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Psychological First Aid (PFA) Online Training


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This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

Psychological First Aid (PFA) Online Training

  • Date Created: 05/13/2010
  • Time to Complete: 6 hours
  • Credits: APA, CA BBS, ACCME, CA BRN, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

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Psychological First Aid (PFA) Online Training


Learn how to assist people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. Psychological First Aid (PFA) Online Training is for individuals new to disaster response who want to learn the core goals of PFA, as well as for experienced practitioners who want a review of PFA. PFA Online also offers a Learning Community where participants can share experiences, receive guidance, and obtain resources.

This is a 6-hour interactive course in which the user takes the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. It features activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from the nation's trauma experts and survivors. After an introduction and overview, the course explains the Core Actions of PFA and includes a module on provider self-care.

Goals and Objectives

  • Understand how and when to provide Psychological First Aid (PFA) in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
  • Identify the five early intervention principles.
  • Define PFA and list its basic objectives.
  • Describe the 8 strategies (Core Actions) of PFA.
  • Identify general guidelines to provide PFA.
  • Adapt PFA in diverse setting and with different populations.
  • Identify ways to take care of yourself before, during, and after providing PFA.

The PFA Course is maintained on the National Child Traumatic Stress Network website.

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