Full Course Description
Certificate Course in Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health
- 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.
- Explore the application of 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.>/li>
- 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.
- Teach breathing techniques to reduce hyperventilation and improve focus among clients with anxiety disorders.
- Present adaptations of complementary and alternative methods for children and teens with behavioral and mental health disorders such as ADHD and ODD.
- Discuss contraindications of the use of psychotropic medications and herbal medicines and nutrients.
- Identify 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.
BONUS: Nutrition Essentials for Clinicians: Culinary Medicine to Improve Mood, Sleep, Attention and Focus
- 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