Psychological First Aid: A Minnesota Community Supported Model
An online training course from the U of MN on the concepts and applications of psychological first aid as it applies to assisting survivors and fellow responders impacted by a disaster or emergency event.
- U-SEEE Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center
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This course was designed as an overview for MRC volunteers, hospital personnel, disaster responders, and first-responders, to the concepts and applications of psychological first aid as it applies to assisting survivors and fellow responders impacted by a disaster or emergency event, particularly in the field during a response. This training may also be useful to other individuals when dealing with a personal crisis situation in their family, community or work place.
It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete this online training. Upon successful completion of this course learners will have the opportunity to create their own personal resiliency plans. After passing a post-test, learners will be able to print a certificate of completion granting 0.75 continuing education contact hours (0.075 CEUs).
After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the principles and techniques of PFA as they apply to a disaster response
- Identify at least seven common physical, emotional, behavioral, cognitive, spiritual, and sensory reactions to a traumatic event in adults and children;
- Demonstrate knowledge of the concept footprint of disaster as a model for the impact of a disaster on people physically and emotionally over time
- When provided with scenarios and profiles select and provide appropriate PFA responses to individuals presenting with common reactions, positive coping strategies, maladaptive coping strategies and severe reactions to traumatic event
- Demonstrate knowledge of responder stressors and principles of self-care as they apply to a personal crisis or a disaster deployment before, during and after an event
- Apply knowledge and understanding of principles of self-care to the development of a printable personal resiliency plan.