Psychological first aid training for Lebanese field workers in the emergency context of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Leyla Akoury-Dirani, Tina S. Sahakian, Fahed Y. Hassan, Ranya V. Hajjar, Khalil El Asmar

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The Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon required a fast and efficient comprehensive rescue strategy. Professionals working in emergency response were neither prepared to provide psychological first aid nor prepared to screen for mental health disorders in child refugees. This article examines the efficacy of a national training program in psychological first aid (PFA) to enhance the readiness of mental health field workers in the Syrian refugee response. Participant (N = 109) were recruited from Lebanese ministries and nongovernmental organizations. They received a 2.5-day training on PFA and on screening for mental health disorders in children. Their knowledge and perceived readiness were assessed before the training, immediately after the training, and 1 month after the training using 2 evaluation forms. Evaluation Form A was a multiple choice questionnaire composed of 20 questions and created on the basis of the content of the training, and Evaluation Form B was a Likert-type scale of 20 items created based on the core components of PFA. The data of 60 participants were analyzed. The results showed a significant increase in knowledge and readiness, specifically on the components related to the principles and techniques of PFA.
Original languageEnglish
Article number533–538
JournalPsychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


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