Psychological First Aid

A way to provide meaningful emotional support to individuals and team members in the aftermath of a crisis or overwhelming event.

Description

Psychological First Aid (or PFA) is a way to provide meaningful emotional support to individuals and team members in the aftermath of a crisis or overwhelming event.

The aim is to reduce the initial distress caused by the critical event and to foster both short and long-term coping.

Options

Individual (Up to 60 minutes): Delivered in the 72 hours following a critical incident, this session ensures the individual is psychologically safe, provides advice for managing initial symptoms and work duties, and identifies indicators for recovery. We can deliver this service to individuals and teams. Advice and guidance can also be provided to management and personnel managing the crisis.

Group (Up to 90 minutes): A space for a group or a team to discuss current stressors, trauma and common reactions; discover positive elements and meaningful experiences in the current environment; reduce the impact of stress through processing; discuss coping strategies such as self-compassion, reframing, self-awareness and self-care; and identify those who need extra support.

 

Testimonials

​​“We provide humanitarian support, which can involve working with people who have been traumatised. When we started to look for experts who could train some of our team in Psychological First Aid, Thrive was recommended to us. In 3 sessions over 3 days, our team members gained the knowledge and skills to support traumatised groups in a meaningful way.”  — Claire Merat, NRC

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