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Eating Disorders, Health at Every Size, and Intuitive Eating Workshop 2019

Exploring the Intersection between Eating Disorders & Functional GI Disorders

Presenter: Sara Hopkins ND, LAc

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Disordered eating behaviors can have a profound impact on digestive physiology resulting in altered motility, anatomy, digestive secretions, immunologic status, and microbial balance. These challenges contribute to the development of a number of different GI disorders, including the category of “Functional GI Disorders” which may have a prevalence up to 98% in patients with eating disorders. Many of these symptoms naturally resolve through the eating disorder recovery process, but to make matters more complex, many patients with eating disorders also had gastrointestinal concerns prior to the onset of their eating disorder. This overlap can present challenges in clinical practice and raises many questions. When should we be pursuing testing for GI symptoms? How do we ensure that our interventions do not cause harm? For conditions for which dietary modification is typically a cornerstone of treatment, when is it appropriate to include these modifications? This presentation explores these questions through presentation of research, clinical experience, and conversation.


Vacant Spaces in Whole-Person Healing: Addressing Body Image in Clinical Practice

Presenter: Greta Jarvis, MS

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Though body image disturbances impact a high proportion of the population, clinical training and expertise remains low. This presentation defines body image and explores its relationship to physical, mental, and social health. The presenter considers the role of media, culture, industry, medicine, and research in embodiment, as well as highlights strategies and resources for clinicians to support their patients in building a more positive body image and sense of self.


Men, Eating Disorders, and Body Dysmorphia

Presenter: Joshua Corn, ND, MS

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

This presentation focuses on eating disorders and body dysmorphia and how they affect male patients. Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, ARFIDS, and binge eating disorder. The mental health aspects of both topics are discussed. Physical pathologies associated with both topics are addressed. Substance abuse and medication abuse are discussed as it pertains to the two topics, specifically discussing anabolic steroids, laxatives, and stimulant medications. Recognizing and managing these conditions in clinical practice is discussed. Special attention is paid to how to recognize eating disorders and body dysmorphia in men, including clinical tools such as questionnaires and screening scales. Clinical cases focused on the two topics are also discussed.


The Intersection of Privilege, Oppression, and Eating Disorders, and How to Provide Trauma-Informed Care

Presenters: SJ Thompson, QMHA, CBTP; Maria C. Hicks, MA, MSOM, LAc

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

This workshop addresses the intersections of eating disorders, privilege, and oppression. Marginalized people are at higher risk of negative health outcomes, and negative health care experiences. We explore how professionals can examine their beliefs and practices in order to deliver trauma informed care to individuals with eating disorders from diverse backgrounds.


All Presentations under Eating Disorders, Health at Every Size, and Intuitive Eating Workshop 2019

Multiple Presenters

Cost: $249 CAD

CE Hours: 6 hours


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Vitalism and the Connection to Spirit Conference 2019

Introduction & Vitalism, Naturopathy, Ayurvedic, and Chinese Medicine: Roots & Legacy, Panel Discussion

Presenters: Daniel Assisi, EdD, Lowell Chodosh, ND, LAc and Savita Rajurkar, PhD

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

An introduction to the conference followed by a professional panel discussion on Naturopathy, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine as it applies to vitalism and spirituality.


Value of Including Spirituality in Health Care

Presenter: Jeffrey Rediger, MD, MDiv

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

This is an exciting time in health-care, where both paradigms of health and well-being are beginning to demonstrate efficacy in arenas where traditional disease-based models have been more limited. Dr. Rediger presents a summary of 16 years of investigation into patients with indisputable evidence for improbable recovery or remarkable achievement involving illnesses traditionally considered incurable, and discusses the most salient factors associated with their recoveries.The relevance of this is shown for the major killers of western culture, namely, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune illness and lung disease. Dr. Rediger illustrates the power of a bio-psycho-social model using traditional biomedical markers for helping us see both health and illness from a different perspective, and concludes by discussing the power of grounded, ethical hope in the context of a science of health and well-being.


Current Research in Spirituality and Medicine

Presenter: Louise Edwards, ND, LAc

Cost: $49 CAD

CE Hours: 1.0 hour

In this presentation, Dr. Edwards presents evidence from the current literature on the effects of spiritual practice and the capacities of consciousness and applicability to the practice of Naturopathic Medicine.


