IPI Year-Long Fellowship Program
Welcome to the world’s most comprehensive integrative psychiatry fellowship. We are currently accepting applicants for next year’s fellowship. To begin the application process schedule a call. This page has information about the course overview, past participants’ experiences, and more.
Do you have patients suffering from treatment-resistance in your clinic?
Do many of your patients rely too heavily on medication and
miss out on a true state of wellness?
Do you believe there’s more to the story than what you were taught about the causes of mental illness, but you don’t have a comprehensive approach to help all of your patients reach their highest potential? It’s frustrating.
You became a psychiatric provider to heal others.
To eliminate resolvable mental health issues.
Conventional psychiatric techniques focus on symptom reduction, which has a time and place, but it will only get your patients so far.
Too many people never fully recover.
Many patients end up stagnating, believing their lackluster response to traditional psychiatric care is as good as it gets. They don’t realize there is another way to achieve high levels of stability, and, ultimately, a deeply gratifying experience of life.
What you weren’t taught in medical or graduate school, residency, or a fellowship program is that psychiatric symptoms arise from root causes, and patients are in desperate need of a new approach to address them.
The hard truth about mental illness
The field of psychiatry has achieved many important advances in technology and pharmacology over the last few decades. But despite these advances in psychiatry, it has become painfully clear the traditional approach is failing.
Depression is now the leading cause of disability worldwide and is predicted by 2030 to be the leading cause of the global burden of disease by the World Health Organization.
300 million people in the world suffer from depression, of which a third are not responding to conventional treatments. That’s 100 million people in desperate need for a better standard of care.
People aren’t getting better...
In fact, the patients who are resigned to simply “living” with serious mental illness because they’ve been unable to find relief, are dying an average of 25 years earlier, largely due to treatable medical conditions. It’s a sobering reality.
You already know the challenge of providing healthcare services to adults with a mental health condition, and it should come as no surprise that only 41 percent of patients receive any treatment at all. There is a growing and urgent need for more practitioners in this field, with a skillset, expertise and confidence to offer a better level of care.
“I spent 13 years at NIMH really pushing on the neuroscience and genetics of mental disorders, and when I look back…I don’t think we moved the needle in reducing suicide, reducing hospitalizations, improving recovery for the tens of millions of people who have mental illness.”
Tom Insel MD, former Provost of Harvard University, American neuroscientist and former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) from 2002 until November 2015
There has to be a better way.
A way to help your patients overcome their mental illness for good.
A way to help your patients achieve a meaningful and fulfilling life.
A way to help your patients break through treatment-resistance.
It’s time to change the way psychiatric care is provided, for those who need it most.
Our goal is to equip psychiatric providers with the tools and expertise to confidently practice at the forefront of mental health care. Integrative psychiatry promises dramatic change for your patients’ lives as well as a path to greater career fulfillment for you as the provider.
In your heart, you already know there is a deeper level of wellbeing available for your patients, it’s time to introduce you to an evidence-based institution on the forefront of making this happen.
The IPI Fellowship Program
The Integrative Psychiatry Institute (IPI) is an educational institution offering the most comprehensive evidence-based training in integrative psychiatry. We train Psychiatrists, Physicians, NP’s, PA’s, Naturopaths and Psychotherapists on the latest breakthroughs in psychiatric care aimed at resolving an expanded spectrum of root causes of mental illness with natural and pharmaceutical interventions.
Our flagship program is the Year-Long Integrative Psychiatry Fellowship designed to train healthcare providers in evidence-based, non-pharmaceutical interventions to assist patient recovery, restore balance in their lives, and achieve the highest standard of living.
You will train with expert faculty that have researched, developed, and practice revolutionary treatment protocols in all areas of integrative psychiatry in a comprehensive and deliberate approach, so you won’t have to keep guessing which diagnostic tools and interventions are best suited for individual situations.
