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Digital Seminar

The Food and Lifestyle Connection to Mental Illness: New Insights, New Interventions

Lynn Johnson, PhD
5 Hours 35 Minutes
Jun 16, 2017
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You may be missing something; and the research proves it!

A new way of looking at mental illness is emerging. Instead of thinking of emotional disorders as a brain disorder, we now know they are body-and-brain. The rising rates of mental illness may be partly explained by society’s shift to fast and convenience foods, and research is showing how much nutrition, and ultimately inflammation, affects our emotional health. The effect is so strong that many researchers now look at depression primarily as an inflammatory illness. Anxiety, ADHD, and autism all show clear evidence that food plays a key role.

This course explains the research behind nutrition and mental health and equips you with the practical tools and interventions to apply immediately to improve the overall health of your client.



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Lynn Johnson, PhD, has 30 years of experience as a psychologist and is currently licensed in the state of Utah. He is the director of the Brief Therapy Center of Utah and teaches graduate classes at the University of Utah. Dr. Johnson's graduate training was at the University of Utah where he received his MS and PhD. He studied with Milton H. Erickson, MD, and was supervised by John Weakland and Ernst Beier. His book on Positive Psychology, Enjoy Life! Healing Through Happiness, brings the latest information on Positive Psychology and has been praised by patients and therapists alike. He organized the Brief Therapy Center in Salt Lake City in the early 1980s and wrote about his work in his 1995 book, Psychotherapy in the Age of Accountability. He has written four additional books, including a book on transforming anger into respectful collaboration, Get on the Peace Train. He also has written 20 professional articles and has trained counselors and therapists in 49 states and five foreign countries.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Lynn Johnson maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Lynn Johnson is a member of the American Psychological Association; and the Utah Psychological Association.

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  1. Explain how new research about nutrition is changing our ways of thinking about mental health and human services
  2. Describe the role that inflammation plays in depression, anxiety, dementia, and other mental health disorders
  3. Examine how childhood trauma can cause lifelong elevated inflammation
  4. Identify eating patterns that promote emotional health and reduce inflammation
  5. Discuss how the microbiome can hurt or help our emotional life
  6. Conceptualize new interventions from environmental vulnerabilities



  • What is right about psychotherapy
  • Where psychotherapy may be failing
  • Client status
  • Simple ways to improve outcomes
  • If-then intentional statements and therapeutic success


  • Germs, genes, and grief: inflammation and depression
  • The vital role of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory factors in mental health
  • Is cleanliness next to craziness?
  • Weight, inflammation, and depression
  • Childhood trauma and lifetime inflammation risks
  • How this information changes diagnosis; what alternatives exist for the DSM-5®


  • Food as a therapeutic intervention
  • Diets that heal: Mediterranean, DASH, and MIND diets
  • The quasi-vegetarian diet: It is the optimal eating plan?
  • Vegan pros and cons
  • What is the microbiome and how can it change your client’s emotional life
  • How these diets reduce dementia
  • How counselors can appropriately coach eating patterns that support mental health within their
  • scope of practice
  • How a change of diet actually helps
  • Physical activity
    • What the research says and what you can actually do
    • How mental health professionals can improve the impact of physical activity
    • How to get more activity benefit in less time
  • Time in nature as a therapeutic intervention
  • Social connection as therapy
  • Promoting purpose and meaning
  • Meditation and inflammation: practical skills for success
  • Love as anti-inflammatory and as micro attunements
  • How happiness reduces inflammation and promotes healthy lifestyles


  • How can we effectively coach clients towards resiliency?
  • Contrast problem talk and change talk
  • New tools for self-motivation: If-then intentional planning
  • Self-definitions and motivation
  • Prediction tasks and adherence
  • Family therapy as a compliance tool

Target Audience

  • Case Managers
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers

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