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Acute Traumatic Stress Management Field Pack

by Mark D. Lerner, Ph.D.

Originator, Acute Traumatic Stress Management

Chairman, The National Center for Emotional Wellness

We all have “tools of the trade” to perform the requisite functions of our job (e.g., handcuffs, gun, stethoscope, tape, oxygen, fire extinguisher, laptop computer, hand held radio, etc.). Beyond those, there are a number of items that may prove to be helpful (or for some, essential) for those who are addressing the emergent psychological needs of others during traumatic exposure.

The following list reflects those items that are recommended as part of an “ATSM Field Pack.” Some of the items should remain in a vehicle, while others should be carried on your person. Recognize that the magnitude of the event will directly influence the type and number of items that you will need. Consider having the following available:

• Note Pad and Pen

• Cellular phone and/or hand held radio

• Requisite Forms (i.e., as indicated by your profession)

• Photo Identification Business Cards

• Money (e.g., to purchase food or other necessities)

• Tissues (i.e., preferably a small pack)

• Medication for Yourself (e.g., Antacid, Anti-Diarrheal, Tylenol®, etc.)

• Sunscreen, Insect Repellent, etc. (as indicated)

• Sunglasses

• Spare Glasses, Contact Lens Solution, etc.

• Warm Clothing (e.g., including layers, gloves, strong comfortable shoes, etc.)

• Body Armor (i.e., as indicated by the nature of the event and your profession)

• Protective Gloves

• Umbrella

• Flashlight

• Rain Gear and Hat Blanket

• Crayons and Paper

• Chewing Gum, Sugar Candy, Snack, etc.

• Bottled Water

• A list of the 10 Stages of Acute Traumatic Stress Management (as a reference)

• Referral List (i.e., a list identifying local agencies that may provide further intervention)

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