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Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

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Goals & Objectives

Why You Should Attend

Limited success characterizes the treatment of many patients with mental health problems. While medications and therapy have their place, there is growing scientific evidence for the effectiveness of treatment modalities including nutritional recommendations, dietary supplements, mind-body interventions, sleep hygiene, acupuncture, and spiritual counseling. This conference will help prepare mental health care providers to advise their patients about these and other alternative approaches.

This course will introduce you to a community of like-minded physicians, psychologists, nurses, counselors, and social workers and provide you with essential information on:

  • A new framework of integrative mental health
  • The use of dietary change, nutritional supplements, and physical activity to foster mental well-being
  • How techniques such as hypnosis, acupuncture, meditation, and yoga can supplement traditional psychiatric treatment
  • Why mind-body connections, mindfulness, and spirituality are essential components of mental health
  • The integrative treatment of common mental health conditions.
  • A variety of successful models for incorporating integrative mental health into clinical practice.
  • Emerging research about brain biology, omega-3 fatty acids, and psychoneuroimmunology.

What You Will Learn

Upon conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the different paradigms of mental health and disease as practiced in conventional medicine, Buddhist psychology, Native American medicine, and psychological approaches.
  • Identify the pharmaceutical drugs which are most and least effective in treating mental illness.
  • Distinguish the dietary supplements which are most and least effective in treating mental illness.
  • Incorporate into clinical practice non-pharmacological interventions, including nutritional recommendations, dietary supplements, mind-body interventions, self-help groups, adequate sleep time, and spiritual counseling.
  • Evaluate new and emerging research in mental health and illness on sleep, psychoneuroimmunology, omega-3 fatty acids, brain function, and neuroimaging.
  • Select the appropriate integrative mental health approach for a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar, and pediatric mental health.

Goals

  • To enhance the ability of mental health care providers to promote wellness, healing, flourishing, and transformation within the context of an integrative mental health care paradigm.
  • To raise awareness of evidence-based uses of nutrition, mind-body practices, botanicals, dietary supplements, light, music, spirituality, and energy medicine techniques as treatments for common mental health problems.
  • To gather together leading professionals from variety of domains -- psychiatry, psychology, nursing, social work, as well as funders with a passion for integrative mental health (IMH) -- in order to launch a new field and to create a set of IMH initiatives, including a training fellowship.