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Debra Alvis, Ph.D.
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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.
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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- Analyze the concept of compassion fatigue and establish how it relates to secondary trauma and burnout.
- Assess the factors that can contribute to compassion fatigue and communicate implications for professionals working in fields with high empathy demands.
- Investigate the role of autonomic nervous system reactions in compassion fatigue and demonstrate how self-regulation techniques can be used to address these effects.
- Apply assessment instruments that can be employed to identify the signs of compassion fatigue in self and others.
- Employ evidence-based strategies from mindfulness and mental health treatments to reduce stress, interrupt anxious rumination, and increase wellbeing.
- Support how organizations can build resiliency in their employees and increase retention with approaches to transform toxic work environments.
Compassion Fatigue’s Impact on Professionals, the Workplace, and Caregivers
Red Flags to Watch for: Signs and Symptoms of Compassion Fatigue
- History of compassion fatigue
- Compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, depression, and burnout
- Recognize contributing factors
- Identify how compassion fatigue robs you of your ability to nurture
- The ethics of self-care – research evidence
The Compassion and Empathy Toolkit: How to Maintain Purpose, Fulfilment and Thrive
- The nervous system’s role in CF and its symptomology
- Assessment instruments for self and others
- Identify triggers for emotional distress
- Review your personal/professional history
Conquer Burnout with Strategies To: De-Stress, Manage Emotions, Reduce Anxiety, and Stop Feeling Overwhelmed
- Reset during the workday with strategies to:
- Restore compassion & clarity
- Reconnect with the rewards
- Raise your gratitude quotient
- Apply your signature strengths in new ways
- Build competence and compassion by being present
Create a Healthy Home/Work Balance
- Deep breathing exercises for immediate calm
- 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
Retention and Resiliency Strategies: How Organizations and Individuals Can Build Better Work Environments
- Bring calm after work hours with relaxation techniques
- Restore body & mind with awareness
- Stop replaying your day – strategies to end rumination
- How to rewire your brain towards happiness
- Food as medicine – nutrition tips for enhancing resiliency and wellbeing
- How cleansing the toxic workplace combats compassion fatigue
- Manage bullying and blaming
- Communication strategies for collaborative relationships
- Stair-steps towards building resilient practitioners
- Empowering leadership for change
- Nurse Educators
- Nurse Practitioners
- Clinical Nurse Specialists
- Floor Directors and Managers
- Nursing Home Administrators
- Physician Assistants
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Veterinary Technicians
- Veterinary Practice Managers
- Social Workers
- Clinical Supervisors
- Others in Caring Professions
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