This course was designed as an overview for MRC volunteers, hospital personnel, disaster responders, and first-responders, to the concepts and applications of psychological first aid as it applies to assisting survivors and fellow responders impacted by a disaster or emergency event, particularly in the field during a response. This training may also be useful to other individuals when dealing with a personal crisis situation in their family, community or work place.


After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles and techniques of PFA as they apply to a disaster response
  • Identify at least seven common physical, emotional, behavioral, cognitive, spiritual, and sensory reactions to a traumatic event in adults and children;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the concept footprint of disaster as a model for the impact of a disaster on people physically and emotionally over time
  • When provided with scenarios and profiles select and provide appropriate PFA responses to individuals presenting with common reactions, positive coping strategies, maladaptive coping strategies and severe reactions to traumatic events
  • Demonstrate knowledge of responder stressors and principles of self-care as they apply to a personal crisis or a disaster deployment before, during and after an event
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of principles of self-care to the development of a printable personal resiliency plan.


This training contributes to the following Public Health Preparedness Competencies and PHEP


1.2 Manage behaviors associated with emotional responses in self and others.

1.5 Demonstrate respect for all persons and cultures.

4.1 Maintain personal/family emergency preparedness plans.


1. Community Preparedness

2. Community Recovery

14. Responder Safety and Health


Produced by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Minnesota Department of Health Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response. Subject matter expert: Nancy Carlson, MPhil, CFT, CFE

Continuing Education Units

Please note that these trainings may offer different types of continuing education credits. This Learner Portal may not calculate the correct number of continuing education credits. Please refer to the Continuing Education Credits section of your course site after registration for the correct information.

This course is eligible for 0.75 continuing education contact hours (0.075 CEUs) and 1 CPH re-certification credit.

Contact & Questions

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Section Title
Psychological First Aid: A Minnesota Community Supported Model
Online, self paced
Jan 04, 2024 to Jan 06, 2025
Delivery Options
Self Paced Online  
Course Fee(s)
No Fee $0.00
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