Training of Trainers (ToT) on Psychological First Aid (PFA)

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December 9-12, 2013
Location: Arcadia Ichigaya

WHO in collaboration with its partners published “Psychological First Aid: Field Guide” (PFA Field Guide) in 2011 to provide an easy-to-understand guidance on what to do and what not to do when trying to support a fellow human being after going through a serious crisis event. The PFA Field Guide has been endorsed by the UN, UNICEF, UNHCR,  International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Plan International, among others, and the UN Secretary General mandated the PFA training for human resources and security personnel in the UN worldwide. The PFA has been widely employed in Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

TDLC together with the National Information Center of Disaster Mental Health (Japan) and the United Nations University will host a 4-day training of trainers (ToT) on PFA at Arcadia Ichigawa.

Dr. Leslie Snider, Sr. Advisor, War Trauma Foundation, who is one of the main authors of the “WHO PFA Field Guide” will facilitate the session.

This ToT training is intended for municipal government officials from disaster-prone areas in Japan, disaster/humanitarian response experts, members of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), Japan, and constituencies from the education sector.


December 9-12, 2013

Training Schedule:

Day 1 & 2: Lectures, role play-base learning, and discussions.
Day 3: Group-based practical training with supervisors
Day 4: Reflections, discussions, ethics on disseminating PFA, wrap-up


Arcadia Ichigaya

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