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Psychological First Aid

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

This is an introduction to Psychological First Aid (PFA) and Workforce Resilience. This course will prepare participants to provide compassionate care and emotional support after a disaster strikes or when a public health emergency is declared.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This program is designed for individuals, who provide assistance in the aftermath of disaster, including:
  • Physicians, especially psychiatrists.
  • Psychologists and other mental health professionals.
  • Human services personnel, health professionals, law enforcement, fire fighters, and emergency medical personnel.
  • Individuals who may be called upon to work in a disaster setting, such as a healthcare facility, a family assistance center, or other disaster relief sites.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

After successfully completing this program, participants will understand:
  • Identify the core components of PFA.
  • Recognize the importance of PFA as a key mechanism for enhancing Workforce Resilience.
  • Develop skills in recognizing situations in which PFA can and should be used.
  • Practice PFA in scenario-based exercises to enhance skill building.
  • Meet the basic needs of individuals who have survived or responded to a disaster or public health emergency.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND SCHEDULE

Segment Duration Activities
Introducing the Course 20 minutes Course preview Participant introductions
Module 1:
Providing Care, Compassion and Support
95 minutes Module introduction preview; 3 movie excerpts, each followed by an exercise and reflection; Module summary review
Module 2:
Reviewing the Core Components of Psychological First Aid
165 minutes Module introduction preview; 7 movie excerpts, each followed by an exercise and reflection; Module summary review
Module 3:
Recognizing the Challenges and Opportunities When Providing PFA
130 minutes Module introduction preview; 5 movie excerpts, each followed by an exercise and reflection; Module summary review
Summarizing the Course 20 minutes Course review Course evaluations