2017•12•13 Kuala Lumpur
The UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) organised the second Psychological First Aid (PFA) Training of Trainers workshop on 20–22 September 2017.
The workshop — facilitated by Professor Atsuro Tsutsumi (Kanazawa University) — aims to develop a network of highly trained and confident trainers in Malaysia who are equipped and fully able to collaborate extensively and deliver further training on PFA to others. The three-day workshop was attended by 27 participants, including counsellors, lecturers, disaster aid workers, and psychologists.
Participants discussed the role of psychological first aiders, and learned how to approach and render assistance in disaster situations without causing further harm to survivors. Participants in this cohort were very active and participated wholeheartedly in simulations and role playing of the different scenarios, where they switched and played different roles including being a “helper, survivor, and facilitator”.
The new trainers are encouraged to use what they have learned when the opportunity arises. It is hoped that they will take steps to actively impart the new skills and knowledge on PFA to their respective organisations, communities, and colleagues.
For more information on the workshop, see the news story on the UNU-IIGH website.