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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.

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Rating 4.8 based on 734 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Starts May 25 (yesterday)
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 in 41 reviews

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.

Muchas gracias Saludos desde mexico The course opened my eyes on Excellent overview of the history, need for, and how-to of psychological first aid.

This course provides a very practical approach to teaching Psychological First Aid.

While it teaches the basics of psychological first aid, some things learnt could apply to our daily lives.

This was a great introduction to psychological first aid.

The course completely meets the goal in giving a solid approach to the psychological first aid method.

Given the importance of knowing how to do psychological first aid and how to do it well, I wish the instructor would have spent more time going into more detail in each of the five stages of RAPID.

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.

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mental health in 22 reviews

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.

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.)

I work as a security technician for a mental health hospital and took this to supplement the training I received for my job as well as to be able to offer support to others in disaster situations.

While taking this course, I actually used some of the techniques I learned to intervene in crisis situations with patients at the mental health facility I work at and to successfully deescalate those situations.

Really good course that teaches how to respond after a disaster or crisis without being a trained mental health professional.

You don't need to be a trained clinician or mental health expert to learn about psychological first aid.

A great course for anybody working outside the field of mental health, and interested in psychological first aid.

Too basic for psychologist or mental health workers, but wonderfully summarised.

By the way, "PFA" was the main topic for the celebration of the "World Mental Health Day 2016" led by WHO and WFMH.

课程安排非常有条例、系统、严谨。过程中我需要认真了解每一个概念。视频设置了两种,错误示范与正确示范,十分通俗易懂。 It is great to have this course, it helps us to understand why do we need to have strong sense and knowledge about mental health.

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rapid model in 21 reviews

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

The stages of the John Hopkins PFA RAPID model were very clear and provided me a better understanding of psychological reactions and how I can help to mitigate distress.

That´s a great course with a cientific and human regard to psychologica excellent course to understand PFA Care and self care will help a lot.RAPID model and Masrow requirements model are helpful.

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.

The simulation videos are also really handy in helping us understand the RAPID model.Thanks again for your great effort here.

Using RAPID model is a good way to help people in need during a disaster.

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.

seem very well-rehearsed, and this single encounter makes for an excellent template for how to apply the RAPID model in real life!

Though the explanation of the RAPID model was adequate, I don't think the assessments were consistent with the material (mentioning a topic in a slide is not discussing it).

I am sincerely thankful for having been able to take this course and learn the RAPID model.

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dr. everly in 18 reviews

Thanks Dr. Everly, John Hopkins, and Coursera for the course.

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

Thank you 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.

The actors (including Dr. Everly himself!)

Thank you, Dr. Everly and Coursera!

Awesome Dr. Everly's lectures are the best in Coursera so far, in my opinion.

Thanks Dr. Everly and team!

Dr. Everly is clearly an expert in the field and presented the material in a clear and specific way with examples and real life experiences.

It contains great material and Dr. Everly is a great professor.

Dr. Everly explains the RAPID model very well.

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easy to follow in 11 reviews

Lessons were practical and easy to follow, the extra materials (e.g.

It's easy to follow and well organized.

This course is easy to follow with a mix of resources making it engaging and inspiring.

This course is an easy to follow introduction into the world of PFA based on a well constructed RAPID model and taught by an experienced professor.

The mock scenarios are filmed in a manner that is easy to follow and understand.

easy to follow and really helpful!

Very easy to follow and great information.

Easy to follow and you walk away with a great tool for your kit.

Very well explained, many different examples and very easy to follow.

The instructor was easy to follow, and very understanding!

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highly recommend it in 9 reviews

It is very useful and I highly recommend it An interesting, easy to understand and hands-on approach to dealing with acute trauma.

I highly recommend it not only for disaster relief but also for family help.

Highly recommend it!

I found the course really useful and interesting, I will highly recommend it.

I highly recommend it!

Very interesting and I highly recommend it.

This is a fabulous introduction to the field of psychological triage; I highly recommend it.

I enjoyed it a lot, and highly recommend it!

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everyday life in 11 reviews

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.

Furthermore, there are skills taught in this course that prove not only useful in crisis situations but in everyday life as well.

Amazing how it's helping in everyday life.

More people should become aware that they are able to take this course and learn this useful techniques, not only for natural disasters, but for everyday life.

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real life in 11 reviews

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.

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

These are real life skills that may come in handy in your own life.

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enjoyed taking this course in 5 reviews

I truly enjoyed taking this course!

I very much enjoyed taking this course.

I really enjoyed taking this course.

very happy with the result I really enjoyed taking this course.

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simulation videos in 10 reviews

The simulation videos presenting "how-to's" and "how-not-to's" were a great addition.

It has extremely valuable simulation videos with "flawed" and "correct" examples of emergency responder work.

and simulation videos make Psychological First Aid very interesting subject to learn.

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

Course is structured nicely and provide simulation videos to comprehend the material better.

The lectures bring the reality pretty close and practice simulation videos are extremely helpful in stimulating insights and awareness of delicate details in this support work.

The simulation videos added advantage to the learning process.

The experience was interactive, the simulation videos made the course even more interesting and compelling.

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john hopkins university in 5 reviews

Thankyou to Dr Everly and the great team from John Hopkins University Bloomberg school of Public health.

Discussion forum was good in reading fellow coursers view on the case study.Thanks to Professeor Everly and John Hopkins University.

Obrigado John Hopkins University I need my certificate please Great course!

Thank you for offering it, and I hope to see more courses on Psychology from John Hopkins University!

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highly recommended in 8 reviews

Highly recommended!

Very highly recommended!!

highly recommended for those health workers, emergency responders, as well as the community who are interested in helping people and community during disaster.

Highly recommended.

Great course, easy to get and to understand, as well as to apply, highly recommended!

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Johns Hopkins University

Rating 4.8 based on 734 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Starts May 25 (yesterday)
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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