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Holistic & Nutritional Approaches to Treating Psychological Disorders

5 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $49.00

Developed by David Van Nuys, Ph.D

This course is also offered as part of Certificate Program in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) 35 CE Credits

This course includes materials consisting of:

Transcripts are available for ALL MP3s in pdf format.

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General Course Description

As the old mind/body dichotomy continues to dissolve, psychotherapists are becoming increasingly aware that diagnosing and treating mental disorders requires a broader perspective than DSM and many graduate courses present. Common disorders such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, ADHD and many others (if not all of them) are intertwined with physical symptoms and even physical causes. Treatment for these disorders can benefit greatly from a complementary-holistic perspective that takes into account such factors as diet, nutrition, and exercise.

This introductory level course presents information and a complementary-holistic perspective on diagnosis and treatment from several psychologist- and psychiatrist-naturopaths. Podcasts 1-2 and article 3, by psychoanalyst naturopath Stephen Ducat, NP, PhD, and naturopathic doctor Jonathan Prousky, ND, MSc, present an overview of the naturopathic/psychotherapeutic approach and introduce key concepts. Podcasts 4 and 5, by psychiatrist and psychoendocrinologist Robert Hedaya, MD, and integrative medicine psychiatrist James Greenblatt, MD, explore the relationship between common psychological disorders, nutrition and digestive processes. Finally, article 6 presents resources for further study and a list of referral sources.

Disclaimer: This course is purely educational and does not intend to serve as a license (or permission) to mental health professionals to prescribe or practice any of the approaches discussed in this course unless they fall within the scope of practice of your profession. Check with your licensing board about the scope of practice of your profession to make sure you practice within that scope.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Describe the core principles of integrative medicine.

2.    Define orthomolecular psychiatry.

3.    Describe the connections between common psychological disorders, physical processes and nutrition.

4.    Identify naturopathic interventions

5.    Identify responsible naturopathic physicians.

Course Syllabus

Principles of holistic approach to diagnosing and treating psychological disorders

  • Functional and integrative medicine
  • Orthomolecular medicine
  • Whole psychiatry

Common disorders and their associations with nutritional issues

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Eating Disorders

Comparisons between prescription medications and nutritional supplements

  • Side effects
  • Rapidity of efficacy
  • Harm vs benefits

Physical issues associated with psychological disorders

  • Gut inflammation
  • Excessive, hypo, or glucose intolerance
  • B-12 deficiencies
  • Probiotic supplements

Additional references and resources

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