Psychological First Aid: A Minnesota Community Support Model

Mental Health
Online Course
45 minutes
University of Minnesota
Simulations, Exercises and Effective Education PERLC

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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.

Learning Objectives: 
  • 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 events
  • 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.
PHEP Capabilities: 
Community Preparedness
Community Recovery
Responder Safety and Health