Verbal Judo


  • Eric Grabski
  • University of South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement and Safety

  • Alisa Cooney Liggett
  • Chair, Director of Student Conduct
  • Details

  • AUG 30
  • Thursday 2:25pm - 3:15pm
  • Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


Are you prepared to handle a disruptive student in your classroom? Verbal Judo is a process of using one's words to prevent, de-escalate, or end an attempted disruption. Whether in the classroom, office, or even at home, Verbal Judo can prepare you for every verbal conflict and help prevent verbal disruption and maintain safety. In a classroom situation, this could involve techniques such as remaining under emotional control during disagreements, maintaining professionalism in any context, using words instead of actions to achieve goals, avoiding language that expresses personal feelings during conflicts, employing empathy to stay engaged with people while maintaining self-control, and safely taking action when words fail. All who teach are invited to this introduction to Verbal Judo for classroom situations. Participants will learn a collection of skills that can be put into use immediately.

About the Facilitators:

Eric Grabski is a Captain with the University of South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement and Safety. During the course of  his 29 year law enforcement career, he has worked closely with faculty, staff, and students to resolve conflict and maintain safety. Eric is a member of the University’s Behavioral Intervention Team and a Verbal Judo instructor. 

Alisa Cooney Liggett is the Director of Student Conduct and Chair of the Behavioral Intervention Team at USC. She has been active in the development of interventions for students in the area of substance use and behavioral health.