Full Course Description
Advanced Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Professionals
- Evaluate the scientific research that links diet and nutrition to mental illness and its implications for treatment.
- Distinguish how certain micronutrients and macro nutrients affect mood and behavior in clients.
- Determine the psychobiology and psychophysiology of mind and body interactions with reference to six DSM™ categories.
- Incorporate ethical and scope of practice considerations relative to integrated and nutritional medicine with respect to your own professional discipline.
- Assess integrative and nutritional methods as they relate to client psycho-education.
- Apply mindfulness methods in the treatment of eating disorders.
- Discriminate between the clinical presentation of mental illness as compared to nutritional and/or hormonal imbalance.
- Devise six nutritional methods for treating clients who present with mood lability.
- Correlate gluten and casein sensitivity with the presentation of depression, psychosis and ASD in clients.
- Evaluate evidence-based protocols for nutritional and herbal approaches for six DSM-5™ categories.
- Demonstrate the use of a food mood assessment to evaluate client eating patterns and how those patterns may influence their mental health.
- Appraise the epidemiological research underlying the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and its specific application for client mental health.
- Use the DSM-5™ Cultural Formulation tool to explore about health and healing in order to inform the treatment planning process.
- Evaluate drug-nutrient-herbal interactions for clients in order to prevent side effects of polymedicine use.
- Investigate stage-specific anaerobic and aerobic exercise and self-care methods to decrease dissociative symptoms in clients.
- Demonstrate breathing techniques to reduce hyperventilation and improve focus among clients with anxiety disorders, as related to clinical treatment.
- Determine adaptations of complementary and alternative methods for children and teens with behavioral and mental health disorders such as ADHD and ODD.
- Assess contraindications of the use of psychotropic medications and herbal medicines and nutrients.
- Analyze the evidence for the use of essential fatty acids for anxiety and depression.
- Investigate the science for the “second brain”; the gut-brain axis communication system of neurotransmitters.
- Appraise the science of circadian rhythm as it contributes to depression, PTSD and bipolar disorder.
- Analyze the differences between mental illness versus nutritional and hormonal imbalances.
- Evaluate the impact of blood sugar and genetic variations on mental health disorders and effective treatment.
CLINICAL APPLICATION AND EVIDENCE-BASED RESEARCH
Scope of Practice Information
- Nutritional therapies
- Culinary medicine
- Behavioral medicine
- Nutritional supplementation
- Herbal medicine
- Hydrotherapies for mood management
- Bodywork therapies
- Acupuncture and cranial electrical stimulation
- Sound and music for insomnia and mood
- Light & dark therapies
- Stage appropriate yoga for anxiety, pain and PTSD
- Integrative detoxification for addiction
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CHANGE USING INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES
Balancing the sleep/wake cycle in depression, bipolar, and PTSD
- Learn to conduct a basic nutritional food/mood assessment
- Learn to conduct an adrenal stress and biological rhythm assessment
- Culture and ethnicity assessment and treatment
- The Cultural Formulation Interview and CAM methods
- 3 Basic lab tests for optimal mental health
The Complex Relationships between Mental and Physical Health
- Balancing circadian rhythm in depression, bipolar, PTSD
- Applying special yogic breathing exercises for mental health
- Enhance sleep and address insomnia
Beyond Pharmaceutical Management
- Strategies to reduce inflammation: the major factor in depression, anxiety, bipolar and ADHD
- Chronic illness, fibromyalgia
- Anxiety and digestion
- The Second brain: microbiome, probiotics and GABA and anxiety
- Sleep, adrenal health and rhythms
- Anger, alcohol abuse and liver health
- Genetics, depression and brain
- PTSD and auto immune, addictions and cognition
- ADHD, ASD and food sensitivities
- Integrative approach recovery from addictions
Nutrition, Diet and Culinary Medicine
- Address clients concerns and provide alternatives to psychotropics
- Herbal medicine for mental health
- Strategies for coming off or reducing psychotropic
- Ayurvedic medicine and mental health
- Exercise: aerobic, anaerobic, yoga, core, land and water based
- Sound and music for insomnia, anxiety and anger
- Toning, binaural music
- Food as “brain-mind-medicine”
- Fats: essential fatty acids, toxic fats, fish oil
- Protein: the building blocks of happiness
- What nutrients improve mental health and cognitive function
- Vitamins, minerals, glandulars and special nutrients for the non-nutritionist
- Balance blood sugar to balance mood
- Cultural and genetic variations
- Enhance digestion for mental health
- Thyroid function and mental health
Special Issues Across the Lifespan
- Seven major herbs for PTSD, anxiety, depression, sleep and cognitive health
- Endocannabinoid deficit theory
- Cannabis and psychedelic medicine
- THC versus CBD
- Evidence for medical cannabis for mental health
- PTSD and chronic pain
- Smell, mood and cognition
- Evidence for essential oils to alter mood and cognition
Somatic Therapies, Acupuncture and New Approaches
- Children: supporting sleep, focus, mood and attention
- Alternatives to psychotropics for ADHD
- Middle life: peri-menopause, menopause, andropause
- Preventing cognitive decline
- Nutrition and integrative methods to support people with dementia and their caregivers
Comprehensive NonPharmaceutical Treatment Plans and Protocols for Treating the DSM-5™ Disorders:
- The spectrum of somatic and bodywork therapies
- The NADA protocol for addictions
- Cranial electrical stimulation for PTSD, insomnia and optimal cognition
Develop a Niche Practice
- Depression & Seasonal Affect Disorder
- Anxiety, PTSD and Complex Trauma
- Body Dysmorphia
- The ethics and scope of your practice: ethics, law and competency
- Build an integrative health team
- When and where to refer clients
- Where to find the right provider
- Develop a niche practice as a certified specialist
- Professional organizations and more training
- Controversies and hot topics
BONUS: Nutrition Essentials for Clinicians: Culinary Medicine to Improve Mood, Sleep, Attention and Focus
Ethical practice – legal considerations
Remaining within professional standards of care and competency level
Diet and Digestion; the links between physical and mental health
Bidirectional influences of digestion and anxiety
Essentials of Mental Health Nutrition
Facilitating progressive adoption of healthful changes
Psychology of Mindful Eating
Multidimensional assessment of eating patterns
Food and Mood - what is the relationship?
Sugar and caffeine: effects on health
Spectrum of naturally occurring diets
Weaning clients from addictive foods
Mood stabilizing interventions
Hydration – assessment, cultural considerations, effects of insufficient intake
Gluten and depression:
What’s the research on depression and psychosis?
Addictions – principles of effective dietary substitution
Physical and emotional nourishment
Lifestyle issues and food preparation
Qualities of authentic foods
Food, culture and mental health
Fats, Proteins and Neurotransmitters and Mood
Vitamin D: influence on mood and pain
- Assess the impact of client diet on mental health symptom presentation
- Implement practical treatment plans for gradual adaptation of eating habits to reduce symptom intensity
- Appraise cultural influences on dietary practices and effectively integrate into treatment recommendations