Verbal First Aid™ Webinar

'STICKS AND STONES CAN BREAK MY BONES, BUT WORDS CAN MAKE ME BETTER'
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Introduction to Verbal First Aid ™

Verbal First Aid ™(VFA) uses words and images to set a course for recovery and resilience.  Judith Simon Prager, PhD, has been teaching the protocol of Verbal First Aid™ from 2001.  The protocol is the most simple yet the most powerful first action you can take at the scene of an accident, crisis or emergency.  The protocol is taught to firefighters, emergency medical personnel, doctors, nurses and police officers around the world.

The right words said in the right way at the right time, when shock, pain and fear are all around, can shift the perception and feelings of the victim to allow healing and circumvent the impulse towards a traumatic memory or PTSD.

Judith Prager, presented a workshop on VFA™ at the January Intergenerational Trauma Conference which so inspired a number of delegates, that they asked for more information about it to be spread to more people on the front line, particularly in the present Covid 19 pandemic.

Action trauma has taken up the challenge and arranged with Judith to host a special screening, describing VFA™ and addressing a number of different groups of people in the front line.  This webinar is not just for firefighters, emergency medical personnel, doctors, nurses and police officers, but also parents, counsellors, carers and teachers. Choose the module that suits your needs or listen to them all.

Modules for Specialist Groups

Verbal First Aid™ can give you the tools and techniques to help others recover.

Module 1.

Are you in the NHS, working on the front-line or a First Responder (Fire, Police, Ambulance or similar) who may be talking to and dealing with recently admitted/injured/rescued patients who require your help and skills, or who have experienced mental, physical or sexual abuse? Possibly initiated or made worse by Covid restrictions. Maybe you do so in full PPE clothing or at a distance where you cannot display visual signs of confidence, caring and compassion. What you say becomes vital.

Module 2.

Are you a chaplain or counsellor dealing with and/or talking to someone who has had a recent bereavement or loss? Do you help people with their grief? Do you struggle with the limitations of mourning under Covid-19 restrictions? What can you say to comfort them? How do we communicate compassionately when all we have are words.

Module 3.

Are you an educator, teacher or someone who works with children and vulnerable adults?  Do you find yourself explaining diagnoses, listening to their worries and fears, calming them?  What you say can help them to feel heard, to re-set and feel safe?  Working within the constraints of zoom or over the telephone and not in person can be extremely challenging.  When helping children from a distance your words can make a huge difference to the situation.

Module 4.

Are you a parent or carer managing family life, work life and home schooling?  Choosing your words sensitively in a pressured situation can calm emotions, both yours and theirs.  COVID 19 has plunged us into a new stressful world with no training or experience to cope with such a variety of new challenges.  Judith’s verbal first aid can give us the tools and techniques to alleviate stress and anxiety. 

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