Option One

Advanced Distance Training and Certification for Health Practitioners

The Neuro-Nutrient Therapy Institute (NNTI)

NNTI’s primary focus is the promotion of optimal appetite-, mood- ,energy-, and sleep-regulating neurotransmission using amino acid precursor therapy and therapeutic diet. Through highly individualized consultation and group seminar work, trainees learn to understand the depletion and the nutritional restoration of the four key neurotransmitter functions, and of blood sugar stability. More importantly, they master the use of the precursor amino acids, other nutrient supplements, and dietary therapy to benefit a wide range of clients or patients. Our trainees have reported amazing success in treating depression in post-stroke and diabetes cases, panic disorder in teenage girls, sleep disorders of all kinds, terrible grief and PTSD, and in those addicted to foods, alcohol, or drugs.

To accomplish this, we also address the following, associated issues:

  • Alternatives to antidepressant medications
  • Adrenal Dysfunction
  • Food Addiction
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Pyroluria
  • Thyroid Dysfunction
  • Bipolar Spectrum Disorder
  • Other issues raised by individual certification candidates as they pertain to specific cases or specialties.


Licensed or certified integrative health practitioners from a variety of specialties are welcome to apply for admission. Applicants must:

  • Applicants must already be in practice and able to implement the NNTI strategies into existing casework.
  • They will also need to have had specific education in the basics of diet and nutrition or be able to take the NNTI Food Fundamentals course before or during their advanced training period.

They will also need to be able to:

  • Follow and document at least 20 cases of clients who have attended four or more sessions of amino acid therapy.
  • Write up and submit documented progress notes on eight of those cases who have been followed for at least a 12-week period. Two such cases must be submitted each quarter.

How to Apply

  • Email a letter describing your background and interest in this advanced training process along with your C.V. to NNTI at info@cravingcure.com.
  • You will be contacted and, if your application is accepted, an admission’s interview will be set up by phone or Skype. The admission’s interview fee is $100/hour.
  • Questions? Call 415-383-3611

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Option 1 Details

Training Elements

I. CD’s or DVD’s of three core training sessions and recorded seminars on advanced topics
II. Assigned readings
III. Individual case consultation by phone, Skype, or email 1-2 times per month
IV. Group meetings for support, education, and case discussion (number varies)
V. Eight case write-ups initially reviewed by instructors. The final two cases will be reviewed by and discussed with Institute director, Julia Ross


Program Overview

All trainees start by listening to three introductory trainings:

  • The Core Amino Acid Therapy Training (live or via a 10 CD set with syllabus);
  • Treating Chemical Dependency and Carbohydrate Addiction Nutritionally (12 hr/10 set CD set with a syllabus);
  • Alternatives to Antidepressant Drugs: Effective NeuroNutrient and Adjunctive Therapies (2.5 hr DVD).

They also initially read: The Mood Cure, The Diet Cure, The Craving Cure (2017), and Depression-Free, Naturally. Other readings on amino acid therapy will be suggested as the course progresses and tailored to individual trainee interest.

More in-depth topics focusing on clinical application are covered later through the individual case consults, live and recorded group presentations, further reading, and other educational processes and materials tailored to individual needs. For example, some trainees profit by being conferenced into a counseling session at Julia’s virtual clinic and all trainees go through the assessment and amino trialing process themselves.

Individual Case Supervision

While initial readings and CD/DVD sets are reviewed, individual (and, sometimes, group) Skype meetings introduce trainees to the client assessment and monitoring forms, the client assessment process, and a personal assessment and amino trialing experience. The personal sessions, exclusively devoted to trainees’ own emotional, physical, and dietary health, instruct from the inside out, giving them the actual experience of the therapeutic process. As soon as possible, under continued Skype supervision, trainees begin trialing the aminos with family and friends, and then begin treating clients.

Trainees will meet individually once per month (or more often, as needed depending on their case load) to review case progress and expand their expertise. Each participant will need to prepare at least two cases to discuss each month, by faxing or emailing intake forms, follow-up Amino Acid Therapy Charts, and any additional material needed, ahead of time.

Advanced Topics

Addressing Deficits of Serotonin, Our Inner Sun and Moon:

  • Adult and child assessment and dosing of precursor amino acids
  • Implementing alternatives to anti‐depressant drug use: trialing and tapering
  • Addressing Pyroluria
  • The relation of serotonin to melatonin: Treating Type I Insomnia
  • Treating serotonin‐deficiency addictions e.g. to refined carbohydrates, alcohol, and cannabis

Addressing Deficits in the Catecholamines, our Natural Stimulants (Dopamine, Norepinephine, and Epinephrine):

  • Assessment and dosing with amino acid precursors and other nutrients
  • Treating addictions to stimulants (eg. chocolate, caffeine, meth, Ritalin, cocaine)
  • Thyroid and adrenal function and other energy-generating functions and how they are linked to catecholamine deficits.

Addressing deficits in GABA, our Natural Tranquilizer:

  • Assessment and dosing with GABA and GABA supportive aminos for overstress and Type 2 Insomnia
  • Testing for and treating Adrenal Cortisol Dysfunction
  • Addressing tranquilizer addictions (e.g. to benzos, pot, or tobacco)

Addressing the Depletion of Endorphin, our brain’s pleasure and comfort provider and pain killer:

  • Dosing with DLPA, DPA, and other amino acids for emotional and physical pain intolerance
  • Treating addiction to endorphin‐stimulating substances and behaviors (e.g., to chocolate and other comfort foods, opiates and other pain killers, over exercise, and other behaviors)

The Role of Diet in Neurotransmitter and Blood Sugar Optimization:

  • Acquiring and assessing diet records
  • Issues re: animal protein, saturated fat, and adequate calories
  • Blood sugar regulating foods, amino acids, and other nutrients
  • Eliminating all cravings for the new sugars, gluten, casein, and other addictive food substances
Special Emphasis Certifications

If candidates for certification would like to emphasize a category of specialization such as the treatment of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, or chemical dependency, adjustments in the curriculum may be made and additional assignments and consultation offered.

Certification Process

After 20 cases have been treated with the aminos and written up and thoroughly documented, and reviewed with the instructor, Julia Ross will review two final case write-ups. She will also discuss the cases with each trainee and either award certification or make specific assignments to develop any skills or experience still lacking. (If that should happen, she will ask for submission and discussion of two new case write-ups that demonstrate mastery.)

Post-Certification Benefits

A list of Certified Practitioners will be posted on juliarosscures.com and at the Virtual Clinic’s intake desk. Certified clinicians may post their own promotional materials on these websites and may become NNTI mentors or instructors and be recommended to media and promoted whenever possible.

Recertification Requirements

For the first three years, two cases will be presented annually and discussed with Julia Ross or other Institute instructors whose suggestions must be followed and implementation documented in order for a practitioner to retain certification and referral status the following year.

After three years, case write-up submissions will be required at the discretion of the Institute instructors. Attendance at occasional continuing education seminars (phone or live) may also be required.

Program Costs

Total Average Cost: $3,000 ‐ $3,500* for materials and personalized instruction

*Note: For trainees who also take the Food Fundamentals course (1½ hrs. twice a month for 6 months) there will be an additional cost.


What kind of practice do I need?

This is an advanced training process for physicians, PAs, acupuncturists, MFTs, LCSWs, NDs, and certified nutritionists. If potential trainees are just starting their practices, we can provide pre-training coaching to get them ready to start seeing clients.

When is the next start date?

Distance Training does not have a starting date per se. Since it is self-paced, once a potential student is approved, she/he can start immediately.

What is the overall weekly time commitment?

It is self-paced but generally needs to be completed in a year. Initially, you will need to spend at least 30 hours listening to the CDs and reading the books, with other reading assignments to be made over the course of the year. You will work with a minimum of 20 in-person clients using amino acid therapy. Eight of the cases, when completed, will be subjects of formal written case presentations. Write-up time for the 8 cases over the course of the year varies depending on each student. You will spend 2 hours per month discussing your current cases in depth with your instructor. Teleseminar meetings every other month (dates TBA) usually take 2 hours.

What kind of nutrition background do I need?

You need some nutrition education or training. You need to be able to evaluate diets to determine nutrient deficiencies, which specific imbalances have what consequences, and how to evaluate current and ideal nutrient content. If you don’t have any nutrition background or experience, NNTI now offers distance training in food fundamentals* fundamentals. Contact us at 415-383-3611 or info@dietcure.com.

Is there a payment installment plan?

It is pay as you go. The rate is $125 per hour for individual case consultations and instruction (plus the cost of materials). We take credit cards and PayPal. For group sessions, the rate is $100 for two hours.

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*Distance Training in Food Fundamentals

Skype, Phone, CDs, Webinars, Zoom

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 seasonal 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.