Utilizing the RAPID model (Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention, and Disposition), this specialized course provides perspectives on injuries and trauma that are beyond those physical in nature. The RAPID model is readily applicable to public health settings, the workplace, the military, faith-based organizations, mass disaster venues, and even the demands of more commonplace critical events, e.g., dealing with the psychological aftermath of accidents, robberies, suicide, homicide, or community violence. In addition, the RAPID model has been found effective in promoting personal and community resilience.
Participants will increase their abilities to:
Discuss key concepts related to PFA
Differentiate benign, non-incapacitating psychological/ behavioral crisis reactions from more severe, potentially incapacitating, crisis reactions
Prioritize (triage) psychological/ behavioral crisis reactions
Mitigate acute distress and dysfunction, as appropriate
Recognize when to facilitate access to further mental health support
Module 1: Introduction
Module 2: Rapport and Reflective Listening
Module 3: Assessment of Needs
Module 4: Prioritization
Module 5: Intervention
Module 6: Disposition
Module 7: Self-Care and Wrap-Up
Each module consists of presentations from the instructor and interactive video-based exercises that allow learners to practice their skills. Learning progress will be assessed with weekly quizzes.
What resources will I need for this class?
You do not need any additional resources beyond a computer.
Will I earn a certificate?
If you enroll in Signature Track and achieve a grade of 70% or higher, you will receive a verified certificate.
Can I earn a statement of accomplishment if I don’t enroll in Signature Track?
Free statements of accomplishment are not offered in this course. If you are not enrolled in Signature Track, participation and performance documentation will be reported on your Accomplishments page, but you will not receive a signed statement of accomplishment.
Does the verified certificate mean that I’m certified to render psychological first aid?
No, the verified certificate means that you have successfully completed this course by achieving the course learning objectives. This course introduces you to the concepts and PFA and the Johns Hopkins RAPID PFA model, but does not provide all of the training and practice necessary to fully prepare you to render psychological first aid in a disaster setting. You are strongly encouraged to seek additional training before rendering psychological first aid.
Does this course contain anything disturbing?
The subject matter of this course requires the exploration of some traumatic situations and events that are potentially disturbing to some learners. For example, fires, floods, and violent crimes are occasionally referenced within the course.
I’ve experienced a traumatic event. Is this course a place to seek and receive help?
No, this course is an opportunity to learn how to offer psychological first aid to others, not help yourself. It is not a suitable venue for seeking or receiving the help that you need. Rather we suggest that you contact your local mental health agency, or state associations for psychologists, psychiatrists, or social workers. They can often provide you with a list of resources, some at no cost, for receiving the help you need. For more urgent needs you should contact a local crisis telephone hotline, visit an emergency room, or simply dial 911 and ask for assistance.