Who Should Enroll in the Functional Psychiatry for Child & Adolescent Mental Health Intro?
The Introduction to Functional Psychiatry for Child & Adolescent Mental Health training is designed for mental health professionals wanting to expand their clinical skill set with enhanced functional treatment approaches for children and adolescents with mental illness. This program delivers a practical introductory foundation in Functional, Nutritional and Integrative Medicine. It also serves as a launching pad for those looking to pursue more advanced coursework, including our Fellowship in Functional & Integrative Psychiatry.
Why Should I Enroll in this Intro?
Blending the latest cutting-edge research with clinical experience from thousands of patients, our curriculum shows you how to identify and resolve the underlying root causes of child and adolescent mental illness. Through functional assessment and laboratory testing, you’ll learn how to move beyond treatment resistance and symptom management, creating effective and individualized treatment plans. You’ll also get dedicated mentorship from our expert faculty – James Greenblatt, MD, Catrina Luca, MD and Mariela Podolski, MD – with four live supervision sessions to discuss protocols and cases. Plus, gain 22 CME credits while you learn.
This program combines comprehensive online curriculum ($800), exclusive lectures ($900), and group supervision learning and mentorship ($500) – all valued at over $2,200, but available for only $595. Dr. James Greenblatt is genuinely committed to transforming patient outcomes and delivering the personalized treatment patients need and deserve. Thus, we work hard to provide superior, yet affordable and accessible clinician education.
THIS COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING INCLUDES:
- 4 Live Learning Supervision Sessions with Dr. James Greenblatt and faculty
- 22 CME AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ credits
- Functional & Integrative Medicine for ADHD
- Functional & Integrative Medicine for Anorexia
- Functional & Integrative Medicine for Binge Eating Disorder
- Biological Models for Suicide Prevention
- PANS: Infection, Autoimmunity & Mental Illness
- Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Symposium (7 lectures)
- Low Dose Lithium Symposium (9 international lectures)
- New England Conference on ADHD (5 lectures)
- Functional Medicine for Adolescent Depression
- Turbulent Minds: Functional Medicine for Irritability, Anger & Rage
Functional & Integrative Medicine for ADHD
This three-module course introduces Dr. Greenblatt’s breakthrough Plus/Minus treatment plan for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), while also providing a comprehensive overview of the underlying biochemistry. Treatment strategies such as specific nutrient deficiencies will be discussed in-depth as an adjunct or alternative to medication.
4.0 CME credits
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Functional & Integrative Medicine for Anorexia
Join Dr. James Greenblatt as he dives into the complex pathogenesis of anorexia nervosa (AN) and presents a clinically proven Functional Medicine model for testing, treatment, and support. This three-module course examines intrinsic and exogenous factors that can impact metabolism, neurotransmission, and cognition, coalescing a robust, empirically validated biological model of AN pathogenesis. Trainees will learn functional and integrative strategies to address underlying biochemical imbalances and appetite dysregulation, therapeutic steps critical to the lasting success of any personalized AN treatment program.
4.0 CME credits
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Functional & Integrative Medicine for Binge Eating Disorder
This two-module course with Dr. James Greenblatt explores the clinical challenges of treating binge-eating disorder and illuminates the evidence-based New Hope Model for treatment. The New Hope Model integrates lab testing, nutritional supplementation, dietary modifications, and medication. By targeting biochemical pathways that regulate appetite, clinicians can address imbalances that perpetuate hunger and cravings, bringing patients back into balance.
Biological Models for Suicide Prevention
Developed in collaboration with the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine, this course with Dr. James Greenblatt explores the underlying biochemical, nutritional, genetic, and environmental factors that cause or contribute to increased suicidality. Research illustrating the benefits of nutritional supplementation to mitigate risk factors will be presented, along with evidence-based interventions and an individualized, biochemical treatment approach.
PANS: Infection, Autoimmunity & Mental Illness
This course by Dr. Dan Kinderlehrer describes the clinical manifestations, pathogenesis, laboratory evaluation, and treatment protocols for patients with pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS). It also details clinical studies performed by Dr. Kinderlehrer that suggest that PANS is more widespread than generally recognized.
