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Psychological First Aid

2019/2020
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
3
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
When:
2 year, 1-3 module

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Participants will learn to utilize the RAPID model (Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention, and Disposition), this specialized course provides perspectives on injuries and trauma that are beyond those physical in nature. The RAPID model is readily applicable to public health settings, the workplace, the military, faith-based organizations, mass disaster venues, and even the demands of more commonplace critical events, e.g., dealing with the psychological aftermath of accidents, robberies, suicide, homicide, or community violence. In addition, the RAPID model has been found effective in promoting personal and community resilience.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to provide psychological first aid to people in an emergency by employing the RAPID model: Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention, and Disposition.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss key concepts related to PFA
  • Listen reflectively. Differentiate benign, non-incapacitating psychological/ behavioral crisis reactions from more severe, potentially incapacitating, crisis reactions
  • Differentiate benign, non-incapacitating psychological/ behavioral crisis reactions from more severe, potentially incapacitating, crisis reactions. Prioritize (triage) psychological/ behavioral crisis reactions
  • Mitigate acute distress and dysfunction, as appropriate. Recognize when to facilitate access to further mental health suppor
  • Practice self-care, wrap-up
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • 1. Introduction. In this first week, we have some materials to get you oriented, a pre-course survey, two lectures on history and terms and concepts and a simulated look at PFA in action.
  • 2. Reflective Listening/Rapport. This week, we'll be looking more closely at the R component of our RAPID model.
  • 3. Assessment and Prioritization. This week, we'll be looking more closely at the A and P components of our RAPID model. A stands for Assessment, and P stands for Prioritization.
  • 4. Intervention and Disposition. This week, we'll be looking more closely at the I and D components of our RAPID model in Lectures 7 and 8, respectively. I stands for Intervention, and D stands for Disposition.
  • 5. Self-Care and Wrap-Up. Now that we've gone through the entire RAPID model, we'll turn our intention to you, the provider.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • blocking Online multiple-choice
    10 multiple choice question
  • non-blocking Activity at the online course
    The course should be done in order to get access to a final exam.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.6 * Activity at the online course + 0.4 * Online multiple-choice
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Erskine, R. G. (2015). Relational Patterns, Therapeutic Presence : Concepts and Practice of Integrative Psychotherapy. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=960260

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • American Counseling Association. (2014). The ACA Encyclopedia of Counseling. Hoboken: American Counseling Association. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=981360