Verbal First Aid



17th June 2017 - 9:00 am


17th June 2017 - 5:30 pm


European School of Osteopathy, Boxley House, Boxley, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3DZ   View map


Verbal First Aid: Words and ways to empower your patients’ own inner healing for greater success

Guest Speaker – Judith Simon Prager, PhD

This one day course will be conducted by Judith Simon Prager, PhD, who is an expert on the effects of words and thoughts on patient outcomes. The Verbal First Aid™ protocol is used in medical centers and by first responders across the United States. When a patient is frightened or in pain or crisis, he/she may slip into an altered state of consciousness. At such times, what is said by a medical professional or authority figure can have a physiological effect on the chemicals coursing through the patient’s body. The patient’s belief system and the autonomic nervous system are available at such time to respond through the sympathetic or parasympathetic nervous system, depending on the pictures of the outcome and treatment in their minds. What is said is a suggestion for fear or healing. The right words can mean the difference between pain and comfort, panic and calm, even life and death. Attendees will learn the theory and protocol for using suggestions to gain both compliance and better outcomes. Participants will be able to:-

  • Identify physiological reactions to words and emotions.
  • Identify and utilize three indications of the “altered state of consciousness” provoked by fear, medical emergencies, trauma or pain.
  • List three or more ways to gain the special rapport that is necessary when giving therapeutic healing suggestions.
  • Describe three types of therapeutic suggestions.
  • Identify three pain relief techniques.

Judith Simon Prager, PhD

Judith Simon Prager is a hypnotherapist and energy healer with a PhD in psychology and a private practice in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is co-author of the book ‘The Worst is Over: What To Say When Every Moment Counts’, which has been called “The ‘bible’ for crisis communication” by The International Journal of Emergency Mental Health.

Dr. Prager has trained physicians, nurses, and first responders across the United States in Verbal First Aid and has been a consultant to several major medical centers. She was invited to China in the summer of 2008 to train crisis counselors there who were helping survivors of the twin disasters of earthquakes (in which 80,000 people lost their lives) and floods. She is an award-winning instructor in the UCLA Ext. Writers’ Program with her husband, the poet Harry Youtt, since 1991.

“Dr Prager’s CPD event was simply excellent; I would go as far as saying that, for me, it was the best CPD event I have attended.”

“As an Osteopath and a parent, I find the Verbal First Aid Techniques to be invaluable to teach both adults and children how to control and reduce their pain. They are a highly effective non-pharmaceutical way of relieving discomfort and calming an often stressful situation.”