This training covers Psychological First Aid (PFA) which involves humane, supportive, and practical help to crew members or co-workers suffering from the consequences of a crisis.
It is designed for seafarers and shore staff to help others who have experienced an extremely distressing event. It gives a framework for supporting people in ways that respect their dignity, culture, and abilities.
Participants will learn to provide PFA to people in emergency situations and post-emergency situations until professional help can be accessed. Being able to provide PFA has a tremendous effect on the mental health of the affected people and studies showed that this is more effective than providing psychotherapy in an acute crisis situation.
PFA should not be confused or equated with psychotherapy, and it is not a substitute for professional therapy. Therapy is applied after the acute situation to people who develop mental illness or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
PFA can act as a prevention tool for these mental health disorders.