A three-day intensive training of trainers in psychological first aid for young peers in Psychological First Aid for young peers. The training builds on blended learning where trainees study assigned materials, participate in a pre-training meeting, study ahead of the face-to-face training and participate in the three days of training. The course is open for Red Cross Red Crescent youth trainers with MHPSS knowledge who are familiar with PFA and work with youth in community-based projects and programmes.
Many young people ask themselves: How can I support a peer or a friend and what should I do and say? Psychological first aid can help them know how to support their peers. In the training young peers learn to be a compassionate helper, to strengthens their skills in being a good listener, and in offering practical help without encouraging dependency. It empowers youth to have the needed skills and knowledge to support their peers. It also raises awareness about helpers needing to care for themselves.
Psychological first aid (PFA) is a first entry point to assist people in acute distress. It is a simple, yet powerful way of supporting someone, to feel calm, safe, and supported, and to link to more specialised support if needed. Learning PFA skills and understanding reactions to crises empowers the helper not only to help others, but also to apply the same skills to their own crises. Everyone can learn PFA skills, including staff and volunteers who are responding to humanitarian needs as well as at-risk communities themselves.
Psychological first aid is a structured way of supporting someone who needs help. It involves caring about a person in difficulty, paying attention to their reactions and how they feel, listening to them, and if needed, providing practical help. Psychological first aid is also about accompaniment; it helps make a young person in difficulty feel that there is someone who can support them.
The training methodology is based on blended learning where participants study before the training. The training is problem-based with practical exercises, group work, role plays, and case studies. Participants must be fluent in English to be able to engage actively in the course.