Spirituality and End-of-Life Care with Panel Discussion

Presenters: Rev. Dr. Terri Daniel, CT, CCTP, Louise Edwards, ND, LAc

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

As compassionate professionals or devoted caregivers, we may at times be invited into conversations with patients or clients that addresses religious views on death and the afterlife. Meeting people “where they are” in terms of belief systems is a delicate art that requires patience, wisdom and skill. How do we offer compassionate listening and support for beliefs that may not resonate with our own? How can we honor the other person’s reality fully and lovingly, without imposing our own views and biases?


Spiritual Assessment in Patient Care, and Understanding ‘Near Death Experiences’: Tools for Clinical Practice

Presenter: Elaine Drysdale, MD, FRCPC

Cost: $49 CAD

CE Hours: 1.0 hour

In clinical care of patients, the spiritual aspects can be easily overlooked, and yet recognition may be central in the patient’s symptom presentation, and in providing optimal care. This presentation focuses on how to assess the spiritual aspects, in practical clinical questions, and in common spiritual themes that may be present in clinical situations. The presentation discusses “Near Death Experience” elements, comparison to delirium, and the challenges of various biological theories in understanding the “NDE”. It is vital that health care workers can recognize when a patient has had an “NDE,” and not minimize or discount such an important or possibly unexplained experience for the patient. NDE stories can be used to help patients struggling with fear of dying, with grief, with suicidal ideation, or lack of purpose. Finally, understanding the NDE can broaden our perspectives of consciousness; of how we perceive life and death; and how we can come to terms with the end of life for ourselves and for our patients.


NUNM Research in Spirituality and Medicine

Presenters: Courtney Pickworth, ND, John Phipps, PhD, & Angela Senders, ND

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2.0 hours

Mindfulness training is increasingly used as a therapeutic intervention to manage stress and enhance emotional well-being. Mindfulness is defined as the capacity to notice one’s thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations without engaging in physical or emotional reactivity to these experiences. The practice of distinguishing between experience (what one notices) and the response to experience (e.g. judgment, negative affect) helps participants identify and mitigate habitual reactions that contribute to emotional distress. Mindfulness-based interventions have shown benefit for a variety of symptoms associated with MS (anxiety, depression, pain, fatigue, physical function), but their use with MS populations has been limited. Psychological stress has a negative impact on the multiple sclerosis (MS) disease process. Stressful life events significantly increase the risk of MS exacerbation, and stress management has been shown to reduce the risk of new lesion development on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In addition to preceding physical symptoms, stress often precipitates mood disorders, of which people with MS are more prone. Compared to the general US population, people with MS have a higher lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorders (36% vs 29%) and depression (36%–54% vs 16%). Adverse consequences of mood disorders among people with MS include reduced functioning and quality of life, decreased treatment adherence, and increased risk of suicide. Thus, psychological stress and emotional well-being are important targets for MS research and clinical care. This presentation presents the results of randomized clinical trial of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for people with MS conducted at the NUNM Helfgott Research Institute in collaboration with the OHSU MS Center.


The Social Self, Health, and the Spiritual Journey

Presenter: David Mercier, MS, LAc

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

This class discusses the history and current understanding of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, Key ideas in neuroscience, social psychology, and transpersonal psychology point to a view of human identity as a social phenomenon. One important part of that view the presence of the fundamental need to belong, both as a primal biological impulse and as a psychospiritual quest. In that light, the relationship with the patient can be seen as a matrix of healing. In this lecture, we explore the concept of the self as being fundamentally social and how this helps with promoting greater wellbeing and the spiritual journey.


Patient Spiritual Assessment Tools

Presenter: Raymond Diaz, ND

Cost: $49 CAD

CE Hours: 1.0 hour

The welcome and introduction to Spiritual Assessment Tools and how it helps create a person health plan for use in clinical practice. A consideration of the history and the emergence of spirituality and how it’s been shown recently to aid healing of the body.


