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Nutrition and Addiction: Advanced Clinical Concepts

Claire Dorotik-Nana, LMFT; Gina (Ulery) Gunderson, MS, RDN, LD/N

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | Nutrition & Dietetics CE | School Psychology CE | Teaching CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Nutrition and Addiction: Advanced Clinical Concepts is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines addiction from a nutritional perspective. Drug addiction is an alarming problem in America, and one that is not receiving the treatment it needs. Compounding the problem is that addiction often leads to nutritional deficiencies, which predisposes the addict to a host of related health complications. Treatment recovery programs that also offer nutritional education have been found to significantly improve three-month sobriety success rates. 

The first section of this course will take a look at the etiology of addiction, related neurochemical factors and physiological components. The second section will focus on the nutrient deficiencies associated with addiction, along with the resultant effects on mood, cognition and behavior. The last section – the clinician’s toolbox – will give you, the clinician, targeted nutritional interventions and exercises that you can use with your clients to not just improve their recovery rates, but their overall mental health and wellbeing.

Course #21-14 | 2017 | 30 pages | 15 posttest questions 

Learning Objectives

1. Discuss the etiology of addiction with emphasis on the related neurochemical processes that underlie addiction
2. Describe the psychological distortions that contribute to addiction
3. Define the role of carbohydrate balance in mood
4. Identify the ways in which omega-3 fatty acids affect mood, brain functioning and impulse control
5. List specific micronutrient deficiencies associated with addiction and their resultant effects on mood, cognition and behavior
6. Identify nutritional therapies that can be helpful in treating addiction and the ways in which they may be used
CE INFORMATION

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635).

COURSE DIRECTIONS

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Claire Dorotik-Nana, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in post-traumatic growth, optimal performance, and wellness. She is licensed to practice in California and Colorado. Claire earned her BS in Kinesiology and worked as a personal trainer for years before becoming a course developer for International Sports Science Association. Claire is always thinking about ways to improve physical fitness and nutrition as a modality for improving mental health. She also writes in her popular blog, Leveraging Adversity on Psychcentral.


Disclosure:
Financial: No relevant financial relationships exist.
Nonfinancial
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.


Gina (Ulery) Gunderson, MS, RD, LD/N, is the Director of Operations & Marketing for Professional Development Resources and is a Registered Dietitian, licensed in the state of Florida. She earned her Master's degree in Health Science from the University of North Florida in 2003. Since then, she has used her experience and education to create online CE courses for healthcare professionals to further their careers and expand their knowledge base. Gina is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, as well as designing, implementing and facilitating marketing strategies.

Disclosure:
Financial
: Receives a salary from Professional Development Resources, Inc.
Nonfinancial
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.


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