PFA Facilitator's Manual

The manual is designed to orient helpers to offer psychological first aid (PFA) to people following a serious crisis event. PFA involves humane, supportive and practical assistance for people who are distressed, in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities. This facilitator’s manual is to be used together with the Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers.

The instructions and materials in this manual are for a half-day orientation (four hours excluding breaks) to prepare helpers to support people recently affected by very stressful events. If you have more time available for the orientation, the extra activities and slides included in the text boxes can be used to deliver a full-day orientation (five-and-a-half hours excluding breaks). Where possible, full-day orientations should be organized to allow for deeper learning.

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