Covid-19: Psychological First Aid (ongoing course – join anytime)

Get psychological first aid (PFA) training and help people with different needs to cope with the emotional impact of Covid-19.

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is the globally recommended training for supporting people during emergencies and offers guidance on delivering psychosocial care in the immediate aftermath of the emergency event.

On this course, you’ll explore the psychological impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and what you can do to help people cope.

The course will teach you the key principles of giving psychological first aid in emergencies.

This course has been produced by Public Health England and is based on international guidance from the World Health Organisation, United Nations and partners.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is psychological first aid?
  • How do emergencies impact mental health?
  • The psychological first aid stages: Prepare, Look, Listen, Link
  • Supporting yourself and your colleagues
  • Example scenarios

What will you achieve? 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of what Psychological First Aid is
  • Identify how to better support yourself and peers in such crises
  • Identify for whom it is suited and how to help them
  • Engage with further reading into psychosocial support during emergencies.

Who should attend? 

This course is aimed at frontline or essential workers and volunteers dealing with the public during the Covid-19 pandemic. You do not have to be a specialist to deliver PFA. Many people in helping roles will already be delivering PFA without realising it. Those who may benefit from this training include: health and social care staff, first responders e.g. police, ambulance, firefighters, frontline public-sector staff e.g. working in housing and employment services, essential workers e.g. those working in food delivery, funeral care, sanitation, community leaders and groups, volunteers, supervisors and managers supporting staff or volunteers.

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