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Debra Alvis, Ph.D.
12 Hours 34 Minutes
Oct 06, 2020
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Debra Premashakti Alvis, PhD, a licensed psychologist, developed the Mind/Body Program at the University of Georgia providing clinician training on the integration of mindfulness and contemplative practices into psychotherapy. Her work as a professor at the University of Georgia included the supervision of doctoral students and co-leading a research team investigating mindfulness.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Alvis maintains a private practice and has more than 25 years of clinical experience in treating clients with a variety of conditions by mindfulness principles, body-oriented principles and traditional psychotherapeutic approaches. She also has an over 30-year personal contemplative practice.
Financial: Debra Alvis is in private practice. Dr. Alvis receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Debra Alvis has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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- Investigate the empirical support for mindfulness and connect this information to clinical implications for various conditions.
- Evaluate how understandable descriptions of neurological processes underlying disorders, in conjunction with understandable explanations of how mindfulness affects those processes, can motivate clients to engage in treatment.
- Assess for situations that may contraindicate the use of mindfulness with clients.
- Support how mindfulness training can enhance the cultivation of the therapeutic relationship.
- Employ mindfulness practices to impact the stress reaction and shift clients to a relaxation response.
- Evaluate how mindfulness interventions utilized in treatment plans for anxiety can help counter automatic patterns of thoughts.
- Assess how mindfulness can be taught in the clinical setting to help depressed clients manage negative self-talk.
- Support how mindfulness can enhance addiction treatment and help clients identify triggers that could lead to relapse.
- Investigate how mindfulness and breathing techniques that reduce the body’s anger response can be taught in-session to help clients manage their angered outbursts.
- Employ grounding techniques and breathing exercises that can be used to increase feelings of safety in traumatized clients.
- Assess how integrating mindfulness as an adjunctive therapy can help clinicians diversify available clinical techniques and individualize treatment.
- Distinguish between individual and group mindfulness practices and identify which types of clients would benefit from each.
- Differentiate between formal and informal mindfulness practices and characterize how they can be used in conjunction with one another to address the unique needs of clients.
Mindfulness and the Clinician:
“Know What You Teach” and “Teach What You Know”
Mindfulness Psychoeducation Approaches:
- Empirical support for improved symptomology and well-being
- The latest research on therapists who practice mindfulness
- Your mindfulness practice and how you can embody mindfulness
- Situations that may contraindicate applying mindfulness in session
- Research limitations
Easy to Use Strategies to Enhance Motivation in Therapy
Deepen the Therapeutic Relationship:
- Mindfulness vocabulary
- Visuals and metaphors to explain mindfulness
- Motivate clients with neuroplasticity
Build Presence, Trust and Empathetic Connection with Clients
Teach Mindfulness to Clients:
- Overcoming barriers
- Affect regulation techniques for therapist and client
- Strategies to create empathetic connection
- Exercises to build clients trust in themselves
Formal and Informal Mindfulness Practices
Group Therapy vs. Individual Sessions
- Tips for teaching clients about the senses and awareness
- Strategies to shift from “Automatic Pilot”
- Skill building interventions to increase responsiveness & reduce reactivity
- Strategies to cultivate attunement
- Approaches for deepened experience of mindfulness
- Brief and other informal practices
- How to adapt practices to special populations
Anxiety and Stress:
- Effectiveness of group vs. individual mindfulness
- How to set up and conduct a mindfulness group
- Screening for individual goodness of fit
- Encouraging client buy-in and commitment to practice
- Mindfulness interventions specifically designed for groups
Mindfulness Interventions to Relax the Body and Mind
Mindfulness for Trauma:
- Breathing practices that break the rumination cycle
- Guided visualizations to lower the stress response
- Movement strategies
- Multi-sensory regulation techniques
- Mindfully reduce the intensity of panic attacks
Disempower Intrusive Thoughts
Using Mindfulness in Depression Treatment
- Muscle tension releasing – exercises to counter fight or flight
- Guided meditations to disempower intrusive thoughts
- Grounding exercises and sample scripts
Mindfulness for Addictions: Break the Habit Loop
- Recognize self-criticism and respond with self-love
- Manage negative self-talk with awareness of thoughts
- Meditations to boost well-being
Mindful Anger: Breathing and Self-Soothing Techniques
- Awareness vs. autopilot -- relapse prevention
- Mindfulness for triggers
- Emotional regulation for cravings
Mindfulness, Diversity, & Cultural Humility
- Breathe through anger
- Distraction and grounding techniques
- Self-soothe with calming words and imagery
Mindfully Conquer Compassion Fatigue
- Adapt mindfulness experiences with cultural sensitivity
- Assess appropriateness of mindfulness interventions for individuals
- Negotiate the treatment plan
- Right here/right now – stay in the moment to reduce anxieties
- Effective and healthy ways to manage your emotions
- Change limiting stories about caring for yourself
- Release the negative – 3 steps to countering negativity bias
- Social Workers
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Addiction Counselors
- Case Managers
- School Counselors
- Other Mental Health Professionals
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