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Advanced Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Professionals

Program Information


  1. Evaluate the scientific research that links diet and nutrition to mental illness and its implications for treatment.
  2. Distinguish how certain micronutrients and macro nutrients affect mood and behavior in clients.
  3. Determine the psychobiology and psychophysiology of mind and body interactions with reference to six DSM™ categories.
  4. Incorporate ethical and scope of practice considerations relative to integrated and nutritional medicine with respect to your own professional discipline.
  5. Assess integrative and nutritional methods as they relate to client psycho-education.
  6. Apply mindfulness methods in the treatment of eating disorders.
  7. Discriminate between the clinical presentation of mental illness as compared to nutritional and/or hormonal imbalance.
  8. Devise six nutritional methods for treating clients who present with mood lability.
  9. Correlate gluten and casein sensitivity with the presentation of depression, psychosis and ASD in clients.
  10. Evaluate evidence-based protocols for nutritional and herbal approaches for six DSM-5™ categories.
  11. Demonstrate the use of a food mood assessment to evaluate client eating patterns and how those patterns may influence their mental health.
  12. Appraise the epidemiological research underlying the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and its specific application for client mental health.
  13. Use the DSM-5™ Cultural Formulation tool to explore about health and healing in order to inform the treatment planning process.
  14. Evaluate drug-nutrient-herbal interactions for clients in order to prevent side effects of polymedicine use.
  15. Investigate stage-specific anaerobic and aerobic exercise and self-care methods to decrease dissociative symptoms in clients.
  16. Demonstrate breathing techniques to reduce hyperventilation and improve focus among clients with anxiety disorders, as related to clinical treatment.
  17. Determine adaptations of complementary and alternative methods for children and teens with behavioral and mental health disorders such as ADHD and ODD.
  18. Assess contraindications of the use of psychotropic medications and herbal medicines and nutrients.
  19. Analyze the evidence for the use of essential fatty acids for anxiety and depression.
  20. Investigate the science for the “second brain”; the gut-brain axis communication system of neurotransmitters.
  21. Appraise the science of circadian rhythm as it contributes to depression, PTSD and bipolar disorder.
  22. Analyze the differences between mental illness versus nutritional and hormonal imbalances.
  23. Evaluate the impact of blood sugar and genetic variations on mental health disorders and effective treatment.



Scope of Practice Information

Balancing the sleep/wake cycle in depression, bipolar, and PTSD The Complex Relationships between Mental and Physical Health Beyond Pharmaceutical Management Nutrition, Diet and Culinary Medicine Herbal Medicine Special Issues Across the Lifespan Somatic Therapies, Acupuncture and New Approaches Comprehensive NonPharmaceutical Treatment Plans and Protocols for Treating the DSM-5™ Disorders: Develop a Niche Practice

Copyright : 06/01/2018

BONUS: Nutrition Essentials for Clinicians: Culinary Medicine to Improve Mood, Sleep, Attention and Focus

Program Information


Ethical practice – legal considerations

               Remaining within professional standards of care and competency level

               Nutritional psychoeducation

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


  1. Assess the impact of client diet on mental health symptom presentation
  2. Implement practical treatment plans for gradual adaptation of eating habits to reduce symptom intensity
  3. Appraise cultural influences on dietary practices and effectively integrate into treatment recommendations

Copyright : 10/01/2018