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Psychological First Aid: Principles and Practice


Summer Inst. term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Mon 06/06/2022 - Wed 06/08/2022
Class Times:
  • M Tu W,  1:30 - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
George Everly

Psychological First Aid should be viewed as an essential aspect of secondary prevention by fostering resilience in others.

Resilience may be an essential skill for those working in high-stress environments.

Providing PFA to others may be viewed as an essential leadership skill.

When disaster strikes communities, fostering community resilience becomes imperative. PFA may be of assistance in doing so.

Examines the psychological principles and practical guidelines for the provision of PFA as a means of fostering resilience in others. Provides in-person instruction in the RAPID model of PFA to students as well as practicing professional in a wide range of disciplines. The ability to assist people in acute distress is an essential aspect of healthcare, disaster relief, education, and leadership in all profession.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the psychology of a crisis and the psychology of human resilience
  2. Identify the essential elements of the Johns Hopkins RAPID model of psychological first aid (PFA)
  3. Describe the nature of PFA
  4. Implement the RAPID model of PFA with a person in acute psychological crisis
  5. Develop a plan to foster personal, organizational, or community resilience
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 15% Participation
  • 85% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

synchronous time will be paired with asynchronous work to meet credit requirements