Training & Certification
If you would like to develop expertise in the targeted nutrient therapies that can correct mood, appetite, energy, and sleep problems by nutritionally enhancing the brain’s neurotransmitter functions…
If you would like to know more about correcting the other biological functions that impact our stress tolerance, our vulnerability to addiction and more…
To hear a little bit about what you would learn at NNTI click here for a 2018 power point presentation by Julia Ross to nutritionally-oriented professionals.
Current Options: Details and Dates
ADVANCED TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION IN AMINO ACID THERAPY
Fall 2020 TBA
I. Self-Study Prep: Required Readings; CDs; DVDs
- The Mood Cure
- The Diet Cure
- The Craving Cure
- Amino Acid Therapy 2-day Core Training CD set/download
- Neuro-Nutrient Therapy: 21st Century Treatment for Addictive Disorders: CD set/download
- Alternatives to Antidepressants: DVD
Additional readings and other resources provided throughout the course
II. Foundations of Amino Acid Therapy: interactive (Zoom) seminars held alternate weeks on Monday evenings 4 – 6:15 pm PT. (All classes are recorded for review.)
A. The Client Assessment Process: Evaluating symptoms and history
i. Recognizing and understanding deficits in serotonin, GABA, Endorphin, Dopamine/Norepinephrine, and Blood Sugar Function
ii. To facilitate this, each student will experience an individual assessment/trialing session conducted by an NNTI instructor.
B. Using Individual Amino Acids Therapeutically:
i. Selecting, Trialing, Dosing, Monitoring, and Documenting the amino’s effects over time
iii. Dyad practice between sessions and practice with volunteers to build confidence
C. Dealing with Diets: Fielding questions re vegan, vegetarian, and other current diet trends.
III. Advanced Topics Seminars
- Following the initial Foundations of Amino Acid Therapy segment, comes a set of seminars addressing more complex problems, some of which, Amino Acid Therapy, alone, cannot totally resolve:
o Providing alternatives to SSRIs
o Food Cravings: The Craving Cure in Action
o Bi-polar Spectrum issues
o Thyroid Factors: energy and metabolic dysfunction
o Adrenal Dysfunction: stress and sleep
o Weight Repair
o Eating Disorders
o Addictions: Alcohol, Drugs, Behaviors
o When and How to Research and/or Refer
IV. Monthly Case-Review and Troubleshooting Groups (ongoing) for those who complete the prior seminars and wish to have longer-term clinical support.
V. Individual Case Consultations 1-2 hours, 1-2 times per month until each trainee’s minimum case-work requirements are met (20 cases, with 8 certification cases formally presented in writing). Typically, this process takes 9-12 months.
- Julia Ross MA, NNTS, Author, Director of NNTI and The Craving Cure Virtual Clinic
- Kelly Nelson CNC, NNTS, NNTI Trainee Liason, Lead Nutritionist at Craving Cure Virtual Clinic
- Guest Instructors: Mary Sue Abernethy MFT, RD, NNTS (eating disorder expert), Christina Veselak MFT, CNC (addiction expert) and others.
Tuition: Approximately $4,000 paid in advance or in monthly installments. Cost varies depending on how much individual case support is needed.
Distance Training in Food Fundamentals for Health Practitioners
For psychotherapists and other health practitioners with little or no formal education in the fundamentals of diet and nutrition:
In the past, NNTI has referred these potential trainees to basic nutrient training programs since NNTI’s advanced amino acid training requires trainees to have an understanding of the food fundamentals in order to provide the vital dietary guidance needed to rebuild permanent neurotransmitter health. Now, however, we are providing that basic training ourselves! One of our own certified NNTS’ who is also a seasoned certified nutritionist has designed a program that combines the essentials of traditional eating with the strategies we have developed for dealing with modern food challenges. It may be taken during or before the advanced amino acid therapy training.
Seminar Session Topics:
I. Food Basics
VII. Food Sensitivities
VIII. Minerals And Water
IX. Blood Sugar Regulation
X. Cooking Basics
Distance Training and Certification
The program is composed of five elements:
I. Attendance at, or review of CD’s of, three training seminars
II. Assigned readings and recorded seminars
III. Individual case consultation by phone, email, and Skype
IV. Group Zoom meetings and discussion of advanced topics and challenging cases
V. Case write-ups with specific documentation
Local Training & Certification
In 2010, The Neuro-Nutrient Therapy Institute launched a certification program with a group seminar format, primarily for California practitioners. We have since trained groups that include acupuncturists, nutritionists, MD’s, N.D.’s, psychotherapists and other health professionals from throughout California and Nevada.
How Will your Clients/Patients Benefit?
Unfortunately, willpower alone, even bolstered by the threat or reality of severe illness, often cannot withstand overwhelming cravings for sugars and refined starches. These cravings, typically generated by neurotransmitter deficiencies, make it impossible for many people, even the most health-conscious and well intentioned, to stick to the wholesome foods they need (and would prefer to eat!) Amino acid and associated therapies can quickly eliminate their cravings for empty and toxic calories, giving them a tremendous mental and physical health advantage and putting an end to unneeded weight gain and blood sugar instability.
This applies most particularly to our epidemic of diabetes, but other epidemic killers such as heart disease and cancer are also closely associated with diets high in refined sugars and starches and other toxic foods.
Chronic depression, anxiety, and other negative moods not only effect 50% of the US population they are also risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and many other health problems. Gaining the power to eliminate depression without drugs, calm the stress response, and normalize sleep using simple and permanent neurotransmitter restoration therapies will allow you to provide prevention and treatment options otherwise impossible to attain.
By providing tools that can eliminate more than 20 negative emotional states within 24 hours, including depression, anxiety, apathy, overstress and chronic sadness you will improve your clients’ quality of life enormously. These negative moods can often be permanently eliminated in only a few months of nutrient therapy, since the aminos are typically only needed short-term (assuming that adequate protein is regularly consumed in the diet).
Alternatives to Antidepressants
Neuronutrient therapy, in conjunction with a prescriber – and/or pharmacist – monitored medication taper, removes the discomfort of withdrawal, and, restores optimal serotonin levels. This prevents the return of depression, anxiety, insomnia and the many other symptoms of serotonin deficiency. Permanently. And quickly.
Institute to adapt their intake, assessment, and treatment procedures to this comprehensive model.