Psychological First Aid

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Course Dates and Location To Be Announced

We would like to introduce the newly developed Canadian Red Cross Psychological First Aid course. This exciting new program actively involves participants in learning how to identify, understand and cope with varying degrees of distress. Participants will also gain an understanding of different coping strategies and how to access (or help others to access) specialized supports in our community.


The Psychological First Aid course is built upon the latest evidence-based research from the international community in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross and Bell Canada’s ‘Let’s Talk’ program. It was developed in response to a growing need within our communities and workplaces. It helps to address a gap in employer wellness programs, with a focus on resiliency.


Who is Psychological First Aid for?

Psychological First Aid is for everyone! 


Have you or someone you know experienced stress, loss, or a crisis in a personal or professional relationship? Psychological First Aid can help! 


Psychological First Aid supports existing employee wellness programs, and has a certification option for those interested in a Professional Development opportunity.


Psychological First Aid (PFA) vs Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Psychological First Aid and Mental Health First Aid are distinctly different but complementary approaches to understanding mental health. Psychological First Aid helps learners develop an understanding of the effects of stress, loss, trauma and grief in themselves and in others, with an emphasis on self-care and personal protection. Mental Health First Aid teaches how to help a person who is experiencing a mental health crisis.

Course Content
Case-based learning and discussion will be tailored to the audience and include the following content:
•Introduction to Red Cross
•Case Studies
•Psychological First Aid
•Operational Principles
•Stress, Distress
•Loss and Grief
•Vulnerable Populations
•Supportive Communication
•Look, Listen, Link, Live
•Resiliency and Protective Factors
•Policies, Legislation