Psychosocial Support
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Disasters and conflicts can result in survivors experiencing severe psychosocial consequences. While emotional wounds are less visible than physical cuts or the loss of a home, the mental recovery process takes far longer. Thus, early psychosocial support is important to help affected communities cope with tragedies.

Psychosocial support is an integral part of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' (IFRC) emergency response, and can help individuals and communities to heal psychological wounds and rebuild social structures after emergencies and critical events. At times, psychosocial support can even help encourage passive victims to become active survivors.

This is the psychosocial objective that the Singapore Red Cross aims to achieve. Through the Academy's psychosocial support courses, participants will gain valuable skills, as well as a deeper understanding and appreciation to promote, protect, and support the well-being of populations affected by crises. Course graduates will be fully adept at planning activities that can reduce psychosocial vulnerabilities, and ultimately enhance community resilience to disasters.

Psychological First Aid (PFA)

For any individuals who provide direct services to beneficiaries who may be exposed to crisis situations or anyone interested in learning the skills of establishing a human connection in a non-intrusive and compassionate manner

Based on World Health Standard. Endorsed by the Danish Red Cross with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support.

This course is available both online and in-person.

6.5 hrs (1 day)




Advanced Psychological First Aid (APFA)

For individuals who have completed the PFA training.

Participants will learn more about complex reactions in a crisis, the application of PFA in complex situations and supporting persons who are grieving. 

Accredited by the Singapore Red Cross Academy, this course is supported by the Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

This course is available online and in-person.

14 hrs (2 days)



Advanced Psychological First Aid Refresher (APFA-R)

For individuals who have completed the APFA training, with 2 years validity only.

The course provides participants with a refresher on providing support for people going through grief and loss and providing PFA for complex situations. 

This course is conducted in-person.




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  • I learnt so much today that my brain hurts (in a good way). I believe that this is a useful first step for me if I were to start a career in the counselling/HR field.

  • I liked how they linked the applicability of PFA alongside standard first aid. It really shows the extent of how far we can go to help those in need. The instructors were light-hearted throughout the course and got serious on certain topics to create greater emphasis. Overall, it was a great learning in a conducive environment. Kudos to the trainers!

  • The course leaders are very knowledgeable on the subject (PFA) and were very professional. They were also very pleasant throughout the course. Thank you very much!

  • It was nice to have everyone participating actively. The activities helped a lot and I felt that there was a good balance of theoretical and hands-on activities.

  • The course was really packed with beautiful content.

  • It was an enriching session and even though it must have been tough, the course was made better when the trainer shared her own experiences with us.