Imagine having the skills to accurately diagnose the underlying causes of psychiatric symptoms and the confidence to treat them effectively, reducing patients’ reliance on unnecessary amounts of medication, and empowering them to feel a deep sense of gratitude for their lives.
Your patients will thank you.
Their families will thank you.
And you can renew the joy of practicing medicine, knowing that your actions are making a real impact in the world, and you will reclaim a sense of fulfillment in your work.
“What I found most engaging was learning about so many other potential causes for mental illness, especially as an Internal Medicine doctor.”
Amna Ahmad, MD
The key to effective integrative psychiatry treatment
Instead of tackling symptoms alone, an integrative psychiatric practitioner makes a proactive leap towards holistic patient care. There are three core areas to guide a patient from illness into a genuine state of wellness…
Resolve the complex web of underlying physical causes with functional medicine techniques
Connect psychiatric symptoms with your patient’s belief systems and trauma history
Improve outcomes by addressing relationships, food choices, and other ecological factors
This is your chance to become a masterful integrative healthcare provider, learning from the leading experts in integrative psychiatry, so you too can become a leader in this field while you position yourself as the go-to-resource in your community for cutting-edge psychiatric care.
What makes the IPI Fellowship Program truly great
Designed to offer a rich and practical understanding of integrative psychiatry, the fellowship program combines a wealth of expertise under one roof.
The IPI Fellowship Program has been designed by practitioners for practitioners, so you can trust that what you learn is clinically applicable. This program, unlike others, is completely free of industry bias.
Limited spots available
Join a learning community unlike any other
The IPI Fellowship Program is a one-of-a-kind training, offering the most effective means to educate yourself, so you can provide better care to your patients.
If you’re sick of…
Piecing together disjointed topics from conferences spanning several years
Investing a lot of money on continuing education, only to get tidbits of information
Not knowing how to actually implement the learnings from a briefly mentioned idea
Trying to identify the bias behind a particular trainer or speaker’s recommendations
Spending time in functional medicine programs that barely touch on mental health
The IPI Fellowship Program is for you.
No other conference, training session or program even comes close.
Inside, you’ll discover a wealth of learnings on integrative psychiatry, all in one place, along with a ready and eager faculty with decades of experience to answer every question you have.
And best of all you will do it with like-minded peers who are eager to expand their knowledge base and build community along the way.
“Everything, literally felt so meaningful and useful at this training, and it prompted even more learning since then. There is so much amazing information to learn and the value of the expert panels cannot be measured. This training was really different than other conferences, because it truly represents an integrative approach”
Tara Cox, RN
Past Conference Participant
Meet some of our faculty of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute
Throughout all of your studies you will be supported by a faculty of world-renowned leaders in integrative psychiatry. Discover the authorities you will be learning from.
Joan Borysenko, PhD
Topics: Spirituality, Neuroscience
Speaker | Author | Professor
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., is a distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine and is a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international healthcare revolution that recognizes the role of meaning and spirituality in health and healing…
Gabor Maté, MD
Speciality: Addiction, Trauma
Speaker | Author
Dr. Mate is a bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, and is an internationally renowned speaker on addiction, trauma, and childhood development. For his groundbreaking work he has been awarded the Order of Canada…
Scott Shannon, MD
Topics: Emerging Technology, Children
Clinician | Researcher | Author
Scott Shannon, MD, ABIHM, has been involved in holistic medicine for three decades. He is the past president of the American Holistic Medical Association and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine…
Sara Gottfried, MD
Topics: Hormones, Diet
Speaker | Author| Clinician
She graduated from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed residency at the University of California at San Francisco Over the past 25 years, Dr. Gottfried has seen more than 25,000 patients and specializes in identifying the underlying cause of her patients’ conditions.…
Peter Levine, PhD
Speaker | Author | Clinician
Peter Levine, Ph.D., hold doctorates in both Biophysics and Psychology. He is the founder of Somatic Experiencing™, a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to healing trauma. He is the author of several best-selling books, including Waking the Tiger, which is published in over 28 languages…
Charles Raison, MD
Topics: Inflammation, Depression, Psychedelics
Speaker | Author | Professor
Charles Raison, MD, is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Department of Psychiatry, University of Madison, WI. He is the co-author of “The New Mind-Body Science of Depression” published by W.W. Norton in 2017…
Will Van Derveer, MD
Topics: Ketamine, MDMA, Integrative Assessment
Will Van Derveer, MD, Co-Founder of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, spent the last 20 years innovating and testing a comprehensive approach to addressing psychiatric challenges which transcends the conventional model he learned in medical school at Vanderbilt University and residency at University of Colorado….
