Full Course Description
5-Day Certification Retreat: 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.
- Specify how certain micronutrients and macro nutrients affect mood and behavior in clients.
- Present 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.
- Communicate 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.
- Present 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
- Present 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.
- Interview clients using 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.
- Present 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.
- Present 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.
- Comment on 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
- 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
- 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 test for optimal mental health
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CHANGE USING INTEGRATIVE APPROACHES
Balance the Sleep/Wake Cycle in Depression Bipolar and PTSD
- Balance circadian rhythm in depression, bipolar, PTSD
- Apply special yogic breathing exercises for mental health
- Enhance sleep and address insomnia
The Complex Relationships between Mental and Physical Health
- 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
- The Science and practice of detoxification
Beyond Pharmaceutical Management
- Address clients concerns and provide alternatives to psychotropics
- Herbal medicine for mental health
- Strategies for coming off or reducing psychotropic medications
- 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
Nutrition, Diet and Culinary Medicine
- Food as “brain-mind-medicine”
- Fats: essential fatty acids, toxic facts, 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
- 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
Special Issues Across the Lifespan
- Children: supporting sleep, focus, mood and attention
- Alternatives to psychotropics for ADHD
- Middle life: peri-menopause, menopause, andropause
- Prevent cognitive decline
- Nutrition and integrative methods to support people with dementia and their caregivers
Somatic Therapies, Acupuncture and New Approaches
- Spectrum of somatic and bodywork therapies
- NADA protocol for addictions
- Cranial electrical stimulation for PTSD, insomnia and optimal cognition
Comprehensive Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment Plans and Protocols for Treating the DSM-5™ Disorders
- Depression & Seasonal Affect Disorder
- Anxiety, PTSD and Complex Trauma
- Body Dysmorphia
Develop a Niche Practice
- 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