THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, November 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Little accessible information has been written for rescue workers on this subject, although international surveys show that between 10 and 35 percent of them develop work related psychological problems.

Attention is paid to the impact of major events during the professional training. However, less attention is paid to the impact of the daily routine of exposure to human suffering, danger and violence. Equally scant attention is paid to the influence this has on a personal level in professional and private life.

The practice-oriented book 'Resilience for rescue workers. For professionals committed to order, health and security', wants to meet this need.

Summary contents

Rescue workers are, more than other professionals, confronted with dramatic events and human suffering. The aim of this book is to provide guidelines for rescue workers and their leaders to cope with emotionally demanding work. Examples of rescue professionals are doctors, nurses, and first aid workers, as well as personnel in the military, the police, fire brigades and ambulance services.

The professional training of these rescue workers usually stresses the medical and technical aspects of the work. The daily exposure to unexpected dramatic situations, danger, violence, disasters and accidents gets less consideration. Moreover, few clues are given on how to cope with it. Admittedly, attention to the impact of major events has been on the increase, but there is no such attention paid to the exposure to human suffering, danger and violence as a daily routine. There is equally scant attention paid to the personal functioning of the worker, in private and professional life.

This book wants to meet this need.

"Resilience for rescue workers. For professionals committed to order, health and security"

Author Heilwine Bakker (psychologist, director Balans & Impuls, The Netherlands)

ISBN 9789012125918

The book (2007) is published in Dutch by SDU Publishers (http://www.sdu.nl) in the Netherlands

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An English translation is available. You can receive this translation when you order a sufficient quantity. There is a possibility to receive the translation under embargo.

A DVD has been made for the Dutch edition with the personal accounts of some rescue workers.

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If you are interested or wish to have further information, call Heilwine Bakker on +31-70-3922261 or email info@balans-en-impuls.nl