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.
Psychological First Aid includes:
The Psychological First Aid course includes the following materials:
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 |
The class was the best I've taken. Very hands on and 100% educational for first aid and CPR. Will definitely recommend the class to others!
Very enjoyable. I like to hear about the changes over time that makes first aid more useful for more people. The instructor was creative and energetic, and able to adapt to the various levels of all participants.
Great pace, thorough, kept energy up and positive. Really well done! Thanks.
I felt Nathan made the class fun, kept our attention and took time to explain when someone didn’t understand. The class covered all basic emerg. procedures but didn’t overwhelm.
I learned a lot! The instructor was very engaging, and the hands on scenarios and feedback were awesome.
"You are awesome, I've learned a lot over and over. Thank you for teaching me I am looking to have more certificates done here. Good job dear."
I appreciated all the hands on scenarios & practice, much better than book learning. Presented with enthusiasm & knowledge
Jason is a terrific instructor. I was surprised how much I learned - very enjoyable!
Really appreciated the assessment of the class's ability & the adjustment of the material accordingly
I loved how hands-on this course was. I was expecting to be taught right out of the book, so it was a pleasant surprise