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Psychological First Aid

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.

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Rating 4.7 based on 466 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Starts Oct 12 (last week)
Cost $49
From Johns Hopkins University via Coursera
Instructor George Everly, Jr., PhD
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Science
Tags Social Sciences Life Sciences Medicine And Healthcare Psychology

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psychological first aid

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.

As I am now a manager and "leader" of first responders, I have implemented programs to support staff in developing their own understanding of psychological first aid.

well elabrated and structured,rlevant and very important videos and other learning material a quizes that cant be done if you haven't studied Expertly taught and these skills extend far beyond just Psychological First Aid, you can also implement this knowledge into every day life.

Good introduction to the psychological first aid (PFA).

Through the simulations, I was able to get a grasp of what it would be like to provide psychological first aid.

I enjoyed completing it and learning about the practice of Psychological First Aid and also what it is not, it is not therapy.

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mental health

A very useful and interesting course for those working in or interested in mental health, general health, or crisis intervention.

It gave me a great platform to commence my interest in Mental Health and starting my role as Mental Health Champion at work.

Really helpful and interesting course which gives broad spectrum of knowledge useful for first responders and wide array of public which are not mental health professionals excelente A wonderful course to start of with.

very interesting and, unfortunately, useful Provides tools and complete guidelines in how to assist somebody in distress using listening This is a clear, concise and insightful course on Psychological First Aid as a parallel in taking care of mental health needs, along side physical health needs, in the wake of disaster or severe trauma.

I found this course to be very informative, and I think in today's world, everyone who can take it should do so, regardless if they are in the mental health fields.

Even for anyone that is looking to study more Psychological or Mental Health courses, this is a good addition to help add to that knowledge base.

His tone throughout the course helped to remind me that we are there to support these survivors and not label them with a mental health diagnosis (which is easy to do when you have a mental health worker background.)

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dr. everly

Dr. Everly is a very engaging lecturer and he explains the details of the model very well; it was very easy to understand.

I understood every explanation given by Dr. Everly.

Dr. Everly was truly wonderful, although I have not experienced a trauma such as many displaced people have, I knew if I did, I would want someone like George around - what a compassionate and caring person.

Thank you, Dr. Everly for a wonderful course!

Dr. Everly has a good voice and pronaunciation, so that i was able to listen.

Dr. Everly is amazing at delivering the course material and the pace is perfect for the non-emergency related individuals.

Dr. Everly presented this course in a concise way to explain RAPID model, and as a beginning counselor, I found this course is particularly helpful to refresh some of the basic helping skills.

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rapid model

The speaker introduced RAPID model for PFA and went into detail of each of the steps of the RAPID model.

RAPID model is a really useful tool.

It provided a basic understanding of PFA, going through the John's Hopkins RAPID model for treating someone in acute psychological distress.

Practical skills with examples of how to use the interventions and RAPID model taught in the class.

The RAPID model introduced by Dr. Everly is a very practical step-by-step guidance to provide the basic psychological intervention in a crisis situation.

The break down of examples through the video simulations allows for a better grasp of right and wrong applications for the use of the RAPID model.

Plus it provides a progressive flow to digest each section over the course of 5 weeks for the RAPID model in application and practice.

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everyday life

It would help a lot in my everyday life!

It helps me understand a lot of things about people in my everyday life.

Refering to the official document from WFMH, PFA is also presented as part of the dignity of mentally ill.Bravo again.Achour This was a good course filled with great information and various techniques I think are useful in everyday life as well as in disasters.

Even for everyday life.

The skills learned in this class can be useful in everyday life as well as disaster situations.

Even in everyday life, some of the techniques seem very useful.

It is very well-structured and easy to understand and everyone from real disaster workers to just a person who has everyday life, needs these skills.

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real life

Excellent and thorough overview of practical skills for real life.

Very useful in real life.

Very engaging with the exchange between videos, lectures, presentations, and real life accounts.

I feel I'm able to apply my new knowledge to real life situations (hopefully, I would never have to) due to practiacal cases used in this MOOC.

It includes "real life" examples of how to implement the theory you just learned.

This course is very insightful in PFA, the lessons and simulation videos are super helpful in giving you an idea of real life experiences!

The best part is surely the simulations that, besides being funny sometimes, could demonstrate really well the real life situations that one might participate.

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Rating 4.7 based on 466 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Starts Oct 12 (last week)
Cost $49
From Johns Hopkins University via Coursera
Instructor George Everly, Jr., PhD
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Science
Tags Social Sciences Life Sciences Medicine And Healthcare Psychology

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