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Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP)

Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP)

Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health

CE's for Health Professionals
Regular Price
749 USD
Special Price
449 USD
Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health

What You Will Learn

  • The scientific research that links diet and nutrition to mental illness and its implications for treatment
  • How food affects mental health
  • 6 nutritional methods for treating clients who present with mood lability
  • Drug-Nutrient-Herb Interaction: make safe suggestions using assessment software
  • I help you define your scope of practice and ethical issues
  • Learn to use evidence-based protocols for nutritional and herbal approaches for six DSM-5™ categories
  • Specific use of yoga and exercise to address trauma anxiety and decrease dissociative symptoms
  • Learn the principles of psychotropic tapering with nutrients and herbs
  • Breathing techniques to reduce hyperventilation and improve focus and enhance sleep
  • How certain micronutrients and macronutrients affect your client’s mood and behavior
  • Effective treatment for children & teens with developmental trauma, ADHD and ODD
  • Learn to use the psychobiology and psychophysiology of mind and body
  • Use the DSM-5™ Cultural Formulation tool to enhance cultural competency and engage client rapport
  • How to apply mindfulness methods in the treatment of eating disorders
  • Essential Fatty Acids: learn the correct dosages and types of fats
  • Understand how hormones affect PTSD, depression and insomnia
  • Circadian Rhythm: learn to improve depression, SAD, PTSD and bipolar disorder
  • The Second Brain: apply specific interventions to bring the gut-brain axis into harmony
  • Learn a simple psycho ed method to assess food and mood
  • Analyze the differences between mental illness versus nutritional and hormonal imbalances
  • Hypoglycemia and Mood: address sugar addiction and impact of blood sugar on mood in children
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Course Description

You will complete this rich, dynamic course prepared to provide your clients with personalized, evidenced-based care that provides the missing link to mental health today. I will teach you the clinical art and science of nutritional, natural and integrative medicine to treat trauma and PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia ADHD and more, all methods proven to improve mood and mental health.

This certification training delivers state-of-the-art methods, including trauma-informed assessments and interventions, nutritional psychology, yoga, herbal medicine, detoxification and so much more. I will teach you how to navigate the complex relationship between what we eat and how it affects the way we think, feel, and interact with the world.

I developed this certification in response to my students, who often ask me, “How do I incorporate your methods into my practice?” “How can I do what YOU do?”

Following certification, you become eligible to attend my Advanced Applications of Integrative Medicine for Mental Health. I teach this course live, online. We meet in a small group on a monthly basis, to explore advanced methods, new interventions and do case review with live discussion. (For CMHIMP graduates only.)

Our clients want to have more balanced moods, reduce insomnia and anxiety, get off medications with side effects, and do so, naturally. Our clients want help with ADHD, focus, panic attacks, seasonal affective disorder and Bipolar.

I give you the tools and language to treat, educate, support client change, talk with other providers and make appropriate referrals

In this course I guide you step-by-step, using dynamic lectures, demonstrations, handouts, and real Q&A sessions as you learn to become a Certified Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Provider.

My goal? To support you to become a Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider and create a satisfying career by helping your clients. And in the process, you will enhance your own health as well!

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The Course Includes


Following successful completion of this course, licensed clinicians (or other eligible clinicians) become eligible to apply for certification.

Lifetime Access

Lifetime Access

Desktop and Mobile Access

Desktop and Mobile Access

Listing in our Referral Network

Listing in our Referral Network

CE's for Health Professionals

Dr. Korn’s course on Integrative Nutrition and Mental Health is the most comprehensive program I have taken on this subject. It provides a strong foundation and tools for practice. It’s an excellent program!!

- Rebecca Faulkner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AZ

I have been processing our training for the past few days and want to express my complete gratitude.. I learned so much from you! Your continual openness and availability enhanced my experience. Your commitment to us; to our learning and to our understanding was so impressive. Equally appealing to me is your intentional, deep connection to service; to all people and their communities. This truly was a wonderful opportunity and I am excited and eager to begin applying the concepts we examined throughout the training. Your breadth and depth of knowledge are exhilarating. I hope that I am able to continue to learn from you.

- Jane Ross, LICSW,

I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Korn’s presentation finding it rich with information, and she, herself, absolutely delightful to listen to. Her extensive knowledge, spanning diverse areas, is offered in an impressively warm and inviting format.

- Elizabeth Bergstrom, PhD, LMHC, Washington

You are the Jane Goodall of integrative medicine and nutrition.

- Rachel Joffe, Licensed Social Worker, NY

Your Instructor

Dr. Leslie Korn is a renowned expert in integrative medicine for the treatment of trauma and its physical sequelae including chronic digestive illness, insomnia, pain, substance abuse, diabetes, cognitive decline and “unexplained illnesses”. She has provided over 65,000 hours of clinical care integrating psychotherapy and somatic therapies with nutritional, culinary and herbal medicine. She completed her training at Harvard Medical School and The Harvard School of Public Health. She is licensed and board certified in 4 clinical disciplines. She has been faculty instructor at Harvard in the department of psychiatry and faculty at 2 Naturopathic medical schools. She lived for 25 years in the jungle of Mexico, where she worked alongside indigenous healers and directed a pro bono health center. Her clinical practice focuses on helping clients who are ill with restoring their health and reducing or eliminating medications.

Her mentoring practice focuses on helping clinicians create a successful, integrative medicine, trauma- informed career. Her ethic of compassion and care is informed by feminist values of social justice and her love for dogs.

Licensure: LMHC, MA. Lic #3214, exp. 12/2023; NPI: 1629659636

CE’s for Health Professionals

Click here to enroll for CE’s for mental health, nursing and other health professionals.

CE’s for Registered Dietitians, Nutritional Therapists, Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioners are approved by the Integrative & Functional Nutrition Academy.

24 CEU’s are approved by the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA).

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There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program.

Bonus Courses!

🚩Purchase this course and receive a 60-minute bonus course, Nutritional & Integrative Tips During COVID-19, with 10+ best self-care strategies for you & your clients.


🚩When you complete this course, you receive access to the BrainBow Blueprint, a 30-video minute course to share with each of your clients about the role of mental health nutrition in their lives.


Course Curriculum


  • Course Syllabus & Study Quiz

Module 1

  • Introduction to Nutrition & Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Free Video
  • Handouts

Module 2

  • Ethics & Culture
  • Handouts

Module 3

  • Mental & Physical Assessment
  • The Korn Food Mood Diary Demonstration
  • Handouts
  • Q&A Modules 1 - 3

Module 4

  • Circadian & Ultradian Rhythm

Module 5

  • Yoga, Exercise & Sound
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Yoga for Mental Health and Anxiety
  • Handouts
  • Q&A Modules 4 - 5

Module 6

  • Digestion & Mental Health
  • The Culinary and Medicinal Benefits of Banana

Module 7

  • Culinary Medicine for Mental Health
  • Seaweed Salad a Culinary Adventure
  • The Culinary and Medicinal Benefits of Papaya
  • The Culinary and Medicinal Benefits of Nopal Cactus
  • Handouts
  • Q&A Modules 6 - 7

Module 8

  • Nutritional Therapies for Mental Health

Module 9

  • Herbal Medicine for Mental Health
  • Herbal Medicine: Polarity Tea and the Liver Flush
  • Handouts
  • Q&A Modules 8 - 9

Module 10

  • Somatic & Energy Therapies
  • Somatic Therapy: Belly Therapy for Digestion and Rocking for Mental Health
  • Handouts

Module 11

  • Detoxification Strategies
  • Mustard Seed Foot Bath and Fomentation Poultice for Headaches and Respiratory Congestion
  • Foot Hydrotherapy
  • Skin Brushing
  • Handouts

Module 12

  • Protocols & Next Steps
  • Q&A Modules 10 - 12


  • Walkthrough
  • Resources
  • References

Module 13

  • Q&A

Get your Certificate

  • Course Evaluation
  • CE Certificate Process
  • Quiz
  • Farewell

Course Information

  • Who benefits from this course?

