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Traumatic Experiences and Dyslexia

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Edited By Evelin Witruk and Dian Sari Utami

The main topics of the book are traumatic experiences, stress processing and dyslexia with some new perspectives on this old phenomenon. The authors of the book articles are from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Sudan, Iran, Spain, Syria, Portugal, and Germany. The interdisciplinary character of this book is represented in contributions of scientists from different areas of psychology, special education, and linguistics.

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Psychological First Aid

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Abstract: Some aspects, actions and strategies of psychological first aid will be discussed in the first part. Main part will focus on and draw attention to learning possibilities and training in psychological first aid. The German-speaking authors Lasogga and Gasch (2011), who proposed a model, will be outlined.

Keywords: psychological first aid, learning procedures

1 What is Psychological First Aid (PFA)?

In this first part, we will describe what psychological first aid is. In the context of a disaster, psychologists can deliver a special kind of help, psychological first aid. It is also possible by all other urgency forces if they are trained and able and willing to do this social and psychological service additionally in the moments of early help which will be given.

Psychological First Aid is an evidence-formed modular approach to help in the immediate aftermath of disaster, emergency or terrorism. It is designed to reduce initial distress and to prevent post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder and acute stress disorder (PTSD, AD and ASD). PFA serves to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning and coping of the victims and overcome helplessness of the victims. PFA is the practice of recognising and responding to people who need help because they are feeling stress, resulting from the disaster situations within which they find themselves.

Knowing how to provide Psychological First Aid can help you to:

a) Create a compassionate environment for disaster survivors and workers...

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