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5-Day Certification Retreat: Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Professionals - Seminar

5-Day Certification Retreat: Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Professionals

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - Sunday, August 30, 2020

This event is no longer available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

Clinicians often say to me: “I want to include Nutritional and Integrative Medicine methods in my practice but I am not sure where to begin or how to do this”? And, “What am I allowed to do”?

Many clients are already self-prescribing based on information obtained on the internet or from their friends. While many of these clinical methods have few negative side effects, some herbal supplements, juice fasts and other apparently healthy activities can have significant adverse outcomes if not tailored to the individual’s psychobiology.

This training will provide state-of-the art, clinical skills you need to help your clients safely navigate nutritional and integrative medicine.

You will also have opportunities to discuss cases, ask questions, develop new assessment skills and explore both metaphorical and scientific language that allows for effective communication with clients. Guest speaker Dr. Mary Ann Osborne, Nurse Practitioner, will join us during the retreat to share her specific areas of expertise.

This content-rich retreat is organized with plenty of down time for rest, rejuvenation and relaxation in the pool or even for nourishing naps. Asilomar Conference Grounds is a breathtakingly gorgeous beachfront land. Situated within the quaint and scenic town of Pacific Grove, California. Asilomar is an unforgettable escape from the demands of everyday life, located on beach with walking paths, night skies and sunny days in which to rejuvenate while learning integrative clinical skills.

I’m looking forward to seeing you in California!


Leslie Korn, Ph.D., MPH, LMHC,
Sleeping Room Reservations:

Room rates are per person, per night & includes meals.
$300.15 Single Room
$202.94 Double Room (per person)

For the discounted room rate, reservations MUST be made directly through Asilomar’s registration link below. Phone reservations will not have access to these reduced rates. 4 nights required.
Registration Includes:
  • CE Certificate & Course manual
  • Dr. Korn’s Eat Right, Feel Right Book
  • Certification application fee – a $99.99 value!
Become Certified! Included with registration
  • No hidden fees – PESI pays for your application fee (a $99.99 value)!
  • Certification form will be handed out at retreat
  • Simply complete this live event and you’re a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider through the Mental Health Integrative Medicine Institute. *
Hassle free! Attendees who complete the training will receive documentation of certification from Mental Health Integrative Medicine Institute Specialists 4 to 6 weeks following the program.

*Professional standards apply. Visit for answers to frequently asked certification questions and certification standards.
RETREAT SCHEDULE – Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – Sunday, August 30, 2020

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
    4:00 pm – Check-in starts for sleeping room reservations
    5:00 – 6:00 pm – Orientation
    6:00 – 7:00 pm - Dinner
    7:30 – 9:00 pm – Program*

Thursday-Saturday, August 27-29, 2020
    7:30 – 9:00 am – Breakfast
    9:15 – 11:45 am – Program*
    12:00 – 1:00 pm - Lunch
    1:30 – 4:00 pm – Program*
    4:00 – 6:00 pm – Rest and rejuvenation
    6:00 – 7:00 pm - Dinner
    7:15 – 8:45 pm – Case presentation, discussion and questions*

Sunday, August 30, 2020
    7:30 – 9:00 am - Breakfast
    9:15 – 11:45 am – Program*
    12:00 – 1:00 pm – Closing/social lunch

* CE is awarded during these specified times

Cancellation Policy: Prior to 45 days before the event start date, you will be charged a $100 cancel fee. For cancellations received after that, you will receive a gift certificate for your purchase amount to attend any future live PESI sponsored seminar.

Please contact PESI customer service for information on non-CE seeking to register as a guest for pricing and other details.

