Psychological First Aid (Created by: Johns Hopkins University) Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, United States
Posted on May 9, 2017 / 466

Psychological First Aid

About this course:

 Learn to provide psychological first aid to people in an emergency by employing the RAPID model: Reflective listening, Assessment of needs, Prioritization, Intervention, and Disposition. 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 – Listen reflectively – 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 – Practice self-care Developed in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Open Education Lab.


Created by:   

Johns Hopkins University


Taught by:    

George Everly, Jr., PhD, Professor, Center for Public Health Preparedness Bloomberg School of Public Health



English, Subtitles: Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian

How To Pass

Pass all graded assignments to complete the course.

User Ratings

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In this first week, we have some materials to get you oriented, a pre-course survey, two lectures on history and terms and concepts and a simulated look at PFA in action. 

4 videos, 4 readings



Reflective Listening/Rapport

This week, we’ll be looking more closely at the R component of our RAPID model.  

5 videos

Graded: Modules 1 & 2 Quiz



Assessment and Prioritization

This week, we’ll be looking more closely at the A and P components of our RAPID model. A stands for Assessment, and P stands for Prioritization.  

9 videos

Graded: Modules 3 & 4 Quiz


Intervention and Disposition

This week, we’ll be looking more closely at the I and D components of our RAPID model in Lectures 7 and 8, respectively. I stands for Intervention, and D stands for Disposition.  

9 videos

Graded: Modules 5 & 6 Quiz



Self-Care and Wrap-Up

Now that we’ve gone through the entire RAPID model, we’ll turn our intention to you, the provider.  

4 videos, 1 reading

Graded: Module 7 Quiz


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Listing Type : Online Courses
Condition : Entry level
Language : English
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