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Therapists in the Kitchen: Integrating Nutrition into Your Mental Health Practice

Vicki Steine, DSc., LCSW, BCHN, IFNCP
2 Hours 02 Minutes
Audio and Video
Dec 15, 2022
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Your client’s dietary habits are relevant to your clinical work with them, but where do you begin? In this recorded session, you’ll get a template for integrating nutrition into your mental health practice, from assessment to treatment planning! Learn simple ways to deeply understand your clients' possible nutrition deficits, supplements that help the body to heal, and important macro-nutrients that every client should eat. Includes case studies and discussion of scope of practice issues!


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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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. Evaluate the differences between conventional and functional medicine.
  2. Conduct an assessment that identifies possible nutrition deficiencies.
  3. Create a food diary to inform treatment planning.


  • Conventional and Functional Medicine: What Providers Need to Know
    • Why food matters and how to think about it
    • Food basics: The role of protein, carbohydrates, and fats
    • The impact of inflammation on mental health and the role of food in managing it
  • Intake and Assessment Strategies to Identify Possible Nutrition Deficits
  • How (and why) to help your client create a food diary
  • Labs beyond conventional medicine labs
  • Nutritional Recommendations for the Therapist
  • Vitamins and herbal supplements that support healing for most clients
    • Overview of nutrition-based treatment plans and protocols for mental health problems
    • Case study
    • Staying in your lane: When to refer out and who to refer to
    • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Psychologists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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