  1. Evaluate the scientific research that links diet and nutrition to mental illness and its implications for treatment.
  2. Specify how certain micronutrients and macro nutrients affect mood and behavior in clients.
  3. Present the psychobiology and psychophysiology of mind and body interactions with reference to six DSM™ categories.
  4. Incorporate ethical and scope of practice considerations relative to integrated and nutritional medicine with respect to your own professional discipline.
  5. Communicate integrative and nutritional methods as they relate to client psycho-education.
  6. Explore the application of mindfulness methods in the treatment of eating disorders.
  7. Discriminate between the clinical presentation of mental illness as compared to nutritional and/or hormonal imbalance.
  8. Present six nutritional methods for treating clients who present with mood lability.
  9. Correlate gluten and casein sensitivity with the presentation of depression, psychosis and ASD in clients.
  10. Present evidence-based protocols for nutritional and herbal approaches for six DSM-5™ categories.
  11. Demonstrate the use of a food mood assessment to evaluate client eating patterns and how those patterns may influence their mental health.
  12. Appraise the epidemiological research underlying the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and its specific application for client mental health.
  13. Interview clients using the DSM-5™ Cultural Formulation tool to explore about health and healing in order to inform the treatment planning process.
  14. Evaluate drug-nutrient-herbal interactions for clients in order to prevent side effects of polymedicine use.
  15. Present stage-specific anaerobic and aerobic exercise and self-care methods to decrease dissociative symptoms in clients.
  16. Teach breathing techniques to reduce hyperventilation and improve focus among clients with anxiety disorders.
  17. Present adaptations of complementary and alternative methods for children and teens with behavioral and mental health disorders such as ADHD and ODD.
  18. Discuss contraindications of the use of psychotropic medications and herbal medicine and nutrients.
  19. Identify the evidence for the use of essential fatty acids for anxiety and depression.
  20. Investigate the science for the “second brain”: the gut-brain axis communication system of neurotransmitters.
  21. Comment on the science of circadian rhythm as it contributes to depression, PTSD and bipolar disorder.
  22. Analyze the differences between mental illness versus nutritional and hormonal imbalances.
  23. Evaluate the impact of blood sugar and genetic variations on mental health disorders and effective treatment.

Clinical Application and Evidence-Based Research
  • Nutritional therapies
  • Culinary medicine
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Nutritional supplementation
  • Herbal medicine
  • Hydrotherapies for mood management
  • Aromatherapy
  • Bodywork therapies
  • Acupuncture and cranial electrical stimulation
  • Sound and music for insomnia and mood
  • Light & dark therapies
  • Stage appropriate yoga for anxiety, pain and PTSD
  • Integrative detoxification for addiction
  • Learn to conduct a basic nutritional food/mood assessment
  • Learn to conduct an adrenal stress and biological rhythm assessment
  • Culture and ethnicity assessment and treatment
  • The Cultural Formulation Interview and CAM methods
  • 3 Basic lab tests for optimal mental health
The Psychology of Change using Integrative Approaches

  • Balance the Sleep/Wake Cycle in Depression, Bipolar and PTSD
    • Balance circadian rhythm in depression, bipolar, PTSD
    • Apply special yogic breathing exercises for mental health
    • Enhance sleep and address insomnia
  • The Complex Relationships Between Mental and Physical Health
    • Strategies to reduce inflammation: the major factor in depression, anxiety, bipolar and ADHD
    • Chronic illness, fibromyalgia
    • Anxiety and digestion
    • The second brain: microbiome, probiotics and GABA and anxiety
    • Sleep, adrenal health and rhythms
    • Anger, alcohol abuse and liver health
    • Genetics, depression and brain
    • PTSD and auto immune, addictions and cognition
    • ADHD, ASD and food sensitivities
    • The Science and practice of detoxification
  • Beyond Pharmaceutical Management
    • Address clients concerns and provide alternatives to psychotropics
    • Herbal medicine for mental health
    • Strategies for coming off or reducing psychotropic medications
    • Ayurvedic medicine and mental health
    • Exercise: aerobic, anaerobic, yoga, core, land and water based
    • Sound and music for insomnia, anxiety and anger
    • Toning, binaural music
  • Nutrition, Diet and Culinary Medicine
    • Food as “brain-mind-medicine”
    • Fats: essential fatty acids, toxic fats, fish oil
    • Protein: the building blocks of happiness
    • What nutrients improve mental health and cognitive function
    • Vitamins, minerals, glandulars and special nutrients for the non-nutritionist
    • Hormones
    • Balance blood sugar to balance mood
    • Cultural and genetic variations
    • Enhance digestion for mental health
    • Thyroid function and mental health
  • Herbal Medicine
    • Seven major herbs for PTSD, anxiety, depression, sleep and cognitive health
    • Endocannabinoid deficit theory
    • Cannabis and psychedelic medicine
    • THC versus CBD
    • Evidence for medical cannabis for mental health
    • PTSD and chronic pain
    • Smell, mood and cognition
    • Evidence for essential oils to alter mood and cognition
  • Special Issues Across the Lifespan
    • Children: supporting sleep, focus, mood and attention
    • Alternatives to psychotropics for ADHD
    • Middle life: peri-menopause, menopause, andropause
    • Prevent cognitive decline
    • Nutrition and integrative methods to support people with dementia and their caregivers
  • Somatic Therapies, Acupuncture and New Approaches
    • Spectrum of somatic and bodywork therapies
    • NADA protocol for addictions
    • Cranial electrical stimulation for PTSD, insomnia and optimal cognition
  • Comprehensive Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment Plans and Protocols for Treating the DSM-5™ Disorders:
    • Depression & Seasonal Affect Disorder
    • Anxiety, PTSD and Complex Trauma
    • Bipolar
    • ADHD
    • Body Dysmorphia
    • OCD
    • Bulimia
    • Insomnia
    • Addictions
  • Develop a Niche Practice
    • Scope of your practice: ethics, law and competency
    • Build an integrative health team
    • When and where to refer clients
    • Where to find the right provider
    • Develop a niche practice as a certified specialist
    • Professional organizations and more training
    • Controversies and hot topics
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Dietitians
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Mental Health Professionals


