Key people in organisations are often called upon to assist individuals in the aftermath of highly stressful incidents, or who experience a mental health emergency. The cornerstone of this assistance is the process of “Psychological First-Aid”. This process is designed to reduce the initial distress which arises from the situation or circumstances and foster the adaptive functioning of those involved. The principles and techniques of Psychological First-Aid meet four basic standards:
- Consistent with research evidence on mental health risk and resilience
- Applicable to all affected.
- Emphasises practical approaches.
- Appropriate to the needs of the work environment.
At the conclusion of this short course, participants will have:
- Been given an understanding of psychological issues in the aftermath of mental health emergencies
- An appreciation of the concepts of psychological first-aid
- An understanding of psychological first-aid professional behaviour and logistics.