Training of Trainers on Psychological First Aid (PFA) – Call for Applications

Training of Trainers on Psychological First Aid (PFA) for Crisis Events in
Sri Lanka: 14th – 17th June 2012 (Sinhala) and 7th-10th July 2012 (Tamil) in Batticaloa

Applications are invited for a Training of Trainers programme on
“Psychological First Aid (PFA) for Crisis Events in Sri Lanka”. This
training is designed to equip participants to deliver training in
Psychological First Aid in Sinhala or Tamil to a wide spectrum of
potential responders to large and small scale crisis events in community
settings. The training content is based on the international field guide
published by WHO, War-Trauma Foundation and World Vision International in 2011, which is currently being translated and adapted for use in Sri Lanka
by The Good Practice Group, in collaboration with World Vision Australia.
This programme is relevant for trainers of emergency workers, humanitarian
personnel, health and education staff, community workers and community

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-supported approach for
immediate post-crisis psychosocial care, recommended by the IASC
Guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency
Settings (2007), the current Sphere Guidelines (2011) and the WHO Mental
Health GAP Intervention Guide (2010). PFA covers both social and
psychological support and involves the provision of humane, supportive and
practical help to people suffering from serious crisis events. It is the
expert-recommended alternative to immediate psychological therapies –
which are not supported by available evidence to be appropriate in an
acute crisis.

This is the detailed call for applications, which provides
background information to the training process and its contents. An application form for prospective participants is uploaded separately.

There are only 30 places available (15 in each language group) and
applications will be processed on a ‘rolling’ basis. Therefore please do
encourage interested candidates to apply as early as possible to avoid
disappointment. Applications close on 18th May 2012.

For further information, please contact Gayathri Jayasooriya: 0777-574826
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