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Intro to Integrative Mental Health (2014 Update)

$180 Physicians
$120 Healthcare Providers
$120 Public
$ 60 Students



Mental health is a key determinant of wellness, and has been shown to be strongly influenced by lifestyle factors such as chronic stress, sedentary life style, poor nutrition, obesity, substance abuse, and social isolation. Use of complementary medicine in mental health conditions has been driven by the high cost of many psychiatric medications, and by the growing list of safety concerns reported by the FDA, but due caution must be used with all therapies, conventional or complementary.

The fundamental goal of an integrative approach to mental health is to find the most appropriate treatments (conventional and complementary) that safely and effectively address the symptoms of the individual, while taking into account personal preferences, cultural beliefs and financial constraints, an approach endorsed by the board of trustees of the American Psychiatric Association. This course is offered as a resource for clinicians of all specialties who are interested in learning about evidence-based approaches in integrative mental health care, especially for the management of common conditions such as anxiety and depression.

Course objectives:

  1. Discuss the prevalence and impact of mental illness on individuals and public health.
  2. Identify characteristics of depression and anxiety disorders in children and adults.
  3. Identify five lifestyle factors that can affect wellbeing and mental health.
  4. Evaluate the evidence for integrative health and lifestyle approaches to promote mental health and overall wellbeing and apply this information in case based learning.
  5. Assess the evidence for the safety and benefit of complementary and alternative medicine approaches/practices in the treatment of mood disorders.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of integrative health approaches such as dietary supplements and mind-body medicine in a variety of patients with anxiety and depression.
  7. Recognize and list at least two appropriate referral patterns for at-risk patients to mental health experts.

Completion Requirements

Complete all the course work, course evaluation, and the final test with a score of 70% or better. Upon successful completion you will be able to print your certificate of completion.


Mental Health Foundations

Target Audience

Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, psychologists, and behavioral health professionals in any specialty. In addition, all health care professionals who have an interest in an integrative approach to healing are targeted.


You can register and start immediately. If you register for the course and pay with a credit card you will have immediate access to the course. Once your registration is complete, logout and log back in and your course will be listed on the campus page. If you cannot remember your account information, click the Forgot Password link on the login page and it will be emailed to you.

Introduction to Integrative Mental Health: Depression & Anxiety
Disclosure & Education Credit Info

Faculty, Planners, and Disclosures

CMEsolutions has resolved all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity through the following procedures:

  • All potential conflicts have been discussed with Nurse Planner and agree to the Conflict of Interest policy
  • All participants have signed a statement indicating they will present information fairly and without bias

Faculty & Authors

The following faculty have disclosed that they have no financial interest, arrangement, or affiliation that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity. All of the faculty have stated that their presentations do not include discussion of commercial products or devices or unlabeled/investigational drug use.

Hilary McClafferty MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine; Assistant Director of the Fellowship, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Tucson, Arizona

Naomi Lam, MD, Staff Psychiatrist City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Andrew Weil, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine; Professor of Public Health; Lovell-Jones Professor of Integrative Rheumatology (endowed chair); Director and Founder, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Tucson, Arizona

Leslie McGee, RN, LAc, Instructor, Asian Institute of Medical Studies

Reed C. Smith, M.Ed., LPC, Tucson, Arizona

While having no financial relationship with a commercial interest whose products or services will be considered in this activity, the following would like to provide affiliation information:

Ann Baldwin, PhD, Professor of Physiology and Psychology, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Ann Baldwin discloses the following in relation to this activity: Institute of Heart Math - Certified one-on-one practitioner.

Planning Committee

The planning committee members state that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services are discussed in this activity.

Priscilla Abercrombie, PhD, RN, Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF Departments of Family Health Care Nursing and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, San Francisco, California
Molly Burke, MFA, BA, CMT, Project Manager, Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Tucson, Arizona
Amy Rae Som, MSEd, Asst Specialist Interactive Learning, Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Tucson, Arizona

While having no financial relationship with a commercial interest whose products or services will be considered in this activity, the following would like to provide affiliation information:

Tieraona Low Dog, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine; Director of the Fellowship, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Tucson, Arizona

Pharmaca; Health Advisory Board

Commercial Support

No commercial support was provided for the development of this course.

Off-label Use

Introduction to Integrative Mental Health: Anxiety and Depression may contain discussion of unlabeled and/or investigational uses of agents not approved by the FDA. Please consult the prescribing information for each product.

Credit Detail


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of CMEsolutions and the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.


CMEsolutions is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CMEsolutions designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Current Approval Period April 24, 2014 - April 24, 2016


This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Arizona Nurses' Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 6.0 contact hours provided. ID# 71-14.

AzNA and ANCC Commission on Accreditation do not approve or endorse any commercial products displayed.

Current Approval Period April 24, 2014 - April 24, 2016

Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality Statement

CMEsolutions, the accredited provider, is required by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the ACCME (and occasionally by other accrediting organizations) to collect user information that will allow CMEsolutions to issue a CME/CE certificate. CMEsolutions is required to keep this information on file for up to 6 years. The information is stored in a secure database and used only to verify individual participation in a CME/CE activity and to reissue a certificate if a user's original certificate is lost or misplaced.

CMEsolutions is permitted to use copyrighted materials within this on-line enduring material.

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AzCIM will not release names, email addresses, or personal identifying information to third parties.

Course delivery

All courses are online, web-based format. Teaching strategies include interactive case scenarios, case studies, and quizzes. There may be some video included. This course is estimated to take 6 hours to complete.

Participation Requirements

  1. Read all CE Information and disclosures
  2. Complete all modules in the course
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Pass the online knowledge exam with a score of 70%

Certificate: When all of the above requirements are met (during the agreed upon timeline), a link for the completion certificate is available to download and print anytime from "My Account." If a specific credit type was selected at registration, your certificate will indicate earned credits.


This course does not constitute medical advice. Healthcare providers should exercise their own independent medical judgment.

All case studies and patient scenarios in this course are used for illustrative purposes. All depictions of persons (other than faculty) are models not actual patients.


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