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Judith Simon Prager is a writer, teacher, consultant, and speaker who has earned a PhD in psychology and has a private practice in the United States. For years, and through her popular books, especially The Worst Is Over: What To Say When Every Moment Counts, she has taught Verbal First Aid ™ to physicians, nurses, and first responders. She gave a week-long presentation in China after an earthquake killed 80,000 people, trained volunteers in Sweden who worked with war refugees in Africa, taught one-day courses biannually at the European School of Osteopathy in England, lectured at the universiti Darasallam in the Kingdom of Brunei, and gave a series of talks for ActionTrauma in Northern Ireland, as well as providing trainings in medical centers across the U.S.
Her curiosity about NON-Verbal First Aid brought her to the Caribbean and the dolphins, where she interacted with dolphins who supported children with disabilities and wrote the book, What the Dolphin Said, as well as working with children with disabilities in her practice in a new way.
As for her education, she attended Cornell University on scholarship, graduated with a BA from California State University at Northridge, Magna Cum Laude, received an MA from California State University at Northridge in English Language and Literature, received a Ph.D. in Psychology at Ryokan College, Los Angeles. She attended a 2-year supervision in transpersonal psychology with Ronald Wong Jue, Ph.D., past president of Association of Transpersonal Psychology and a 1- year study in homeopathy at American University of Complementary Medicine and is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.
She also has been teaching fiction and memoir writing with her husband, the poet Harry Youtt, in the University of California (UCLA) Ext. Writers’ Program for many years.