Psychological First Aid for Children, Youth, and Families

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PFA focuses on the social and psychological support that people need most after experiencing a distressing event.

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This training is offered by the Mental Health Promotion and Illness Prevention Team (Provincial Addiction and Mental Health) at Alberta Health Services.

What is PFA?

PFA is an internationally recognized method of support intended to help people during and immediately after a disaster or emergency (including a pandemic). It uses a holistic, community wellness approach to help reduce levels of emotional distress for individuals, families, and communities through practical care, compassion, connection, and support from others.

PFA Training

PFA Virtual Care in a Pandemic for Children, Youth, and Families training is an interactive 2-hour webinar adapted from the 6 hour in-person training. The training aims to share knowledge, teach skills, build confidence, and increase capacity to support people in the face of a disaster or emergency. This webinar has been developed to support professionals (e.g., teachers, school administration staff, community partners, counsellors), as well as parents and caregivers.

Webinar Objectives:

• Understand the timing of interventions for disasters and emergencies.

• How to utilize the PFA Action Principles in virtual environments.

• Identify and provide practical support to those in distress.

• Understand when to refer people to appropriate community supports.

• Explore self-care strategies for disaster response.

An outlook invite, zoom link, and handouts will be sent prior to the workshop to your email.

For more courses, visit our online course listing.

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