For Health Practitioners


Twelve Months of Live, Practice-based Seminars The Neuro-Nutrient Therapy Institute (NNTI)

Due to Covid -19 all LIVE Training is on hold.

In 2010, The Neuro-Nutrient Therapy Institute was launched to give practitioners the skills to provide desperately needed relief from our chronic mood, appetite, sleep, energy, and addiction problems. Its 12-month group seminar and individual case review program has since been attended by practitioners from California, the other West Coast states, and Nevada. Its trainees have included acupuncturists, nutritionists, MD’s, N.D.’s, psychotherapists and other health and counseling professionals.


Licensed or certified integrative health practitioners from a variety of specialties are welcome to apply for admission. Applicants must:
  • be in practice and able to readily implement the NNTI strategies into existing casework;
  • have a background or formal education in fundamentals of diet and nutrition or enroll in our distance training for nutrition*;
  • follow at least 20 clients for at least 4 sessions each;
  • be able to write up and submit at least 8 cases over a 12-month period.

How to Apply

  • Email a letter describing your background and interest in this advanced training process along with your C.V. to NNTI at
  • 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 2 Details
Training Elements
  • Certification candidates initially attend or listen to three trainings on: 1) core issues in neuro-nutrient therapy; 2) the treatment of chemical dependency; and 3) alternatives to antidepressant drugs. They also read four required texts.
  • Participants attend six bi-monthly, in-person seminars, alternating with six bi-monthly teleseminars covering core and advanced issues in neurotransmitter restoration using amino acids and adjunctive therapies.
  • Additional reading and other homework assignments are given as the process continues.
  • Trainees complete eight case write-ups and four case review sessions with instructors and work with at least twelve other clients using the aminos.
Six Day-Long Seminars: Format, Times, & Location
Format: Small group sessions and case presentation  
  • Presentation of the below outlined topics by Julia Ross and other instructors
  • Discussion of illustrative case examples presented by the attendees and the instructors
  • Practice neurotransmitter deficiency and other assessment and trial dosing of amino acids with fellow trainees
Time: All seminars are held on alternate months on Sundays from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM Location: Marin County, California
Seminar One
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
Seminar Two
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.
Seminar Three
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)
Seminar Four
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)
Seminar Five
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
Seminar Six
  • Formal final case presentations in small groups with discussion (case write-ups must be submitted to the instructor one week prior)
  • Assessing clinical strengths and limitations: Am I ready to be certified? Do I need further experience and specific skill-building under the supervision of a Distance instructor?
The Six Teleseminars
These two-hour sessions are held on Sunday mornings during the months between the in-person seminars. These calls combine lecture and structured discussion on the topics covered in the prior live seminars.   Teleseminar One
  • What is your current practice and how can Amino Acid Therapy be integrated into it?
  • Evaluating and monitoring symptoms, conducting in-office trials, dosing, setting up an effective course of treatment.
Teleseminars Two through Six
  • Follow up and expand on the issues raised in the previous months’ in-person seminar, with emphasis on discussion of illustrative case examples from trainee participants.
Individual Telemeetings with Instructors
  • One to two-hour phone meetings with the instructor to discuss submitted case write-ups and other practice-related issues are scheduled every quarter. Other sessions may be arranged, if needed.
  • Optional virtual clinic shadowing: trainees can be conferenced into actual client sessions to witness nutri-therapy in action and have discussion afterward with the clinician.
Certification Requirements
Attendance is required at all seminars and telemeetings. Eight case write-ups are discussed with the instructor and two presented to the group during the final (6th) seminar. If all eight client cases are accepted and at least 12 other clients have been treated with aminos, certification is awarded. If not, continued individual supervision focusing on weak areas is available.  
Special Emphasis Certifications
If candidates for certification would like to emphasize a category of specialization such as the treatment of eating disorders, or chemical dependency, adjustments in the curriculum may be made and additional assignments and consultation required.
Post-Certification Benefits
A list of Certified Practitioners will be posted on 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 two years, two cases will be presented annually and discussed with Julia Ross or other Institute staff members. Staff suggestions must be followed up and implementation confirmed in order for a certified practitioner to retain certification and referral status the following year. After two years, case write‐ups will be required only at the discretion of the Institute staff. Attendance at occasional continuing education seminars (by phone or live) may also be required.
Program Costs
You may pay prior to each session (by credit card or PayPal).  
  • Each five-hour in-person seminar: $200
  • Three Recorded (or Live) CD or DVD Trainings: $400 (– $600)
  • Six teleseminars: $50/hour
  • Four Phone Case Review Sessions with instructor, 1-2 hours, as needed: $150/hour (includes instructors prep time).
  • Optional Clinic Shadowing and discussion: $100

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