American Red Cross to offer psychological first aid course to help disaster-related stress

Published: Sep. 22, 2014 at 12:40 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 5:17 PM CST
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The American Red Cross Lake Charles chapter is set to offer an instructor-led, basic level psychological first aid course to prepare its workers to provide basic care, comfort and support to people who are experiencing disaster-related stress.

"We usually come in contact with these clients immediately after the disaster so, their mindset is a little bit different versus a few days after," said American Red Cross first responder Joe Johnson. "It allows us to approach them in a more gentle way and meet their needs and do it to where hopefully, they'll have something to smile about after the experience."

The course will provide a framework for understanding the factors that affect stress responses in disaster relief workers and the clients they serve. Participants will engage in practice exercises and complete a self-review questionnaire. The course qualifies for 0.4 CEU credit under the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) guidelines.

For families that have recently experienced a disaster, like the Greene family of Lake Charles, who lost their home to a house fire Sunday afternoon, says a program like this will be beneficial to both the workers and clients like themselves.

"In the middle of a crisis is not when you want to start learning what services are available and where to go," said homeowner Wendy Greene. "So, to know this ahead of time for others, if that's something that can come out of our loss, then that's great."

For more information on the physchological first aid course, CLICK HERE.

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