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Nutrition and Mental Health in Kids & Teens: What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know

Vicki Steine, DSc., LCSW, BCHN, IFNCP
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Jun 08, 2020
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Lethargy.  Irritability.  Difficulty focusing.  Low mood.  Anxiety.  Insomnia.  Impulsivity.
When kids and adolescents present with any of these symptoms, we’re quick to jump to diagnosis, therapy, behaviour plans, and even medication.  And while those approaches may be valid, there may be more to the picture… 
Are you asking about nutrition?
Join Vicki Steine, DSC, LCSW, for this compelling 90-minute session on the impact of nutrition on young people’s mood, brain function, sleep, and more.  You’ll learn:
  • Basics of the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.)  as it relates to mental health
  • How poor nutrition can mimic mental health symptoms
  • The impact of sugar, inflammation, and “fake” nutrition on brain function
  • Recommendations and resources you can make for kids and families
  • And more!
Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insight into one of the most foundational pieces of mental health – sign up today!


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Vicki Steine, DSc, LCSW, BCHN, IFNCP, has been a social worker for more than 25 years, working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She works with children and adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, Tourette’s syndrome, addiction, and trauma in her private practice in the Atlanta area. Dr. Steine received her master’s in social work from the University of Georgia and her Doctor of Science in holistic nutrition from Hawthorn University. She is board certified in holistic nutrition through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, a nutrition certified practitioner through the Integrated and Functional Nutrition Academy and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Dr. Steine enjoys combining her skills as a social worker and nutrition educator to help her clients who struggle with staying organized, keeping focused at work or school, and overcoming the anxiety and depression that often prevents them from fully living their lives. She integrates nutrition, mind-body exercises, and traditional psychotherapy methods, like Cognitive Behavior Therapy, to help her clients get on with living their lives optimally. She has spoken at many conferences and delivered workshops providing education to professionals and lay people alike on the benefits of nutrition and improving mental health. Dr. Steine has had personal success using a holistic approach, including nutrition and supplements, to recover from a near death boating accident and an episode of debilitating depression.  


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Vicki Steine maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Vicki Steine is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the National Association of Nutrition Practitioners.


  1. Appraise the impact of the common foods of the Standard America Diet on mental health.
  2. Integrate nutrition-specific questions into the initial intake/assessment. 
  3. Develop general nutritional recommendations for caregivers and families to support optimal mental health. 


Nutrition Today – and What It Means for Mental Health
  • The Standard American Diet (SAD) 
  • “Fake nutrition”
  • Sugar, sugar, sugar
  • Inflammation – causes and how to quiet it down
  • Leaky gut = leaky brain
Nutrition for Optimal Brain Function and Mood Management
  • Protein, fats, and pre/probiotics
  • Supplements 101
  • Guidance and resources to share with caregivers
  • Recommendations for common barriers to good nutrition

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Educators
  • School Psychologists
  • School Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • School Administrators
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • Registered Dieticians
  • Nutritionists

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