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Course Description

Course Fee: $255
CE: 2.0 credits

Suicide is the observable result of what is often a complex array of problems.  Strong scientific evidence suggests that suicide risk is moderated by underlying biochemical abnormalities and environmental factors, which together can impact brain structure and function.

Developed in collaboration with the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine, this course plumbs the underlying biochemical, nutritional, genetic, and environmental factors that lead to a diagnosis of suicidality. Research illustrating the benefits of nutritional supplementation to mitigate risk factors will be presented, along with evidence-based interventions and a biochemical individualized treatment approach.

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1. Suicide Prevention from an Orthomolecular Perspective

We begin the course by discussing the current global suicide crisis, highlighting some of the inadequacy of the current treatment protocols. Empirical evidence highlighting the risks and side-effects of antidepressant and antipsychotic medication will be presented. Then, we examine trauma and genetics for their role in the presentation of suicidality, along with a new, biologic model of suicide prevention.

2. Risk Factors and the Role of Inflammation in Suicidality

In Module 2, we clinically investigate inflammation, nutrition, biochemistry, and the role of fats and lipids—particularly omega 3 fatty acids—along with cholesterol as precursors to suicidality in patients.

3. Nutritional Interventions for Suicide Prevention

In the third module, we review treatment protocols for suicidal patients, focusing, in particular, on the ramifications of sleep deprivation, hypovitaminosis D, and low-dose nutritional lithium.

Course registration fee subsidized by the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine.

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• CE Information

The CE Company is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The CE Company maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Course Level: Introductory
CE Instructions

This online program provides CE training and coursework. Accreditation requires the completion of a post-test. A passing grade of at least 75% must be met on this test in order to obtain certification. Instructions for certification will be provided upon completing the course in full.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify one key genetic, nutritional, metabolic, and environmental cause of suicidality.
  2. Explain one way that sleep deprivation and hypovitaminosis D relate to the presentation of symptoms of suicidality.
  3. Describe one method of identifying trauma and critical genetic factors in suicidal patients.
Instructor Bio

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. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA, and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine. Dr. Greenblatt has lectured internationally on the scientific evidence for nutritional interventions in psychiatry and mental illness. He is the author of seven books, including Finally Focused: The Breakthrough Natural Treatment Plan for ADHD. He is the founder of Psychiatry Redefined, an educational platform offering continuing online education, programs, and fellowships on functional and nutritional psychiatry for mental illness.

Conflict of Interest

The course instructor, James Greenblatt, M.D., is a consultant for Pure Encapsulations and owner of Psychiatry Redefined. He is also a key opinion leader for Fullscript. No assistance or financial compensation of any kind was provided by any outside commercial interest or entity in the development or preparation of this course.

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