Curriculum:


                  Level 1 Training

           Month 1: Amino Acids,          Neurotransmitter Function,     Addiction  and Mood Disorders, part 1

  • Using the Amino Acid Therapy Chart for neurotransmitter assessment and dosing.
  • Catecholamine function and use of L-Tyrosine and L-Phenylalanine 
  • Addressing caffeine & stimulant addiction and detox
  • Low energy depression and ADHD 
  • GABA function and use of GABA support nutrients such as GABA, Taurine and Theanine
  • Addressing Benzodiazepine Addiction and detox 
  • Insomnia, anxiety, and muscle tension 


Month 2: Amino Acids, Neurotransmitter Function, Addiction

and Mood Disorders,  part 2

  • Serotonin function and use of 5HTP, L-Tryptophan and Melatonin
  • Addressing  SSRI dependence and detox, and use of sugar, ecstasy, marijuana and alcohol
  • Obsessiveness, social anxiety, agitated depression, irritability and insomnia 
  • Endorphin function and use of D-Phenylalanine,
  • Addressing Opiate Addiction and withdrawal
  • Chronic emotional and physical pain, self-mutilation and high risk activities 


Month 3:  Crucial Nutrient Co-Factors;  Hypoglycemia

  • Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, water.
  • Genetic Polymorphisms such as MTHFR, COMT, Pyroluria
  • How and why Blood Sugar Dysregulation affects mood, behavior and recovery.
  • Use of food diaries and other hypoglycemia assessment tools with your clients.
  • How to keep blood sugar stable using diet and supplements.


Month 4: The Pro-Recovery Diet  (Taught by Pati Reiss)

  • Roles of Protein, Carbohydrates, Healthy and Non-Healthy Fats, Fiber and Water in the Pro-Recovery Diet
  • Adapting the pro-recovery diet to a variety of lifestyles and blood types.
  • Making the Pro-Recovery diet work for you: shopping, cooking and meal planning


Month 5:  Putting It All Together

  • Student Presentations

    Advanced Training 

Month 1:    Healthy Digestion and Absorption, part 1

  • Healthy Digestion
  • Digestive and Absorption Issues
  • Candida and other pathogens
  • Testing,  Assessment and Special Diets


Month 2:    Healthy Digestion and Absorption, part 2

  • Brain Allergies and Food Intolerances
  • Specific Issues Regarding Gluten and Casein Intolerance
  • Testing, Elimination Diets and Solutions


Month 3:   Eating Disorders

  • Sugar and Carbohydrate Addiction
  • Compulsive Overeating, Bulimia and Anorexia. 
  • Using Amino acids, Other nutrients and the Pro-recovery diet


Month 4:      Hormone Issues, part 1

  • Co-Dependency and Adrenal Fatigue
  • Adrenal Function, tests and nutritional solutions
  • How lifestyle supports adrenal function
  • The Endocrine System, Thyroid Function, tests and solutions


Month 5:     Hormone Issues, part 2

  • PMS and Menopause, tests and solutions
  • Andropause, tests and solutions

Month 6:    Brain Inflammation: Symptoms, Causes & Solutions

  • Leaky Blood Brain Barrier, Micro-Glial Up-regulation
  • Heavy Metal Toxicity and Other Environmental Toxins
  • Bio-toxin Illness
  • Lyme Disease and Lyme Co-Infections


Month 7:   Major Mental Illness

  • Genetic and Biochemical Causes of Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Methylation Issues
  • ADHD


Month 8:  Putting It All Together

  • Student Case Presentations



 

​Programs and Courses

We are offering two exciting online training programs. The purpose of these programs are to thoroughly train mental health and addiction counselors, therapists and any qualified practitioners who are interested in learning how brain chemistry re-balancing and diet play a vital role in addiction recovery, relapse prevention and sustained mental health. This online program leads to a certification as a Certified Recovery Nutrition Coach, (CRNC) 


The Level 1 Training: 

Begins September 6th, 2017

                 Every Other Wednesday                      9-11AM OR 6:15-8:15 PM MTN time


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 well-being, 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.

The Advanced Training: 

Begins January  30, 2018!

Every Other Tuesday 6:15-8:15 pm 


This eight month, Level 2 program  follows Level 1. 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

Program Format:
The program will consist of one 2-hour lecture and one 2-hour case consultation group per month, for each course.  The lectures and group can be attended in Centennial, CO or remotely, via Webex. The lectures will be recorded for those who have to miss a lecture.  The case consultations will include a nutritional workup on each participant. There is a required and recommended reading list for each course.

Prerequisites:
None for the Core Training. Prerequisites for the Advanced Training include one of the following:  Completion of the five month Core Training; Completion of the three day weekend Core Training; or permission by instructor.  

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 criteria:

For Level 1, they must complete a  written and oral presentation of two cases, write a response to 2 written cases, and write out a 3-day Pro-Recovery Diet meal plan. The purpose is to demonstrate the ability to explain the significance of hypoglycemia to their clients, comfort with amino acid therapy practice, and an ability to help their clients abide by the tenets of the Pro-Recovery Diet.

Graduates of Level 2 must complete a written and oral presentation of two cases, send in a list of referal resources local to their area, and write a short book review of the books they chose to read for the course. This certification is renewable every 2 years.


CEU's are available for each course for an extra fee. 


TUITION COSTS


 Level 1: $1,500. (Alliance Member 10% discount is $1,350.)

For $300/mo payments: 


Advanced Training (Level 2): $2,400. (Alliance Member 10% discount is $2,160)
For $300/mo payments:


Tuition can be paid in full, or in monthly increments, by check or credit card, payable to Christina Veselak. See payment form. Cost of program is tax deductible.

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Registration Form:  

You can either download, fill out and email the form to Christinaveselak@gmail.com  or download, print and mail form to:
 Christina Veselak, LMFT
 7200 E Dry Creek Rd C-203
 Centennial, CO 80112
Questions? Please call 303-888-9617


Cancellation Policy:  

If you pay monthly, you are responsible for payment until you inform us in writing that you are withdrawing from the course. This is because you will have access to all the course materials until we remove your name from the mailing list. If you have paid in full, you may either take a leave of absense, and resume the next time the course is offered, or your refund will be pro-rated according to the number of months left in the course after you inform us in writing that you will be withdrawing. A $20 administrative fee will be charged. 

Online Courses

Testimonial

First and foremost, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to you for putting together the recent conference in KC. I don't think my brain has swelled so much since college, what, with all of that delicious information I absorbed! Lol. Your intelligence and passion when it comes to mental health and amino acid therapy is breathtakingly beautiful. When I think of all the lives you've bettered and/or saved, I not only feel emotional, I feel a deep-rooted desire to serve others in the same fashion. You see, people are my passion, and it's taken my entire adult life to finally discover how I can utilize that passion for the greater good. And for that, I want to thank you. Bryce Arnett, SLC 10/16

ACADEMY FOR ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH NUTRITION