Keith Kurlander, MA, LPC
Topics: Coaching, Private Practice, Integrative Assessment
Keith Kurlander, MA, LPC is the Co-founder of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. He has practiced integrative psychotherapy for over a decade. After years of treating highly complex patients, as well as a personal journey of overcoming complex mood-related issues, he turned toward integrative psychiatric practices as a key component to understanding the healing process…
The faculty at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute is composed of the top-tier experts in their respective fields, teaching you the latest breakthroughs in psychiatric care.
Who should join the IPI Fellowship Program?
Designed for providers of psychiatric care, IPI gives Psychiatrists, Physicians, NP’s, PA’s, Naturopaths and Psychotherapists new ways for patients to overcome mental illness. Internal medicine providers, geriatricians, pediatricians, and other providers in any practice setting who routinely treat mental health problems would also greatly benefit from this program.
This program is definitely for you if:
Who’s not a good fit for the IPI Fellowship Program?
Obviously, this program isn’t for everyone. There a number of reasons you likely wouldn’t benefit from this program.
The IPI Fellowship Program is not right for you if…
You don’t believe it’s possible to resolve root causes of psychiatric symptoms
You prefer to brave it alone, gathering this information by yourself
You’re satisfied with conventional care and your patients are achieving their goals
You believe you have enough tools for treatment-resistant patients
Limited spots available
What You’ll Learn
Here’s what to expect inside the IPI Fellowship Program
The techniques and procedures you will master at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute will provide you with a foundation of knowledge unavailable in any other program.
And so much more…
Earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits
The IPI Year-Long Fellowship Program is currently in its renewal process for CME. Last year’s program met 105 hours of CME requirements spread over two years.
The IPI Fellowship Program has been intentionally structured to ensure you’re able to meet these requirements for the next two years, as our CME’s will be roughly divided into 50 hours in 2019 and 50 hours in 2020. We are currently in our renewal process and should receive approval soon.
Focus your efforts on a program designed to help you master integrative psychiatry, while earning CME in topics that matter most to you.
“Make sure you attend next year! There were so many integrative topics for psychiatric conditions. I was especially interested in learning about psychedelic studies, nutritional and herbal therapies, and tapering patients off drugs”
June Shibley, Pharm.D., N.D.
IPI Fellowship Participant
What You’ll Get
The IPI Fellowship Program has been designed to be a highly engaging mostly online experience of 125 hours of learning, allowing participants to weave their new knowledge into their current practice base.
Every conference, webinar and live event is recorded in your online library, and readily available should your schedule not permit you to attend a certain session. In addition, you will have access to your online library for an entire year after the program ends.
Online Pre-Training Modules
This 25 hour series, available to you as soon as you register, is designed to introduce the basics so you can get started with your patients today.
Live Conference 1
In majestic Boulder, Colorado July 17-19, 2020 our opening conference will consist of 20 hours of highly-engaging talks by expert faculty where you will learn the fundamentals of integrative psychiatry while building community
Ten months of regular webinars and panel discussions to help you become an expert in integrative psychiatric care
Zoom Clinical Rounds
Two video calls per month offering group mentorship with senior faculty members for the answers you need on particular cases, and any lecture materials.
