Psychological First Aid (PFA): A 4-Month/ 4-Module Course

A 4-Module Course for Humanitarian Aid Workers (certification available)

02-03-2021 4:00 pm


  • Duration: 120 minutes
  • Language: English
  • Geographical target: Global
  • Host/Presenter:  Patricia Omidian

We have designed this course on Psychological First Aid (PFA) for individuals and organizations who are supporting people in the immediate aftermath of a crisis or trauma event. We also recommend this course for people who want to deepen their psychosocial support skills. Through this training we practice:

  • Deepening the listening process at each step
  • Helping communities find their own solutions and paths to resilience
  • Self-Care for responders and their supervisors as they do PFA work in community
  • Discovering how a mind/body technique like Focusing can enhance empathy and resilience

Because most cultures of the world emphasise the group over the individual, we explore ways to help you balance support of both family/community and individual needs.

Psychological First Aid, as an approach for use by first responders in disasters and other emergency situations, uses a resilience, deep listening approach to community recovery. We found it very useful in Liberia when Pat worked there during the Ebola virus crisis. Communities were so traumatized and needed ways to be heard, find help, support each other and move forward in positive ways.

1 Module each month


Certification is available

Focusing Initiatives International  has a proven track record of working in collaboration with communities and organizations to bring psychosocial support and psychological first aid  trainings. We have a total accumulated experience of over 50 years in training, teaching and program implementation. We have worked with communities, humanitarian organizations and their staff, and public health organizations and personnel particularly in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Middle East, Africa, Japan, and North America.

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