DATE: SEPTEMBER 17, 2021
FACILIATOR: ALEXINA BALDINI
Psychological First Aid (PFA) is designed to be practical, flexible and modular in its approach and the first universal intervention with the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) framework.
As an approach to helping people in the immediate aftermath of disasters, emergencies, crisis, accidents, assaults, trauma and stressful events PFA can assist in reducing initial distress if delivered in a non-judgemental and supportive manner. PFA can assist in helping people to cope in the hours, days and weeks following the situation and encourages them to access a range of other supports such as family, friends, community agencies and specialist services.
It is recommended as a proven approach and suitable modality for any staff member within the workplace who may come into contact with those who may be distressed. It is also suitable for volunteers and other community members who are supporting those affected after critical incidents.
Course Delivery Includes
- What is Psychological First Aid (PFA)?
- Goals of PFA, including adaptations for children and adolescents.
- Core principles of promoting safety, calm, connectedness, self-efficacy, help and hope.
- Core actions and models in use in Australia and internationally.
- Staying in role, respecting boundaries and agency and service system guidelines.
- Helper self-care.
This course is registered with Crisis Intervention and Management Australasia (CIMA). Participants receive a recognised CIMA attendance certificate.