Support after disaster or critical event

Learn how to support someone immediately following a disaster or critical event until professional help is available.

The Strengthening Connections session focuses on the support provided to someone immediately following a disaster or critical event until professional help is available, and/or until the person is less overwhelmed and more able to cope.

Psychological first aid seeks to:

  • Reduce the initial distress.
  • Foster short and long-term adaptive functioning (build resilience).
  • Minimise the risk of further harm.

Participants are supported to:

  • Recognise signs of emotional/psychological distress.
  • Respond to the person’s immediate needs with care and support.
  • Refer confidently to appropriate services.


This course is provided as a three-hour, face-to-face or virtual workshop.

Resources: Printed copy of slides.

Course brochure

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