MIND  IS  MATTER The simple truth of verbal first Aid “what is mind?  No matter. What is matter? Never mind.”
<ul><li>Why Verbal First Aid is  </li></ul><ul><li>so important: </li></ul><ul><li>It can save someone’s life </li></ul><u...
The Power of Thought messages in water  by masuro emoto  Lake water before prayer Lake water after prayer
<ul><li>Molecules changed  </li></ul><ul><li>by </li></ul><ul><li>Thought. </li></ul>You make me sick Thank you Om Namah S...
<ul><li>verbal first aid works because </li></ul><ul><li>Words impact physiology: </li></ul><ul><li>Words generate images ...
If What you say matters...  If it is even remotely possible that words have an effect on the limbic system, the endocrine ...
<ul><li>Verbal First Aid™ Options </li></ul><ul><li>Do something </li></ul><ul><li>Say something </li></ul><ul><li>Do some...
Words  are  medicine. &quot;During periods of great stress, words that seem immaterial or are uttered in jest, might becom...
The effect of words is not only seen in emergencies, but in daily life. They have a  cumulative effect.
Emergency workers’ protocol m. erik wright, md, phd The kansas experiment (1976)
<ul><li>The wright words </li></ul><ul><li>&quot; The worst is over. We are taking you to the hospital. Everything is bein...
<ul><li>Post-it notes </li></ul><ul><li>For the practice of  </li></ul><ul><li>verbal First Aid™. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Post-it note #1. </li></ul><ul><li>Stress and shock  cause an  </li></ul><ul><li>altered state. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Post-it note #2. </li></ul><ul><li>In an altered state </li></ul><ul><li>We are more  </li></ul><ul><li>suggestibl...
<ul><li>Post-it note #3. </li></ul><ul><li>Establish rapport . </li></ul><ul><li>rapport  is the  </li></ul><ul><li>founda...
<ul><li>Post-it note #4. </li></ul><ul><li>Get an alliance. </li></ul><ul><li>In study after study,  </li></ul><ul><li>han...
<ul><li>Post-it note #5 . </li></ul><ul><li>Establish benevolent </li></ul><ul><li>Authority. </li></ul><ul><li>In crisis,...
<ul><li>Post-it note #6. </li></ul><ul><li>Use Non-verbal First Aid. </li></ul><ul><li>Eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Physi...
<ul><li>Post-it note #7. </li></ul><ul><li>Make an offer they can’t </li></ul><ul><li>refuse… </li></ul><ul><li>Use sugges...
Two things to know about verbal first aid™: 1. It is  not  therapy.  It is about  being  therapeutic no matter where you a...
Contact  Judith Acosta, LISW 914-584-7394 or 505-771-2282 www.wordsaremedicine.com
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Verbal First Aid: Words ARE Medicine

  1. 1. MIND IS MATTER The simple truth of verbal first Aid “what is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind.”
  2. 2. <ul><li>Why Verbal First Aid is </li></ul><ul><li>so important: </li></ul><ul><li>It can save someone’s life </li></ul><ul><li>It can save your life </li></ul><ul><li>It can keep you out of court </li></ul><ul><li>People tend to sue when they believe their needs were ignored or that no one cared about them. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Power of Thought messages in water by masuro emoto Lake water before prayer Lake water after prayer
  4. 4. <ul><li>Molecules changed </li></ul><ul><li>by </li></ul><ul><li>Thought. </li></ul>You make me sick Thank you Om Namah Shivaya
  5. 5. <ul><li>verbal first aid works because </li></ul><ul><li>Words impact physiology: </li></ul><ul><li>Words generate images </li></ul><ul><li>Images generate emotions </li></ul><ul><li>Emotions generate </li></ul><ul><li>cascades of chemistry. </li></ul>
  6. 6. If What you say matters... If it is even remotely possible that words have an effect on the limbic system, the endocrine system, the circulatory system, the respiratory system, and the G.I. tract then it is utterly reasonable to use them very, very carefully.
  7. 7. <ul><li>Verbal First Aid™ Options </li></ul><ul><li>Do something </li></ul><ul><li>Say something </li></ul><ul><li>Do something and say something </li></ul><ul><li>Do and say nothing </li></ul>
  8. 8. Words are medicine. &quot;During periods of great stress, words that seem immaterial or are uttered in jest, might become fixed in the patient's mind and cause them untold harm.&quot; (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 1987) In shock, the impact of words is magnified.
  9. 9. The effect of words is not only seen in emergencies, but in daily life. They have a cumulative effect.
  10. 10. Emergency workers’ protocol m. erik wright, md, phd The kansas experiment (1976)
  11. 11. <ul><li>The wright words </li></ul><ul><li>&quot; The worst is over. We are taking you to the hospital. Everything is being made ready. Let your body concentrate on repairing itself and feeling secure. Let your heart, your blood vessels, everything bring themselves into a state of preserving your life. Bleed just enough so as to cleanse the wound, and let the blood vessels close down so that your life is preserved. Your body weight, your body heat, everything, is being maintained. Things are being made ready at the hospital for you. We're getting there as quickly and safely as possible. You are now in a safe position. </li></ul><ul><li>The worst is over.&quot; </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Post-it notes </li></ul><ul><li>For the practice of </li></ul><ul><li>verbal First Aid™. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Post-it note #1. </li></ul><ul><li>Stress and shock cause an </li></ul><ul><li>altered state. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Post-it note #2. </li></ul><ul><li>In an altered state </li></ul><ul><li>We are more </li></ul><ul><li>suggestible and our </li></ul><ul><li>attention is Fluid. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Post-it note #3. </li></ul><ul><li>Establish rapport . </li></ul><ul><li>rapport is the </li></ul><ul><li>foundation of </li></ul><ul><li>Verbal first Aid™. </li></ul><ul><li>It means </li></ul><ul><li>“ this person hears </li></ul><ul><li>me and </li></ul><ul><li>understands.” </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Post-it note #4. </li></ul><ul><li>Get an alliance. </li></ul><ul><li>In study after study, </li></ul><ul><li>hand-holding was one of the </li></ul><ul><li>Most important reassurances </li></ul><ul><li>Given to people in crisis. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Post-it note #5 . </li></ul><ul><li>Establish benevolent </li></ul><ul><li>Authority. </li></ul><ul><li>In crisis, you are </li></ul><ul><li>The pack leader… </li></ul><ul><li>Lead them to health. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Post-it note #6. </li></ul><ul><li>Use Non-verbal First Aid. </li></ul><ul><li>Eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Physical contact </li></ul><ul><li>Soothing sounds </li></ul><ul><li>Breath </li></ul><ul><li>Intention/prayer </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Post-it note #7. </li></ul><ul><li>Make an offer they can’t </li></ul><ul><li>refuse… </li></ul><ul><li>Use suggestion to </li></ul><ul><li>lead to </li></ul><ul><li>wellness. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Two things to know about verbal first aid™: 1. It is not therapy. It is about being therapeutic no matter where you are or what you do for a living. 2. You cannot use this to manipulate agreement, compliance or accord. Your intention always manifests.
  21. 21. Contact Judith Acosta, LISW 914-584-7394 or 505-771-2282 www.wordsaremedicine.com

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