March 29th: Level One training

The Core Training:  This five month, Level 1 program thoroughly introduces students to the use of amino acids, and the Pro-Recovery Diet in addressing symptoms of neurotransmitter depletion such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, addiction, cravings and relapse. The use of vitamin and mineral co-factors, blood sugar regulation, and the Pro-Recovery diet, all of which further support brain function, are covered in detail.

Graduates should be able to confidently utilize the “Amino Acid Therapy Chart” to create effective programs using targeted amino acids and other nutrients to support clients in their efforts towards mental health, emotional wellbeing, and addiction recovery. Towards this end, they will also be able to help their clients identify deficits in their current diets, and create healthy meal plans tailored to their own lifestyles and cooking abilities.

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March 28th: Advanced training

The Advanced Training: This eight month, Level 2 program immediately follows the Core Training. It applies the tenets of Functional Medicine to mental health and addiction recovery. This program includes training in digestive issues such as digestion and absorption, dysbiosis and food intolerances; hormone regulation; nutritional causes of major mental illnesses; nutritional approaches to pain and insomnia; and the effects of toxicity and brain inflammation on mood, pain and behavior.

Graduates should be able to assess their clients for possible issues in the above areas, refer out for further testing and treatment, and recommend basic nutritional and herbal interventions.

Certification in Biochemical and Nutritional Approaches to Mental Health and Addiction Recovery, Level 1 & Level 2: Christina Veselak, LMFT, CN will present graduates with a certification as a Certified Recovery Nutrition Coach, Level 1 or 2 if they meet the following crit

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Many psychotherapists, psychiatrists and addiction counselors are aware of the vital role diet and nutrient imbalances play in addiction withdrawal and cravings, and other mental health symptoms, but don’t have the skills or confidence to effectively approach these issues with their clients.

To meet this need, The Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition, (, is offering two online programs for the public. The purpose of these programs are to thoroughly train mental health and addiction counselors in these skills. Graduates will be able to identify which client symptoms are due to biochemical imbalances, and to either empower their clients with the tools necessary to effectively address their own imbalances using diet changes and over-the counter supplements; or make the appropriate referral.

These training sessions, done in conjunction with The Alliance for Addiction Solutions, present a comprehensive approach to utilizing nutritional methods for improving client care, treatment outcome and ending the cycle of addiction, withdrawal, and relapse.

Graduates will be able to identify which client symptoms are due to biochemical imbalances, and to either empower their clients with the tools necessary to effectively address their own imbalances using diet changes and over-the counter supplements; or make the appropriate referral.

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