Introducing the next Psychological First Aid (PFA) 4-Module Course

Come see what this 4-Month/ 4-Module Course is all about

March 16, 2021 2:00 pm


  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Language: English
  • Geographical target: Global
  • Host/Presenter:  Patricia Omidian

Welcome to our Psychological First Aid (PFA) Course!

In this free introduction you meet the instructor and other participants, learn how we run the course and have a chance to answer questions.

This meeting will cover introduction, information, and the course outline. Come check it out, and see if this course is for you!

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 emphasize 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, 4 modules total.  Course runs from April through July 2021.

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.

Module 1 will begin on April 7th, 2021.

To register click here!

Module Dates:

  • Module 1: April 7-28/Learn all you can before you go
  • Module 2: May 1-22/ Listen more than anything
  • Module 3: May 29-June 19/ Look before you leap
  • Module 4: June 26-July 17/ Listening some more and Linking
  • Course Wrap-up and Discussion: July 24

Each module:

  • Week 1: Lecture
  • Week 2: Breakout rooms to practice activities
  • Week 3: Presentations by each small group to large group
  • Week 4: Wrap up and discussion
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