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The Food-Mood Connection: Empowering Psychotherapists with Integrative Strategies
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In recent years, the field of nutritional psychology has emerged as a valuable adjunct to therapy in the treatment of mental health disorders.  
Nutrition plays a significant role in mediating conditions such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. Understanding the connection between food choices and mental well-being has become increasingly crucial in enhancing client outcomes. 
Join us for an engaging training led by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RDN, where she will delve into the current state of nutrition in the United States and its profound implications for mental health. Through the exploration of the latest research studies, Kristin will highlight: 

  • The undeniable link between food choices and psychological well-being in clients of all ages 
  • Specific nutrients that can either benefit or harm individuals with mental health disorders 
  • How to initiate discussions about diet and nutrition to foster client engagement and enhancing treatment outcomes 

By understanding the role of these nutrients, you will be better equipped to integrate nutritional considerations into your clinical practice.

Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RDN

Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RDN, is the former lead dietitian and manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, and a Senior Fellow at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. A bestselling author, experienced presenter, and award-winning dietitian, Kristin is a sought-after national speaker on a variety of nutrition and wellness-related topics, appearing on the Today show, NBC Nightly News and The Dr. Oz Show. She has also contributed to national publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Runners World, Oprah, Martha Stewart Living, Food Network, Costco Connection, Self, Women’s Health,, The Huffington Post, US News and World Report, and she is a featured expert on Cleveland Clinic’s Health Essentials. The Huffington Post named Kristin “one of 35 diet and nutrition experts you need to follow on Twitter,” and in December 2017, her show The New Rules of Food aired nationally on PBS.

Kristin’s career began in Washington, DC, where she assisted in lobbying efforts for medical nutrition therapy reform on behalf of the American Dietetic Association Policy and Advocacy group. She then went on to become the regional coordinator of the Hearts N Parks program in Montgomery County, Maryland. During her time there, she designed, implemented, and measured health promotion programs within the Washington, DC metro area. Kristin then returned to Ohio to work for the Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Cardiovascular Genetics. She eventually became the lead dietitian in the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. In addition, she serves on Dr. Oz’s medical advisory board as well as the advisory board for Lose it!

Kristin has more than 17 years of experience in the health management arena and holds an MS in health promotion management from American University and a BA in political science from George Washington University. A Licensed Registered Dietitian in the state of Ohio, in May 2012 she received the Ohio Outstanding Dietetic Educator of the Year Award. In January 2017, Kristin published her first book, Skinny Liver: A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse the New Silent Epidemic – Fatty Liver Disease.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kristin Kirkpatrick is a contributing writer for the TODAY show and has employment relationships with Meadows Behavioral Health and the Cleveland Clinic. She is a published author and receives royalties. Ms. Kirkpatrick receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kristin Kirkpatrick has no relevant non-financial relationships.



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