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Redefined
7 exclusive symposium lectures
Learn from groundbreaking symposium lectures featuring renowned clinical experts as they share leading-edge integrative research and treatment protocols for child and adolescent mental illness. Expert presentations include: biomedical and epigenetic interventions for autism, functional approaches for treating anorexia, the role of nutrients, vitamins and coenzymes in pediatric depression and ADHD, treating pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS) and PANS, addressing hormonal imbalances, gut health, genetic polymorphisms and more.
6.5 CME credits
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Low Dose Lithium: The Mineral as Medicine
9 lectures from our international symposium
Lithium remains underutilized and misunderstood in the field of medicine, but using this mighty mineral may in fact be one of the more promising treatments available. Discover novel protocols for integrating low-dose lithium as a safe, integrative treatment for psychiatric and neurological disorders. With these symposium lectures, you’ll learn from international experts how to effectively integrate lithium into treatment for dementia, suicide prevention, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and more.
7.5 CME credits
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New England Conference on ADHD
5 exclusive conference lectures
A unique learning opportunity for those who seek to delve beyond established paradigms and treatment models for ADHD, this event offers six hours of expert lectures from the live New England Conference on ADHD. You’ll learn evidence-based integrative strategies and effective non-medication-based solutions for symptom resolution, along with how to assess genetic tests, address environmental toxins, and create personalized treatment plans.
Functional Medicine for Adolescent Depression
Learn the nuances of teen depression, how biologic and nutritional imbalances impact behavior and brain function, and how to utilize a Functional Medicine approach to resolve irritability and aggression in adolescents through this special presentation by Dr. James Greenblatt.
Turbulent Minds: A Functional Approach to Irritability, Anger & Rage
Learn how to apply Functional Medicine in the treatment of irritability, anger, and rage in this special presentation by Dr. James Greenblatt. The cutting-edge course explores the etiology and pathophysiology of chronic irritability, anger, and aggression, demonstrated by research to be prognostic of treatment outcomes and thus key targets for Functional interventions.
Disruptive Behavior Disorder: Lithium, Copper & HPHPA
Led by James Greenblatt, MD | October 24, 2023
Disruptive behavior disorders (DBDs) are a class of common neuropsychiatric disorders which include oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, and intermittent explosive disorder. Together, DBDs are characterized by mood lability, emotional dysregulation, poor impulse control, agitation, and aggression. Research confirms DBDs to be robustly associated with discrete biochemical abnormalities, including deficiencies or imbalances of essential micronutrients as well as disruptions to the gut microbiota (dysbiosis) – all of which adversely impact brain function
This supervision will explore three biological factors that are consistently observed in patients presenting with DBDs: lithium deficiency, copper toxicity, and elevated HPHPA arising from intestinal clostridial overgrowth. Trainees will learn about the causes that contribute to the emergence of each factor, as well as how they alter brain function.An in-depth review of evidence-based strategies for the assessment and correction of lithium deficiency, copper toxicity, and elevated HPHPA will also be provided. These strategies can be implemented in tandem with other modalities to optimize recovery for patients struggling with DBDs.
ADHD: Magnesium, Copper & Zinc
Led by Catrina Luca, MD | October 31, 2023
Scientific evidence confirms ADHD to be a neurological disorder caused by numerous biological abnormalities.. Diet, micronutrient status, and the assessment of an individual’s biochemistry, however, are frequently overlooked or excluded from traditional ADHD protocols. Yet addressing nutritional imbalances with a Functional and Integrative approach has been shown to be effective in treating ADHD.
This supervision introduces Dr. James Greenblatt’s groundbreaking Plus/Minus Plan for ADHD, and provides a comprehensive overview of the biochemistry “beneath” the disorder. Dietary interventions and augmentation strategies for the mitigation of underlying nutrient imbalances will be reviewed, with a special focus on magnesium deficiency and an unbalanced zinc-to-copper ratio. Trainees will gain effective tools that they can utilize to break the biological chains of ADHD, setting patients along a path towards therapeutic success and sustained wellness.
