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The course of the week is Psychological First Aid taught by Johns Hopkins.

@Claire and I are hoping that together we can help people find great courses through the community. Every week, we're featuring a course and inviting people who have taken the course to share their course highlights and how they're using what they learned.

Have you taken Psychological First Aid?

What did you like about it?

What were the key skills and knowledge you gained from the course?

Who would benefit from taking this course?

What have you done with what you learned?

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Hi laura and claire,
I would like first to appreciate your initiative of helping people to find amazing courses. Psychological first aid is one of the 50th courses i finished. I am a medical student and a keen learner and this course really fulfilled my enthusiasm about learning and really was a great experience especially for me as a medical student. As a future doctor, i will always face patients who are devastated and face very difficult time so learning the skills the course make sure you get is very helpful. What i liked most about the course is the simplicity and the shortness of the videos. Really you get what you need in very brief still useful way. You also see a live application to what you learned. The key skill i learned is how to assure other people especially those who face very difficult time. I hope to be an oncologist, so i expect to use these skills when facing the patients. I think doctors will get the utmost of the course, but i think the knowledge in the course is a must for all of the people as we most likely will see people who face a hard time. I try my best to use the knowledge to assure my family and the people who may ask me for an advice as a medical student. I always make sure to understand their pain and reassure them. My mother has SLE, so i was grateful that i took the course to better assure her. I hope this reply will help others make their mind.
This course taught and trained me in applying psychological first aid to those people who are affected by very stressful situations.

These are folks involved in everyday emergencies. Statistically frequent critical incidents that affect the person who suffers them very intensely. We have all been or heard about traffic accidents, hospitalizations, victims of aggression, traumatic or sudden death of a family member, and many others.

In our communities they could be seen as quite infrequent events that affect many people at the same time or a whole community and that greatly exceed what happens in it. Some examples would be a train or place accident, a natural catastrophe or an attack, are community and / or massive emergencies.

The course provided skills to apply psychological first aid to all the people, families and communities that need them, after a daily or community stressful event. Another very important objective of this course was to be able to prepare different scenarios so that they can be used as a place of reception for affected people and family members and thus be able to apply psychological first aid. Being able to apply protocols of deactivation and recovery during the management of an emergency.

I really enjoyed the course, the delivery platform, and the knowledge both imparted by the professor as well as by the ones that took the course with me.

Warm regards,
E. Cruz
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What did you like about it?
Highly sceptical in light of ongoing lack of widely accepted (i.e. not confined to those with vested interests) evidence for current models and approaches to psychiatric therapy, I am highly impressed and wholeheartedly support PFA. It has powerful evidence of efficacy based on max x3 interventions due to focus on helping traumatised tap their own inner sources of resilience rather than fostering dependency (and tranference) in long term therapy.
The teaching was vivid and immediate including memorable insights into how not to do it!

What were the key skills and knowledge you gained from the course?
I have in numerous situations remembered this approach and supported others not by attempting answers but prompting the bigger perspective and resolve in a variety of situations with the challenged and 'down's.

Who would benefit from taking this course?
Anyone who cares: to gain insight into self and others and the powerful force for dealing with life's challenges that is resilience.


What have you done with what you learned?
I became a Mentor for the course and apply it in my role as project management capability lead in a 15000 strong organisation: so many interventions for the better path ahead!
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Hi laura and claire,
I would like first to appreciate your initiative of helping people to find amazing courses. Psychological first aid is one of the 50th courses i finished. I am a medical student and a keen learner and this course really fulfilled my enthusiasm about learning and really was a great experience especially for me as a medical student. As a future doctor, i will always face patients who are devastated and face very difficult time so learning the skills the course make sure you get is very helpful. What i liked most about the course is the simplicity and the shortness of the videos. Really you get what you need in very brief still useful way. You also see a live application to what you learned. The key skill i learned is how to assure other people especially those who face very difficult time. I hope to be an oncologist, so i expect to use these skills when facing the patients. I think doctors will get the utmost of the course, but i think the knowledge in the course is a must for all of the people as we most likely will see people who face a hard time. I try my best to use the knowledge to assure my family and the people who may ask me for an advice as a medical student. I always make sure to understand their pain and reassure them. My mother has SLE, so i was grateful that i took the course to better assure her. I hope this reply will help others make their mind.


Hi @Mostafa Elsayed! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with this course! Congratulations on completing 50 courses – that's an incredible accomplishment! It sounds like your future patients will be lucky to have you as a doctor. I agree with you that it's so important for doctors (and others in the medical profession) to understand and care about psychological health – not just physical health. I'm so glad you found Psychological First Aid useful.
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This course taught and trained me in applying psychological first aid to those people who are affected by very stressful situations.

These are folks involved in everyday emergencies. Statistically frequent critical incidents that affect the person who suffers them very intensely. We have all been or heard about traffic accidents, hospitalizations, victims of aggression, traumatic or sudden death of a family member, and many others.

