SBRN aims to not only provide support, but to establish independent support systems within the community. By teaching and practicing mindfulness and Usresilience,  we hope to foster a culture of compassion so that communities can come together to heal themselves in times of trauma. 


The Santa Barbara Response network was formed when concerned members of the Santa Barbara community came together in the fall of 2009 to take action in the face of a cluster of suicides among our local Latino youth. The initial response brought together over 100 community members for Psychological First Aid (PFA) training under the guidance of Dr. Robert Macy, a nationally recognized expert in the field. In order to develop proper working relationships with key community partners, we have obtained Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Barbara Police Department,Santa Maria Fire Department, an Carpinteria Fire Department. 


Psychological First Aid

What is it?

PFA is an evidence based method of providing culturally sensitive psychological support to those who have experienced trauma. It aims to reduce initial distress and help foster long-term adaptive coping skills needed to move toward resilience. 

The 8 PFA core actions include:

  1. Contact and Engagement: To respond to contacts initiated by survivors, or to initiate contacts in a non-intrusive, compassionate, and helpful manner.
  2. Safety and Comfort: To enhance immediate and ongoing safety, and provide physical and emotional comfort.
  3. Stabilization (if needed): To calm and orient emotionally overwhelmed or disoriented survivors.
  4. Information Gathering on Current Needs and Concerns: To identify immediate needs and concerns, gather additional information, and tailor Psychological First Aid interventions.
  5. Practical Assistance: To offer practical help to survivors in addressing immediate needs and concerns.
  6. Connection with Social Supports: To help establish brief or ongoing contacts with primary support persons and other sources of support, including family members, friends, and community helping resources.
  7. Information on Coping: To provide information about stress reactions and coping to reduce distress and promote adaptive functioning.
  8. Linkage with Collaborative Services: To link survivors with available services needed at the time or in the future.

More Info

PFA was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress network and the National Center for PTSD. Check out their website for more information.

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