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Psychological First Aid (PFA) Workshop

Psychological first aid workshop for non-mental health professionals

23rd June 2022
09:00 - 16:00
Virtual Training
Entry Fees

This training, delivered by Dzmitry Karpuk, a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist, is open to caseworkers assisting resettled refugees and Afghan families across the East of England.

This session is primarily for caseworkers who attended Vicarious Trauma Training in March 2022.


Aim of the workshop:

To develop an understanding of how to support the Refugee & Asylum seekers (RAS) population (families, adults and children) in distress by using basic skills of Psychological First Aid


As a result of this training, participants will:

1. Develop an understanding of psychological and emotional behaviours of the RAS population resulting from significant single or complex traumas, understanding of two main distress reactions of people in distress which will help spot early signs of mental health issues and understand the main needs of people in distress.
2. Develop an understanding of how mental health professionals support traumatised clients, and why some of the services can only support RAS clients who are at the beginning of trauma recovery (e.g. new arrivals) and other services are unable to offer this mental health support. Subsequently, it will help to understand how to make appropriate referrals
3. Develop an understanding of how to support RAS clients at the beginning of trauma recovery (e.g. new arrivals) by learning the main components and steps of Psychological First Aid (designed for non-mental health professionals and adapted for the multiple needs of the RAS population)
4. Be introduced to the basic skills of managing emotional distress (simple tools that prevent further deterioration – group exercises will be offered)
5. Be introduced to secondary trauma impact and why self-care skills are important when
supporting RAS clients (or any other traumatised clients)


This workshop has both taught and experiential elements with presentations, demonstrations and small group work involved by bringing together the latest developments in supporting survivors in the aftermath of traumatic events specifically designed for non-mental health professionals.

This workshop also incorporates introduction to prevention of burnout & vicarious trauma impact. It is a well-known fact that professionals working with traumatised clients are at a high risk of being negatively impacted by their work, specifically the development of vicarious trauma. Knowledge and understanding of trauma impact can help build resilience in the workforce.

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