Introduction to Integrative Mental Health: Depression & Anxiety (2018 - 2020)

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

This activity is intended for 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.


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



ACCME/AMA PRA Accreditation and CME Designation Statement

The University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course includes an assessment of 9 questions that you must answer 70% correctly or above in order to receive credit for participation. You are allowed unlimited re-attempts.

Current CME Approval Period: 3/1/2018 to 3/1/2020

Most Recent Review by Author: 01/30/2018

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Information

All Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.


This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Western Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Arizona, Idaho, and Utah Nurses Associations are members of the Western Multi-State Division.

Approval dates: 3/30/18 - 3/30/2020

Approval #: 33-18

Commercial Support

There is no commercial support for this activity.

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/CE activity. They have stated that their presentations do not include discussion of commercial products or devices or unlabeled/investigational drug use.

Hilary McClafferty MD, FAAP; Co-Director of the Fellowship, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (Retired); Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine

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

Noshene Ranjbar, MD; Medical Director, Integrative Psychiatry Clinic, Banner-UA Tucson; Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, Banner-UA Tucson; Co-Director of Integrative Medicine in Residency-Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Arizona. Faculty, Center for Mind-Body Medicine; Faculty, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

Amelia Villagomez, MD; Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Arizona; Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan

Matt Erb, PT; Faculty, Center for Mind-Body Medicine; Founder, Embody Your Mind

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

Ann Baldwin, PhD; Professor of Physiology and Psychology, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Leslie McGee, RN, LAc; Instructor, Asian Institute of Medical Studies, Tucson, Arizona

Reed C. Smith, MEd, LPC; Private Practice Family Therapist, Tucson Arizona

Planning Committee

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD, MPH, CCFP; Director, Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

Hilary McClafferty, MD, FAAP; Co-Director of the Fellowship, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (Retired); Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Priscilla Abercrombie, RN, NP, PhD, AHN-BC, PhD; Clinical Professor UCSF Departments of Family Health Care Nursing and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences