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Skills for Psychological Recovery
Josef Ruzek, PhD
Recorded on February 6, 2013
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Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) is an evidence-informed modular approach to helping children, adolescents, adults, and families in the weeks and months following disaster and trauma, after the period where Psychological First Aid (PFA) has been utilized, or when more intensive intervention than PFA is needed. SPR is designed to help survivors gain skills to reduce ongoing distress and effectively cope with post-disaster stresses and adversities. It can be delivered in 1-5 sessions, depending on the needs of the trauma survivor.
This course will explain the core procedures used in SPR:
• Gathering Information and Prioritizing Assistance
• Building Problem-Solving Skills
• Promoting Positive Activities
• Managing Reactions
• Promoting Helpful Thinking
• Rebuilding Healthy Social Connections
Describe the six core skills that comprise SPR.
Describe the steps of problem-solving.
Explain the theoretical basis for the SPR intervention.
About the Instructor
Josef I. Ruzek, PhD, is director of the Dissemination and Training Division of the National Center for PTSD. He specializes in early intervention for trauma survivors and has been active in development and evaluation of early preventive interventions for disaster and terrorism survivors, returning Iraq War personnel and patients seen in hospital trauma centers.
He is an author of the Psychological First Aid Field Guide created jointly by the National Center for PTSD and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services. He is also an author of Skills for Psychological Recovery, a manualized approach to crisis counseling. He is co-chair of the Early Intervention Special Interest Group of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), where he served on the Board of Directors from 2005-2011.