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Welcome to the course

This course has been adapted to be specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, and focuses on three key areas:

Knowledge: You will learn about the psychosocial impact of emergencies like the pandemic.

PFA in Practice: You will learn how to deliver PFA using the ‘Prepare’ and ‘Look’ approach.

Supporting yourself and colleagues: You will learn the ‘Listen’ and ‘Link’ approach. Then how to look after your own and colleagues’ wellbeing while working during COVID-19.

Throughout the course there are short quizzes to help you reflect, and prepare you for the final test, based on a scenario related to COVID-19 to evaluate your knowledge.

If you achieve the set criteria you will be able to download a Certificate of Achievement for free, which is explained in our guidance.

While this course is designed for people working within the United Kingdom, the PFA approach has been used internationally and in many different settings. Learners from other countries may still find the principles within this course useful.

The course is 3 weeks long with 1 hour learning per week, however you can complete this course at your own pace.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Know what Psychological First Aid is
  • Identify for whom it is suited and how to help them
  • Identify how to better support yourself and peers in such crises.

Although the course has been designed to be studied over three weeks you can study it at your own pace. There are also links to further resources and reading which you may wish to look at after finishing the course.

In the next step we will ask you to think about what you already know about PFA.

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COVID-19: Psychological First Aid

Public Health England