Psychological First Aid

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Learn to provide psychological first aid to people in an emergency by employing the RAPID model: Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention, and Disposition.

Reflective Listening Active Listening Crisis Intervention Psychological First Aid

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Taught by
George Everly, Jr., PhD
Professor, Center for Public Health Preparedness
and 15 more instructors

Offered by
Johns Hopkins University

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3 posts • 18 mentions • top 12 shown below

r/IWantToLearn • comment
21 points • testturkey

I’m on mobile at the moment so sorry this is so brief, but I highly recommend checking out this free online program from Johns Hopkins University called Psychological First Aid.

Coursera - Psychological First Aid

It is a great course with practical demonstrations of the techniques, not just theory. I found it really useful.

Hope this helps!

r/Firefighting • comment
3 points • lionelrichiesperm

r/psychology • comment
3 points • comette

Psyd doc student here! Highly recommend this free PFA course by Dr. Everly. I took a course with him a couple years ago and he’s great at infusing empathy/active listening throughout the whole process from triage to referral. Feel free to ask questions.

r/publichealth • comment
2 points • ob023312

I’m glad to hear that! I don’t know if you have any extra brainpower outside of work right now, but coursera has a free psychological first aid class that could be helpful if you aren’t going to get official training from your employer.

r/SomeGoodNews • post
2 points • elynwen
With social distancing still in effect and COVID on the rise again in some states, life can be straining on our mental health. In recognition of the trauma that can be caused by these times, Johns Hopkins is a free college course on "Psychological First Aid." There is still good to be found.
r/ems • comment
1 points • AtypicalResident

Check this out. Psychological First Aid (PFA) is a great tool that can help intervene when you see problems, and many that have taken it find it helpful in their own lives, but your mileage may vary.

r/GoForGold • comment
1 points • stephahknee

what about those that don't have access to professional(aka costs money) help?

there's a free course on Coursea Psychological First Aid .

You can even pay money to get a certificate, or take the course without getting the certificate for free. Maybe a few mods could take this course and privately reach out to the poster to provide local resources for them, even if they don't have the financial means? There are such places, but usually a bit harder to find than for profit places. Id be more than willing to volunteer to be a "Triage Mod" making sure the redditors that are asking for mental health care, get pointed in the right direction, or get immediate medical attention in the more dire situations.

Just a thought .

r/radicalmentalhealth • comment
1 points • StcStasi

Source can be found in this lecture:

r/AskReddit • comment
1 points • SagiTsukiko

If you're capable of doing so emotionally, what I've been doing is offering help as a psychological first responder to protestors. All they have to do is private message me for my phone number. I've been involved in mental health advocacy for the past decade of my life as a peer support advocate, but I am not well enough to have my boots on the ground, so it's the least I can offer. Psychological first aid administered immediately after a traumatic event like being assaulted by police officers tends to have better outcomes than psychotherapy after the fact, and Johns Hopkins is currently offering a FREE course on psychological first aid if you don't know how to calm down a person experiencing a post-traumatic episode. This is actually the program Doctors Without Borders utilizes. It's a great skill to have regardless, but it's very much needed now.

r/Positive_News • comment
1 points • brawnburgundy

Link to the class for anyone interested:

r/IWantToLearn • comment
1 points • ailidhe

Correct me if I'm wrong, it sounds like an issue a friend of mine has, someone described it as being too sure of yourself. She isn't, but the way she phrases her words makes her come off as a know it all.

Example: I told her about a neighbor who has been creepy and keeps trying to invite himself in. She starts laughing and asks me why I think he would do such a thing. I think he's trying to get in my pants, he's creeping me out. But no, she laughs in my face and tells me that people always have the best intentions in mind and all people want is to help.

She obviously isn't listening to my issue, makes a bunch of assumptions and exclaims something that is not based on anything but her own bias. All of these three things (not listening, assumptions and bias) can cause communication issues. It will take time to work on them.

You could start with active listening (ask questions about the story the other person is telling you to make sure you understand and verify if your assumptions are correct). Reflecting on your bias is really difficult and I don't think it's usually the main issue.


I've started because it contains an intro to reflective listening, maybe you can try a course like this (it should be free, if not, don't pay but look for things on youtube).

r/UofT • comment
0 points • bernout1997

People don't know what are the treatment to their feels. CBT is the treatment for depression because it most accurately account how feelings, thoughts and behaviour all affect each other. I gotta work on my decorum and I want to also say that you are being helpful and trying to support the community and if you go to queens, you supporting us in toronto is quiet kind and deserves recognition, so thank you and sorry for being an ass. i'll be more sensitive next time.


I also know how bad mental health and wellness is at U o f T, we all do but there are a shit ton of resources available on the internet and even though you did try to apply CBT description of cognition, these resources actually are more like prompts that can help OP with cognitive distortions by making him think things out rather than giving him answers.


I am not saying anyone should accumulate these resources without getting the school to pay but here is one that offers from prompts:




also if anyone cares (and i am not saying anyone should actually spend time and do this, you dont need to feel guilty about the school killing off their student body, its the school job to facilitate the environment of learning, you dont have to be compelled to do it for free) there is this: