Nutritional Psychiatry Certificate Program

Upgrade Your Practice With The Power of Nutritional Assessment and Treatments For Mental Health.

Learn the evidence-based science behind the gut-brain connection and why personalized nutrition is at the bedrock of mental wellness. Get an overview of basic to advanced nutrition physiology, chemistry, diets, and so much more. If you are a medical provider who wants to make data driven nutritional interventions and you also want to know more about the underlying physiology driving personalized nutrition, this program is for you.

Have you ever wondered why certain patients don't get better fast enough and what role nutrition might play?

Do you want to get up to date tools to resolve the underlying causes of mental illness?

Are you wanting to stand out in your community as one of the go-to providers that can help patients not only stabilize, but fully optimize their mental health?

When you imagine a patient achieving wellness what do you see…

Many patients make decent progress in psychiatric care.

However, so many patients return week-to-week after powerful medication interventions with too many residual symptoms like low energy, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and difficulty focusing.

The basics of brain and nervous system health and the ability to feel inspired throughout the day literally begins with eating in a way that truly supports the individual; it’s nearly impossible to know a patient’s baseline if their diet is driving symptoms.

If you're looking for…

An upgraded knowledge base on the role of nutrition in mental health

Powerful strategies to dramatically improve a patient’s functioning

Ways to supplement conventional treatment, or support patients with medication tapers

Important assessment questions to know if your patient could benefit from nutritional interventions  

Advanced nutritional science to greatly enhance your practice are in the right place.

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Designed to get providers of mental health care up-to-date on the emerging field of nutritional psychiatry and its applications to stabilizing and optimizing clients.

In a series of 25 highly-informative courses, you will learn how to…

Counsel patients on appropriate dietary modifications to support mental and cognitive health goals

Describe roles of neurotransmitters as well as the roles of lipids in neurotransmission and the interplay between nutrients

Implement elimination diets

Address common nutrient deficiencies in depression and anxiety

Recommend specific probiotic and prebiotic treatments for targeted psychiatric symptoms

Apply the ketogenic diet for appropriate psychiatric indications

Describe mechanisms by which fasting can benefit mental health

Understanding the role of gluten regarding mental health and which patients would benefit from a gluten free diet

And a whole lot more...

The courses are intended to deepen your understanding of nutritional psychiatry and the nuances of different patient presentations.

“The IPI training was incredible. The sense of community and connection was the most valuable, but also being affirmed in a lot of the things that I’m already doing, while hearing about new things that are exciting and cutting-edge”

Natalie Campo MD, Past IPI Program Participant

Inside each course, you will find specific details on…

Nutrition basic: food labels, body types and whole foods diet

Get practical information on buying the right foods, explaining food labels and nutrient totals

Discuss the implications of the FDA term “Daily Values” for mental health

Define FDA nutrient content claim terms from nutritional labels

Discuss the application of the whole food-based diet and eating local

Identify the three body types and characteristics of each

Macronutrients and Mental Health

Explore the ratios of protein, fats, and carbs and healthy caloric intake.

Recite 3 categories of macronutrients and an example of each

Explain why food colors matter in nutrition

Explore balanced macronutrient diets

Name 3 strategies for enhancing dietary fiber

Micronutrient and Pathophysiology

Explore the many roles of essential vitamins and minerals in the body

Recite 3 the fat soluble vitamins

Name 3 strategies for enhancing dietary vitamin C

List 3 ways to prevent vitamin B complex deficiencies with diet

Understand importance of dietary sources of nutrients with biochemistry

Micronutrients and Mental Health

Discover how micronutrients are involved in regards to specific mental health conditions

Recite 3 food sources for b vitamins

Recite 2 food sources of magnesium

Understand the value of omega 3 fatty acids in the diet

Select specialty laboratory orders for micronutrient testing

Give examples of the role of diet and micronutrients in mental health

The Gut-Brain Connection: Part I

Learn about the intimate relationship between the gut microbiome and brain function

Repeat the findings supporting the view that immune dysfunction in the gut affects mental health symptoms

Justify the use of specific probiotic and prebiotic treatments for targeted psychiatric symptom reduction

Discuss the implications of microbiome diversity on psychiatric disorders

Explain the role of the bacterial “old friends” in training of the infant immune system

Apply knowledge of gut / brain connection to the assessment and treatment planning with new patients

The Gut-Brain Connection: Part II

Learn how improving diversity of microbiota can help brain function

Repeat the findings supporting the view that immune dysfunction in the gut affects mental health symptoms

