Psychological First Aid (PFA) in disaster management in the Caribbean - 2019
Introduction to the course:
The Psychological First Aid (PFA) course is a ten-hour self-paced training. It aims to equip lay persons with the tools to appropriately provide the initial response to individuals experiencing psychological distress secondary to crisis situations.
To provide a framework for caretakers/ volunteers/ first responders to deliver psychological and social support for individuals in crisis situations.
The learning objectives of this course are:
- To define Psychological First Aid (PFA).
- Describe factors to consider in providing PFA.
- Discuss the process of providing PFA.
- List actions PFA providers take to care for self and colleagues.
- Identification of individuals with special needs
- Application of PFA to various crisis scenarios.
Psychological First Aid is written for all persons including volunteers and lay persons in the community who may be in a position to support the psychological and social well-being of individuals post a crisis e.g. relief agency volunteers, teachers, religious leaders, etc.
Module 1 - Understanding PFA (1 hour)
Module 2 - How to Help Responsibly (1 hour)
Module 3 - Providing PFA (3 hours)
Module 4 - People who likely need special attention (2 hours)
Module 5 - Caring for Self and Colleagues (1.5 hours)
Module 6 - Practicing PFA Skills (1 hour)