Three Mental Health Nutrition Principles Every Therapist Should Know

ONLINE COURSE | Instructor: Stephanie Small, M.S.W., LCSW 
CEs: 1.5 | Level: Intermediate

Our clients’ symptoms can be both physiological and emotional in origin. As therapists, we’re trained to work with emotions, but in general, our medical system doesn’t have much to offer biochemically aside from a pill, or two, and a recommendation to exercise. And if a client’s depression or substance cravings are due to dysregulated blood sugar or nutrient depletion, we may be wasting time for months, or years, on therapy, when we could be addressing the root cause by helping them to balance their physiology.

Enter mental health nutrition - a powerful and highly effective approach that has gained significant traction in recent decades. Mental health nutrition is the art and science of using nutrition and supplements to balance and stabilize biochemistry and reduce or eliminate mental health symptoms, including anxiety, panic, depression, ADHD, obsessive thoughts, insomnia, poor focus, substance cravings and more. In this webinar, participants will explore the connection between the Standard American Diet, gut function and mental health, and learn simple, highly effective interventions.

Target Audience:

Social workers and other social service providers 

Course Delivery Method and Format:

Asynchronous learning

Registration Fee and Deadline:

$35 (one time registration fee of $5) | Ongoing 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe three ways that the SAD (Standard American Diet) negatively impacts mental health.
  2. Explain three ways that gut health influences mental health.
  3. Describe how blood sugar dysregulation impacts mood, energy, focus, sleep and cravings.

Instructor Biography

Stephanie Small is a LCSW and nutritionist. She received her B.A. from Yale University, her M.S.W. from Smith College for Social Work, and certificates in Holistic Nutrition Education and Mental Health Nutrition from Bauman College and the Alliance for Addiction Solutions. She currently maintains a private practice online and in Boulder, CO, writes for national and local publications, consults for mental health agencies, and speaks at live events. For more information about Stephanie's work, visit her website at

Completion Requirements: 

To receive a CE certificate, you must complete the entirety of the online course. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the course. For recorded lectures and webinars, participants must complete a post test and an evaluation, noting the length of time to complete the course. Participants must also complete an attestation of completion for each fully completed course. It is attendees responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Certificate is Awarded:

Upon completing the evaluation, and other documents such as post test and attestation if applicable, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of course completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on completion of the evaluation and other necessary documents.



Social Work CE Credit: The Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School's Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Smith College School for Social Work, Office of Professional Education SW OPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0169. If outside these states, please contact your licensing board for accreditation information regarding your state. Association of Social Work Boards database of social work licensure requirements.

Psychology CE Credit: Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Amego Prepare​ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Mary Curtin | Manager of Professional Education | | 413.585.7970