Psychological Emergency Management

Course objectives

  1. To give an understanding of psychological emergencies occurring in various settings with case examples
  2. To revise and refresh psychopathology classification
  3. To train in mental health first aid, unconditional positive regard, and listening
  4. To develop SOPs and protocol for approaching a person at risk, develop contact lists for referral and follow up procedures
  5. To equip in mindful troubleshooting and crisis intervention
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Week1. What is a psychological emergency?

Week 2. Distal and Immediate Situations, indicators, and presenting complaints

  • Sharing of case examples

Week 3. Psychopathology re-visited

  • Covering classification of basic mental health conditions
  • Symptoms
  • Consultation possibilities

Week 4. Identification of distress situations

Week 5. Psychological first aid

  • Steps
  • Protocol
  • Team approach
  • Referral

Week 6. Counseling concepts and practice

  • Unconditional positive regard
  • Attending, Listening, reflecting, summarizing
  • Empathy
  • What to say, when and how
  • Information seeking ethics

Week 7 & 8. Internship + training

  1. To give an understanding of psychological emergencies occurring in various settings with case examples
  2. To revise and refresh psychopathology classification
  3. To train in mental health first aid, unconditional positive regard, and listening
  4. To develop SOPs and protocol for approaching a person at risk, develop contact lists for referral and follow up procedures
  5. To equip in mindful troubleshooting and crisis intervention
  1. Identify a person in distress and provide psychological first aid
  2. Seek support/advice from relevant professional/ clinical and health setting
  3. Exercise mindful care and monitoring
  4. Recognize one’s own capacity for providing care
  5. Learn and practice unconditional positive regard

Method and materials

  1. Lectures with presentations
  2. Readings
  3. Discussion boards
  4. consultative informal meetings
  5. Videos and webinars

Evaluation and assessment

  1. Principles
  2. Continuous assessment
  3. The flexibility of improving graded assignment with feedback
  4. Graded Demonstration
  5. Mode of assessment:
  6. MCQs
  7. Practical demonstration
  8. Readings and discussion

All National and International Individuals with no specific educational background requirement.