Live Conference 2
In Boulder, Colorado June 2021 (Dates: TBD) to wrap-up with advanced topics and innovative specialized methods to ensure all fellowship participants are confident in their new knowledge, and have the expertise to apply it correctly in their practices.
Curriculum Details & Benefits
In order to make a proactive leap towards integrative patient care, the IPI Fellowship Program revolves around core competency in the three fundamental areas for attaining wellness.
Module 1: Symptom Management
Anxiety / Depression / Bipolar / ADHD / OCD / Addiction / Psychosis
Discover the natural pharmacy for psychiatric medicine, and get the understanding you need to effectively prescribe these treatments to your patients. You’ll learn how to use evidence-based alternatives to treat insomnia, anxiety, addiction, mood, and more, using supplements, vitamins and botanicals.
Module 2: Gut-Brain Connection
Dysbiosis / Infections / Microbiome / Leaky Gut / Malabsorption
Discover how to order and interpret specialty lab testing, as well as treatment options that can resolve gut issues. You’ll learn how to overcome treatment resistance in psychiatry, by correcting dysbiosis and optimizing the microbiome, as well as strategies for repairing a leaky gut to slow autoimmune progression.
Module 3: Detoxification Pathways
Metals / Molds / Toxic Metabolites / Environmental Exposures / Methylation
Discover the heavy metals, mycotoxins, and problematic hepatic metabolites which are often a hidden cause of severe psychiatric and neurological issues. You’ll learn how to recognize the symptom patterns of toxicity, order and interpret the appropriate tests, and implement a detailed treatment protocol for detoxification.
Module 4: Metabolic Regulation
Thyroid / Adrenal / Progesterone / Estrogens / Testosterone / Metabolic Syndrome
Discover how to recognize and treat hormonal imbalances, with a specific focus on minimizing the risks of hormone replacement therapy. You’ll learn expanded autoimmune thyroid testing, detailed adrenal fatigue assessment and treatment, alongside a toolkit for reversing metabolic syndrome and the supplements and medications to use to prevent treatment failures of genomic testing.
Module 5: Brain Optimization
TBI / MCI / Mitochondria / Neurodegenerative / Neurofeedback
Discover a series of integrative approaches to resolve concussive syndromes, mitochondrial challenges, and early cognitive decline, using the most natural options available. You’ll learn the evidence supporting these treatment options, Dale Bredesen MD’s protocol for addressing nutritional deficiencies with MCI, and what supplements are indicated to support brain health as well as brain recovery.
Module 6: Immune Modulation
Infections / Autoimmune Disorders / Inflammation / Allergies
Discover the link between psychiatric symptoms and infections like Candida overgrowth, Lyme disease, and mycotoxin exposures. You’ll learn how to order and interpret specialized tests for comorbid inflammatory and autoimmune disorders, alongside revolutionary treatment strategies to combat inflammation.
Module 7: Trauma
Complex / Single Event / Dissociation / Neuroscience / Emotional Dysregulation
Discover how to resolve the trauma that underlies a vast majority of the symptoms that present in psychiatry. You’ll learn the different presentations of trauma a patient may display, a practical toolkit to address the fight, flight and freeze response, and explore emerging treatments such as ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and MDMA-assisted psychotherapy.
Module 8: Beliefs
Polarized Thoughts / Disempowerment / Apathy / Coaching Techniques
Discover a powerful approach to resolve complex psychiatric symptoms by restructuring thinking patterns. You’ll learn techniques being used by some of the world’s foremost personal development coaches to help people empower themselves in all areas of their lives.
Module 9: Spirituality
Disconnection / Existential Despair / Mindfulness Practices
Discover the power of being fully present in your life and how to help your patients achieve spiritual meaning for good mental health. You’ll learn mindfulness exercises, along with supportive techniques to give your patients a sense of belonging and overall meaning.
