Psychological First Aid

Note: there is an online portion to this course required prior to classroom portion.  Upon completing the online portion please print the completion certification and present to instructor.

This classroom-based certification course is for those who require more in-depth knowledge and techniques to recognize and assist people in crisis after experiencing loss, grief, trauma, and stress, with an emphasis on self-care and personal protection. Learners will apply the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model - a resiliency-building approach to emotional, psychological, and social well-being that teaches learners how to support themselves and others to cope with the effects of various types of stress and linking them to resources and supports within themselves or in their community. The course uses primarily case-based learning and includes the latest evidence from the international community.

Note for Course Participants

While mental health first aid programs teach how to help someone experiencing a mental health emergency, Red Cross Psychological First Aid is a resiliency-based program for everyone that offers prevention and coping strategies for dealing with different types of stress resulting from various types of trauma.

Audience

Course is adaptable to all audiences (Youth, Workplace, Professional Responder)

Duration

45-90 minutes online learning and 7 hours in-class

Instructor

Psychological First Aid Instructor

Prerequisites

  • 18 years of age (recommended)
  • Psychological First Aid - Self-Care online course 

Completion

  • Successfully participate in 100% of the in-class course
  • Successfully complete the online course: Psychological First Aid – Self-Care 

Certification

3-year certification in Psychological First Aid

Course Content

Case-based learning and discussion will be tailored to the audience and include the following content:

  • Introduction to Red Cross
  • Case Studies
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Operational Principles
  • Stress, Distress
  • Loss and Grief
  • Trauma
  • Indicators
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Supportive Communication
  • Look, Listen, Link, Live
  • Resiliency and Protective Factors
  • Protection
  • Policies, Legislation
  • Self-Care

Participant Materials

  • Psychological First Aid Workbook 
  • Look, Listen, Link, Live cards