COVID-19: Psychological First Aid – Free course
Learn how to give practical and emotional support to individuals using PFA
Psychological First Aid (PFA) is the globally recommended training for supporting people during emergencies and offers guidance on delivering psychosocial care in the immediate aftermath of the emergency event.
On this course, you’ll explore the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and what you can do to help people cope. As well as this, the course will teach you the key principles of giving psychological first aid in emergencies.
This course has been produced by Public Health England and is based on international guidance from the World Health Organisation, United Nations and partners.
MCTI – Team Dynamics
& Human Factors
The Mission Critical Team Initiative was created to support those teams by inviting them into a Collaborative Inquiry Community to share effective practices, validate applied research, and innovate in the area of learning, instruction, and professional development.
We have come across this organisation that may prove interesting to educators, practice educators, operational staff and commanders. This organisation work with ‘Mission Critical Teams’ across the world.
A MCT is loosely defined as – indigenously trained small teams of 4 -12 people who operate in immersive environments dealing with rapidly evolving complex and /or chaotic problems that need to be dealt with in under 5 mins, where failure yields results that are fatal or catastrophic.
They work with a range of teams, from military Special Forces, Emergency Medicine, Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, and elite athletes and sports people. Their work has produced some interesting research which is publicly available below, and some of the podcasts carry some very transferable ideas.
Their goal, in partnering with both researchers and practitioners, is to develop collaborative applied research focused on helping Mission Critical Teams effectively detect, recognise, react, respond, and recover from the radical change events caused by rapidly emergent complex adaptive problem sets.
Public resources you may find interesting – (more on the website here – but we haven’t read them yet! They are easy to read papers, not so much in the style of formal medical research papers you may be used to)
Residue and Choosing the Hard Path (click here for PDF download), Dr. Preston Cline – This paper brings a different look at immersive experiences and PTSD
After Action Reviews: AARs (click here for PDF download), Coleman Ruiz – This paper talks about de-briefs
Learning to Navigate Uncertainty (click here), Dr. Preston Cline – This paper discusses learning and problem solving
The Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaborative of National Health Service trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond.
The alliance is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all.
The aims of this training are to: enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviour, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.
Access their WEBSITE HERE including FREE Suicide prevention e-learning and free resources.