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Psychological First Aid

Psychological First Aid


This exciting program option teaches everyone how to help others experiencing loss, grief and stress, and also self-care. Learners will come away with coping strategies to prevent, identify and deal with stressful events, and they will better understand what supports are available to them and how they can access or help others to access specialized support.

Who is PFA for?

PFA is for everyone and also supports existing wellness programs. The courses provide a daily aid to facing the stresses of life, and help participants gain an understanding of how to recognize when a person is experiencing distress and how to offer help.

PFA vs Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

PFA and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) are distinct but complementary approaches that can be used in different settings. PFA helps learners develop an understanding of the effects of stress, loss, trauma and grief on others, with an emphasis on self-care and personal protection. MHFA teaches how to help a person experiencing a mental health crisis.

Course Options

Psychological First Aid is being offered as a blended delivery certification course or as a non-certification online program. 

Blended Delivery Certification Course: online completion of Psychological First Aid - Caring for Self (45-90 minutes) and Psychological First Aid - Caring for Others (45-90 minutes), followed by 8 hours in class

Non-certification online options -  Psychological First Aid - Caring for Self (45-90 minutes) and Psychological First Aid - Caring for Others (45-90 minutes) can be taken separately 

Course Outlines:

Psychological First Aid

Caring For Self (Online Course)

Caring For Others (Online Course)


Classes will continue at Unit 29 - 9914 Morrison Street until March 15th, From March 16th onward classes will be held at 221 Tundra Drive in the Westwood School Complex, next to the YMCA. Contact us at 780-792-1535 if you have any question about your class location. 

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