Psychological First Aid (PFA)

Authors: World Health Organization, HO, ARQ International (former WarTrauma Foundation) and World Vision International

Available in English, French, Dutch, Arabic and many more languages

This guide covers psychological first aid which involves humane, supportive and practical help to fellow human beings suffering serious crisis events. It is a framework to support people in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities. Endorsed by many international agencies, the guide reflects the emerging science and international consensus on how to support people in the immediate aftermath of extremely stressful events.

The guide was developed by ARQ International (former WarTrauma Foundation), in cooperation with World Vision and WHO. ARQ International provides PFA trainings adjusted to local context.

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Facilitator’s Guide


Author: World Health Organization

Available in English, Chinese and Ukrainian

This facilitator’s guide 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.

If you are interested in more information on this program, please visit the WHO website. Click on this link to download the publication on their website. 

 

PFA during Ebola virus disease outbreaks


Authors: World Health Organization, CBM, World Vision, UNICEF

Available in English, French and Chinese

This guide is an adaptation of the original PFA Guide for field workers adapted to better respond to the challenges of Ebola virus disease outbreaks. Ebola poses specific problems for affected people (e.g., stigmatization, isolation, fear, and possible abandonment), their caregivers and responders (e.g., safety, access to updated information).

If you are interested in more information about this program, you can visit the website of the World Health Organization. Click on this link to download the publication on their website.