    This intermediate-level program is geared to psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, nurses, nutritionists, massage therapists, PT’s OT’s Psychiatrists and others for use in the clinical setting. The course is very accessible to non-professionals with an interest in their own health and well-being.

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  • Course content
    • Module 1 – Introduction
    • Module 2 – Ethics & Culture
    • Module 3 – Mental & Physical Assessment
    • Module 4 – Circadian & Ultradian Rhythm
    • Module 5 – Yoga, Exercise & Sound
    • Module 6 – Digestion & Mental Health
    • Module 7 – Culinary Medicine for Mental Health
    • Module 8 – Nutritional Therapies for Mental Health
    • Module 9 – Herbal medicine for Mental Health
    • Module 10 – Somatic & Energy Therapies
    • Module 11 – Detoxification Strategies
    • Module 12 – Protocols & Next Steps
    • Module 13 – Q&A
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  • What are the course learning objectives?
    1. Describe the scientific research that links diet and nutrition to mental illness and its implications for treatment.
    2. Explain how micronutrients and macro nutrients affect mood and behavior in clients.
    3. Explain the psychobiology and psychophysiology of mind and body interactions with reference to six DSM™ categories.
    4. Demonstrate incorporation of ethical and scope of practice considerations relative to integrated and nutritional medicine with respect to your own professional discipline.
    5. Describe integrative and nutritional methods as they relate to client psycho-education.
    6. Demonstrate the application of mindfulness methods in the treatment of eating disorders.
    7. Compare the clinical presentation of mental illness to nutritional and/or hormonal imbalance.
    8. Identify six nutritional methods for treating clients who present with mood lability.
    9. Describe correlation of gluten and casein sensitivity with the presentation of depression, psychosis and ASD in clients.
    10. Describe evidence-based protocols for nutritional and herbal approaches for six DSM-5™ categories.
    11. Demonstrate the use of a food mood assessment to evaluate client eating patterns and how those patterns may influence their mental health.
    12. Assess the value of the epidemiological research underlying the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and its specific application for client mental health.
    13. Prepare to interview clients using the DSM-5™ Cultural Formulation tool to explore about health and healing in order to inform the treatment planning process.
    14. Describe drug-nutrient-herbal interactions for clients in order to prevent side effects of polymedicine use.
    15. Describe stage-specific anaerobic and aerobic exercise and client self-care methods to decrease dissociative symptoms in clients.
    16. Teach breathing techniques to reduce hyperventilation and improve focus among clients with anxiety disorders.
    17. Describe adaptations of complementary and alternative methods for children and teens with behavioral and mental health disorders such as ADHD and ODD.
    18. Discuss contraindications of the use of psychotropic medications and herbal medicines and nutrients.
    19. Identify the evidence for the use of essential fatty acids for anxiety and depression.
    20. Analyze the science for the “second brain”; the gut-brain axis communication system of neurotransmitters.
    21. Discuss the science of circadian rhythm as it contributes to depression, PTSD and bipolar disorder.
    22. Analyze the differences between mental illness versus nutritional and hormonal imbalances.
    23. Assess the impact of blood sugar and genetic variations on mental health disorders and effective treatment.
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  • Selected references

    Andersen,T.E. Hanne Ellegaard, Berit Schiøttz-Christensen, Anna Mejldal & Claus Manniche (2020) Somatic Experiencing® for patients with low back pain and comorbid posttraumatic stress symptoms – a randomised controlled trial, European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 11:1, DOI: 10.1080/20008198.2020.1797306

    Bayer, L., Constantinescu, I., Perrig, S., Vienne, J., Vidal, P. P., Mühlethaler, M.,& Schwartz, S. (2011). Rocking synchronizes brain waves during a short nap. Current Biology, 21 (12), R461–R462.