All Presentations under Vitalism and the Connection to Spirit Conference 2019

Multiple Presenters

Cost: $499 CAD

CE Hours: 11 hours


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Integrative Mental Health Conference 2018

The Psychology of Pain and Chronic Health Conditions

Presenter: Misha Kleronomos, PsyD

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

It has become apparent through research and clinical experience that a person experiencing chronic pain and chronic health conditions are both affected by and being affected by psychological symptoms. We now know that the biopsychosocial connections to a person’s physical and psychological health is important to acknowledge, evaluate, and treat. This means that our treatment of chronic pain and chronic health conditions should take into account all areas of a person’s functioning and how they are interacting. This lecture will look at those interactions, as well as the psychological and psychosocial effects of chronic health issues, and effects of psychological well-being on chronic conditions. Most importantly, students will learn how to treat people with chronic pain and health conditions with psychological interventions in the most tailored and integrated way.


Ayurvedic perspective: Classification, and Prevention of (Manovikar) Mental Disorders

Presenter: Savita Rajurkar, PhD

Cost: $49 CAD

CE Hours: 1 hour

Ayurveda is the most ancient science and holistic system of medicine originating from India and gaining popularity throughout the world because of its’ holistic approach, consistent concepts, wide range of preventative measures, practical applicability at any age, place and in any given conditions. Ayurved examines multidisciplinary paradigms of life and teaches mind-full living of life. The inseparable relationship of mind and body, relationship of various parameters of human life with the nature and significance of mind are recognized by Ayurved. Ayurvedic individualistic approach identifies the personalized care, prevention and medication. “Manovikar” is the Ayurvedic terminology for Mental Disorder. This presentation provides a brief overview of Ayurvedic perspective of Classification, and Prevention of Mental Disorders and opens-up multiple avenues to explore learning and applying Ayurved in real life for psychophysical wellness of an individual and community.


“The Map of the Human System” – Anatomy, Physiology, Diagnosis and Treatment from a Multi-level Perspective

Presenter: Hilary Farberow-Stuart, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Investigating root cause of disease takes us much further than the physical body, into the realms of the energetic, emotional, mental, spiritual, and beyond, to nondual awareness. This presentation will teach diagnosis and treatment of physical symptomology within a multi-level system. Through the exploration and understanding of the different levels within the system, a “map” becomes available to the practitioner. Navigation within this “map” allows the practitioner to understand physical symptomology as a representation or expression from other levels within the “map”, providing diagnosis and treatment options from an expanded perspective. This presentation will give an introduction to the structure and content of each level with the system, as well as an overview as to how each level functions in a state of health or manifests disease. This will include some of the latest research in brain science on the physical level, a view of the energetic body, the expression of disease symptoms from the emotional level, and how beliefs and emotions held within the unconscious mind, often as a result of trauma, become manifested physically. The addition of spiritual and nondual awareness to the treatment protocol will be illuminated, as the fields of Energy Psychology and Mindfulness Training join the medical field as accepted and viable methods of treatment. In addition, the Presence of the Practitioner will be discussed and practiced. Case histories and experiential exercises for each level will be included.Upon completion of Level One, the practitioner will be able to understand the general structure and content of the“map of the human system”, and how to use it as a multi-level tool for diagnosis and treatment. The class will include discussion about specific disease states, case histories, and experiential exercises for the practitioner. This information is relevant and applicable to any practitioner within the medical field, regardless of specialty.


How to Reduce Legal Risk and Improve Outcomes by Setting Appropriate Boundaries in Patient Relationships

Presenter: Roy Huggins, LPC NCC

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

A core tenet of Naturopathic medicine is to provide deep, holistic care for patients that addresses the whole person. As such, NDs frequently develop closer relationships with patients than do their allopathic counterparts. In addition, NDs in Oregon have recently found themselves being more closely integrated into primary care for Oregonians and thus under closer scrutiny from their licensing board. It has become clear that one common cause of complaint to the board involves boundary violations. In order to help attendees learn how to establish rigorous boundaries with patients, as opposed to either overly ridged or overly porous boundaries, this presentation will show attendees how psychotherapists use professional boundaries as both a tool for maintaining ethical behavior and for improving clinical outcomes along with discussion of the many ways in which this model applies to Naturopathic medical practice. The presentation will also explore the all-important topic of which kinds of patient conditions and which situations typically foster boundary crossings and violations.


Successful Integrative Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Two Triathletes

Presenter: Michael Traub, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Evidence is strong that post-traumatic stress disorder is most effectively treated with an integrative medical approach. Two cases of triathletes will be presented to illustrate this: one patient had sustained an electrocution injury, the other had been hit by a drunk driver and saw his mother killed in the accident. This presentation will include the use of pharmaceutical medications as well as psycho-spiritual and naturopathic interventions. Specific medications discussed include oxycontin, lorazepam, metformin, duloxetine, testosterone, and triamcinolone acetonide.


