This presentation is an introduction to the contemporary and empirical evidence for the application of integrative, culinary, and nutritional approaches to mental health. I define the Brainbow Blueprint® as a roadmap to integrative medicine and nutrition for mental health. This workshop will explore the latest nutritional research to inform psychotherapeutic practice and how diet can affect mood, as well as the links between depression, inflammation, and cognitive function. We explore nutrition as biology not ideology, and nutritional self -care as psychoeducation, the science of bio individuality and why there is no one diet for everyone—some people are carnivores and some are vegetarians—the use of amino acid therapies and specific protocols for complex trauma and PTSD, attention and focus, depression, OCD, bipolar, anxiety and panic. Finally, we explore methods for integrating nutrition and culinary therapies into psychotherapy, collaboration with nutrition professionals’ opportunities for a niche practice, and ethics and scope of practice. Identifying high quality resources and testing will be explored. This presentation is drawn from a 30 hour training.
Leslie Korn began her training in the jungle of Mexico and completed her training in the jungle at Harvard Medical School. She is an Integrative Medicine clinician, scientist, educator, and author specializing in treating complex trauma and chronic physical illness. She has been in clinical practice for over 40 years.
She is a licensed mental health counselor, functional nutrition practitioner, board certified in polarity therapy and massage therapy, and is a board-approved clinical supervisor. She has a Ph.D. in Behavioral Medicine from the Union Institute, an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health, and an MA in cross-cultural health psychology from Lesley University. She completed internships at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She was a clinical fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital, where she introduced bodywork for mental health in 1985.
Leslie is the research director at the Center for World Indigenous Studies, a non-profit American Indian organization where her portfolio includes funding from tribal communities and as an NIH- principal investigator and minority research mentor in mind/body medicine. She was a Fulbright research scholar in the traditional botanical medicine of Mexico. She has a private practice in integrative medicine and nutrition for mental health and trains and mentors clinicians via CE certifications and consultations. She is the author of 10 books, including Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health: A Complete Guide to the Food-Mood Connection (Norton, 2016,) Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature, and the Body (Routledge, 2012) The Good Mood Kitchen (Norton 2017) and Natural Woman (Shambhala 2019). She originally from Newton, and lives in Mexico with her husband and two dogs.
-Discuss the science of circadian rhythm as it contributes to depression, PTSD and bipolar disorder and the role of light, food and nutritional supplementation.
-List the 17 components of the Brainbow Blueprint
-Identify the role of digestion and how to improve it for mental health
-Assess the impact of blood sugar handling on mental health and effective culinary and nutritional interventions
-Demonstrate the use of a food mood assessment to evaluate client eating patterns and how those patterns may influence their mental health.
1 hr: List the 17 components of the Brainbow BlueprintÆ and the application for Mental health.
30 min: Discuss the science of circadian rhythm as it contributes to depression, PTSD and bipolar disorder and the role of light, food, and nutritional supplementation.
30 min: Identify the role of digestion and how to improve it for mental health
30 min: Demonstrate the use of a food mood assessment to evaluate client eating patterns and how those patterns may influence their mental health
15 min: Review how to integrate these methods into practice and the ethics of practice in Massachusetts.
15 min: Q+A
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