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3-Day Integrative Medicine and Nutrition for PTSD and Complex Trauma CIMHP Certification

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Nov 15, 2023
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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


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Leslie Korn, PhD, MPH, LMHC, ACS, FNTP, BCTMB, is a renowned integrative medicine clinician and educator specializing in the use of nutritional, herbal and culinary medicine for the treatment of trauma and emotional and chronic physical illness. She is known for her dynamism and humor providing clients effective alternatives to psychotropics. She completed her graduate education in the department of psychiatry and public health at Harvard Medical School and her life training in the jungle of Mexico where she lived and worked alongside local healers for over 25 years. She directed a naturopathic medicine and training clinic facilitating health, culinary and fitness retreats. She is licensed and certified in nutritional therapy, mental health counseling, and bodywork (Polarity and Cranial Sacral and medical massage therapies) and is an approved clinical supervisor. She introduced somatic therapies for complex trauma patients in outpatient psychiatry at Harvard Medical school in 1985 and served Acupuncture and faculty at National College of Naturopathic Medicine.

She is the author of the seminal book on the body and complex trauma: Rhythms of Recovery: Integrative Medicine for PTSD and Complex Trauma, 2nd Edition (Routledge, 2012, 2023); The Brainbow Blueprint: A Clinical Guide to Integrative Medicine and Nutrition for Mental Well Being (PESI, 2023), Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health (W.W. Norton, 2016), Eat Right Feel Right: Over 80 Recipes and Tips to Improve Mood, Sleep, Attention & Focus (PESI, 2017); Multicultural Counseling Workbook: Exercises, Worksheets & Games to Build Rapport with Diverse Clients (PESI, 2015); The Good Mood Kitchen (W.W. Norton, 2017); and Natural Woman: Herbal Remedies for Radiant Health at Every Age and Stage of Life (Shambhala, 2019). She was a founder of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, a Fullbright scholar in Herbal Medicine and an NIH-funded scientist, in mind/body medicine. She is an approved clinical supervisor and is the research director at the Center for World Indigenous Studies where she designs culinary and herbal medicine programs with tribal communities engaged in developing integrative medicine programs.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Leslie Korn maintains a private practice and is the Director of Research at the Center for World Indigenous Studies. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. and additionally receives publishing royalties from Norton, Shambhala, and Routledge. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Leslie Korn is a member of the Nutritional Therapy Association and Integrative Medicine for the Underserved.

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  1. Describe an integrative approach to the mind-body treatment of PTSD and complex trauma symptoms.
  2. Explain how to bridge theory and application for integrating nutrition and advanced integrative approaches into practice.
  3. Incorporate ethics into the clinical practice of nutrition and integrative medicine.
  4. Categorize the psychological, biological and physiological elements of trauma addressed by nutrition and integrative medicine as related to clinical treatment.
  5. Review the new dissociative subtype as it influences SUD, pain and self-injury treatment planning.
  6. Characterize dissociative and state-dependent memory learning and behavior in informing case conceptualizations.
  7. Analyze the effects of chronic inflammation on depression, PTSD, and anxiety disorders and its clinical implications.
  8. Describe research on autoimmune disease, PTSD, women, and nutritional methods and put to practical use in a clinical setting.
  9. List 3 ways in which traumatic exposure contributes to chronic fatigue in order to inform treatment choices.
  10. Recommend IM interventions to enhance energy production, reduce inflammation and pain.
  11. Apply nutritional therapies for regulation of circadian rhythm.
  12. Choose nutrition and integrative approaches that can address digestion challenges.
  13. Explain how to conduct a comprehensive integrative medicine and nutritional therapy post-trauma assessment to inform treatment planning.
  14. Review commonly used clinical tests that inform physical health affected by PTSD and trauma to improve client level of functioning.
  15. List 3 ways in which detoxification improves mental health symptoms.
  16. Explore the clinical implications in managing and tapering of pharmaceutical medications.
  17. Analyze the efficacy of 3 energy medicine applications: neurofeedback, cranial electrical stimulation, and photobiomodulation.
  18. Examine nature interventions that reduce dissociative PTSD symptoms in clients.
  19. Assess client readiness for psychedelic medicine in connection to treatment planning.
  20. Anticipate the strategies, support, and time needed for making changes and preventing relapses as it relates to case conceptualization.


