Orthomolecular Applications in Integrative Psychiatry
Online Courses for Health Care Professionals
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This course contains four modules designed to provide health care professionals with a framework for integrating nutritional diagnosis and treatment in the clinical management of Depression. Evidence-based interventions focused on inflammation, the microbiome, dietary macronutrient balance, and micronutrient supplementation for supporting methylation and drug-induced nutrient depletion will be presented.


Module 1
Biochemical Model
Upcoming session: March 1

Modern psychopharmacology is focused on the regulation of neurotransmitters in the treatment of depression and other mental illness. Nutritional psychiatry provides a new model for supporting specific biochemical pathways and co-factors necessary for optimal neurotransmitter function on a personalized basis. The first module explores individual genetic and epigenetic factors, ground-breaking research into the connection between the gut and brain, and the roles of inflammation and immunity in producing depressive symptoms.

Module 2
Upcoming session: March 8

Sufficient quantities and proportions of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are often considered for overall health and wellness, but the nutrient and energy demands of the brain are often overlooked. As a highly metabolic organ, the brain relies on significant supplies of glucose, amino acids, and essential fatty acids for optimal structure and function. Modern diets typically provide plentiful calories but lack vital nutrients that enhance neurotransmitter function and stability. This module focuses on nutritional approaches for supporting neural integrity and connectivity to reduce the risk of depression.

Module 3
Micronutrients – Minerals
Upcoming session: March 15

Neurotransmitters in the brain are tightly regulated to support cognition, mood, and behavior. Synthesis and control of these powerful neurochemicals require the presence of adequate vitamin and mineral cofactors often found to be deficient in depression and other mental disorders. This module outlines how to support and balance a number of micronutrients associated with depressive symptoms. Celiac Disease and other gastrointestinal conditions that result in micronutrient deficiencies or excesses are also considered.

Module 4
Micronutrients – Vitamins
Upcoming session: March 29

The final module continues the exploration of micronutrient metabolism in the etiology of depression, focusing primarily on the comprehensive roles of B-vitamins and Vitamin D in optimizing brain and overall health. Identifying individual genetic abnormalities underlying micronutrient digestion, absorption, and utilization are discussed in conjunction with creating personalized treatment strategies that augment, reduce, or eliminate the need for medication.


Can I register for a single course module?
No - Modules are integral components of each course and function most effectively as a series.
Is there a discount when registering for multiple courses?
What prerequisites or degrees are required to participate in the courses?
There are no pre-requisites for participation in the online courses. The material being presented is intended for health care professionals but may be accessed by anyone interested in finding more about integrative mental health treatment.
Will I receive Continuing Education credits or hours for my participation?
Please contact your professional association or regulatory body to inquire about Continuing Education credits or hours. A certificate of course completion will be issued to participants.
When will I receive the link(s) to participate in live course modules?
Live module presentations are hosted on the GoToWebinar platform. Course registrants will receive a separate email with participation links within 7 days of the first course module.
When will I receive the PDF manual associated with each course?
The PDF manual for each course will be available for download on the date of the first module. A link to the PDF will also be distributed to participants by email.
How do I access course archives after the live presentations?
A recording of each module will become available within 72 hours of the initial presentation. Course registrants must log-in to access the recorded archives.
Is there a discount for students?
Approved students will receive a 50% discount on course registration. To qualify for student pricing a copy of your current student card must be sent to info@isom.ca


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