CE Webinar: Be the Helper
Implementing Psychological First Aid during the COVID-19 Crisis

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Approved for Nevada Psychologists , LCSWs and MFTs.  NPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

About the Webinar

This pre-recorded 2-hour webinar training offers mental and behavioral healthcare professionals an understanding of Psychological First Aid (PFA) and an introduction to Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) to support them in offering these services during and after crises. Providers will be taught to integrate these evidence-based interventions into their existing skills sets to maximize their effectiveness. An emphasis will be placed on applying PFA and SPR to the current COVID-19 crisis. Professionals will learn about various resources available to Nevadans to manage essential needs during this unprecedented time.


Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Provide the rationale for utilizing Psychological First Aid and Skills for Psychological Recovery appropriately.
2. Facilitate effective coping during a crisis by applying Psychological First Aid.
3. Provide those affected by the current crisis with helpful resources.
4.  Locate additional resources and manuals to provide PFA and SPR.



This presentation is intended for psychologists, other licensed mental health providers, and graduate students of psychology.


About the Speaker

Noelle Lefforge, Ph.D., joined the faculty of the UNLV Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in 2011 and is an Associate Professor-in Residence. In 2014 she became the Assistant Director of The PRACTICE. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UNLV in 2010 and she has been employed by UNLV since 2000. She is primarily invested in training doctoral level graduate students to become highly competent health service psychologists. Dr. Lefforge’s duties include developing and teaching clinical courses, providing clinical supervision, and administration of the psychology training clinic. Currently, she teaches principles and practice of psychotherapy, diversity issues in professional practice, and group psychotherapy.

She co-directs the program’s training clinic, The Partnership for Research, Assessment, Counseling, Therapy and Innovative Clinical Education, or, The PRACTICE: A UNLV Community Mental Health Clinic. The PRACTICE is a sliding scale clinic where graduate students provide therapy and psychological assessment services to the community. This training clinic offers graduate students the opportunity to learn clinical functions under intense faculty supervision utilizing state of the art video and video-analysis technology. In 2019 the clinic was internationally recognized with the Association of Psychology Training Clinic Innovation Award.

Dr. Lefforge serves as the Senior Faculty Senator for the College of Liberal Arts. She is one of the Faculty Senate representatives on the 2019 Advisory Presidential Search Committee. She has served as the Chair of the Psychology Department’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, as well as a member on the College of Liberal Art’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, UNLV’s Mental and Behavioral Health Coalition, and UNLV’s Interprofessional Education workgroup.

Dr. Lefforge takes an integrative approach to psychotherapy. Her interventions are particularly informed by attachment-based therapy, emotion-focused therapy, dialectic behavior therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy. She has received specialized training working with professionals (e.g., doctors, lawyers, business professionals, entertainers) struggling with mental health issues. She conducts research on clinical outcomes, patient experience within healthcare organizations, cultural factors, and the inner experience of emotions and depression.

Dr. Lefforge is the President of the Nevada Psychological Association (NPA) and the Nevada Representative to American Psychological Association’s (APA) Council of Representatives. She has served as Treasurer, Legislative Subcommittee Chair, ECP Committee member, and CE Committee member for NPA. Legislative Committee Chair. She has also been an item developer for the Nevada State Board of Psychological Examiners. She graduated from APA’s Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology and Emerge Nevada. She received the James Mikawa Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to psychology in 2018.

Dr. Lefforge received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2010 and her Master’s in Healthcare Administration in 2016. She was UNLV Honors College’s 2019 Alumna of the Year and received the UNLV Office of Community Engagement 2019 Service-Learning Award on behalf of The PRACTICE. She has worked in the Las Vegas community as a practicing psychologist since 2012. Dr. Lefforge's CV


General Information

Access to Webinar/Handout Materials

This is a 2-hour homestudy presentation. After registration is completed, an electronic copy of handout materials, a link to view pre-recorded homestudy presentation, and post test and evaluation forms will be sent out by email.

Refunds & Grievance Policies

Participants may direct questions or complaints to NPA to 888-654-0050.


Nevada Psychological Association (NPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. NPA will issue certificates of completion. Post test must be completed, specified passing criterion must be met before credit may be awarded. Variable credit for partial attendance will not be awarded.


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There is no potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this program or its presenter.