Stress First Aid Program

Stress First Aid

Widespread organizational and societal changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have made stress management knowledge and skills more important than ever. Using the Stress First Aid framework and model, you can learn how to identify stress reactions in yourself and others, reduce the risk for stress injury, and promote coping and resilience among individuals and groups in social, occupational, and academic settings.

The overarching aim of Stress First Aid (SFA) is to identify and mitigate the negative impacts of stress before they impair health and well-being. SFA was initially developed under the auspices of the US military for implementation by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. It has since been successfully adapted for use by health care professionals and first responders across the country. The SFA model is based on five evidence-informed factors that help people recover from stress and adversity. These include the need for safety, calm, connection, sense of competence or self-efficacy, and hope.

What is SFA?

Stress First Aid is a peer support training designed to provide participants with a tool kit on how to perform a timely safety assessment and response when they suspect a co-worker or peer needs support. SFA trains peers to recognize and communicate about suspected psychological injuries with individuals with the goals of preserving lives, preventing further harm, and promoting recovery. View workbook.

How to Sign Up for SFA Training

These training sessions will require a 4-hour time commitment.

  • Tuesday, August 23, 2023- for incoming DUSON students only as part of new student orientation-hybrid: online recordings and synchronous live sessions. 
  • Friday, September 8, 2023- -in person at DUSON from 8 a.m.-Noon
  • Friday, September 29, 2023- -in person at NCCU from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.-only available to NCCU students upon invitation.
  • Friday, October 27, 2023- -in person at DUSON from 9 a.m.-Noon; open to all

Please use the QR code or registration link below to access SFA Training registration.

SFA Training Registration

SFA Booster Sessions: If you have already taken the 4-hour Stress First Aid Training and you would like an opportunity to APPLY and practice the SFA model, these sessions are for you!

We offer a virtual 1-hour Booster session each month. These sessions are optional and no continuing education credit will be provided. You are welcome to attend any one of them – or more than one. The case studies have been developed with nursing students in mind, but should be applicable to all health care professionals.

During these sessions, we will reinforce the SFA principles: (Stress Continuum Model, four sources of orange-zone stress, and SFA model) and then practice using case exemplars from varied settings.

SFA Booster Session Dates for 2023:
Once a month – All sessions are virtual

Thurs-Aug 3 from 10:45 to 11:35 am
Tues-Sept 5 from noon-1:00 pm
Thurs-Oct 5 from 10:45 to 11:35 am
Tues-Nov 7 from noon-1:00 pm
Thurs-Dec 7 from 10:45 to 11:35 am

Please use the QR code or registration link below to access Booster Session registration and see upcoming dates.

Booster Session Registration


SFA Booster Facilitator Training- prepare to lead your own Booster Session for those who have completed the 4-hour Stress First Aid session and are interested in bringing SFA to their professional group, department, or student group. Materials will be provided. We will review the principles of SFA, and practice teaching the concepts and facilitating application of peer support.

Please email if you would like to attend. Put “SFA Booster Facilitator Training” in the subject line.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023: VIRTUAL – from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Eastern
Tuesday, October 24, 2023: IN-Person – from 11:00 – 1:00 Eastern time, Duke University School of Nursing, a light lunch will be provided (RSVP required).















HRSA Funding Statement

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $990,848 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit U3NHP45396‐01‐00

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