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Holistic Health & Psychopharmacology - IDHA's Fall Course Series

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October 24th 2017
Jazmine Russell and Peter Stastny MD
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Holistic health practices have become popularized in recent years by those seeking support in addition to or beyond talk-therapy and medication. Not only are people turning to diet and exercise to make shifts in their mental and emotional well-being but holistic principles have entered the psychotherapeutic realm to invite new and inventive modes of care. This course will review the research and principles around holistic alternatives to psychopharmacology. In addition, the presenters will draw on their experience in recovery-oriented psychopharmacology and harm reduction and provide an introduction to these concepts in relation to holistic medical practices.

Topics include:

1. Definitions:  Holistic medicine, recovery-oriented psychopharmacology
2. Examples of holistic interventions and their neurobiological correlates (including herbal medicine, somatic therapies, and mindfulness)
3. How to establish a relationship between holistic medicine and psychopharnacolgy
4. Possible joint strategies
5. Possible antagonisms
6. The principles of holistic medicine as applied to harm reduction in psychopharmacology
7. Outlook for the future


6:30-7               Introductions and brief sharing of relevant experiences
7- 7:30              Examples of holistic interventions
7:30-8               Relationships between holistic practice and psychiatry
8-8:30              Outlook for the future

Participants will be able to:

1. increase their awareness about the significant impact of holistic interventions
2. consider the relationship between holistic intervention and psychopharmacology in their work/practice
3. explore this rich potential of interaction, antagonism, and mutual benefits
4. discuss how such interventions may be usefully applied in psychiatric practice (and vice versa by non-psychiatric practitioner)

Additional Information:

$75 per class/ $50 reduced
2 CE hours offered per class for psychologists, psychoanalysts, social workers, counselors, MFTs, creative arts therapists. View CE requirements and information here.
Target Audience: All Levels

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Earlier Event: September 26
Trauma - IDHA's Fall Course Series