When more than 10,000 people registered for a webinar on stress management in less than five days, resilience expert Mike Taigman knew he needed to do more. The techniques in Super-Charge Your Stress Management in the Age of COVID-19: A Handbook for Emergency Service and Healthcare Professionals are rooted in neuroscience-based research and in-depth multicultural studies, yet are simple enough to be learned in just minutes, Taigman says.
“Emergency responders are not stopping at doing their jobs; they find purpose and even joy in having to run toward danger rather than away. They also want to continue to do what they do," says Taigman. “And yet the personal risks and magnitude of suffering with this pandemic is something no one should have to face alone.”
With 40 years of experience in emergency services leadership and over 600 authored articles, Super-Charge Your Stress Management in the Age of COVID-19 is Taigman’s first book. The techniques in the book are distilled from practices Taigman has been teaching since analyzing the factors that minimized post-traumatic stress disorder among those who had worked during 9/11.
He and co-author Sascha Liebowitz note about their book, "Our friends in emergency services and healthcare have described intense suffering and stress related to COVID-19. We wrote this book to help. The techniques are easy to learn and use in any situation."
“The amount of positive feedback from the original webinar has been overwhelming,” says Taigman. “We hope the book will get these techniques into more hands quickly, and for the long haul we must now anticipate.”
As a popular educator and author of emergency services personnel for several decades, Taigman has focused on helping emergency medical services, fire, nurses, police, physicians, and other healthcare professionals take better care of themselves so they can take better care of their patients and communities. Taigman has authored more than 600 articles in professional journals and worked with emergency services and healthcare organizations in 48 of the 50 states, most of the Canadian provinces, Israel, Palestine, Australia, and throughout Europe.
Taigman's expertise includes stress management, resilience, EMS street survival, patient-centered leadership, and effective quality and performance improvement. He teaches Improvement science as an assistant professor in the Masters in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership program at the University of San Francisco and an adjunct professor in the Emergency Health Services Management graduate program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Sascha Liebowitz is a writer and author of Living Every Minute of It, a blog about living each day with patience, tolerance, kindness, and love towards oneself and others. A former New York lawyer, she now lives in California and is focused on family, writing, and being of service to others. She holds a BA from Columbia College and a JD from New York University School of Law.