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Psychological First Aid: Immediate Response To Victim Trauma
5.0( 1 REVIEWS )
10 STUDENTS
1h 48m

Learn Psychological First Aid to respond to victims’ needs immediately after a traumatic event.

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Course Skill Level
Beginner
Time Estimate
1h 48m

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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • Emergency Response Personnel
  • Human Resources Department Personnel
  • Concerned Citizens
  • Religious Leaders
  • Trauma Counsellors and Therapists

What you’ll learn: 

  • Empower individuals to respond to victims’ needs immediately after the event
  • Equip responders with the necessary basic skill and knowledge to assist victims
  • Inspire the community and First Responders to reach out to victims immediately after the event
  • Designed to also support mental health professionals who seek to engage in prevention, investigation, and intervention on behalf of victims

Requirements: 

  • No prior knowledge is required to take this course 

The way people cope as victims of a traumatic event, like an accident, natural disaster, or crime, depend largely on their experiences immediately following the event. As a First Responder on the scene, you are usually the first person to approach victims. For this reason, you are in a unique position to help victims cope with the immediate trauma of the event and to help restore their sense of security and control over their lives.

It is not just law enforcement officers or Medical Emergency Personnel who are on the scene first. Most often, it is a bystander, a friend, or a family member who was in the vicinity, or was called by the victim.

Trauma affects everyone differently. This includes one-time, multiple, or long-lasting repetitive events.

The impact of trauma can be subtle, dangerous, or outright destructive. How an event affects an individual depends on many factors, including characteristics of the individual, the type and characteristics of the event(s), developmental processes, the meaning of the trauma, and sociocultural factors.

Some individuals may clearly display criteria associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but many more individuals will exhibit resilient responses or brief subclinical symptoms or consequences that fall outside of diagnostic criteria.

By approaching victims appropriately, you will gain their trust and cooperation. Victims may then be more willing to provide detailed information about the incident or crime to officers and later to investigators and prosecutors, which, in turn, will lead to the conviction of more criminals.

Remember that you are there for the victim; the victim is not there for you.

You can help victims by understanding the three major needs they have after an incident occurred:

  • the need to feel safe;
  • the need to express their emotions;
  • and the need to know “what comes next” after their victimization.

The information in this course is designed to show you how to meet these needs.

In this course, we discuss:

  • Brief definition of trauma
  • Impact of trauma
  • Victim-centered approach
  • How we normally process information and how it is affected by trauma
  • Automatic Immediate Stress Response
  • Different types of Incidents and Victims
  • Three major needs of every victim
  • Dealing with Responder Stress

What makes this course different?

We believe in providing high-quality training. That way, we can empower so many more people.

Over the years, I have responded to many disaster events, natural disasters, and man-made disasters, like bombs, bomb threats, armed robberies, shootings, home invasions, etc. Through all this, I noticed that everyone who arrives at the scene has a specific purpose, whether it be law enforcement, medical response, etc., and each one pursues that purpose. But, although the victims are spoken to, not much attention is given to the victim itself, and the state of mind in the moment directly after the incident.

Many who do speak to the victims, neglect to consider the traumatic state of mind of the victim, which, in turn, can cause the trauma seriously affect the state of mind after a period of time when most people have “recovered.”

The way we respond to victims immediately after the occurrence of the event, plays a major role in the success of mental recovery and emotional healing after the incident.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Introduction
Introduction 00:00:00
Section 2 - Impact Of Crime
The Impact Of Crime On The Individual 00:00:00
Section 3 - Victim Centered Approach
Victim Centered Approach 00:00:00
Section 4 - Processing Information
Processing Information 00:00:00
Section 5 - Stress Response
Automatic Stress Response 00:00:00
Immediate Stress Response Continued 00:00:00
Section 6 - Three Major Needs
Three Major Needs 00:00:00
Section 7 - Victim Categories And Responses
Elderly Victims 00:00:00
Sexual Assault Victims 00:00:00
Domestic Violence Victims 00:00:00
Homicide Survivors 00:00:00
Stalking Victims 00:00:00
Financial Crime Victims 00:00:00
Hate Crime Victims 00:00:00
Human Trafficking Victims 00:00:00
Child Victims 00:00:00
Section 8 - Responder Stress
Responder Stress 00:00:00

Course Review

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  1. Anonymous

    Psychological First Aid

    5.0

    An excellent introduction. It is aimed mainly at law enforcement rather than health or other emergency services, but the principles are the same. It covers stress response, individual needs, some psychological therapy techniques, and more.

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