Justify the use of specific probiotic and prebiotic treatments for targeted psychiatric symptom reduction

Discuss the implications of microbiome diversity on psychiatric disorders

Explain the role of the bacterial “old friends” in training of the infant immune

Apply knowledge of gut / brain connection to the assessment and treatment
planning with new patients

Introduction to Gut Physiology

Grasp the basics of healthy gut function, motility, and of the lining of the gut

Define inflammation and its implications

Review the role of the microbiome in inflammation

Review methods to modulate gut health and inflammation

Diets: Mediterranean and Paleo

Learn which patients may benefit from a mediterranean or paleo diet and how to instruct them

Define characteristics of the Paleo and Mediterranean Diets

Identify mental health conditions benefitting from Mediterranean and
Paleo diets

Describe examples of diet recommendations

Diets: Vegan and Vegetarian

Explore the benefits and risks of vegan and vegetarian diets in mental health

Recognize risks and benefits of a vegan/vegetarian diet for cognitive and mood issues

Use both laboratory testing and case history to evaluate a patient’s adaptability for
a vegan/vegetarian diet

Prescribe appropriate supplemental nutrient therapies to support a vegan/vegetarian diet

Diets: Fasting

Get up-to-date on the literature on applying fasting to mental health

Identify and describe different types of fasting techniques

Describe mechanisms by which fasting can benefit mental

Apply and implement specific fasting protocols

“The conference I attended changed my life. I’ve gotten some really tremendous nuggets of information which will inform my practice, but, most importantly, I got a realignment with my own values and a renewed sense of enthusiasm for my purpose…”

Naveen Thomas MD, Past Conference Participant

Diets: Elimination Challenge

Learn when, why, and how to recommend elimination diets

Implement specific dietary eliminations and reintroductions

Describe the difference of assessing for food sensitivities with
testing and without testing

Select specialty laboratory orders for food sensitivities and elimination and describe limitations

Define the differences between food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances

Diets: Gluten free, Dairy free, Yeast free

Elimination diets for allergens commonly associated with mental health symptoms

Recognize the role of gluten in patients who would benefit from a gluten free diet

Summarize the benefits of a dairy free diet for mental health and how to implement

Explain the implications of high sugar diet, candida and mental health

Implement gluten free diet trial treatment plan

Diets: Ketogenic Indications in Psychiatry

Discover the science behind ketosis, the food basics of how to enter ketosis, how it impacts the gut microbiome, why it’s beneficial for certain mental health conditions, and managing the risks associated with a ketogenic diet. 

Learn to recognize ketosis versus glycolysis: the physiology

Explain the dietary elements of the Ketogenic Diet

Apply the ketogenic diet for appropriate psychiatric indications

Obesity and Mental Health

Discover the impact of metabolic syndrome on mental health

Explain the components of the metabolic syndrome

Diagnose insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia

Identify common pathways to obesity, diabetes and CVD

Implement clinical tools to best evaluate insulin resistance and CVD

Summarize the differences between Standard American and Low Carbohydrate diets

Histamine and MCAS

Find out how excessive production of histamine can contribute to symptoms and what to do about it

Identify histamine symptoms as they relate to mental health

Select patients with mental health presentations for further evaluation of

Recognize high and low histamine containing foods

Describe how to implement a Low Histamine Diet

ADHD Nutritional Protocols

Learn specific nutritional interventions for ADHD

Summarize the current dietary interventions to consider in treating ADHD

Identify micronutrients that can be supportive in ADHD

Identify appropriate nutritional testing when evaluating ADHD

Develop a nutritional program for the treatment of ADHD​

Anxiety Nutrition Protocols

Learn nutritional hacks for reducing anxiety symptoms

Identify common nutrient deficiencies in anxiety

Compare nutrient testing options to identify deficient nutrients in anxiety

List examples of food sources for key nutrients to support anxiety

Bipolar and Schizophrenia Protocols

Discover dietary interventions that may support more severe mental illness

Assess nutritional needs for bipolar and schizophrenia populations

Learn dietary interventions associated with clinical benefit in bipolar and schizophrenia

Implement nutritional strategies for an individual with bipolar or schizophrenia

Identify cautions and contraindications when approaching dietary protocols for bipolar and schizophrenia patients

Dementia Protocols

Discover the functional nutritional protocols researched for dementia prevention and intervention

Recognize dietary factors as well as medications and other conditions contributing to the pathophysiology of dementia and cognitive decline

