Psychological First Aid

Psychological First Aid is a method of helping people immediately after a disaster or emergency. PFA provides give practical support in a way that respects the person’s dignity , culture and abilities. The objective of the training is to build capacity of helpers by using practical care and support. Learn to provide psychological first aid to people in an emergency by employing the RAPID model: Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention, and Disposition. RAPID model is readily applicable to public health settings, the workplace, the military, faith-based organizations, mass disaster venues, and even the demands of more commonplace critical events, e.g., dealing with the psychological aftermath of accidents, robberies, suicide, homicide, or community violence. In addition, the RAPID model has been found effective in promoting personal and community resilience.

Participants will increase their abilities to:
– Discuss key concepts related to PFA
– Listen reflectively
– Differentiate benign, non-incapacitating psychological/ behavioral crisis reactions from more
severe, potentially incapacitating, crisis reactions
– Prioritize (triage) psychological/ behavioral crisis reactions
– Mitigate acute distress and dysfunction, as appropriate
– Recognize when to facilitate access to further mental health support
– Practice self-care