    Boss, L., Branson, S., Hagan, H., & Krause-Parello, C. (2019). A Systematic Review of Equine-Assisted Interventions in Military Veterans Diagnosed with PTSD. Journal of Veterans Studies, 5(1), 23–33. DOI:

    Bredesen, D. E. (2014). Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program. Aging, 6(9), 707–717.

    Chedid, V., Dhalla, S., Clarke, J. O., Roland, B. C., Dunbar, K. B., Koh, J., … Mullin, G. E.
    (2014). Herbal therapy is equivalent to rifaximin for the treatment of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 3(3), 16–24. Doi:10.7453/gahmj.2014.019.

    Chen, X., Redline, S., Shields, A. E., Williams, D. R., & Williams, M. A. (2014). Associations of allostatic load with sleep apnea, insomnia, short sleep duration, and other sleep disturbances: Findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Annals of Epidemiology, 24(8), 612–619.

    Chopin, S. M., Sheerin, C. M., & Meyer, B. L. (2020). Yoga for warriors: An intervention for veterans with comorbid chronic pain and PTSD. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12(8), 888–896.

    Dutheil, F., Mondillon, L., & Navel, V. (2020). PTSD as the second tsunami of the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic. Psychological Medicine, 1-2. doi:10.1017/S0033291720001336

    Ferguson L.R. De Caterina R.Gorman al. Guide and Position of the International Society of Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics on Personalised Nutrition: Part 1—Fields of precision nutrition. Nutrigenetics Nutrigenomics. 2016; 9: 12-27

    Frost, G., Sleeth, M. L., Sahuri-Arısoylu, M., Lizarbe, B., Cerdan, S., Brody, L., … Bell, J. D.
    (2014). The short-chain fatty acid acetate reduces appetite via a central homeostatic mechanism. Nature Communications, 5, 3611.

    Harris, C. B., Chowanadisai, W., Mishchuk, D. O., Satre, M. A., Slupsky, C. M., & Rucker,
    R. B. (2013). Dietary pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) alters indicators of inflammation and mitochondrial- related metabolism in human subjects. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 24(12), 2076–2084.

    Hilton,, Lara G. Salvatore Libretto, Lea Xenakis, Pamela Elfenbaum, Courtney Boyd, Weimin Zhang, and Allison A. Clark. Evaluation of an Integrative Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment Program. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2019 25:S1, S147-S152

    Hindocha, C., J. Cousijn, M. Rall & M. A. P. Bloomfield (2020) The Effectiveness of Cannabinoids in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A Systematic Review, Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 16:1, 120-139, DOI: 10.1080/15504263.2019.1652380

    Korn, Leslie.E. (2020) Natural Woman, Shambhala, CO

    Korn, Leslie.E. (2018) The Good Mood Kitchen, Norton

    Korn, Leslie.E (2016) Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health, Norton

    Korn, Leslie. E. (2012). Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature, and the Body. Routledge.

    Muraki, M., Fujiwara, Y., Machida, H., Okazaki, H., Sogawa, M., Yamagami, H., Arakawa,T. (2014). Role of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in severe small intestinal damage in chronic nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug users. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, 49(3), 267–273. doi:10.3109/00365521.2014.880182.

    Mushtaq S, Mazhar H, Khalid S, et al. Role of nutrition in depression. J Psychol Clin Psychiatry. 2020;11(5):127‒135. DOI: 10.15406/jpcpy.2020.11.00686

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  • How to become certified

    Certification is awarded to licensed clinicians and health professionals by Evergreen Certifications. Once you complete the 20-hour course and receive your certificate you will submit your certificate, proof of license, attest to 20 hours of clinical experience applying the concepts learned in the course, along with payment. Please apply here.

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  • When does the course start and finish?

    The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.

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  • How long do I have access to the course?

    How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.

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  • What if I am unhappy with the course?

    If you are not 100% satisfied with this course you may send an email and you will be provided with a full refund, no questions asked. The reimbursement given will be minus taxes and fees paid.

    Please note that due to the small class size and invitation-only nature of the Advanced Applications of Integrative Medicine for Mental Health (Levels 1 and 2), no refunds can be provided following payment.

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