Faculty of Medicine COVID-19 Wellness Series: Psychological First Aid and Self Care for Faculty and Health Care Providers

Webinar Video

A severe mass event can cause the general public and those affected by COVID-19 to be mentally impacted. Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an intervention method that can help people in distress during these challenging times.

Full Webinar Details

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the actions of Psychological First Aid (PFA)
  • Appreciate the risks inherent in providing PFA
  • Determine an approach to managing self care


Jodi Lofchy MD FRCPC
Interim Chief and Medical Program Director
Service Head, Adult Acute Care Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
St. Joseph’s Unity Health Toronto
Associate Professor, University of Toronto


College of Family Physicians of Canada Mainpro+ One-Credit-Per-Hour (Group Learning)
This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for up to 1 Mainpro+ credit.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1
This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. You may claim up to a maximum of 1 hour (credits are automatically calculated).

About the Faculty of Medicine COVID-19 Wellness Series

Some of us are on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19. Some are in the background, trying to keep our health system operating at peak efficiency. Others struggle with feeling sidelined, doing their part by remaining home to reduce community spread, yet wanting to find other ways to help, as well as continue their work and home responsibilities. Wherever we find ourselves, we are united by a desire to respond to the pandemic. But for all of us that desire is accompanied by stresses and strains. These are unique to each person and each situation, but they are real and we can’t simply push our way through them or pretend they don’t exist. We know supporting wellness — emotional and physical — is an essential element in fostering the high performing, respectful and sustainable community we seek in the Faculty of Medicine.

This webinar series provides education about some of the key areas that faculty members are identifying as important to maintain their wellbeing during the time of COVID-19.

U of T’s Continuing Professional Development office is working in partnership with each of the Faculty’s clinical departments to be a hub for essential clinical resources related to COVID-19.
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