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Three Mental Health Nutrition Principles Every Therapist Should Know

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, Noon—1:30 p.m., ET
Presenter: Stephanie Small, LCSW, CNE, CMHN

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.

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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.

Stephanie Small is a LCSW and nutritionist. She received her BA from Yale University, her MSW 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

1.5 CEs for social workers and psychologists. CEs for psychologists are offered through Orlando Behavior Health.*

To receive CE credits, you must attend the entirety of the webinar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the presentation. Therefore, late arrival or an early departure of greater than 10 minutes constitutes not attending a class in its entirety. Participants must also complete a post-test and an evaluation at the end of the webinar. See here for more infomation about Smith SSW CE Accreditation.

*Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Orlando Behavior Health, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. OBH (DBA Amego Prepare) maintains responsibility for this program and its content.