Neuroinflammation – Mechanisms, Causes, Manifestations

Presenter: Walter J. Crinnion, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Neuroinflammation is found in all persons with chronic neurologic diseases as well as those with traumatic brain injury. Glial cell activation results in neuroinflammation, which often manifests in a case history with one or all of the following: cognitive decline, mood disorder, pain. All of these manifestations show up regularly in every clinical practice and have proven to be quite difficult to completely resolve. One of the reasons for this lack of resolution could be due to failure to recognize and specifically treat neuroinflammation. This presentation will review the mechanisms by which glial cell activation occurs. All of the common causes of glial activation will be covered including endotoxicity, traumatic brain injury, oxidative stress and environmental pollutants. The pivotal role of glutathione in preventing neuroinflammation from becoming chronic will also be presented.


Treatment to Reduce Neuroinflammation

Presenter: Walter J. Crinnion, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Neuroinflammation is present undetected in many of our patients resulting in cognitive decline, mood disorder, chronic pain and a variety of chronic neurologic diseases. Even though neuroinflammation causes a great deal of morbidity, surprisingly there are a vast number of naturopathic modalities that have proven exceptionally effective at preventing and reversing neuroinflammation. This presentation will go through many of the common causes of neuroinflammation to show the steps that can be take to reverse this process. Emphasis will be placed on proper glutathione repletion, dietary components, nutrients, and botanical agents. The important role of hormone in preventing and reversing neuroinflammation will be discussed. Lifestyle steps, including exercise, yoga and meditation have also proven useful in preventing and reducing neuroinflammation.


The Healing Power of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

Presenter: Paul Epstein, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

This presentation will provide an in-depth understanding of Mindfulness (what it is and how it is practiced), its benefits in health, wellness and healing (for patient, doctor and the therapeutic relationship) and provide specific direction for its application and integration into Naturopathic Clinical Care. Drawing from over 30 years of using Mindfulness in my own Naturopathic practice, case studies will be shared that illustrate its effectiveness in the clinical treatment of a variety of conditions.The latest research will be presented on how Mindfulness positively impacts neuroplasticity, epigenetics and resilience to enhance the healing process. We’ll discuss how to integrate Mindfulness into clinical practice to create new neural pathways, affect genetic expression and enhance cellular and self-adaptation to life, stress and trauma. We will discuss the importance of the Therapeutic Relationship as an integral component of a patient’s healing process and use Mindfulness and compassion as a means to cultivate unconditional presence in the practitioner as a means of enhancing the therapeutic relationship and interpersonal neurobiology. This will be a practical and experiential session that will explore the benefits of becoming a Mindful Practitioner and provide instruction on how to integrate and apply Mindfulness in client treatment to improve clinical results and outcome.


All Presentations under Integrative Mental Health Conference 2018

Multiple Presenters

Cost: $499 CAD

CE Hours: 12 hours


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Integrative Mental Health Conference 2017

Neurocognitive Assessment Approaches for the Primary Care ND

Presenter: Kabran Chapek, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

As we begin to see more and more older adults in our offices we need to be equipped to differentiate normal aging from the early stages of dementia. Dementia is like a rising tide now with 1 in 2 having some form of dementia by age 85. This lecture will propose a straightforward and simple way to assess patients with memory problems at any age and suggested ways to comprehensively treat them. Part of the treatment approach described is based on the groundbreaking Alzheimer’s research by Dr. Dale Bredeson who has found that the only hope for Alzheimer’s and dementia is a naturopathic one; where the causes of neurodegeneration must be found and addressed. Naturopathic Physicians are the ones most suited to stem this rising tide of dementia. A method will be described to include cognitive testing from pencil and paper approaches to brain imaging and laboratory analysis. Cases will be utilized throughout the presentation to demonstrate this assessment and treatment approach.


Compassionate Resilience as Functional Tools in Mental Health Practise

Presenter: Raymond Diaz, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

This presentation will explore the role of compassion as an essential therapeutic ally in clinical practice. Dr. Diaz will describe how compassion and rapport with patients can strengthen the therapeutic alliance and provide patients with enhanced resilience and better clinical health outcomes.


