Korean Version of Psychological First Aid Training Program For Acute Disaster Mental Health Service Providers
Jeong-Ho Seok1, Hae-In Park2
1Psychiatry, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Republic of Korea
2Institute of Behavioral Science in Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Republic of Korea
Despite the urgent demand for disaster mental health (DMH) services highlighted during successive disasters in Korea, there is a shortage of DMH service personnel who can immediately respond to disasters due to the lack of Korean version of standardized training program for acute DMH service. We conducted a study to develop Korean version of standardized psychological first aid (PFA) training program and to examine its effect on training DMH service providers. From October 2016 to June 2017, we had conducted PFA training program for participants , including mental healthcare professionals and nonprofessionals, from Gyeongsangnam-do, Jeollanam-do, Chungcheongnam-do, Daegu, and Gwang-Ju. We analyzed the data from 496 participants who completed study surveys before and after the PFA training program. We found that both mental healthcare professionals and nonprofessionals improved their understanding of acute DMH intervention and their capabilities in conducting PFA . The development of DMH intervention training program adapted to domestic circumstances and culture in Korea represents a significant step towards finding a solution about the urgent need for disaster mental health services.
Acknowledgment: This study was supported by a grant of the Korean Mental Health Technology R&D Project, Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (HM15C1189).