Module 1: Impact awareness of natural disasters and emergency response
In this module, you will visit the following topics: pre-crisis preparation, stress management education, stress resistance, crisis mitigation training; disaster or large-scale incident, as well as, school and community support programs; one-on-one crisis intervention/counselling or psychological support; etc.
Module 2: Crisis Interventions in Depression and PTSD
Crisis is defined as a sudden event in one’s life that disturbs homeostasis, during which usual coping mechanisms cannot resolve the problem.
Module 3: Blue Light Mental Health and Trauma Awareness
how people can learn to self regulate so that they can function more effectively mentally, emotionally and physically (regulation of the brain: neuroscience; physical - self regulation thermometer; mindfulness) (Kate King)
- Wellbeing and mental health support in the emergency services
- Blue Light Research
- Blue Light Research (2)
- Blue Light Research (3)
- Types of trauma
- How trauma changes our physiology – flight, fight or freeze response
- What happens after trauma
- Advice to traumatised individuals
- Advice to friends and family
- Signs of burnout
- Check your knowledge!
Module 4: Disaster management
- Why is this important?
- Who are first responders?
- How First Responders Develop Mental Health Complications?
- What are the most frequent mental health complications which first responders develop?
- What barriers do first responders face to looking for mental health treatment?
- How can we help?
- EMDR Therapy
- Check your knowledge!
Module 5: Communication and Stress
The aim of this module will be to learn about communication problems and stress that people with PTSD are struggling with. It will lead to greater understanding how to effectively work with such people and how to recognize the symptoms. It will help to implement this topic in teaching practice to ultimately widen participation and increase trauma awareness, emotional self regulation and preparedness for response to any traumatic event. The topics covered: PTSD, Communication and PTSD, How to communicate in a PTSD relationship?, How Is PTSD Unlike a Normal Stress Response?, Stress – Physical symptoms, Stress – Psychological symptoms, Stress – Behaviours.
Module 6: Psychological First Aid; CPR and emergency first aid
- Training Objectives
- Learning Outcomes
- What is Psychological First Aid?
- Key Stages in PFA Training
- How Do People Respond in Emergencies ?
- How Does Trauma Impact Mental Health?
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Components of PFA
- Steps in PFA
- PFA is NOT
- Be Prepared
- Signs of Distress
- Social & Physical Reactions
- People with Additional Needs and Trauma
- Secondary Stressors
- Long Term Effects
- Distress & Mental Health
- Mental Health Problems
- Resilience & Coping
- Psychosocial Resilience
- Social Support & Coping
- Dos & Don’ts’s
- Action Principles
- Communication Skills
- People Who Need More Than PFA Alone
- How to Link People for Support & Guidance
- Self Care & Ending Assistance
- Check your knowledge!
How to communicate in a PTSD relationship?
Step 1: Clear, concise messages are needed to get your information across.
When you’re juggling post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury in one brain, this is not the time to start getting fancy with your vocabulary! Your spouse needs a simple, concise message so he or she can give you a simple, concise answer.
Step 2: The sound of silence
This is a biggie for PTSD marriages. Get comfortable with silence. It’s okay not to say anything. Every last minute of every moment together does not have to be filled with noise. Every second of the day isn’t filled with conversation and it doesn’t mean something is wrong.
Step 3: Allow your veteran to answer.
Let your spouse talk. Let your veteran have time to formulate his or her answer (as opposed to just continuing to talk until your hero finally says something). This goes along with Step 2 – Silence. You must be willing to be silent and wait for your spouse to figure out an answer. If a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is involved, this is twice as important because it may very well take longer for your veteran’s brain to process (even if you’ve followed Step 1 and delivered a clear, concise message!).
Step 4: Question everything!
Here’s how it works.
With your third statement you’ve reconfirmed the information. If you’re on a roll and
getting more than one word answers, this is even more important. Try rephrasing what
you THINK you heard and asking your spouse if you’re correct. By repeating the story
from what you hear, you are eliminating the possibility of a misunderstanding. This
works both ways and can be an effective way to reduce escalation in arguments because
you are keeping the logic intact rather than resorting to pure emotions.