Nutritional Mental Health Management: A Holistic Approach Therapy Session Five


This workshop meets the educational requirement eligibility towards Certification


Despite living in one of the most technologically advanced and economically blessed countries in the world today, Americans have some of the worst dietary habits around. Most don’t do so out of arrogance, but out of a lack of accurate information concerning the foods that they put into their bodies on a regular basis. Although these professionals are aware of the mind-body connection, basic good nutritional principles are almost never taught in graduate schools…even at the doctoral level. This course is designed to remedy that situation for both professionals and laypersons for optimal mental and physical health.


  • Distinguish between good and bad nutritional and lifestyle habits.
  • Give examples of appropriate nutritional guidelines for various mental health concerns.
  • Distinguish unhealthy from healthy ingredients in some of the most common foods.
  • Select better alternative food choices for optimal health.
  • Name some of the holistic alternatives that are contraindicated with persons on various medications.
  • Explain better ways to their clients (and perhaps themselves!) cope with various mental health challenges.

Sessions & Topics

Session 1:    Nutrition Basics

Session 2:    Carbohydrates, Part I

Session 3:    Carbohydrates, Part II: Sugar Sugar Everywhere!

Session 4:    Fats

Session 5:    Amino Acids and Proteins

Session 6:    Vitamins, Herbs, Spices, and Phytochemicals

Session 7:    Minerals and Trace Elements

Session 8:    Fad Diets

Session 9:    Nutritional Energy

Session 10:   Activity and Nutrition

Session 11:   Nutritional Labeling

Session 12:   Neurological Aspects

Session 13:   ADHD and Acting Out Disorders

Session 14:   PTSD and Anxiety Disorders

Session 15:   Depressive and Bipolar Disorders

Session 16:   Psychotic and Personality Disorders

Session 17:   Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders, Part I

Session 18:   Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders, Part II: Alcohol and Nicotine

Session 19:   Medications and Holistic Issues

Session 20:   Cognitive and Aging Issues

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
40 CE hour credits approved by NAADAC & NBCC
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP Board # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 7
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
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      Nutritional Mental Health Management: A Holistic Approach Therapy Session Five
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      Nutritional Mental Health Management: A Holistic Approach Therapy Session Five
  • QUIZ
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      Nutritional Mental Health Management: A Holistic Approach Therapy Session Five 15 questions

Stephen Mathis is a licensed psychologist and an internationally certified addictions counselor who has been working with adolescents, young and middle adults, and families/couples since 1983. He is one of the few clinicians who works on weekends and makes house calls. In addition to providing a variety of assessments (i.e., psychoeducational, forensic, cognitive, emotional, neurological, personological), individual psychotherapy (both “regularly scheduled” and intensive outpatient), and group therapy, Dr. Mathis is an adjunct/part-time faculty at several colleges and training institutes, conducts seminars and workshops nationwide on a variety of topics, supervises other therapists, consults with various professionals and organizations, has pioneered a new form of music-assisted therapy (M.A.TH.I.S.), and is in the process of writing a book on addictions based on his development trauma model. True to the advice given to the patients he serves, Dr. Mathis adheres to a healthy lifestyle, an illicit substance-free existence, and a holistic dietary regimen, making the majority of his meals from scratch himself without using refined or artificial ingredients or simple carbohydrates. In his free time, Dr. Mathis is an avid collector of classic stringed instruments and amplifiers, as well as a being a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, arranger, and producer.