Psychological First Aid (PFA) and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Training Module

Trainers’ guide

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©️UNICEF Laos/ 2004/ Jim Holmes


The Psychological First Aid and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Training Manual for Sub-national Social Service Workforce in Lao PDR presents necessary knowledge and skills required for the social service workforce to identify, prevent and respond to psychosocial and mental health needs of people during emergencies, such as natural disaster and pandemic situations, including COVID-19. The training manual includes contextualized examples, practical cases and useful tips on the provision of a wide range of psychological, psychosocial and mental health services tailored to the needs of affected people, and to help them recover and build long-term resilience.

The team who developed this booklet consists of the staff members from the Department of Social Welfare of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, professional psychologists and child protection specialists from UNICEF Lao PDR. The training materials were developed based on adaptation and modification from existing materials from various sources, including UNICEF, WHO, IOM, Save the Children, World Vision, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Mercy Malaysia and more. The Ministry of Education and Sport, Lao Youth Union, Lao Women’s Union, National University of Laos, Provincial Labour Social Welfare in Vientiane Capital, Friend International, SOS, Village Focus International, Vientiane Youth Centre provided their feedback and suggestions to finalize the manual.

This book was produced as part of the Integrated Programme for Climate Resilience and Empowerment in Attapeu Province, Lao PDR – Child Protection (2020-2023), supported by KOICA and UNICEF. MOLSW endorsed the use of this book for nationwide use.

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