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The Worst Is Over Hardcover – March 1, 2002

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What does one say to an injured person after calling 911? According to therapist/crisis counselor Acosta and therapist/consultant Prager, the magic words are "the worst is over." Then one continues to administer what the authors call "Verbal First Aid" soothing words that will promote psychic and medical healing, even before the ambulance arrives. Verbal First Aid, say the authors, arose from the needs of crisis and rescue personnel, to whom they have taught their technique, and was designed to complement medical care. Offered here are sample scripts for a wide variety of situations for various populations (e.g., children) and emergencies (e.g., car crashes, bleeding, panic attacks, and childbirth). They also offer techniques such as guided imagery to deal with nonemergency situations like chronic illness, as well as suggestions for self-care for both professional and nonprofessional caregivers. Though there is an extensive bibliography, many statements are presented without references to medical studies. The authors frequently refer to their web site, www.theworstisover.com, as a source of more information; however, at press time, it was little more than a site from which to sell the book. Large public libraries may want to purchase for self-help collections; otherwise, buy where interest warrants. Martha E. Stone, Treadwell Lib., Boston
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"A major contribution to healing and one of the most original books I have read in some time. " -- Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words and Healing Beyond The Body

"The Worst Is Over is like an answer to a prayer. It gives everyone, from parent to firefighter, the knowledge and courage to say exactly the right thing at the right time in a way that is healing, uplifting, and also life-saving." -- Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of, Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom (Bantam, 1998), The Wisdom of Menopause (Bantam, March 2001)

"This book will be known as the seminal work for teaching compassionate crisis intervention... the 'bible' for crisis communication." -- Patti White, Ph.D., Editor International Journal of Emergency Mental Health --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jodere Group; First Edition edition (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588720233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588720238
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,215,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautifully written - eloquent, thoughtful, sensitive and, at the same time, scholarly and professional - this book is a "must read" for physicians, psychologists, social workers, police, fire, emergency personnel - in short, anyone who responds to crises and knows that the right words can soothe, promote healing, and initiate psychological recovery. The Worst Is Over takes the reader through a discovery of how Verbal First Aid is used to ease physical pain, conquer traumatic events, and work through emotional dysfunction. The book provides a "new language" to be employed in a vast variety of stressful, traumatic, and life-changing events. It excels as a training manual for interpersonal interaction. In view of the events of September 11, 2001, The Worst Is Over is mandatory reading for anyone with a colleague, friend, or family member suffering the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A chapter for Caregivers is also provided. The Worst Is Over is sure to become a classic and serve as a reference point for how to deal with the uncertainties in our lives in this time.
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I am a professional hypnotist, also firefighter and completing paramedic training at this writing. I'm surprised to see only one reader review of this fine piece of work, so I'd like to second exactly what Dr. Levenson wrote above. Definitely an extremely valuable piece of work.
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I'm an RN working on an oncology unit. There have been times when I've cared for patients who are suffering enormously and the medication just doesn't help enough. After reading this book, I have new weapons against pain and mental anguish. I'd love to see every nursing school include this in the curriculum. Nurses who practice in emergency rooms, transplant units, children's hospitals, burn units, and cancer treatment centers in particular can use the techniques taught in this practical and research-based book.
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ASIN:1588720241 The Worst Is Over: What to Say When Every Moment Counts--Verbal First Aid to Calm, Relieve Pain, Promote Healing, and Save Lives]]
I am a retired Air Force Colonel who has had a very exciting career. I have experienced considerable combat, aircraft emergencies, injuries to others and raised children who have been very successful in their adult life. This book, The Worst is Over, address from a common sense view what should be done for injured individuals, panicked individuals, or for someone who is experiencing or facing a new or demanding challenge. Really the best I have ever read concerning this condition. It should be given to all future parents which would prepare them for the future!
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The book is a fantastic primer for first responder or any other person who may be involved in an emergency. Best I have ever read; well written and with sensitivity.
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This unique book would be a useful resource not only for paramedics but for clinicians, nurses, midwivs and other paramedical staff dealing with patients in an acute clinical care setting. The use of hypnotic principles in everyday communications with patients faciliates subconscious responses that result in changes in patient mood, perception and behaviours. Such communications, when used as an additional adjunctive tool, can be of immense value perioperatively, in obstetrics and when interacting with children. The authors are to be congratulated on this excellent work which has a range of useful examples that could be adapted by acute care providers to enhance patients' experience both prior to and during their hospital care.
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I am an emergency responder and long ago learnt 'the healing power of the human touch'. I have seen it work. I wish I had had these tools at that time. I had been using a version of it but some of the concepts in this book are so powerful they will save lives. For those who don't think the laying on of hands or words can save lives really don't understand their power. Words are tremendously powerful on their own couple them with appropriate actions and we have been given the gift to save lives. A must for all Police, Ambulance and Fire fighters who regularly are with people who 'stand' on the knife edge. Give yourself a chance and read this.
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Reading this book should be mandatory for every health care professional (I am a retired nurse). It could indeed save lives. Non-medical folks should also read it - you never know when you may be first at the scene of an accident or a heart-attack victim. What you learn from this book could help you as well as the person you are trying to help. This should be taught right along with CPR.

This book is an easy read and so worth the short time it takes to read.
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