This instructor-led course provides a framework for understanding the factors that affect stress responses. The course introduces the principles of psychological first aid and guidelines for when to refer to a Mental Health professional. Learn how to assist individuals in the immediate aftermath of disaster.
Purpose: The purpose of this training is to further understand how and when to provide Psychological First Aid in the immediate aftermath of a disaster event. This training will provide instruction on how to provide basic care, comfort and support to individuals, colleagues, students and community members who are experiencing disaster-related stress.
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Recognize the signs of stress in clients, co-workers, students and themselves. [Identify the five early intervention principles].
- Provide immediate support to people who may be experiencing stress by using psychological first aid principles.
- Describe the 8 strategies (Core Actions) of psychological first aid.
- Adapt psychological first aid in diverse settings with different populations (clients, students, colleagues, community members).
- Obtain Disaster Mental Health support for clients, students, co-workers, community members and themselves, when needed.
Presenter: Danel Lipparelli, American Red Cross