Integrating Prescription and Natural Medicines for the Management of Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia

Presenter: Philip Rouchotas, MSc, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Depression, anxiety, and insomnia are common comorbidities, reaching epidemic proportions. After reviewing use and concerns associated with prescription medications for these concerns, the talk will review diet, lifestyle, and natural health product strategies that have proven safe and effective for management of these common mental health concerns. A key focus of the presentation will be to differentiate between strategies safe to combine with common mental health prescription medications versus strategies that are safe and appropriate for unmedicated individuals, yet inappropriate to combine with common prescriptions. A broad array of prescription medications will be mentioned… Over 50 common mental health prescriptions will be listed in slides… Too many to list here. Typically, specific discussion occurs regarding citalopram, fluoxetine, Effexor, pristiq, Ativan, clonazepam, lorazepam, and zoplicone


NAD Therapy for Addiction and Anti-Aging

Presenter: Joshua Donaldson, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

The objective of this lecture is to educate individuals on the all aspects of NAD (Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide); its biochemistry, history of use clinically, applications of use, understanding of the delicacy of its use in addiction medicine & mental health disorders, as well as for other health issues. Focus will be on intravenous use but oral, transdermal & intra-nasal use will also be discussed. Also, emphasis will be placed on the importance of proper training & methodical use clinically.


Chill Pill Review: a Brief Overview of Allopathic Medications for Depression and Anxiety

Presenter: Lydia Anne M Bartholow, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

This brief overview of allopathic medications for depression and anxiety primes the naturopathic physician to better assist the patient who wishes to either utilize or cease use of psychiatric medications. We will specifically look at the SSRI and SNRI class of medications, as well as anxiolytics such as benzodiazapines and antihypertensives. We will cover appropriate use, naturopathic considerations, side effect profiles, and intra-class comparisons.


Naturopathic Medicine and the Subtle Energy Body – Anatomy, Physiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment from an Expanded Perspective

Presenter: Hilary Farberow Stuart, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

This presentation introduces the student to the anatomy and physiology of the subtle energy body system and its application to the individual in how it relates to the emotions, the thought patterns held in the unconscious mind and correlating symptomology held in the physical body. Students will learn to understand physical symptomology of disease from an expanded perspective which includes the subtle energy body and its interconnection with the emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Specifics of the subtle energy body system will be explored both theoretically through the examination of two different subtle energy body systems developed throughout the world, and personally through the exploration of their own energy system. Case histories will be presented and an exploratory exercise will be included.


How to Reduce Legal Risk and Improve Outcomes by Setting Appropriate Boundaries in Patient Relationships

Presenter: Roy Huggins, LPC NCC

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

A core tenet of Naturopathic medicine is to provide deep, holistic care for patients that addresses the whole person. As such, NDs frequently develop closer relationships with patients than do their allopathic counterparts. In addition, NDs in Oregon have recently found themselves being more closely integrated into primary care for Oregonians and thus under closer scrutiny from their licensing board. It has become clear that one common cause of complaint to the board involves boundary violations. In order to help attendees learn how to establish rigorous boundaries with patients, as opposed to either overly ridged or overly porous boundaries, this presentation will show attendees how psychotherapists use professional boundaries as both a tool for maintaining ethical behavior and for improving clinical outcomes along with discussion of the many ways in which this model applies to Naturopathic medical practice. The presentation will also explore the all-important topic of which kinds of patient conditions and which situations typically foster boundary crossings and violations.


Physician, Heal Thyself

Presenter: James Massey, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Our mission as physicians is to assist and facilitate the healing of our patients. Before that can happen,the physician has to heal himself. They must practice walking their talk. The more doctors are able to heal themselves mentally, emotionally and physically, the greater will be the good they will be able to do for others. It’s a simple premise that makes all the sense in the world. My presentation is meant to empower doctors through utilizing and embracing certain techniques and practices that provide them with the means to change and heal themselves. These techniques are easily integrated into one’s lifestyle through simple repetition and discipline. The Physician Heal Thyself program both stimulates and motivates the participant to make the changes to work on themselves so they can better relate and heal their patients.


All Presentations under Integrative Mental Health Conference 2017

Multiple Presenters

Cost: $499 CAD

CE Hours: 12 hours


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