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This course equips learners in developing a personal understanding of the effects of stress, loss, trauma and grief.

Psychological First Aid

Psychological First Aid

This course equips learners in developing a personal understanding of the effects of stress, loss, trauma and grief.

The Canadian Red Cross Psychological First Aid program is about taking care of yourself - your thoughts, feelings and emotions when you have experienced stress, crisis or trauma - and then being there for family, friends and community when they are having difficulty coping.

Learn how to anticipate stress and crisis whenever possible and equip yourself with the skillset to practice self-care and to provide care for others during particularly challenging times. Unlike mental health first aid, which trains people how to help someone during a mental health emergency, Red Cross Psychological First Aid teaches you how to build up resiliency to stress and establish coping strategies for stress and trauma.

Two Psychological First Aid courses are available online to learn at your own pace: Self-Care and Caring for Others. In both these courses, learn the impact of stress, trauma, and grief while developing useful tools for handling difficult situations. These online courses are quick, accessible and practical, equipping you with skills you can use in daily life.

The instructor-led Psychological First Aid course is more substantive and flexible, and will help you gain a deeper understanding of the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model - this means having awareness that there is a problem, listening to yourself or others, and linking to resources in your community so you can live fully.

You'll also learn Psychological First Aid using the principle of Do No Harm, which refers to the unintentional harm that may be caused to those who are meant to benefit from your intervention.

Full Course Length 8 hours

Course Details

Topics Covered

Psychological First Aid includes:

  • Introduction to the Canadian Red Cross
  • Case Studies
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Operational Principles
  • Stress/Distress
  • Loss and Grief
  • Trauma
  • Indicators
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Supportive Communication
  • Look, Listen, Link, Live
  • Resiliency and Protective Factors
  • Protection
  • Policies and Legislation
  • Self-Care

FAQs

What are the basic objectives of psychological first aid?

The goal of Psychological First Aid is to help people in crisis identify and access the resources they need to help themselves, from basic services, family, friends and community, to focused supports and specialized services.

What are the five steps of psychological first aid?

The 5 elements of Psychological First Aid are Safety, Calm, Connectedness, Self and Group Efficacy, and Hope. Just as important as these 5 elements are the things which are NOT part of Psychological First Aid, and can lead to serious harm if approached by a non-expert. Key things to AVOID in Psychological First Aid are: obtaining details of the trauma, diagnosing, treatment, and debriefing of a trauma.

What is psychological first aid?

Psychological First Aid is the humane, supportive, and practical response to people suffering from a crisis.

Certification

Canadian Red Cross certificates are now virtual! You will receive a temporary certificate at the end of your course, and a permanent virtual certificate will be emailed to you after you've successfully completed the course. You will be able to view your manual and certification online at any time through your MyRedCross account. Certification is valid for 3 years.

Training Schedules & Locations
There are no certification classes at this time. Please check back.

Materials

Emergency First Aid & CPR Manual

The Psychological First Aid course includes the following materials:

  • Canadian Red Cross Psychological First Aid Workbook (hard copy)
  • Look, Listen, Link, Live cards

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Who should take this course?

  • All audiences (youth/workplace/professional responder/etc.)

Looking for a group class?

If you have a group of people and would like us to come to you to teach a
Psychological First Aid course, we offer this course in the following locations:

Victoria | Langford | Esquimalt | Sooke | Cobble Hill | Mill Bay | Duncan | Lake Cowichan | Cedar | Ladysmith | Nanaimo | Parksville | Qualicum Beach | Port Alberni | Coombs | Parksville | Campbell River | Saltspring Island | Pender Island | Powell River | Gabriola Isand | Burnaby | Coquitlam | Delta | Langley | Maple Ridge | New Westminster | North Vancouver | Pitt Meadows | Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey | Vancouver | West Vancouver | White Rock | Langley |

Give us a call at 1.866.282.5378, or send us an email at to arrange a group course.

Great pace, thorough, kept energy up and positive. Really well done! Thanks.

Marlene Slavik Emergency Childcare First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

This course exceeded my expectations and kept me engaged throughout both days.

Evette Morland Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

"I was pleased that CPR procedures are so much simpler than in the past. I feel equipped to handle an emergency now, because most of it just reinforces common sense. Although, it is crucial to know that what you're doing is the best thing for someone who needs help."

Kathleen Monaghan Standard First-Aid and CPR-C, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

Awesome and energy-filled teaching. Thanks for making it interesting and go fast!

Sheila Carroll Standard First Aid, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials

A lot more fun than I expected, it was nice to learn without being stressed out the whole time.

Kamille Villeneuve Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Nathan was super awesome and made the somewhat tedious information as fun as possible. Very clear and helpful.

Kaitlin Morgan Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Have done first aid before mostly book work. Liked the hands on work.

Willie Moon Standard First Aid, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials

"Awesome! Really fun teacher - came into the class not wanting to be there but enjoyed the whole thing, Andrea made it fun to learn. Thanks!"

Kaitlyn Prowse Standard First-Aid, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials

Awesome instructor - super enthusiastic and funny! I definitely recommend the course.

Mark Vaughan Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

"I think Gabriel did an awesome job at the course. I will definitely recommend to someone."

Daniel CPR C, Victoria, B.C. More Testimonials
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