Psychological first aid (PFA) is an evidence based method to help people affected by an emergency, disaster or traumatic event. Most people can recover well with appropriate support which has led to the development of psychological first aid as a primary tool.
Many emergency situations can be stressful and often require urgent action. PFA includes basic principles of support to promote natural recovery and is designed to reduce the occurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder.
The training provides strategies to reduce initial distress, meet current needs, promote flexible coping and encourage adjustment.
The better prepared a person is with appropriate steps and psychological understanding of people in stressful situations, the more effective their support will be. Training to deliver PFA is a useful lifelong tool that can also promote useful coping strategies in the trainee. This program also provides self care strategies for the carer, increasing awareness and management of one's own stress levels.
The objective of program is to understand the principles of Psychological First Aid and gain an understanding of how to implement it after an event.
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