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2-Day Certificate in Nutrition for Mental Health Disorders: Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment Strategies that Work!

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - Friday, September 13, 2019

This event is not currently available for purchase.

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Course Description:

We have all had clients who come into the office in a depressed or anxious state, and yet they cannot identify just what is bothering them. Children are brought in with symptoms of ADHD, clients with addictions struggle to gain control of themselves, and others suffer with physical complaints in addition to mental health issues. It’s frustrating when traditional talk therapy is not quite enough to break through and it feels like something else is needed to meet your treatment goals.

That missing piece you’re looking for? It’s here – the mind-body connection.

Kristen Allott is a naturopathic physician specializing in alternative and nutritional approaches to mental health disorders, and she is here to help you bring this missing piece to your clients.

Imagine an increase in your client’s energy and mental clarity, allowing them to be more engaged in the therapeutic process. Simplify sessions when you readily have dozens of effective, simple strategies at your fingertips that enhance and complement your current treatment interventions. Feel your confidence improve when you identify nutritional deficiencies that contribute to anxiety, anger, depression, PTSD or ADHD.

Don’t risk missing out on this key piece of treatment – sign up today to improve outcomes for your clients!

  1. Articulate which nutrients are beneficial for reducing symptoms of anxiety, anger and depression.
  2. Assess clients’ potential nutritional deficiencies that could be negatively affecting their mental health.
  3. Communicate the potential complications of combining nutritional supplements and psychotropic medications as related to clinical treatment.
  4. Analyze the impact of fats and proteins on clients’ mental and physical health.
  5. Determine when and how to refer clients to Complementary and Alternative Medicine providers.
  6. Incorporate complementary strategies to help improve your clients’ energy and mental clarity.
  7. Identify physiological causes of fatigue, depression, and anxiety to improve treatment outcomes.
  8. Differentiate between mental illness versus nutritional and hormonal imbalances as it relates to clinical practice.
  9. Distinguish symptoms of nutritional deficiencies to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
  10. Integrate holistic assessment and treatment interventions to improve client level of functioning.
  11. Assess diet, exercise, and sleep in session without shaming a client.
  12. Evaluate how improved nutrition can improve therapeutic outcomes for clients with ADHD, anxiety, depression, addictions, and other mental health disorders.

Assessment & Treatment Planning

How Foods Affect Moods
  • Carbohydrates – A new way to think about cravings
  • Effects protein may have on depression and anxiety
  • Fats for mental health (depression, ADHD, bipolar)
  • The connection between food, depression, diabetes & obesity
  • Physiological causes of fatigue, depression and anxiety
  • Anxiety/anger and hypoglycemia
Simple Screening Tools to Identify Nutritional Deficiencies Contributing to:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Fatigue
  • Anger
  • Lack of mental clarity
  • Other mental health concerns
Symptoms of Deficiencies and Co-Morbid Conditions
  • Alcoholism
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Anxiety or hypoglycemia?
  • Depressed, fatigued or malnourished?
  • Hormonal imbalance
Referring to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Primary Care Providers
  • When to refer
  • Who to refer a client to
  • Where to find appropriate providers
  • 5 Questions to ask before referring

Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment Strategies

Practical Tools to Boost Treatment Results, Improve Energy, and Gain Mental Clarity
  • Fats: the good, the bad, and the ugly
  • Sleep: how to go to sleep, how to stay asleep, how to wake up
  • Reduce night terrors
  • Move your body
  • Feed your brain
Holistic Assessment and Treatment Interventions for:
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety disorders
  • PTSD
  • Addictions
  • Bipolar
  • Clients who want to stop their medications
  • Psychosomatic symptoms
  • Side effects of medications
  • Pain syndromes
  • Pre-menstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms
Interventions in Action – Working together to learn and role playing
  • How to assess diet, exercise, and sleep without shaming a client
    • Diet and exercise history assessment
  • Improve energy and mental clarity through 3 days of protein
    • Protein for All program
    • Special concerns – vegetarian, gluten free, or those that don’t cook
  • The power of movement – when is it helpful vs. too much?
  • Action items for discussing weight and diabetes with clients
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Dieticians
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Chiropractors
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


Kristen Allott, ND, LAc, is a high energy and enthusiastic speaker who is passionate about integrative medicine. As a licensed naturopathic physician and acupuncturist, she has a private practice where she specializes in working with the clients of mental health professionals and is passionate about achievable results. Dr. Allott has developed a reputation for assisting clients in making simple changes in their food choices and for addressing nutritional deficiencies that contribute to the symptoms of anxiety, depression, addictions and other mental health disorders. Dr. Allott regularly presents at psychiatric nurse practitioner conventions on non-pharmaceutical interventions for mental health. Additionally, she consults with Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) at the University of Washington to develop the Protein for all Project to optimize the brains in the high stakes environment of Juvenile and Family Court System in the State of Washington.

Dr. Allott has worked as a residential counselor for adolescents in mental health crises and advocated for the educational rights for individuals with learning disabilities. She is on the academic faculty at Bastyr University and serves as a guest lecturer for a variety of groups. As a physician and acupuncturist, she enjoys studying how daily life affects the biochemistry, physiology, and qi (energy) of the body. As a black belt in Aikido, she has studied the intimate connections between the mind, emotions and body.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kristen Allott is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Kristen Allott references the off-label use of Nordic Naturals and Carlson’s during her presentation.
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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.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 12.5 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

California Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (CCAPP): PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the CCAPP-EI, Provider #: OS-03-036-1021. This activity meets the qualifications for 12.5 CEH's (continuing education hours).

This intermediate activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Registered Dietitians & Dietetic Technicians
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PESI, Inc. PE001, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022. Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 12.5CPEUs continuing professional education units (CPEUs) for completion of this program/materials. Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program, or materials. This program/material is designated as LEVEL 2.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 760 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 12.6 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers
This intermediate level activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

California Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Educational Psychologists: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE programs that are approved by other approval agencies, including several that approve PESI and its programs. A full list of approval agencies accepted by the BBS can be found at under “Where to find CE Courses.” This intermediate level activity consists of 12.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 760 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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