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The RAPID model looks carefully at establishing Rapport--coming alongside as an active listener, Assessing needs--is the person being care for coping, in distress, or dysfunctional (not able to do what is needed,) Prioritizing immediate care (focusing on the ability to meet immediate needs, as well as identifying people in higher risk situations), Intervening (stabilizing if the person is not stable, then mitigating immediate challenges by coming alongside, providing support, normalizing, educating where needed, and connecting the person with resources), and Disposition--a way of making appropriate followup start with a D, meaning that psychological first aid stays focused on immediate needs, anticipates that further care may be needed, and seeks to leave each person better supported than they were before being cared for. Everly was a key originator in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, but some followup studies cast doubt on that earlier approach, particularly as it was associated with group experiences for survivors and first responders. Psychological First Aid does not include a group experience, seeks to come alongside people appropriately without being therapy and without requiring therapeutic credentials, and is focused on social support for immediate needs in an acute crisis (just in time intervention). This book includes attention (and a careful defense) of the history behind the RAPID model as well as detailed description of how to implement the approach, basically in two parts--theory and practice. "We've come a long way, baby!" My assessment--everything here is very solid, appropriate, and on target, coming from someone who has been working in this area for an adult lifetime. There is also a Coursera online course based on the material here, intended for first responders as well as caregivers who want to come alongside people in a disaster or crisis. This might be considered a manual for trainers of such people, and is no doubt a textbook for academic courses along these lines.
Loved this course on Coursera. Psychological First Aid should be taught more often and to a lot of people, not just first responders. It will help you with friends, family, at work and in your community. Fully recommend.
This book is a well-written and clear guide to the concept of psychological first aid, as well as reviewing the RAPID PFA framework. While I'm not sure you could go out and practice PFA simply based on reading this book, it gives you a good foundation on which to base that practice with more experience and guidance.