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Ridgeview Institute – Monroe

709 Breedlove Drive

Monroe, GA 30655

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Seminar description: 3 hours

CEU Approved by: LPCA, GSCSW

Admission: Donation Item for Communities in Walton County Schools

From Surviving to Thriving: Mind/Body Approaches for Addressing Trauma

During the past decade, advances in neuroscience have provided a clearer understanding of how the brain and the nervous system are impacted by trauma and what is needed to promote recovery. Based upon these scientific advances, revolutionary, mind/body approaches to trauma treatment have been developed.

Drawing from current mind/body treatments, this experiential seminar focuses on skills that enhance client stability, resilience, and agency during and between treatment sessions. Providing clients with these leading edge skills helps clear the way for deeper levels of recovery while promoting safety and increased self-compassion. The effectiveness of these approaches results in reduced clinician burn out and the more immediate gratification of seeing clients lead satisfying lives.

This experiential seminar is appropriate for those who are new to trauma treatment as well as experienced practitioners. No previous experience is needed to implement these gentle, integrative, interventions. The day will provide an abundance of take homes and restorative opportunities for clinician self-care.

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Seminar participants will be able to:

  • Describe how the brain and nervous system are impacted by trauma
  • Implement interventions designed to bring the ‘thinking brain’ back online and calm the nervous system
  • Utilize mind/body approaches support tolerance and processing of bodily sensations
  • Teach mind/body skills to expedite client recovery

Brief Presenter Biography:

Debra Premashakti Alvis, Ph.D., C-IAYT, is a licensed psychologist and therapeutic yoga educator practicing in Athens, Georgia. She conducts a private practice providing psychotherapy, consultation, and supervision and travels widely to present clinical training seminars. During the past twenty-five years, she has had the privilege of supporting clients in trauma recovery through mind/body approaches.

Dr. Alvis serves as faculty at the University of Georgia bringing contemplative practices into psychology courses and conducting research on mindfulness. She developed and led the Mind Body Program at the university including a clinician training program integrating contemplative approaches.

She has been engaged in contemplative practices for over thirty-five years studying yoga and mindfulness. Debra was given her spiritual name, Premashakti, by Sri Swami Satchidanda and continues to work closely with the Integral Yoga and Tibetan monastics.


Communities in Walton County Schools:

Communities In Schools of Walton County is the local affiliate of the nation's largest drop-out prevention network. They position staff members inside schools across Walton County to provide school-wide drop-out prevention services to more than 9000 students and to work one-on-one with 350 of their most at-risk kids. CIS is present in nine schools in the Walton County and Social Circle school districts, including every middle and high school. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

CIS believes every child needs and deserves these five basics:
  • a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
  • a safe place to learn and grow
  • a healthy start and a healthy future
  • a marketable skill to use upon graduation
  • a chance to give back to peers and community

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