Sessions

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Thursday (Evening)

Mental Health Matters

Recognizing the potential challenges that we may face in our personal and professional lives is important not only for our own health, but also for the people we work with daily.

This presentation examines: defining mental health, creating a common language to reduce stigma, building a safe place in which people can speak about their own lived experience, and understanding the impact that crises and disasters have on our mental wellness. Practical steps will be offered to create an individual plan for wellness and personal resilience.

Friday (All Day)

Psychological First Aid (PFA)

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is recognized by the WHO as a way to help people immediately following an emergency or disaster. This all-day workshop provides the tools and skills that are needed to recognize stress and trauma, in yourself and in others. It will also cover how to respond effectively through proactive self-care and stress management techniques.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Practical care and support to affected individuals following a traumatic event
  • Helping people to meet their basic needs
  • Active listening in a stressful environment
  • Understanding grief and loss
  • Connecting people to information, community services, and social supports
  • Protecting people from further immediate harm
  • Self-care planning for PFA providers
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