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Bringing Trauma-Informed Yoga into Mental Health Clinical Practice
DVD Video
$199.99 USD
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This item is expected to ship 4-6 weeks after the event on June 15, 2018.
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DVD Video - 4+ hours
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
6/15/2018 - Available Now for Pre-Order
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  1. Evaluate ways that autonomic nervous system dysregulation contributes to PTSD symptoms.
  2. Ascertain symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder which can be decreased through a trauma-sensitive yoga practice.
  3. Practice trauma-informed chair yoga postures for use in the individual or group psychotherapy session.
  4. Determine the benefits of bringing yogic deep relaxation into the therapy session.
  5. Specify yogic strategies to help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in clients.
  6. Apply applications of chair yoga and three-part deep breathing practices into your clinical work, using scripts and practice sessions.
The Yoga Tradition and Neuropsychology
  • Yoga, Patanjali and MIR’s
  • The importance of heart rate variability (HRV)
Embodied Psychotherapy
  • The Triune Brain: left out of traditional psychotherapy?
  • Regulating the brain’s trauma center
  • Tracking body sensation and breathing deeply
  • A frame of reference from Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Neuroplasticity and interpersonal neurobiology
Apply Trauma-Informed Yoga Postures in the Psychotherapy Session for PTSD, Anxiety and Depression
  • The evidence in evidence-based yoga practice
  • Yoga and polarities
  • Guided script for chair yoga:
    • 5 trauma-informed chair yoga postures
    • Guiding and integrating the poses into your existing treatment modality (EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, etc.)
  • Chair trauma-yoga:
    • Tracking body sensation
    • Gaining self-mastery
    • Increasing self-regulation
    • Expanding present-moment awareness
  • Experience a chair yoga warm up and posture sequence
Yoga and the Breath
  • Respiration and the autonomic nervous system (ANS)
  • Breathing techniques to regulate the ANS and calm symptoms of trauma, anxiety and depression
  • Experience the three-part deep breath and script
Structure of the Embodied Psychotherapy Session or Group
  • Evaluating the client
  • Opening the session
  • Healing polarities:
    • Inner/outer
    • Sympathetic/parasympathetic activation
    • Sensing/action
    • Cognitive/somatic
  • Healthy symptoms of trauma discharge
  • Key points in making referrals to yoga classes
Therapeutic Value of Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep)
  • The benefits of sleeping while awake
  • Varieties of Yoga Nidra
  • Guided experience of Satchidananda’s Yoga Nidra
  • Discussion of Yoga Nidra script
Using Meditation
  • The relaxation response
  • Mindfulness meditation: open-focused meditation
  • A guided experience of both styles of meditation
  • The benefits of meditation in the trauma psychotherapy session
Case Study


Debra Premashakti Alvis, Ph.D. C-IAYT, RYT, is a licensed psychologist and private practitioner with over 25 years of brain-based, clinical experience. She specializes in applying neuroscientific principals to enhance clinical outcomes. Debra’s interest in brain-based therapy began in the early 1990’s while studying neuroanatomy. Her curiosity about how psychotherapeutic interventions could best engage the brain’s capacity to grow and change led her to study with leading experts Dan Siegel, Rick Hanson, and Bonne Badenbach. She then combined this neuroscientific foundation with attachment, somatic, and mindfulness based cognitive behavioral approaches. She discovered that wedding brain-based principals with body oriented and traditional psychotherapeutic orientations helped clients to recover more easefully and quickly form mood, trauma, and substance abuse concerns. In addition, clients more frequently practiced the strategies required to maintain recovery and move toward thriving. Debra has refined the application of this integrative model through her work in private practice and as a clinical supervisor, educator, and consultant. She developed and led the Mind/Body Program at the University of Georgia where she now teaches undergraduate students to use brain based strategies to further their self-development, offers training to graduate students in applying neuroscience to their clinical work, and develops brain-based research studies. A 30-year personal contemplative practice and over a thousand hours training as a mindfulness and yoga teacher further enrich her presentations. Join Debra, a seasoned and sought after international presenter and consultant, for an experiential day offering abundant mind tools, professional renewal, and personal restoration.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Debra Premashakti Alvis is in private practice. She receives compensation as a Professor for the University of Georgia. Dr. Alvis receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Debra Premashakti Alvis has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Continuing Education Credits

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

Counselors, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Case Managers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Other Mental Health Professionals, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants