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Keynote Speaker – Verbal First Aid, Trauma

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Judith Acosta

Judith Acosta, LISW, CCH

Holistic Psychotherapist

Classical Homeopath


Keynote Speaker


Judith is the co-author of  The Worst Is Over: Verbal First Aid to Calm, Relieve Pain, Promote Healing and Save Lives (2002, Jodere), hailed as the “bible of crisis communication.”  Her second book on the topic,  Verbal First Aid, published by Penguin is now out and available in all major book stores and websites.  It addresses the special resources and needs of children in crisis.

She is also the author of The Next Osama and numerous articles on trauma, fear and the media, classical homeopathy, holistic psychotherapy, and hypnosis. Her articles have appeared in print on and online media, including Huffington Post, American Thinker, Opednews, and Future Health, as well as Homeopathy Today and The New Paltz Times and Sandoval Signpost.

She is a licensed psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and certified classical homeopath, specializing in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, grief, depression, and infertility. She started as a rape crisis counselor in 1985 and has been in private practice since 1989. In the early 90′s, she became president of the Somamente Group, teaching crisis communication to emergency and medical personnel. She assisted NYPD and NYFD after 9/11.

Judith has appeared on radio and television and has lectured around the country on Verbal First Aid, trauma recovery, hypnosis, faith-based practice, the use of therapeutic animals in healing, and stress management. She has been engaged for presentations by some of the country’s leading corporations, hospitals and international conferences.


“Hi Judith, Thanks so much for such a meaningful talk.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope that you will be able to arrange some more in-depth sessions throughout the system and around the state. You are more than welcome to use me as a reference when you approach other facilities about your program. Thanks again – it’s a pleasure getting to know you!” Leeanne Smith, Coordinator, Medical Education & Research, Hospital Ethics Committee, Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

“Judith, on behalf of the College of Central Florida’s Emergency Medical Services Program, we would like to thank you for conducting the Verbal First Aid workshop on our campus. The workshop was well attended by our faculty, staff, students and guests and well received by all. It has started a meaningful discussion among healthcare students about the principles and techniques you presented. We believe this information will greatly improve patient care in our community. Thank you for sharing this powerful message with us…” Rod McGinnes, EMT-P, MPH, EMS Program Manager, College of Central Florida, 2011

“I thought the lecture was outstanding…”V. Palazzolo, EMT-CC

Judith Acosta Holistic Therapist and her Dog In Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

“Let me tell you how much I enjoyed your class…It will help me to comfort that hurting family member…God bless you and the work you do.” Olen Morrison, Chief, Boaz Fire and Rescue, Boaz, Alabama

“Absolutely loved it. Perfect balance between science/data and personal narrative–Judith speaks from passion and knowledge.” National Association of Social Workers, Montana Chapter

“Our conference attendees always rate Ms. Acosta as “Excellent” and request for us to bring her back. She is knowledgeable, passionate, funny and an excellent presenter! I always look forward to working with her.” Angie Wagner, Special Projects Coordinator, National Association of Social Workers, New Mexico

Some of her presentations have been enjoyed at conferences by:

  • The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
  • The American Burn Association
  • AIA National Convention for Child Advocacy
  • College of Central Florida
  • The Journal of Emergency Medical Services – Elsevier Publications
  • Kraft General Foods
  • The National Council on Alcoholism
  • The New York City Police Department
  • Westchester County Department of Health
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • National Association for Missing & Exploited Children
  • Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Southwest College of Acupuncture
  • Montefiore Medical Center
  • Brooklyn College Hospital

For Workshops, Trainings, or Seminars Call

914-584-7394 or 505-771-2282