Psychosocial First Aid (PFA) is built on the premise that if people are supported immediately after a traumatic exposure then this will build resilience. The Tree of Life PFA workshops are designed in a simple and practical way that enable people to help their communities build resilience on the ground after sudden shocks.
Psychosocial First Aid (PFA) Training includes:
- Defining PFA in the ZImbabwean context and how to support families and communities;
- Qualities, skills and characteristics of a good Psychosocial First Aid Facilitator;
- Common reactions to stressful events and how those affected can be supported and empowered;
- The role of PFA to address basic needs and reduce psychological distress;
- Coping skills and connections for support after sudden shocks and stress;
- Creating and sustaining an environment of safety, calm and comfort, connectedness, self-empowerment and hope, for affected individuals and communities.
- The 8 objectives of PFA including:
1. Human connection;
2. Ongoing safety;
3. Calm and how to orient emotionally-overwhelmed human beings
4. Supporting people to tell their immediate needs and concerns;
5. Offer practical assistance;
6. Connecting survivors;
7. Support adaptive coping, and
8. Providing clarity on the availability as a helper.