LESLIE KORN, PHD, MPH, LMHC, ACS, RPP, NTP, NCBTMB Leslie Korn, Ph.D., MPH, LMHC, ACS, RPP, NTP, NCBTMB, is a renowned integrative medicine clinician and educator specializing in the use of nutritional, herbal and culinary medicine for the treatment of trauma and emotional and chronic physical illness. She is known for her dynamism and humor as a speaker. She has provided over 50,000 hours of treatment in private practice for diverse populations. Her clinical practice focuses on providing clients effective alternatives to psychotropics. She completed her graduate education in the department of psychiatry and public health at Harvard Medical School and her life training in the jungle of Mexico where she lived and worked alongside local healers for over 25 years. She directed a naturopathic medicine and training clinic facilitating health, culinary and fitness retreats. She is licensed and certified in nutritional therapy, mental health counseling, and bodywork (Polarity and Cranial Sacral and medical massage therapies) and is an approved clinical supervisor. She introduced somatic therapies for complex trauma patients in out-patient psychiatry at Harvard Medical school in 1985 and served as a consultant in ethnomedicine to the Trauma Clinic, Boston. She is the former clinical director and faculty of New England School of Acupuncture and faculty at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine.

She is the author of the seminal book on the body and complex trauma: Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature and the Body (Routledge, 2012), Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health (W.W. Norton, 2016), Eat Right Feel Right: Over 80 Recipes and Tips to Improve Mood, Sleep, Attention & Focus (PESI, 2017), Multicultural Counseling Workbook: Exercises, Worksheets & Games to Build Rapport with Diverse Clients (PESI, 2015) and The Good Mood Kitchen (W.W. Norton, 2017). She was a founder of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, a Fullbright scholar in Herbal Medicine and an NIH-funded scientist, in mind/body medicine. She is an approved clinical supervisor and is the research director at the Center for World Indigenous Studies where she designs culinary and herbal medicine programs with tribal communities engaged in developing integrative medicine programs.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Leslie Korn maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Center for World Indigenous Studies. She receives royalties as a published author and is the principal for Eat the Change Impact grant and the Massage Research Foundation Community Service grant. Dr. Korn receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Leslie Korn is a member of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved and the Nutritional Therapy Association.


Mary Ann Osborn, DNP, FNP, has been a nurse practitioner for over 30 years. In 2001, she became the first nurse practitioner to graduate from the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Dr. Osborn served in the Army Nurse Corps for 21 years. She is in private practice specializing in women’s health, cognitive health and Alzheimer’s prevention in Colorado Springs.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Mary Ann Osborne has employment relationships with the Institute for Integral Health, LLC, the University of Portland, and Teller County Public Health. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Mary Ann Osborne is a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Holistic Nurses Association.
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