Post – Psychological First Aid: Mental Health Care After Hurricane Sandy
Craig Katz, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and medical education at Mount Sinai School of Medicine co-wrote an article describing the efforts of medical students to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
On a recent Friday, Dr. Katz and a team of medical students traveled to the Far Rockaways in Queens to provide mental health assistance to survivors of Hurricane Sandy. Their work did not involve psychotherapy sessions and diagnoses but rather tending to the immediate needs of survivors. They provided "psychological first aid," or PFA, which does not resemble typical mental health treatment, but comes as a result of a changed understanding of what survivors need immediately after disasters. Learn more.