Investigate specific nutrient status by ordering and interpreting appropriate laboratory testing​

Identify micronutrients that, based on testing and the latest research, may support memory and cognition​

Develop a nutritional treatment protocol for MCI and dementia risk reduction

Methylation and Nutritional Medicine

Discover how to assess and treat methylation pathway challenges

Describe methylation​ pathways relevant to mental health

Summarize the effects of methylation on mental health

Explain testing options to assess methylation status

Identify examples of foods to support and inhibit methylation

Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Nutritional Medicine

The best food recommendations for optimal mitochondrial function

Report the importance in phytonutrients in diet and mitochondria health​

Explain the difference between mitochondrial health and impairment

Describe benefits of dietary caloric restriction ​

Neurotransmitters and Phospholipid Membranes

Explore the specific connections between nutrition and neurophysiology

Describe roles of neurotransmitters as well as the roles of lipids in neurotransmission

Explain the biochemical pathways for neurotransmitter synthesis and lipid metabolism, including precursors and cofactors involved​

Evaluate the functioning of biochemical pathways using clinical history and lab testing

Identify nutrients to use in order to support optimal neurotransmitter biochemistry and lipid metabolism

Depression Nutrition Protocols

Learn how to support depression recovery with nutrition

Identify common nutrient deficiencies in depression

Compare nutrient testing options to identify nutrient deficiencies

List examples of food sources for key nutrients to support depression​​

Meal Planning and Implementation

Practical advice for patients for food shopping

List 3 strategies for saving time while increasing nutritional value of meals

Explain importance of using diet record

Name 3 strategies for enhancing dietary fiber​

Explain 5 ways to save money while improving nutritional content of meals​

Implement motivational interviewing for changes in diet routines​​

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But not only that. We’ll include two special bonus courses (when you sign up today).

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) in General Wellness Populations

Explain how continuous glucose monitors (CGM) work and their current indications

Summarize the benefits of CGM compared to other testing methods to assess glucose response

Discuss how glucose control can help alleviate anxiety, depression, dementia and cognitive decline

Utilize CGM technology to help personalize diet​​

Psychedelic treatments for depression and PTSD are currently in Phase III FDA trials. Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is already available and can be effective for treatment resistant depression and treatment PTSD. Learn from the Co-Founder of IPI the how and why of combining psychotherapy with ketamine.


Creating an Inspired Integrative Psychiatric Practice

Keith Kurlander, MA, LPC

Practitioner burnout is extremely common in the field of mental health. As high as 50 percent of physicians express feeling disconnected, disillusioned, and uninspired at times in their career. Discover ways to enhance meaning and purpose as a clinician, so you not only feel fulfilled during the workday, but also bring that joy into the rest of your life.

These extras are only available for a limited time. Make sure you enroll today to secure full advantage of the learnings on this offer, and take the next step to propel your practice to the forefront of psychiatry.

“This was my first integrative psychiatry training. I appreciated getting detailed protocols, including lab and product names. It was well worth it!”

Annette Scott MD, Past Conference Participant

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Core Faculty

 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.

Mary Rondeau, ND

Course Director

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Nicole Lewis, ND

Topics: Diets, Nutritional Science

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Casey Means, MD

Topics: Continuos Glucose Monitoring
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Crystalin Montgomery, ND

Topics: Diets, Nutritional Science
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Jeffrey Gerber, MD

Topics: Metabolic Syndrome
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Chris Lowry, PhD

Topics: Gut-Brain, Researcher
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Keith Kurlander, MA, LPC

Topics: Practice Development
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Marvin Singh, MD

Topics: Gut-Brain, Nutrition
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Earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits

The University of Colorado School of Medicine designates this
enduring material for a maximum of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate
with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Integrative Psychiatric Institute. The University of Colorado School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

*Please note that this program is not available for NBCC credit.

Earn Continuing Education (CE) Credits

CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course concludes.

SCA is an approved CE provider for National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (CEP Number 100196).

Our Guarantee

Our commitment to furthering your education

The knowledge, experience and confidence you will gain from IPI courses is unparalleled.

No other institute provides a learning experience like it, from the quality of training to the world-class faculty ready.

This course will not only help you reduce patient reliance on medication, but, you will 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 offering true wellness.

And if you’re not happy with the course, you’re entitled to a full refund within the first thirty days.

You will also have access to this course for a full year from the date of purchase, so you can continue to refresh your memory as often as needed.

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