What is the Emotional First Aid (EFA) course?

The Emotional First Aid course is an accredited 122-hour-long 23-credit course, with 92 hours of theory and 30 hours of practical exams. The course intends to create a frontline of Emotional First Aid providers called Enablers. It is a self-paced course with a maximum duration of three months.

EFA is a life-altering journey in a life-changing environment where like-minded people come together to learn with the awareness and hope that tomorrow will be better as well as different, giving everyone a worthy role to play.

From which institution does EFAA get its accreditation?

EFA gains its accreditation from HSSC (Healthcare Sector Skill Council).

Why should I become an Enabler?

Besides the impetus it grants your career, there’s the meaningfulness it imparts. We’re convinced there is much we can do about helping people realise their dreams and desires and clearing the barriers that lie before them. This is the beauty of being an Enabler; you become an agent of change.

Are practicals mandatory for certification?

Yes. Practicals are an important component of the learning process. Those who have not completed their practicals will not receive their course completion certificate.

Who conducts the course?

Ms Sunita K. Mani, an experienced psychotherapist is the founder and chief instructor at EFA Academy. Our visiting faculty includes qualified Enablers and mental health professionals.

What are my prospects after the completion of the EFA course?

Once you’ve finished the course, you are awarded a CPI (Career Passcode Instrument) along with your certification. You could work with us as an Enabler at the EFA Academy in a full-time or part-time capacity. Else, you may continue with your private practice. You’ve got all our support in your decision-making process.

What if I’m unable to continue the class owing to personal reasons?

Accounting for emergencies, the course allows for four leaves for theory classes and two leaves for practical sessions, apart from public holidays. Repeated absences or discontinuation will inevitably affect your progress, and you may have to restart the course all over.

Is there an exam at the end of the course? What happens if I fail?

Yes, there will be an examination to assess your skills and learning outcomes. However, we will help you at every step of preparation. When it comes to mental health, there are no binary answers. Our assessment process is abstract and perceptive. It will test your emotional intelligence. If you’re lagging, our team stands ready to help you out.

What qualities do you look for in an Enabler?

To answer it philosophically, if you’ve experienced suffering in your life and know the challenges of merely existing, you are qualified to be an enabler. If you are someone who says, “no one deserves to suffer as I did”, you’ve got the right stuff. But to be specific, these are qualities that we are most impressed by:

A. Empathy: You’ll need it to relate to a diverse group of people and gain their trust.
B. Integrity: Important because truth has no substitute. It’s essential to be able to state things without frills.
C. Resilience: Hanging on takes you a long way. It’s not just about tenacity but also not losing sight of the larger picture. It’s all that keeps you from being overwhelmed by stimuli.

I don't see anything here about the fee structure. What does it cost me?

The fee structure and the prospectus are shared with candidates after they qualify with the EFA Assessment

Can someone suffering from traumas or mental-health-related issues become an Enabler?

Indeed, they can. Mental health problems can occur to anybody, irrespective of class, education, or status. However, it’s essential to understand the depth of the trauma: whether it is clinically diagnosed or the individual is under medication. To become an Enabler, one must think clearly, enjoy a good relationship with others and be willing to commit to working productively. If these requisites can be met, we have a starting point. Our suggestion would be for one to undergo our competence assessment to understand themselves better.

Do you have any facilities that may help me pay for the course?

Yes. We have arrangements with banks offering loan and credit card facilities. Our goal is to aid anyone passionate about mental health to find their life’s calling.

How is this course different from other courses out there?

It’s the simplicity of the approach. The EFA course is unique because (unlike other short courses that address only specific issues, e.g. child psychology/ adolescent psychology or PTSD in teenagers) it gauges where an individual resides on the mental health spectrum, staying relevant across their lifetime. Since the course takes a socio-cultural approach, it creates a frontline of emotional care providers whose language is more accessible to the multitude.

Will the Enablers’ identities be revealed to anyone?

Here’s how it works.
When done with exams, students can participate in our campus interview for an internship. If successful, they are given a CPI (Career Passcode Instrument), a unique QR that connects them to our telephony. They then provide support on our platform via a process that divulges none of their details. Aspirants are never granted access to the identities of our Enablers.