WINTER BLUES COPING STRATEGIES FOR THERAPISTS

Light, Functional Nutrition & Botanicals to Make the Season Brighter

Winter bodies are heavy in the morning. They need a good reason to get out of a warm bed.

Our winter minds can be heavy. The end of another year can be cause for reflection and regret.

Our winter souls can be heavy as well. And that’s why, for as long as man’s had fire, winter’s been the time to lighten things up. Nothing says comfort like a warm fire on a cold night. We know this in our ancestors’ bones.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) strikes up to a third of the population in the late fall each year, depending on how one defines SAD. So maybe it’s no wonder that for millennia humans have made festivals of light during the time of year when the nights are longest.

So how can a light-sensitive person get through the difficult weeks between the time we all check in on each other around Thanksgiving and the slow march back of the sun a few months later?

Functional nutrition, light therapy, herbs and aromatherapy can help keep the dark away while we wait for the light to return on its own.

It always does.

This Course Focuses On:

Estimates of those who suffer depression in the late fall as the days shorten range from 2-5% up to as many as 33% of the adult population if one takes into account milder forms of depression.

We now understand how issues in the tryptophan > serotonin > melatonin metabolic pathway can contribute to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD.)

This course explains current thinking re: the issue and suggests several nutrient-based approaches to relieving the symptoms of this syndrome.

  • understanding the neuroendocrinology of SAD
  • the kynurenine pathway and recognizing quinolones
  • helpful labs.

Goals & Objectives:

Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:

  • Name and accurately describe the use of at least three common nutrients that strengthen the tryptophan > serotonin > melatonin conversion
  • Understand and describe why individuals with high levels of ambient immune activation and inflammation may be more vulnerable to SAD.
  • Describe why attention to gut microbiome health might help ease some seasonal affective disorder symptoms.
  • Identify and explain the role of three common nutrient supplements in addressing the symptoms of SAD.

Two Hour Live Webinar

2pm- 4pm (PDT, GMT-7)

Sunday, Nov 14, 2021

2 CE Hours for California BBS licensees

 $49

 

  • The hormones of sleep
  • How chronic inflammation disrupts circadian rhythms
  • The role of diet
  • The therapeutic use of light
  • Clinical pearls you can put to use immediately
  • How to discuss self-help with clients while observing scope-of-practice boundaries
  • Complex metabolic pathways made simple with story and metaphor
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Two Hour Live Webinar

2pm- 4pm (PDT, GMT-7)

Sunday, Nov 14, 2021

2 CE Hours for California BBS licensees

$49

 

  • The hormones of sleep
  • How chronic inflammation disrupts circadian rhythms
  • The role of diet
  • The therapeutic use of light
  • Clinical pearls you can put to use immediately
  • How to discuss self-help with clients while observing scope-of-practice boundaries
  • Complex metabolic pathways made simple with story and metaphor
  •  

Duane Law, L.Ac. has taught acupuncturists since the 1980s and has been a provider of continuing education for mental health professionals in California since 2000.

Duane is among the earliest acupuncturists licensed in the US. His clinical focus has been mental health issues and otherwise non-responsive medical challenges since 1982, with an emphasis on food awareness, nutrition and client education as interventions.

The Understanding Winter Blues course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, 2 PDA points as required by NCCAOM, and 2 hours of CE credit as required by the California Acupuncture Board.

While Duane Law, L.Ac. goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which arise which may require intervention and/or action. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances. When a participant files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken. The participant(s) will be asked to put their concerns in writing. If the grievance concerns a course, the content comprising the course or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. If a participant complains about the quality, content, delivery system or proficiency level required to pass a course or complete a program their tuition will be refunded.

If you need special accommodations for any reason please let us know at the time of your enrollment in the course by sending me a message, texting or calling me at (310) 498-2777.

Course certificates for live course attendees will be provided by email within 48 hours at the end of the seminar. Asynchronous attendees viewing the webinar recording will be asked to pass a short quiz; the passing rate will be 70% correct and certificates for these students will be provided by email within 48 hours of completing the quiz. Asynchronous attendees seeking NCCAOM PDAs will also need to complete a worksheet.

Duane Law, L.Ac. (CAMFT 102132) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs; and by NCCAOM (Provider #9140) and the California Acupuncture Board (CE Provider #1667) to provide continuing education for acupuncturists.

Duane Law, L.Ac. maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

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