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Nutrition and Trauma, Part 1: Using Food to Accelerate Recovery for PTSD, Complex Trauma, and TBI

2 Hours 01 Minutes
Dec 16, 2022
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Psychologically and physically traumatized individuals benefit from nutritional support to counteract the effects on the body of extreme stress, yet food is not typically on their treatment plans. In this recorded session, you’ll finally understand the complex relationship between what we eat and the way we think, feel, and interact with the world after trauma so that you can offer a new set of interventions to your most vulnerable clients. Learn how to restore balance along the digestive tract to set traumatized clients on a path to healing and get centered in bio-individuality and body positivity so that you can undo toxic diet culture.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


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 program is worth 2.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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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.


  1. Appraise three nutritional principles that aid in trauma recovery.
  2. Analyze the relationship between the gut, brain, and mood.
  3. Evaluate how traumatic stress affects digestion.


  • How Nutritional Interventions Contribute to Healing
  • Basic principles: Accelerate and stabilize trauma recovery
  • How poor nutrition hampers recovery and what providers can do about it
  • Understand the gut-brain axis: Food for mood and the brain
  • Problems in Trauma and Digestion
    • Autonomic hyperactivity from trauma creates digestion under duress
  • How to restore balance along the digestive tract
  • Specific issues:
    • Mastication and TMJ
  • GERD, liver, and gall bladder disease
  • Small and large intestine issues: SIBO and sensitivities
  • Cultural Considerations
  • Bio-individuality: No one right diet for all
  • Practicing within a framework of body positivity
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physician Assistants
  • Other Professions

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