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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

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

The Alert Advantage

Free Manual + App

Deep Discounts

3-Year Guarantee

Replacement certs

Free CPR Mask + Gloves

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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.

It was a lot more fun & interactive than I assumed. It was a good weekend.

Jessica Vos Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

After taking many first aid courses, this was the most engaging first aid experience I have ever had. The instructor's teaching method and use of scenarios/props helped reinforce my learning. Well done!

Danielle Johnsrude Emergency First Aid, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials

I learned so much that I never knew before and I feel like I'm prepared for anything.

Hannah Kyle Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

It was a great class. Never a dull moment with Gary. Made it fun as well with humor and personal stories. Always positive. 

Natasha Nelson Emergency Childcare First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Instructions & feedback were clear w/ interesting tidbits to enhance understanding.

Katherine Krause CPR, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

I came and got the manual beforehand so I could pre-read. I found this helpful as I had some context and knowledge before the information was delivered. Nathan was a great instructor. Would take a course from him again.

Bernice Hennessy Emergency First-Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

I learned a lot during this course! The hands on scenarios were very helpful. Chris did a fabulous job - thanks!

Dayle Robinson Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Fun! Really enjoyed how interactive it was!

Miranda Satermo Emergency Childcare First Aid, Nanaimo, BC More Testimonials

Excellent instructor - thank you Jordan! Very engaging, and the hands on approach was great.

Sarah Malerby Emergency First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Awesome! Was not looking forward to doing the course because of a CPR course I did last year with a different company that was not very good, but was very happy with this course. It was entertaining, well taught and I feel confident now in an emergency. 

Anna Gardner Standard First Aid, Victoria BC More Testimonials
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