Module 10: Relationships
Miscommunication / Isolation / Sexual Issues / Attachment Patterns / Communication Skills
Discover how difficult relationships cause stressors which manifest in psychiatric symptoms. You’ll learn how to recognize and treat insecure attachment patterns, giving your patients an ability for enhanced relationships, improved communication skills, and satisfaction with their sexuality.
Module 11: Sleep
Sleep Deprivation / Circadian Rhythm Disorders / Emerging Technologies
Discover the role sleep issues play in treatment resistance. You’ll learn how to expand your differential diagnosis of sleep disorders, when to refer out, and how to use new emerging technologies to correct these issues.
Module 12: Habits
Alcohol / Drugs / Nicotine / Pornography / Work
Discover the addictions that are common comorbidities to major mental disorders. You’ll learn how to test for and treat the underlying biomedical imbalances and the little-known psychological patterns which underlie common addictive behaviors.
Module 13: Nutrition
SAD / Processed Food / Sugar / Toxins / Pesticides / Gluten / Dehydration
Discover which dietary changes will generate a significant clinical improvement in a patient. Learn how to recommend specific diets for various presentations, alongside effective techniques to motivate behavioral change in your patients.
Module 14: Exercise
Sedentary / Obesity / Strength Training / Cardio / Nature Deficiency Disorder
Research that indicates exercise performs as well as SSRI in some studies on depression. You’ll learn the art of recommending exercise programs for your patients, based on their individual needs.
Limited spots available
“I’m a conventional psychiatrist working in a rural area where I oversee a large patient population. I’ve started doing some integrative work with these patients where medications weren’t helping or people were seeking more. I would recommend the IPI experience to providers who are just curious and trying to understand what resources are available…”
Dustin Dippen MD, Past Conference Attendee
The Year-Long Fellowship Live Conferences:
July 17-19 2020
June 2021 Dates TBD
Embassy Suites in Boulder, Colorado
“Our one-of-a-kind hotel in Boulder, CO greets guests with an elegant design and floor-to-ceiling windows, showcasing a picturesque mountain backdrop unlike any other. With our upscale furnishings, a vast array of thoughtful amenities and a deep-rooted local culture, you can anticipate a guest experience that’s equal parts style and service.”
IPI provides an organic, paleo full buffet breakfast to start each day.
Our commitment to furthering your education
The knowledge, experience and confidence you will gain from attending the IPI Program is unparallelled.
No other program provides a learning experience like this, from the quality of training to the world-class faculty ready for your every question.
The IPI Program is a 12-month course that will not only help you to reduce patient reliance on medication, but you’ll also learn how to make real breakthroughs in treatment resistance.
Make an investment in your education. Take your practice to a new level of patient care. Become one of the few providers who can offer patients the opportunity for true wellness.
And if you’re not happy with the program, you can get a full refund within the first 30 days after the date that you pay and register. Simply reach out to our team, let us know what we could have done better, and your refund will be on its way. In addition, you can keep the first pre-conference online series.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our online lecture will be scheduled in a regular time-slot during business hours so you can plan your schedule accordingly. However, if you cannot attend any of these lectures you will always have access to recordings of them in your online library.
There will be time during the online lectures for q + a. You will also be assigned to a small group mentorship video call that meets for an hour twice a month with rotating faculty, where you can review case studies and ask further questions. The mentorship calls will also be added to your online library.
Your course materials will be available for a full year following the completion of the program.
Currently, no board certification exists for integrative psychiatry. However, at the completion of the program, you will be required to take an online test demonstrating your competency in the program material. At that point, we will be mailing certificates of completion to graduates of the program.
You are expected to attend both live conferences. We will be doing important group exercises, in addition to other community building activities. Please contact us with any extenuating circumstances, such as difficult international travel, etc.
Immediately! As soon as you register, you will have received an account on the IPI website with these lectures in your online library.
The recordings are generally a video with a slidedeck and the presenter.