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The Pursuit of Happiness: Positive Psychology Interventions for Anxiety and Depression

  • Understand how happiness is fostered in the brain
  • Implement strategies for long lasting changes in life satisfaction
  • Enhance positive emotions and navigate painful ones
  • Tailor interventions to specific clients & clinical concerns

During the past decade, psychology research has discovered how we can become happier and flourish. Happiness can improve physical and mental health, and has been shown to increase life satisfaction. This new science of happiness offers revolutionary approaches for clinicians promoting a shift from problem oriented focus to an emphasis on strengths, virtues and optimism. Now, more than ever, individuals, families and organizations need help in building resiliency, maintaining the motivation to sustain through difficult times, and recognizing hidden possibilities – all offerings of positive psychology.

Positive psychotherapy can provide effective, evidence-based tools for recovery from anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and distressing relational patterns. Continued practice of these recovery skills rewires the brain to experience greater happiness – and better living.

This experiential seminar recording demonstrates how to harness the power of positive psychotherapy to increase your happiness and the happiness of your clients. Through lectures, clinical examples, and small group work you will learn brief, easily implemented interventions. You will take home tools to measure happiness, fuel resiliency and develop keys for thriving. You will review scientific evidence supporting this approach in clear language designed to encourage and motivate clients. Detailed handouts will further support integration of the workshop material. You will complete this seminar recording with new, effective tools to improve clinical outcomes and support therapist renewal. Practitioners experienced in positive psychology and those new to this approach will benefit from this seminar.

At the end of this recording, you will feel renewed, optimistic and with effective tools for supporting your happiness and the happiness of your clients.


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Debra Alvis
5 Hours 58 Minutes
Audio and Video
Oct 04, 2013
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This online program is worth 5.75 hours CPD.



Debra Alvis's Profile

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Debra Alvis, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and private practitioner with over 25 years of clinical experience in supporting clients’ recovery from shame, trauma, anxiety, depression and relational concerns. A seasoned international presenter and consultant, Dr. Alvis is a therapeutic yoga educator and retired as faculty from the University of Georgia where she developed and led the Mind/Body Program. The program included a clinician training program integrating contemplative approaches in psychotherapy. A thirty-five year personal contemplative practice, research experience, and a deep understanding of applied neuroscience, Polyvagal Theory, and compassion resiliency further enrich her presentations. She draws upon this unique background to provide effective and easily applicable skills designed for immediate integration into clinician’s practices.

Speaker Disclosure:
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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  1. Analyze the efficacy of positive psychotherapy in the treatment anxiety and depression in clients.
  2. Utilize specific behavioral interventions to decrease symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder, clinical depression, OCD, ADHD, and PTSD.
  3. Implement treatment interventions for improving motivation, engagement and appreciation in clients.
  4. Implement interventions shown to develop neural pathways for happiness in clients.
  5. Demonstrate approaches for engaging the five essential virtues for happiness in a clinical setting.
  6. Outline strategies for savoring positive emotions and working with challenging emotions in clients.


Overview: The Science of Happiness
  • How positive psychotherapy transforms clinical practice
  • The biological purpose of happiness
  • Benefits of happiness: health, wealth and longevity
  • How much happiness can we develop?
  • The positivity ratio
  • How positive emotions increase options
  • Key contributors to happiness
  • Debunk myths of happiness
How to Choose Happiness: Cultivating Skills
  • Savor and appreciation
  • Fuel resilience
  • Motivation and engagement
  • Buffering from unhappiness
  • Balance realism and optimism
  • Increase positive emotions
Develop purpose, find meaning
  • Identify your calling
  • Career & life daydreams
  • Share your calling
  • Values clarification
  • Connect with others
    • Increase micro moments of love
  • Engage the five defining virtues for happiness
  • Mindfulness and yoga: seize the moment
Revolutionize Clinical Work, Address Mental Health Concerns
  • Assess happiness and resiliency
  • Individualize positive psychotherapy strategies
  • Tools for working with intense emotions
  • Applications for:
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • OCD
    • ADHD
    • Relationships
    • PTSD/Trauma
    • Substance Abuse
The Happier Therapist: Walk the Walk
  • Improve clinical outcomes through therapist happiness
  • Infuse flow and positivity in the clinical day
  • Optimism and energy quickies

Target Audience

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants and other Mental Health Professionals



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Total Reviews: 24

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