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Reflective ListeningActive ListeningCrisis InterventionPsychological First Aid

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Subtitles: Ukrainian, Greek, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, English, Spanish...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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4 videos (Total 41 min), 4 readings
4 videos
Lecture 1: Terms and Concepts12m
Lecture 2: Historical Context10m
Full simulation video 15m
4 readings
Welcome to Psychological First Aid10m
Pre-Course Survey10m
The Johns Hopkins Guide to Psychological First Aid10m
1 hour to complete

Reflective Listening/Rapport

5 videos (Total 32 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Lecture 3: Reflective Listening & Rapport15m
Lecture 4: How Reflective Listening Works11m
Reflective Listening & Rapport Vignette A 1m
Reflective Listening & Rapport Vignette B 2m
1 practice exercise
Modules 1 & 2 Quiz20m
2 hours to complete

Assessment and Prioritization

9 videos (Total 67 min), 1 quiz
9 videos
Lecture 5: Assessment of Needs19m
Assessment Vignette A 1m
Assessment Vignette B5m
Module 4 Introduction 2m
Lecture 6: Prioritization12m
Beyond the Ashes 23m
Prioritization Vignette A 1m
Prioritization Vignette B 20s
1 practice exercise
Modules 3 & 4 Quiz20m
1 hour to complete

Intervention and Disposition

9 videos (Total 34 min), 1 quiz
9 videos
Lecture 7: Intervention12m
Intervention Vignette A1m
Intervention Vignette B 1m
Module 6 Introduction 1m
Lecture 8: Disposition9m
Disposition Vignette A 30s
Disposition Vignette B 24s
Follow-Up Vignette 4m
1 practice exercise
Modules 5 & 6 Quiz20m
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By PGFeb 10th 2017

A very helpful course and full of practical information for persons interfered with disaster relief and crisis intervention as this course has a well- planned syllabus and really informative vignettes

By STJul 19th 2017

Very well prepared materials and videos.\n\nsimulation was really helpful and not too lengthy or detailed\n\nInstructor was very knowledgeable and seems to know to say the right amount of information



George Everly, Jr., PhD

Professor, Center for Public Health Preparedness
Bloomberg School of Public Health

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • No, the verified certificate means that you have successfully completed this course by achieving the course learning objectives. This course introduces you to the concepts and PFA and the Johns Hopkins RAPID PFA model, but does not provide all of the training and practice necessary to fully prepare you to render psychological first aid in a disaster setting. You are strongly encouraged to seek additional training before rendering psychological first aid.

  • The subject matter of this course requires the exploration of some traumatic situations and events that are potentially disturbing to some learners. For example, fires, floods, and violent crimes are occasionally referenced within the course.

  • No, this course is an opportunity to learn how to offer psychological first aid to others, not help yourself. It is not a suitable venue for seeking or receiving the help that you need. Rather we suggest that you contact your local mental health agency, or state associations for psychologists, psychiatrists, or social workers. They can often provide you with a list of resources, some at no cost, for receiving the help you need. For more urgent needs you should contact a local crisis telephone hotline, visit an emergency room, or simply dial 911 and ask for assistance.

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