  • Thinking integratively about trauma treatment  
  • Connecting chronic illnesses & ACE’s 
  • Apply a trauma-informed model of self-care, nutritional and integrative approaches  
  • The principle of substitutions and conscious self-medication 
  • Integrating IM with other methods  
Ethics and Scope of Practice 
  • Working independently, group practice, hospital settings 
  • Legal issues 
  • Codes of ethics 
  • Informed consent handouts 
  • Disclosure documents handouts 
  • Interpersonal dynamics 
  • Testing 
Psychology of Trauma 
  • Acute and chronic PTSD, complex trauma, Dissociative-type, DSM5 and relationship to health 
  • Special types of trauma and health 
    • Medical, dental, military, “white collar “(clergy, professionals, gurus) 
  • Dissociation  
  • Navigating interpersonal and power dynamics 
Trauma, Biology and the Body 
  • Energy, Fatigue and Mitochondria  
  • Stress response: Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis:  
    • Inflammation, Dysautonomia (POTS, chronic fatigue, pain, fibromyalgia) 
  • Chronic illnesses, chronic pelvic pain 
  • PsychoNeuro-Immunolgy, Autoimmune Disorders 
  • Digestive Disorders; gut and dysbiosis 
Culture and Identity 
  • Demographics of trauma and ethnicity/identity 
  • The role of IM and nutrition in treatment across cultures 
  • Developing cultural savvy and humility 
  • Overcoming Stigma with IM and Nutrition 
  • LGBTQ communities 
  • BIPOC communities 
  • Historical trauma 
Circadian and Ultradian Rhythm and Hormones 
  • Assessment and testing of circadian rhythm as it pertains to PTSD 
  • The Brain and Heart: Heat rate variability and HeartMath technology 
  • The role of hormones in trauma throughout the life cycle including sex hormones oxytocin, cortisol 
Bioindividuality, Digestion, and Diet 
  • Bio Individuality and personalized health 
  • Polyvagal theory, nutrition and integrative methods 
  • Digestive disorders and the microbiome (GERD, Colitis, NAFLD, Metabolic syndrome, IBS constipation) in complex trauma and PTSD 
  • Demonstration of Dr Korn teaching clients visceral self massage to improve digestion 
Integrative Assessment, Tests and Evaluation  
  • Conducting an IM and Nutritional Assessment for trauma and its sequelae 
  • 3 Measures and tests of personalized health  
Culinary and Spice Medicine 
  • The role of nutrition in PTSD and Complex trauma 
  • Introducing the food /mood connection to your client 
  • Techniques of intermittent fasting, ketosis and the brain 
  • The Brainbow Diet: how food colors reflect nutrients 
  • Fantastic Fungi; integrating medicinal mushrooms into the diet 
  • Developing a stage-based plan for the client and family 
  • How culture, ethnicity and genomic testing informs optimal nutrition 
Nutritional Supplementation  
  • Review of nutrition research: why is it so confusing? 
  • Matching supplements to intake assessment 
  • Assessing supplement quality 
  • Amino Acid Therapy for depression, anxiety, substance use disorders sleep, pain, cognition 
  • Neurotransmitters, precursors, and food 
  • Collaborating with Nutrition and other professionals  
Herbal Medicine 
  • The evidence for types of herbs including Ayurvedic and Chinese preparations for PTSD and its sequelae 
  • Strategies for use of adaptogens, nervines, anti inflammatories, antidepressants, tonics 
  • How to enhance resilience with herbs 
  • Working with Cannabis and trauma: CBD: THC, Terpenes: indications and contraindications 
Detoxification and​ Hydrotherapy​ Strategies 
  • Hydrotherapy: the use of hot and cold water for trauma sequelae 
  • Medications 
    • Managing side effects & tapering off medications 
    • Discontinuation syndrome 
    • Detoxing from pharmaceutical medication,  
    • Methods for collaborating with Prescribers 
    • Developing a Taper Team 
  • Demonstration of collaborating with a prescriber about client tapering 
Exercise, Yoga, Breathing 
  • Brain Hemispheric dominance exercises 
  • State based exercise applied to specific symptoms and capacities 
  • Brain Balance exercises to enhance emotional flexibility 
  • Breathing, and somatic symptoms 
  • Demonstration of Yoga and exercises for PTSD and complex trauma 
  • Exercises for Balance and coordination for Complex trauma and MTBI 
  • Considerations for Yoga, developmental trauma, and children 
Somatics, Bodywork, and Energy Therapies 
  • Provide a framework for somatic interventions used in treating PTSD and complex trauma 
  • How to use bodywork as exposure therapy 
  • Energy medicine applications: neurofeedback, cranial electrical stimulation, and photobiomodulation  
  • Self-massage and pressure point therapies for pain and digestion 
  • Demonstration of visceral massage and diaphragm release for anxiety and eating disorders 
Nature and Human/Animal Bond  
  • Making the case for ecotherapies in clinical practice 
  • Applying strategies for Nature-based stress -inoculation and resilience 
  • Developing peripheral vision in nature for autonomic relaxation 
  • Managing the relationship between barometric pressure, migraines and pain 
  • The art and science of canine & equine therapies in clinical practice 
Entheogens and Psychedelic Medicine 
  • Assessment for readiness and referral 
  • Medical versus Traditional: what the client and clinician need to know 
  • Research on psychedelics 
  • Anxiety, end-of life, PTSD 
  • Understanding the role of Psychedelics in the Sacred Journey 
    • Psychedelic Medicine 
    • Mushrooms/Psilocybin/Psilocin 
    • Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) 
    • Ayahuasca 
    • DMT 
    • MDMA 
    • LSD 
    • Ketamine 
Spirituality, Post-Traumatic Growth, and the Transformation of Trauma 
  • Cultivating resilience 
  • Self-care as a path of transformation 
  • The wounded healer and the role of stories in reclaiming self as hero   
  • Psychobiology of rituals for recovery: Co-creating individual and group processes 
  • Special treatment needs when the traumatic etiology derives from spiritual/religious authorities 
Clinical Applications and Protocols 
The Roadmap to Health: Enhancing Adherence and Motivating for Success
  • Developing motivation and adherence strategies 
  • Shared decision making: Best practices guidelines 
  • Identifying the time required for change 
  • Self-disclosure strategies 
  • Protocols creation 
  • Creating a treatment plan based on the assessment 
  • Delivery of treatment plan 
  • Educating the client 
  • Managing skeptics, and resistance 
  • Affordability and Access strategies 
  • Strategies for developing a successful practice 
  • Demonstration review with model client of the brainbow blueprint plan of action 

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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