Dyer Baptist Association
Saturday, October 19, 2019
1st Century Vision, 21st Century Mission

Operational Stress First Aid Class



August 9-10, 2019 

Dyer Baptist Association, 3057 Highway 51, S., Dyersburg, TN 38024.  

To pre-register for this class, contact Ron Powell at ronpowell@charter.net. or (731) 335-0298.



Friday – August 9 • 6:00 p.m. (Registration)


6:00– 9:00 p.m.   

(need to eat supper before arriving)



Saturday – August 10 • 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  


Lunch will be provided at $6/person and there will be breaks.  Use this link to find the forms: https://tndisasterrelief.org/registration-forms/


Operational Stress First Aid (OSFA) for crises and disasters takes a model recently developed by the Department of Defense (DoD) and contextualizes it for applications in civilian settings. This model is a flexible, multi-step process for the timely assessment and preclinical care of stress reactions or injuries in individuals and groups. Its goals are to preserve life, prevent further harm and promote recovery.

Workshop participants will be provided an overview of the OSFA model (along with its benefits and challenges), be introduced to the major components of the model, and receive information on how to integrate this model into disaster relief responses in order to promote a common language and enhance cooperation with other response partners.

The training briefly discusses the theory and historical background for the OSFA model. It then explains the major components of the model, including: 1) Four Causes of Stress, 2) Stress Continuum, 3) 7 C’s of Stress First-Aid Model, and 4) Five Core Leader Functions. Combined with these components is an emphasis on three key supportive skills: intentional listening, active comforting, and clear and concise communication. Participants will also be provided a demonstration on how to support conducting After Action reviews (AARs) and completing an assessment profile for both individuals and groups that will help disaster response leaders take better care of their people and other persons affected by crises and/or disasters.

This course is beneficial to Pastors, Law Enforcement, Firemen, Chaplains, and those who work in first response and stressful fields.


Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Chaplains, this is one of the requirements you may use to complete your Chaplaincy training to become a NAMB-endorsed chaplain.