The use of Psychological First Aid in supporting the emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing of communities is a top priority. Individuals suffering from high-stress levels, burnout and suicidal thoughts (and actions) are at an all-time high in areas such as workplaces, schools, indigenous communities and among professional responders.
The Psychological First Aid Program broadens the focus of training from a crisis-centred approach to one of resiliency building, which is more effective at improving outcomes for individuals and others in their care. The program uses the latest evidence-based research, with case-based learning that focuses on self-care, personal protection, loss, trauma and stress. The Red Cross Psychological First Aid Program also supports and complements other existing wellness education programs.
We have two online courses to support learning of the factors involved in psychological first aid and wellness. Online courses can be taken independently, or as a recommended pre-course supplement to the Psychological First Aid classroom-based course. Participants who successfully complete the classroom-based course will receive a 3-year certification in Psychological First Aid.
Video: the courses incorporate video excerpts for visual reference to the course material.
Audio: curriculum is audio enabled to allow the course participant to listen to the course like an audiobook.
Practice: each course features optional practice activities. Course participants are presented with various scenarios and are asked to answer specific questions pertaining to the scenarios. They will receive feedback based on their answers, in order to more fully comprehend the material.
Build a personal understanding of the effects of stress, loss and grief through the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model, and develop a self-care action plan.
Caring for others
Build an understanding of the effects of stress, loss and grief on others through the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model.
Physchological First Aid Course
Learn how to support yourself and others to cope with the effects of various types of stress, using primarily case-based learning.