Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) March 27, 2012 HealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, PSNA, CA-BBS) provider of online continuing edu
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Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) March 27, 2012
HealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, PSNA, CA-BBS) provider of online continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied healthcare professionals announces the addition of a new online CE/CEU course, Crisis Response: The Fundamental Principles and Ethical Considerations of Psychological First Aid to their extensive online CE resource library. Psychological first aid (PFA) is an early intervention approach which is used to assist people in the immediate aftermath of crisis, disaster or trauma, to help prevent long-term psychological traumatization, and to encourage those involved in the crisis to cope with the current situation and eventually to begin looking toward the future.
The theory and practice of crisis response on the part of mental health providers has passed through a progression of stages during the past century. First developed within a military context, crisis response consisted of an often harsh treatment approach, even on the part of military health care providers, toward personnel suffering from what was called shell shock. Through the decades, the treatment modalities for crisis-related stress disorders have evolved, along with the recognition that stress-related disorders are not confined to the battlefield. PFA represents the most recent chapter in the evolution of crisis response.
Like its predecessor medical first aid, PFA provides training in skills appropriate for professionals as well as nonmedical/nonclinical laypersons by emphasizing meeting immediate needs, screening for more serious emotional responses, and making higher level referrals when necessary. Thus, PFA services can be expanded to include a broader pool of trainees.
In this online CE course, participants are introduced to the factors affecting stress responses in crisis situations, the principles of PFA and the application of these principles in a crisis response context natural and man-made. Specifically, the historical and theoretical underpinnings of PFA are presented. Ways to identify symptoms of stress in clients and colleagues, as well as themselves, within the crisis situation and crisis response context are discussed along with guidelines for providing immediate support to those exhibiting symptoms of stress. Lastly, participants will be able to recognize the parameters of PFA and determine when additional mental health support is necessary, for both professionals and clients, and facilitate referrals.
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