In our communities they could be seen as quite infrequent events that affect many people at the same time or a whole community and that greatly exceed what happens in it. Some examples would be a train or place accident, a natural catastrophe or an attack, are community and / or massive emergencies.

The course provided skills to apply psychological first aid to all the people, families and communities that need them, after a daily or community stressful event. Another very important objective of this course was to be able to prepare different scenarios so that they can be used as a place of reception for affected people and family members and thus be able to apply psychological first aid. Being able to apply protocols of deactivation and recovery during the management of an emergency.

I really enjoyed the course, the delivery platform, and the knowledge both imparted by the professor as well as by the ones that took the course with me.

Warm regards,
E. Cruz


Hi @E. Cruz. Thank you for this insight! I really like your observation that both individuals and communities can experience very stressful events. A large-scale catastrophe or emergency can feel overwhelming/scary to think about, but I suspect this is why a course like Psychological First Aid is important – because it helps people feel more equipped to deal with such an event.
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What did you like about it?
Highly sceptical in light of ongoing lack of widely accepted (i.e. not confined to those with vested interests) evidence for current models and approaches to psychiatric therapy, I am highly impressed and wholeheartedly support PFA. It has powerful evidence of efficacy based on max x3 interventions due to focus on helping traumatised tap their own inner sources of resilience rather than fostering dependency (and tranference) in long term therapy.
The teaching was vivid and immediate including memorable insights into how not to do it!

What were the key skills and knowledge you gained from the course?
I have in numerous situations remembered this approach and supported others not by attempting answers but prompting the bigger perspective and resolve in a variety of situations with the challenged and 'down's.


Hi @Gomackay. Thank you for sharing your perspective on this course – it's a powerful testament that you were skeptical going into it but were impressed with the teachings! I love that the course helps people to "tap their own inner sources of resilience." As humans we are so eager to try to fix situations for others who are suffering, but sometimes that's not possible or helpful.
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(it's better late than never)
I took the course, and this course is one of my favorites. From time to time I even boast that I received information on this topic from this educational institution. I like an amount of information, tips that this information is not enough to call yourself a specialist (I think that such restrictions are very important, especially in the psychology field of knowledge), good video example with a demonstration of possible mistakes.
This course gives borders, main things that useful to know in emergency situations, hope to save some control and be able to help yourself and others. It is intended for a wide range, everyone can take something for themselves, although I think it is most useful for psychologists.
Fortunately, I have not participated in work with the consequences of disasters since the end of the course, but the framework voiced in the course is generally useful for me to work with the consequences of traumatic experiences.
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What did you like about it?
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I liked seeing trauma through the lens of the professor, mostly because many of us experience distress [and sometimes the trauma] without being aware of the full scope of what’s happening on a more holistic level. For example, what may initially appear to be random rage fueled by ignorance may stem from an event and actually be someone desperately needing help.

 

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What were the key skills and knowledge you gained from the course?
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Of particular value [in my opinion] are:

  • Active Listening
    • Understanding Distress & Dysfunction
    • Using ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs’ as a reference point for understanding and prioritizing support
  • Self-Help (it’s easy to got lost in trauma yourself when immersing yourself in it)
    • Stress Management

 

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Who would benefit from taking this course?
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This course appears to have been designed for responders in acutely high-stress scenarios; while this label may evoke images of war-torn places or natural disasters, the reality is that many of the key insights presented in this course can also be applied to other everyday high-stress environments. In particular, I found it to be helpful when dealing with people who suffered sharp economic losses or employment-related distress (an unfortunate & seemingly rising trend from my perspective) before shock, depression, and anxiety evolve to self-medicating (ex. drugs), hopelessness, and suicide. Another application [from what I could tell] related to supporting households with chronic health conditions, particularly those lacking a strong support network and/or those having undergone death (or near death) experiences.

Relatively speaking, I suppose we could call these types of contexts “silent war-zones”, and the content in this course is just as relevant here as it is in active war, post-war, and disaster zones.

 

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What have you done with what you learned?
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I applied it to people around me in an effort to maintain stability of mind in otherwise very turbulent and volatile surroundings. Additionally, I’ve used it to reflect and better understanding my own responses.

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I want to know  about  psychological fast aid.Thanks.

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Hi 

First of all, I would like to thank you Laura and Claire for your efforts in this community 🌸

Yes, I completed this course today.. It was one of the best courses I took at all. It is really a great course .. I learned from it how to deal with people who are experiencing psychological struggles , I learned how to deal with the patients in the hospital ,,, and I’m as a medical student in the last stage  and specially in Iraq I need to learn this skill very much.. 

Anyone who has difficulties in life or difficulties in dealing with people or let me say any person in the world will benefit from this course because we are all subjected to psychological pressures .. 

 

I wish all of you a happy healthy mental life ♥️

Best regards.. 

 

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