Psychological First Aid response capacity in South Korea

News Hour:

A Training for Trainers in Psychological First Aid (PFA) took place this week (13-17/2) in Seoul. It was designed to strengthen Korean humanitarian workers’ response capacity to psychological injury caused by emergencies. The training was attended by 100 participants from the government, local NGOs, academics and psychiatric institutions.

PFA is not yet extensively used as part of the humanitarian response, despite the fact that the emotional impacts caused by emergencies strongly influence not only the affected population, but also humanitarian staff responding to the emergency.

The five-day training focused on PFA and Staff Care principles, sharing lessons learned from case studies.

It was funded by the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and led by two psychosocial support experts – Dr. Leslie Snider and Ryoko Ohtaki Narita, an associate researcher at Japan’s National Information Center of Disaster Mental Health.

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