The only source for
Dr. George J. Thompson's
De-escalation Education
Teaching empathy, dignity, and respect for over 40 years

Our Three Uniques

The first experts in de-escalation education since 1983 with a strong reputation worldwide as the sole source provider of the 8-Step, 5-Step, and 5 Universal Truths

Tried and true methods proven in Business, Education, Entertainment, Healthcare, Leadership, 911 Dispatch, and Enforcement.

Instructors with hands on experience in the fields they teach.

Our Mission

The mission of the Verbal Judo Institute is to create a S.A.F.E.R.© world by delivering practical and easy to learn strategies which empower people to effectively de-escalate conflict and potential violence.

Upcoming Courses

We’ve trained over a million enforcement officers, security, military and correctional professionals how to de-escalate potentially violent situations verbally. 

We do business with people. When there is a problem, the right words keep valuable clients. The wrong words lose them.

Learn techniques to skillfully handle classroom disruptions with poise and professionalism.

In healthcare, if you do not have the right skills for dealing with interpersonal conflict you will be less effective with your patients and limit your professional opportunities.

Places of worship should be peaceful; however, they are not immune to verbal or physical violence. De-escalate the situation before the conflict begins. 

Casinos and Entertainment Venues have hundreds or thousands of patrons gathered in a relatively small area. De-escalation is a necessary skill to keep people safer and reduce liability.

The ingredients of leadership are ethics, values and the right words.


Different courses


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Years of experience

Join over one million people

Verbal Judo Institute has equipped over a million individuals with the necessary skills to redirect behavior and generate voluntary compliance. Increasing personal safety and enhancing professionalism are the primary goals of our training. We offer several courses specifically designed to meet the needs of a diverse clientele. 

Verbal Judo Institute, Inc. ®

PO Box 222 Auburn, NY 13021