BCMRC to host free PFA training class

The Big Country Medical Reserve Corps is offering a Psychological First Aid (PFA) Training Class on Saturday, Aug. 25, beginning at 9 a.m. in the training room located by the Emergency Room entrance at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital. The class will be free of charge to those that register and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served and lunch can be purchased from the hospital cafeteria.Those that attend the six-hour class will receive a completion certificate. The purpose of the course is to provide those that respond to a disaster, tips to help survivors cope with the psychological aspects of a traumatic event. "This is a great opportunity for folks in our community to receive information and training on how to help children, adolescents, adults and families in the immediate aftermath of disaster, terrorism or other traumatic events," said Big Country Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator Ray Browning.The class offers strategies for managing intense emotions and promoting a safe, calm environment. This course is recommended for first responders, health care providers, teachers, HR professionals, ministers, chaplains and anyone else that could find themselves in a position of assistance during times of disaster.  "This training was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD and is being offered by the Big Country Medical Reserve Corps," said Browning. "This comprehensive training will include techniques to stabilize emotionally overwhelmed survivors, how to effectively gather information and what information is important, practical assistance with immediate needs, information on coping and linking with collaborative services," he added.Call Ray Browning, BCMRC Coordinator, at the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department at 325-235-5463 for more information and to register for this event.