Eating Disorders: Zinc & Essential Fatty Acids
Led by Mariela Podolski, MD | November 7, 2023
With a fatality rate exceeding that of any other mental illness, anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders (EDs) represent a serious challenge for today’s clinicians. Unfortunately, current pharmaceutical and psychological interventions are often inadequate, as evidenced by consistently high rates of relapse and patient mortality across diagnoses.
Instead of focusing exclusively on psychological factors, biological testing reveals EDs to be characterized by a host of physiological abnormalities that affect brain function and contribute to the emergence of symptoms. While anorexia nervosa initially presents as a preoccupation with food and weight, it ultimately becomes a brain-based disorder marked – and sustained – by severe malnutrition.
In this supervision we will review current ED models and present an evidence-based Functional Medicine approach to treatment. New research illustrating the benefits of targeted nutritional supplementation – with a special emphasis on zinc and essential fatty acids – will be provided. This approach can enhance patient outcomes and support relapse prevention, equipping clinicians with a therapeutic arsenal to confidently face the challenges of ED treatment.
Redefine Your Clinical Practice: Exploring the Challenges & Benefits of Functional and Integrative Medicine
With All Program Faculty | November 14, 2023
A growing number of clinicians are turning to Functional and Integrative Medicine, frustrated by the limitations of the “one-size-fits-all” model of traditional psychiatry. Utilizing new, research-based approaches can improve patient outcomes and provide a larger therapeutic arsenal for providers. However, while access to Functional Medicine training has expanded, there remain significant obstacles in the translation to real-world clinical practice, including biases from colleagues, patient doubts, coverage gaps from insurance companies, implementation challenges, and more.
In this final supervision, join Drs. James Greenblatt, Catrina Luca, and Mariela Podolski as they tackle these challenges head-on with three separate discussions. Each will explore unique institutional, cultural, and socioeconomic factors contributing to the difficulties providers encounter in pursuing Functional and Integrative Medicine. They will engage in a comprehensive discussion about strategies for navigating logistical, professional, and interpersonal obstacles in establishing a Functional Medicine practice and conclude with an examination of the various benefits associated with implementing them.
Clinician-Led Education for Busy Providers
Comprehensive and convenient scientific curriculum developed by Dr. James Greenblatt and our faculty of functional and nutritional experts. Learn more about program faculty below.
James Greenblatt, MD
A pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, James M. Greenblatt, MD, has treated patients since 1988. After receiving his medical degree and completing his psychiatry residency at George Washington University, Dr. Greenblatt completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Greenblatt has served as the Chief Medical Officer at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA for over 20 years, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine.
An acknowledged integrative medicine expert, educator, and author, Dr. Greenblatt has lectured internationally on the scientific evidence for nutritional interventions in psychiatry and mental illness. Through three decades of practice and research, Dr. Greenblatt is a leading contributor to helping physicians and patients understand the role of personalized medicine for mental illness.
Catrina Luca, MD
Catrina Luca, MD earned her Bachelor’s of Science at the University of Miami and her Medical Doctorate from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. She completed her Adult Psychiatry residency and a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Florida. She is board-certified in both specialties. Additionally, with a keen interest in a holistic, integrative approach to psychiatry, Dr. Luca earned an additional board certification in Integrative Medicine and a certification in Pastoral Counseling. She believes that healing involves the mind, body, and spirit. Over the last seven years, Dr. Luca has had the opportunity to train and work in several different arenas including Job Corps, forensic settings, community mental health settings, as well as private clinics, thus affording exposure to a wide range of clinical opportunities and creating a foundation of broad clinical experience.
Mariela Podolski, MD
Mariela Podolski is a psychiatrist with board certifications from ABPN in both Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is originally from Costa Rica, where she completed medical school at the Universidad de Costa Rica. She completed her residency training at the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT, and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Podolski has dedicated most of her career to working with eating disorder individuals. She currently works in private practice and provides consulting services to Walden Behavioral Care.
Receive a credit for our popular 12-month Fellowship
This 2-month hybrid learning program bridges concept and application in basic Functional Psychiatry for childhood and adolescent mental health. Enrolling in this Intro training will introduce you to essential concepts as well as complex treatment protocols. For those looking to pursue more advanced study in functional psychiatry, this Intro program provides the perfect launching pad for coursework in our Fellowship in Functional & Integrative Psychiatry.
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