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Digital Seminar

Nutrition and Mental Health: Better Treatment Outcomes through Food-Focused Motivational Interviewing, CBT, and More

Kathleen Zamperini, LPC, CIMHP
Approx. 6 Hours
Nov 15, 2023
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“You are what you eat.”

When our clients come to us wanting help with their mood, energy levels, concentration, and other symptoms...

...our therapeutic efforts are thwarted when their diets are filled with highly processed foods, sugary soft drinks, and caffeine.

What if you could talk with clients about the impact of nutrition on their mental health in easy-to-understand ways – and then actually help motivate them to make and stick with changes that result in improvements to their mental health?

Nutrition might be the missing piece of the puzzle on your path to achieving better treatment outcomes. Watch Kathleen Zamperini, LPC, CIMHP, for this groundbreaking training that will give you the skills you need to:

  • Utilize the latest assessments for tracking the impact of food on mood
  • Implement CBT and MI-based solutions to common reasons clients have trouble making pro-health changes
  • Bring nutrition into therapy ethically and safely, while staying within your scope of practice

PURCHASE TODAY to harness the power of nutrition in your practice!


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Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


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Kathleen D. Zamperini, LPC, CIMHP, has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a master’s degree in education with secondary guidance certification. Kathleen received a degree in holistic nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and is a certified integrative mental health professional. She has a passion for helping clients understand the role of nutrition in mental health. Kathleen has 30 years of counseling experience working with persons dealing with depression and anxiety and was the director of counseling for a large social service agency in Pittsburgh, PA.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kathleen Zamperini is a published author and receives royalties. Kathleen Zamperini receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kathleen Zamperini has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Provide psychoeducation about the relationship between nutrition and mental health.
  2. Employ assessment strategies to evaluate the impact of food on mood.
  3. Evaluate two common reasons clients have difficulty making changes with their eating and propose solutions to these barriers.
  4. Assess clients’ stage of change to make behavioral adjustments to their diet.
  5. Engage motivational interviewing interventions of open questions and reflective listening as they pertain to clients’ food choices.
  6. Utilize cognitive restructuring to create adaptive thoughts and beliefs for clients who want to make different food choices.


Nutritional Strategies to Improve Mood
Digest the Research on Nutrition and Mental Health

  • The connection between food and mood
  • Top practical strategies to support client wellbeing with nutrition
  • The MIND diet for optimal emotional health
  • Assessment strategies to help clients understand how foods affect them
  • Tips for completing a food diary

Anxiety, Depression, and Nutrition
Reduce Symptoms and Improve Well-Being

  • The role of sugar and how to assess for overconsumption
  • What’s right and what’s wrong with processed foods
  • How caffeine can affect the nervous system and ways to reduce or eliminate it
  • Excitotoxins and how to find them in everyday foods
  • Benefits of B and D vitamins for emotional health
  • Fat is not the enemy: how to incorporate healthy fats
  • Common symptoms of magnesium deficiency and how to improve the nervous system
  • Top antioxidant foods and how to incorporate them into a daily eating plan

How Proper Digestion Facilitates Nutritional Benefits
Supporting The Gut – Our “Second Brain”

  • Dysbiosis and how to balance bacterial ecology
  • Prebiotics and probiotics
  • Practice steps for proper digestion
  • Hydration and exercise for digestion and emotional health
  • Supporting the glymphatic system to clear waste

Motivational Interviewing, CBT, and More
Helping Your Clients Make Changes That Stick

  • Common reasons clients have trouble making pro-health changes
  • Epigenetics and change habits
  • Assess clients’ stage of change
  • Motivational interviewing to help clients harness their reasons and resources
  • Utilize therapeutic skills to assist clients in making healthy choices
  • Counteract self-defeating and sabotaging thoughts with cognitive restructuring
  • Skills to assist clients with letting go of unhealthy habits

Bringing Nutrition Ethically, Safely, and Within Scope of Practice
Clinical Considerations

  • Understand your role as a therapist - ethical issues
  • The therapist’s own relationship with nutrition
  • Scope of practice issues for mental health professionals
  • When to refer a client for medical care or other more specialized treatment
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addictions Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Nurses
  • Dieticians
  • Occupational Therapists


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