The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine presented the second

Integrative Mental Health Conference

April 15-17, 2019
Hilton SF Union Square
San Francisco, CA

Information about the conference is available!

Conference Recordings are available at:

Patients are increasingly looking for mental health care options that go beyond medications and conventional therapy, turning to alternative and complimentary medicine. And with good reason. Scientific evidence for the effectiveness of integrative treatment modalities continues to expand and includes research on nutrition, dietary supplements, mind-body interventions, spiritual counseling, adequate sleep, positive psychology, and psychedelics, in addition to conventional treatments.

The Integrative Mental Health Conference will offer a great chance for healthcare professionals to learn integrative care techniques and network with like-minded physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors, and therapists.

Why You Should Attend

The Integrative Mental Health Conference will help prepare mental health professionals to advise their patients about integrative methods to enhance mental well-being. This conference will provide you with essential information on:

  • The use of diet and nutritional supplements to foster mental wellbeing
  • The ways in which 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 to incorporate integrative mental health into clinical practice
  • Emerging research about brain biology, microbiome, psychedelics, positive psychology, addiction, and trauma.

What you will learn

Upon conclusion of the conference, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the role of trauma and adverse childhood experiences in the development of mental illness
  • Discuss new therapeutic options for preventing and/or treating mental illness
  • Recommend ways to enhance flourishing, mental health, and well-being
  • Incorporate integrative approaches into clinical practice when treating common mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar, trauma, ADHD, and autism.
  • Discuss the neuroscience of addictions as well as integrative strategies to approach them
  • Understand the relationship between foods and nutrients and mental health
  • Distinguish the dietary supplements which are most effective in treating common mental health disorders
  • Recognize the emerging science on the impact of the microbiome on mental health and disease
  • Provide nutritional advice to patients for prevention and treatment of mental health problems
  • Discuss micronutrient deficiencies that may contribute to mental illness
  • Converse with patients about spirituality and mental well-being
  • Evaluate the benefits and risks of nutrition, supplement, mind-body, sleep, movement, and pharmaceutical recommendations for specific mental health conditions through an analysis of existing scientific and clinical evidence
  • Discuss current controversies and state of the science regarding cannabis and psychedelics in mental health treatment

The topic and program for this conference were developed by a prominent national advisory group and informed by a focus group meeting of mental health providers held at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine in February 2018.

Here are some of the great topics and speakers we’re planning.

Integrative Mental Health: Andrew Weil, MD
Trauma and Addiction: Gabor Mate, MD
Flourishing – Positive Psychology: Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD
Integrative Approaches to Anxiety: Victoria Maizes, MD
Integrative Approaches to ADHD in Children: Sanford Newmark, MD
Movement and Trauma (TRE): David Bercelli, PhD
Wellbeing Is a Skill: Richard Davidson, PhD
Unhealthy Nutrition/Macronutrient Deficiency: Bonnie Kaplan, PhD
Guided Imagery: Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, BCD
Integrative Approaches to Traumatic Stress: Dan Monti, MD
Integrative Approaches to Sleep Disorders: Rubin Naiman, PhD
Integrative Approaches to Psychosis: Chis Palmer
The Craving Mind: Judson Brewer, MD, PhD
Neurotheology: Andrew Newberg, MD
Integrative Approaches to Autism: Robert Hendren, DO
Reducing the Global Burden of Dementia: Dale E. Bredesen, MD
Mindfulness: Shauna Shapiro, PhD

And attending the conference includes the amazing evening panel:
Psychedelic Stories: Andrew Weil, Chuck Raison, and Michael Pollan!