Free CE Course Launches to Highlight Link Between a Healthy Diet and Better Mental Health


A new free training course, hosted between April 3rd-5th, will explore how maintaining a healthy and well-balanced diet can improve mental health and wellbeing.

Throughout the three-day virtual course, Dr Vicki Steine, an expert on holistic nutrition, will explore the impacts of nutrition on mental health, explain how to utilise food to improve the symptoms of mental health disorders, and share tips for incorporating nutritious foods into any diet.

The course will also provide clinicians, therapists, and social workers with practical tips on how to effectively integrate nutrition knowledge into their practice. After attending, clinicians can become certified as a Mental Health & Nutrition Clinical Specialist as the content they will learn meets the required qualifications for certification.

Proper nutrition is a vital resource to maintain good mental health as it nourishes both the brain and the gut. Researchers across the sector have also found that poor nutrition is a major contributing factor in poor overall health, as well as mental health. In fact, they assert that consistently eating nutritious and varied foods that are diverse in vitamins and minerals, and contain enough fibre, can help foster positive mental health.

Facilitated by PESI, over the three days, attendees will learn:
  • How foods can affect moods and contribute to health
  • The science behind nutrition, diet and culinary medicine as well as popular supplements and herbal medicine
  • Simple screening tools to identify nutritional deficiencies contributing to mental health disorders
  • How to conduct nutritional assessments using integrative approaches
  • Clinical applications for comprehensive non-pharmaceutical treatment plans and protocols

Hails Keene, manager of the event for PESI, said:

“We have known for some time that food and mental health are intrinsically intertwined. As a clinician, seeking opportunities to enhance your knowledge about nutrition and broaden your skillset is one of the best ways of ensuring you have as many strategies as possible to support your clients. And Dr. Steine is the master of explaining the research in a comprehensive, thoughtful way that will leave you with practical takeaways you can immediately use.”

When your client's whole health is the focus of treatment, they'll make more progress, faster.
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Whether you're just learning about nutrition for mental health or you're looking for new ways to expand your nutritional approach, this training will give you crucial insights into the power of food as medicine so you can confidently and ethically integrate nutrition into your treatment within your scope of practice!

Designed for counselors, social workers, psychotherapists, dietitians, marriage & family therapists, psychologists, addiction counselors, therapists, nurses, case managers, occupational therapists, and other mental health professionals, you'll get access to 3 full days of training on the core aspects of nutrition for mental health and how to incorporate them into clinical practice, ABSOLUTELY FREE.

Meet the Expert:
Vicki Steine, DSc, LCSW, BCHN, IFNCP, has been a social worker for more than 25 years, working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She works with children and adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, Tourette’s syndrome, addiction, and trauma in her private practice in the Atlanta area. Dr. Steine received her master’s in social work from the University of Georgia and her Doctor of Science in holistic nutrition from Hawthorn University. She is board certified in holistic nutrition through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, a nutrition certified practitioner through the Integrated and Functional Nutrition Academy and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Dr. Steine enjoys combining her skills as a social worker and nutrition educator to help her clients who struggle with staying organized, keeping focused at work or school, and overcoming the anxiety and depression that often prevents them from fully living their lives. She integrates nutrition, mind-body exercises, and traditional psychotherapy methods, like Cognitive Behavior Therapy, to help her clients get on with living their lives optimally. She has spoken at many conferences and delivered workshops providing education to professionals and lay people alike on the benefits of nutrition and improving mental health. Dr. Steine has had personal success using a holistic approach, including nutrition and supplements, to recover from a near death boating accident and an episode of debilitating depression.

Learn more about her educational products, including upcoming live seminars, by clicking here.

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