UAB Barcelona
Summer School

Psychological First Aid

UAB Barcelona Summer School

08-Psychological First Aid - Alicia Álvarez

Number of credits: 6 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
Course Fee: 850 €
Course Fee for UAB students and Alumni UAB Premium+ : 200 €
Teaching Language: English
Place: Online
Teaching Period: 21 June to 9 July

Schedule:
  • 9-10h: Lecture class with professor 
  • 10-11h: Interactive seminar
  • 11-12h: Organised tutoring sessions

Registration of international and national students (non-UAB students) before May 16 will get 20% discount.

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Enrolment guidelines

Contact: summer@uab.cat

 

PROFESSOR BIO INFORMATION

Ingeborg Porcar: Psychologist (Ph.D), Accreditation in Clinical Psychology and Crisis Management, Associated Professor at UAB, Founder and Director of the UTCCB, a Trauma, Crisis and Conflict Center at the Faculty for Psychology at UAB.

Alicia Álvarez Garcia: PhD in clinical Psychology and a specialization on emergencies, catastrophes, and urgencies as well as in PTSD and trauma. She has 11 years of experience both on clinical practice and crisis response management. Currently she is the Care&Research director at the UTCCB from UAB and combines this position with her job as lecturer in different universities as Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Politècncia de Barcelona, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and the Harvard Medical School from Boston.

  • Department of Psychology
  • E-mail: ingeborg.porcar@uab.cat; aalvarez@utccb.net  

 

ACADEMIC GUIDE      
 

Contents overview

As it is known, Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed approach for assisting all the population in the aftermath of a critical event. PFA ameliorates symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and prevents Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The main goal of this course is to train the students in the application of PFA on both massive and daily emergencies. This enables them to become a community health worker prepared to cope with highly stressful situations everywhere. After the training, students will be able to understand why a crisis has an impact on persons, families and communities. He or she will also be able to boost both the coping skills and the resilience.

 

Week programme

Psychological First Aid
 Week  Contents Teaching / learning activities
1
  • Definition of Acute and Post-traumatic Stress and Psychological First Aid.
  • Aims and application of PFA.
  • Patterns of response in the aftermath of a critical event.

Video teaching

Case studies

Group discussions

Problem solving

Written exercises

Role playing

Teamwork

Quick tests

 

2
  • PFA for children.
  • PFA for teenagers and adults.
  • Risk factors.
  • Protective factors.
  • PFA as part of preventive monitoring.

Video teaching

Case studies

Group discussions

Problem solving

Written exercises

Role playing

Teamwork

Quick tests

 

3
  • Psycho-education skills.
  • Group techniques.
  • Self-care techniques for responders.
  • The importance of a correct triage process.
  • Other considerations applying PFA.

Video teaching

Case studies

Group discussions

Problem solving

Written exercises

Role playing

Teamwork

Quick tests

 

 

Evaluation

This course is based on the continuous evaluation, that is, throughout the three weeks we will generate evidence that at the end will lead to the final grade.

1. Almost every morning we will first do a short test to help us to check if we should revisit certain concepts. The average grade of these tests makes 35% of the final grade.

2. During the course, the students will apply the proposed competencies to an incident of multiple victims, based on real situations proposed by the professors. We will do written exercises and role-playings and the average of these contributions will make 30% of the final grade.

3. The final evaluation will consist of the complete design of the best possible intervention in a given crisis and the presentation of that design in front of the group of colleagues of the same course in a final seminar. This is a group work and will make 35% of the final grade. This final evaluation will be presented to all other students in the course on July 8.

 

Links and references

  • Minihan, E., Gavin, B., Kelly, B. D., & McNicholas, F. (2020). Covid-19, Mental Health and Psychological First Aid. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1017/ipm.2020.41
  • Montenegro, P., & Cabello, R. (2019). Manual ABCDE para la aplicación de Primeros Auxilios Psicológicos 1a Edición, 70.
  • Vernberg, E. M., Steinberg, A. M., Jacobs, A. K., Brymer, M. J., Watson, P. J., Osofsky, J. D., … Ruzek, J. I. (2008). Innovations in Disaster Mental Health: Psychological First Aid. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice39(4), 381–388. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0012663
  • World Health Organization. (2011). Psychological First Aid - Guide for field workers. Who44(8), 813.