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A practical hands-on course for responding to mental health emergencies

Emotional First Aid (EFA) Certification

What do you do in an emotional or mental health emergency with a teammate, staff or student? Do you know how to spot if someone is in crisis? Do you know how to respond if they are?

Announcing a 2 day training and certification in

Emotional First Aid (EFA) August 9-10, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Emotional and mental health emergencies are a growing concern, especially with international organizations that may not have immediate access to mental health professionals. Emotional First Aid training is a critical set of skills to better equip your organization and staff to deal with the increase in emotional and mental health issues facing international and educational programs.

Emotional First Aid (EFA) training will equip you to:

  • Learn how to identify people in crisis
  • Practice and learn basic helping skills
  • Know when and how to bring in professional help
  • Learn how to respond to sexual assault, substance abuse, trauma, violence and other issues.
  • Understand adolescent and young adults brain functioning and development
  • Self care strategies for your participants, students and staff
  • Learn the three levels of an emotional and mental health crisis, including how to make decisions about involving mental health professionals and evacuation from the field

This is an active and hands-on two day program, with extensive role plays and practice of the skills needed to be able to administer EFA.


  • Introductions, Groundrules, Icebreaker Exercises
  • “Generation Z” definitions, research findings, discussion
  • Mental Health 101
  • Emotional First Aid concepts and techniques
  • Mental Health Pyramid: a risk and response protocol
  • Role-Plays at all three levels of risk represented in the Mental Health Pyramid

DAY TWO: Advanced EFA

  • Introductions, Groundrules, Icebreaker Exercises
  • Review of Emotional First Aid concepts/techniques
  • Self-Care for Staff and Students
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (1:1 and in group)
  • Special topics in Advanced Emotional First Aid: Substance Abuse, Eating Issues, Sexual
  • Assault including role-plays
  • Table Top Exercise to test your organization’s readiness for a Mental Health crisis affecting multiple students/staff.

The course is appropriate to all levels of previous training.

  • If you or your staff are new to emotional and mental health training, this will give them the skills they need to be competent to help out in a crisis.
  • For those with experience, including mental health professionals, this is an opportunity to learn and practice some new skills, as well as be updated on the latest research and important concepts and best practices in responding to emotional and mental health issues, especially in an international setting.

Special issues facing schools, international education, volunteer organizations and others will be addressed, as well as best practice in documenting and screening participants.

P3 Mental Health Advisors

P3 Mental Health Advisors is a consulting firm working in staff training and on-call crisis management for study abroad, experiential education, gap year and other programs, both internationally and in the United States.

Host Organization

The International Development Studies Institute (ISDSI) is a leader in the field of experiential education, risk management and study abroad. In addition to its own education programs, ISDSI hosts professional courses and certifications in Travel Medicine and Wilderness First Responder.

Email us at [email protected] if you only want to do day 1 (day 2 requires day 1 or other P3 training)

Course Fee: $500 US. Discounted if taken in combination with our Travel Medicine/Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course and/or Risk Management Training (RMT) courses.

Register here for the EFA Course

Select Course
EFA + WFR + RMT $1,650.00 USD EFA + WFR $1,350.00 USD WFR + RMT $1,250.00 USD EFA $500.00 USD WFR $950.00 USD RMT $400.00 USD

Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions about registration and payment.  Please bring a printed copy of your receipt to the course. Course fees cover the course and lunch, you are responsible for your own travel and housing.

Additional Information

Location of the Course

You can find our location on google maps: ISDSI – International Sustainable Development Studies Institute – 47 ถนน โชตนา ตำบล ช้างเผือก Mueng, เชียงใหม่ 50300. We are located north of the old city just outside the superhighway.

Suggested Accommodation

In terms of accommodation, there are three very convenient places to stay right next to the training venue which can be booked using Agoda/booking.com etc. There are a few restaurants for breakfast/dinner and a nearby wet market which are in easy walking distance:

  • Chang Hotel-inexpensive option down the street from our office.
  • B2 Mountain Pano– Right next door to our office, mid-price. There are a few B2 locations, so make sure you book the Mountain Pano one.
  • Chotana Villa– Just down the street and across the street from our office. More upscale with a pool.

If you want to stay in another part of the city the city you can expect to spend 30-60baht each way for the local taxi or a Grab taxi to areas like Old City or Nimmanheiman Rd which have lots of accommodation and dining options.

Course Schedule

The course will run 9am-5pm.  Lunch will be provided.

What to Bring to the Course

  • A focused (and excited) mind! It is strongly suggested you be prepared to devote the full day, each day, to this course and not have to focus on other responsibilities, a job, etc.



Certification Offered



Course Fee: $500


ISDSI, Chiang Mai Thailand

Related Courses

TMFR/WFR, August 5-12, 2018

Travel Medicine First Responder/Wilderness First Responder

Application Deadlines

Semester Application Deadlines: Fall – March 15 / Spring – October 15

Summer Application Deadline: April 1

After the deadline we will accept students on a space available basis, so contact us at [email protected]

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