When terrible things happen in our city/country, we want to reach out to help those who are affected. This workshop introduces Psychological First Aid (PFA), which means providing humane, supportive and practical help to those who have suffered. This is based on a guide prepared by the World Health Organization and includes both, psychological and social support.
This workshop will help you understand what and how to say and do for people who are very distressed. It will also give you information on how to approach a difficult situation safely (for yourselves and others) and not to cause harm by your actions.
Please note that the theme for World Mental Health Day on 8th October 2016 is also “Psychological First Aid”.
At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Identify how people respond to trauma
2. Define what PFA is, and what it is not?
3. Act on principles of PFA (Prepare, Look, Listen and Link)
4. Provide support (Do’s & Don’ts)
5. Discuss the ethical Do’s & Don’ts of PFA
• Health professionals
• Humanitarian workers
• Those exposed to mental health problems
• Members of civil society
2. Dr Israr ul Haq is a fellow of the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Pakistan since 2012. He graduated from Rawalpindi Medical College and completed his postgraduate psychiatric training from the Institute of Psychiatry, Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Rawalpindi. He is currently working as a consultant psychiatrist at KRL hospital, Islamabad.
He has also been working at Meditrina for the past three years offering clinical and counselling services; supervising postgraduate students of psychology; and been actively involved in mental health trainings. He is also a visiting faculty at Department of Professional Psychology, Bahria University, Islamabad.
His interests include psychosocial interventions both, in routine clinical care and following a humanitarian crisis; and training non-specialists to integrate mental health services into primary care. Besides the professional interests, he is a literature enthusiast.
For Students: Rs 1000
Last date for registration is 15th September 2016
2. What is Psychological first aid (PFA) (Large group discussion)
3. Who, where, when of PFA (Small group activity)
4. Action principles of Psychological first aid (Presentation)
5. Case scenarios (Small group activity)
6. Good Communication Exercise (Role play)
7. Ethical Do’s and Don’ts (Small group discussion)
8. Caring for yourselves (Large Group Discussion)
9. Q&A and Feedback