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Psychological First Aid

Johns Hopkins University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Psychology
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session In progress
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 1-3 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 5 weeks long

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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.

Utilizing 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.

Participants will increase their abilities to:
- Discuss key concepts related to PFA
- Listen reflectively
- 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 support
- Practice self-care

Developed in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Open Education Lab.

Taught by

George Everly

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4.2 Based on 26 reviews

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Adelyne C
4.0 3 years ago
by Adelyne completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
A nice and concise introduction to psychological first aid, a course which I took purely out of interest (having 0 background in the field) and I really enjoyed the experience. George Everly Jr takes a lot of care to explain all of the concepts very thoroughly, and his passion in helping others through psychological first aid really shows through.

The one thing I felt could have made the course better would have been to provide more examples, rather than using the same example video for each of the modules that were covered. I got rather bored of watching the same scenario towards the end, and would really have appreciated seeing an example of handling different sorts of situations and/or different sorts of people in need (the example showed a lady in need who was clearly in distress but had a strong sense of resilience to begin with).
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Star R
5.0 2 years ago
by Star completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This course should be mandatory for anyone who intends to help others in the case of a disaster. People go into shock and need someone who is empathetic n compassionate. This course helps give the caregiver confidence to approach someone in trouble. Excellent course.
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Marina J
5.0 4 years ago
by Marina completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
A really helpful course both for disaster workers etc, and simply for improving your ability to help and support people. Highly recommended!
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Heather M
4.0 8 months ago
Heather completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
It was a very concise and interesting course. I had taken it as I am in ministry work and felt that this would be helpful as we have had three fires in my area that had devastated small towns and big city and had no idea how I could help. I am hoping that I don't ever have to use this skill but it is great to have it.
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Armando M
5.0 3 years ago
Armando completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Great course for people who want to know how to help other in distress. I fantastic to have the desire and will to help when is needed, but it's also important to know how to do it.

The course is clear and understandable, with lots of useful information that can even be apply in our daily life.

I totally recommend it!
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Chris C
5.0 2 years ago
Chris completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This was an immensely practical and straightforward introduction to psychological first aid which incorporated a robust and easy to implement framework for providing PFA. Very highly recommended!!
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Adam Q
4.0 3 months ago
Adam completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course provides a foundation in the John Hopkins' model of psychological first aid. Courses like these though require a lot of practical knowledge and experiences.
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