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Register now for free Psychological First Aid training from the Red Cross at Maclean on May 24. Image: contributed

Psychological first aid training

Rodney Stevens

People from around the Lower Clarence area are invited to a free Red Cross led workshop being held at Maclean that could be vital in the event of a crisis – Understanding Psychological First Aid.

Facilitated by the Australian Red Cross Community Led Resilience Teams, Psychological First Aid is an international best-practice approach that helps people affected by emergencies to reduce their initial distress and to move towards calming and coping.

Psychological first aid helps people impacted by an emergency, disaster or traumatic event, it is a humane, supportive response to another person who is suffering and may need support. 

The training involves practical activities, role plays and interaction with a qualified Red Cross Psychological First Aid trainer for four-hours.

Participants will learn the latest, internationally recognised, evidence-based practice in psychological first aid, understand how to maintain their personal wellbeing, and become a confident supporter during emergencies, disasters, or traumatic events by learning fundamental skills to use when responding to a crisis, then how to take care after an event.

By covering content including the importance of self-care in a stressful context, psychological first aid principles, distressing situations and reactions, complex reactions, child protection considerations, and overcoming challenges, you will be equipped with the tools to provide support in a range of situations.

The Psychological First Aid training will be held on Friday, May 24, from 10am till 3.30pm, at the Maclean Civic Hall, 50 River Street, Maclean.

Bookings are essential and morning tea and lunch are provided.

To register you interest contact Jasmin on 0417 690 511 or email