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Disasters and conflicts can result in survivors experiencing severe psychosocial consequences. While emotional wounds are less visible than physical cuts or the loss of a home, the mental recovery process takes far longer. Thus, early psychosocial support is important to help affected communities cope with tragedies.

Psychosocial support is an integral part of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' (IFRC) emergency response, and can help individuals and communities to heal psychological wounds and rebuild social structures after emergencies and critical events. At times, psychosocial support can even help encourage passive victims to become active survivors.

This is the psychosocial objective that the Singapore Red Cross aims to achieve. Through the Academy's psychosocial support courses, participants will gain valuable skills, as well as a deeper understanding and appreciation to promote, protect, and support the well-being of populations affected by crises. Course graduates will be fully adept at planning activities that can reduce psychosocial vulnerabilities, and ultimately enhance community resilience to disasters.

Psychological First Aid (PFA)

Psychological First Aid training equips learners with basic skills and knowledge to identify signs of stress and support a person in distress using the World Health Organisation’s Psychological First Aid framework. The training includes content on the importance of mental wellness and self-care as a PFA provider.

The curriculum is designed by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support and accredited by the Singapore Red Cross Academy.

The training is eligible for 5 SDU points under Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.

6.5 hrs (1 day)

$120

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Advanced Psychological First Aid (APFA)

For individuals who have completed the PFA training.

Psychological First Aid training equips learners with advanced skills and knowledge to support a person in distress during complex situations and grief, using the World Health Organisation’s Psychological First Aid framework. The training includes content on the importance of mental wellness and self-care as a PFA provider.

The curriculum is designed by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support and accredited by the Singapore Red Cross Academy.

The training is eligible for 11 SDU points under Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.

14 hrs (2 days)

$280

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Advanced Psychological First Aid Refresher (APFA-R)

For individuals who have completed the APFA training, with 2 years validity only.

The course provides participants with a refresher on providing support for people going through grief and loss and providing PFA for complex situations. 

This course is conducted in-person.

6.5 hrs (1 day)

$180

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Psychological First Aid for Children & Youth (PFA-CY)

Psychological First Aid training equips learners with basic skills and knowledge to identify signs of stress and support children and youth in distress using the World Health Organisation’s Psychological First Aid framework. It focuses on children and youth’s reactions to stress and communicating with children, youth and their caregivers. The training includes content on the importance of mental wellness and self-care as a PFA provider.

The curriculum is designed by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support and accredited by the Singapore Red Cross Academy.

6.5 hrs (1 day)

$120

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Psychosocial Resilience & Response (PRR)

The importance of mental wellbeing and psychosocial support at the workplace is precipitated by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The training equips learners with basic knowledge and understanding to establish a psychosocial support framework for their organisation/workplace, both during peacetime and in crisis. It is suited for Management, crisis management teams and/or personnel involved in policy work. PRR’s core principles are centred around the objectives of promoting psychological well-being and restoration of social cohesion and infrastructure during a crisis.

4 hrs

$150

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Supportive Communication

The training equips learners with specific techniques that are helpful for conflict resolution, giving feedback and responding in difficult situations at work both in-person or virtually. Supportive communication skills are advantageous for fostering effective exchanges between co-workers. The training is suited for persons who are looking to communicate effectively and influence stakeholders or looking to improve communication within the organisation.

3 hrs

$60

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Body & Mind Awareness

Developed by a clinical psychologist, this workshop is specially curated to help learners understand the science of acute and chronic stress, how stress affects the body and mind and breathing techniques for managing stress.

3 hrs

$60

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  • I learnt so much today that my brain hurts (in a good way). I believe that this is a useful first step for me if I were to start a career in the counselling/HR field.

  • I liked how they linked the applicability of PFA alongside standard first aid. It really shows the extent of how far we can go to help those in need. The instructors were light-hearted throughout the course and got serious on certain topics to create greater emphasis. Overall, it was a great learning in a conducive environment. Kudos to the trainers!

  • The course leaders are very knowledgeable on the subject (PFA) and were very professional. They were also very pleasant throughout the course. Thank you very much!

  • It was nice to have everyone participating actively. The activities helped a lot and I felt that there was a good balance of theoretical and hands-on activities.

  • The course was really packed with beautiful content.

  • It was an enriching session and even though it must have been tough, the course was made better when the trainer shared her own experiences with us.