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Verbal First Aid-What to say when every second counts and how to prevent PTSD


Judith Simon Prager

Streaming Video Recording

Recorded July 27, 2015

© Copyright Melissa Roth, Roger Moore, and Abundant Living Resources, LLC

Judith Simon Prager: Verbal First Aid
-What to say when every second counts and how to prevent PTSD

“Verbal First Aid™ uses words to set a course for healing from fear and pain.” When people are in fear, pain, or crisis, they often go into fight/flight/freeze, slipping into an altered state of consciousness in which what is said to them can be received by the mind/body as a hypnotic command. At such time, words can harm and words can heal. Frightening words can send chemicals such as adrenalin and cortisol which impede healing, whereas words that create calm can help set a course for the body’s recovery. Moreover, the right words can affect the future by turning a potential trauma into a memory of rescue. You’ll learn the Verbal First Aid protocol for providing words that can calm, promote healing, relieve pain, and even save lives.

Judith Simon Prager has a PhD in psychology and has taught Verbal First Aid in medical centers across the US and around the world including China after their disastrous earthquake in Sichuan and in England, biannually, at the European School of Osteopathy. She been a consultant to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and to Children’s Hospital of Orange County. She has co-authored two books on the subject of Verbal First Aid (the first of which was deemed “the ‘bible’ for crisis communication” by The International Journal of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Prager has a private practice in Los Angles and has been an instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program for 25 years.

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  2. What is your Medical Hypnosis goal for the next 3 months?

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Recommended reading:

Owie-Cadabra’s Verbal First Aid for Kids: A somewhat magical way to help heal yourself and your friends

Verbal First Aid: Help Your Kids Heal from Fear and Pain–and Come Out Strong

The Worst Is Over: What To Say When Every Moment Counts (Revised Edition)

Answer these questions:

  1.  Someone in a crisis is already in an altered state of consciousness and therefore no induction is needed to give suggestions. T or F
  2. Every thought causes a biochemical response in the body that lasts 20 minutes. T or F
  3. In the fight/flight/freeze response to a stressor, what percentage of people freeze?
  4. What are the three Verbal First Aid fundamentals?
  5. What 3 steps gain rapport?
  6. In times of stress, the words you use
  7. What one word does Judith call “magic.”
  8. Should you solicit the person’s help? Y or N Why?
  9. What are 4 things you should do to help the person?
  10. Can a person unconsciously control their physiology with the suggestions you give them during a crisis? Y or N?

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Continuing Education

1.5 CEs are available for this class through IMDHA. To obtain CEs, you will need to complete the assigned reading and the 10 question exam.


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Feel free to call me at (206) 903-1232 or email Roger Moore at with any questions. I look forward to seeing you.

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