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Psychological First Aid Elementary One-day Course (1-day PFA)


What is PFA?

Psychological First Aid (“PFA”) is not counseling, but aims at establishing a human connection by active listening and providing practical assistance in a non-intrusive and compassionate manner. It enhances immediate and ongoing safety, and provides physical and emotional comfort. As research showed that inappropriate psychological interventions can do harm on the affected people, PFA is an evidence-informed intervention approach designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster adaptive functioning and coping capacity. PFA intervention strategies are intended for use with children, adults, parents/caretakers, families, and communities exposed to emergencies. It can also be provided to first responders and other disaster relief workers.

Course Objective:

This course mainly focuses on equipping participants with the basic Psychological First-Aid(PFA) knowledge and action principles. Apart from theory, the course offers role playing exercise for participants to practice PFA. Through lectures and interactive workshops, our external training program aims to provide a better understanding for the participants of mental health to reduce their impact, equip with the psychological support skills and enhance their resilience and coping abilities during emergencies.


Course Contents:

Psychological Reactions to Traumatic Events

  • Traumatic events
  • Common psychological reactions to traumatic events
  • Psychological impacts of traumatic events
  • Extreme stress reactions/Post-traumatic stress symptoms
  • Traditional psychological debriefing



  • What is empathy?
  • What is sympathy?
  • How to practise empathy?
  • Skills for communicating with people after trauma


Overview of PFA Content

  •  Understand the three action principles of Look, Listen and Link


Situational Role Play

  • 1 scenario



Date: 20 & 27 January 2022 (Thursday)

Time: 19:00-22:00

Venue: Hong Kong Red Cross Headquarters Room 102

Course Duration: 6 hours

Class Size: around 30 participants per class

Entry Requirement: Suitable for anyone aged 18 or above who is interested in the course or needs PFA knowledge at work

Instructor:  Clinical Psychologist or Volunteer Psychologist of Hong Kong Red Cross

Medium of Instruction: Cantonese 

Course Fee: HK$600 

Certificate: Certificate of attendance would be awarded to participants with 100% attendance of overall program.

Remarks: The Department may refuse to admit an applicant at its discretion.



Online application only


General Enquiries

Tel: 2514 2280

Email: psp@redcross.org.hk