integrative therapies for
anxiety & depression

While several psychiatric disorders are typically viewed as biochemical or behavioral-based illnesses, accumulating scientific research illustrates the role of nutrition in the onset, severity, and duration of mental illness. Several studies have shown that the dietary intake pattern of the general population in many countries reflects common deficiencies in many nutrients. The severity of these deficiencies was found to be directly correlated with the severity of symptoms. When nutrient levels were appropriately replenished, symptoms and treatment outcomes were improved. 

Engaging in effective and safe therapeutic interventions is critical to providing patients with sustained relief from their symptoms. Adverse side effects caused by psychotropic medications may  also be reduced when natural interventions are used effectively. Practitioners need to be familiarized with complementary diagnostics and therapies in order to provide truly comprehensive and effective treatment. 

This two-day intensive workshop presented by psychiatrist, James Greenblatt, M.D. and laboratory director, William Shaw, Ph.D., will provide clinicians a unique opportunity to learn hands-on about the practical application of integrative therapies in the treatment of mental illness. Both Dr. Greenblatt and Dr. Shaw will review decades of scientific research in support of treatment strategies with vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids.  This won’t be just a lecture – attendees will actively participate in case study discussions. There will also be time to “ask the expert” and pose questions in forum about difficult cases from your practice and get feedback from both the workshop leaders and fellow attendees.  This interactive learning environment will prepare you to start implementing these newly acquired diagnostic and treatment strategies in your practice immediately.

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MARCH 25-26, 2017   |   SAN DIEGO, CA

A Two-Day Intensive Workshop for Mental Health Practitioners Wanting to Learn Hands-On How to Transition into a Truly Integrative Psychiatry Practice.


If you see patients who struggle with anxiety and depression and you are looking for new ways to help them, this interactive workshop will provide you with practical information that you can implement in your practice immediately.  If you are searching for ways to find the true root causes of many symptoms of anxiety and depression and help your patients heal, while reducing the need for pharmaceutical medications when possible, this workshop is for you.  Have you attended the annual IMMH Conference?  This workshop will be an excellent follow-up to the conference and will help you go from theory to mastery of the principles discussed there.  

workshop at-a-glance

  • Two-day, intensive workshop
  • Led by IMMH Scientific Advisory Board members
  • Limited registration for more interaction
  • Focus on practical application and real dialogue
  • Clinical application of specific integrative laboratory testing and therapies
  • Case study discussions
  • “Ask-the-expert” forum to address specific cases in your practice
  • Submit your most difficult cases to our workshop leaders in advance
  • Continue the discussion after the workshop by joining the IMMH Yahoo discussion group online
  • Attendance makes you eligible to join the IMMH Clinician Registry



  • Through February 28, 2017


  • March 1 - March 16, 2017

LATE PRICING  |  $549.00

  • After March 16, 2017


  • Accreditation information can be found below.


10 Continuing Medical Credits (CME/CEU)** are provided by Westbrook University for MDs, DOs, NDs, DCs, LAcs, NPs, and PAs for a fee of $100.00.*  These credits are approved by AAFP. For more information about these credits, go to

** It is the responsibility of the attendee to adhere to the CME/CEU requirements of his/her state licensing board and to check to be sure these credits will be approved before the workshop. No refunds will be issued for CME fees. CMEs/CEUs are not APA approved.

**CME certificates are mailed directly to you by Westbrook University at the address you supplied upon registration.  Requests for replacement or additional certificates for any reason, whether by mail or e-mail will incur a fee of $15.00.

14.5 CE Credit Hours are available to RNs, provided by Commonwealth Seminars for a fee of $100.00.  Partial CE credit is not available for attending one day.

learning objectives day 1

Integrative and Functional Medicine in Psychiatry – A New Model
James Greenblatt, MD

The Role of Inflammation and the Gut-Brain Axis   
James Greenblatt, MD

  • Identify inflammatory cytokines that interfere with neurotransmitter metabolism and neuroendocrine regulation.
  • Describe the clinical manifestations of a compromised gut flora.
  • Determine the appropriate probiotic regimen treatment depending on clinical symptoms and laboratory data.

Amino Acid Precursors for Neurotransmitter Synthesis
James Greenblatt, MD

  • Describe factors contributing to amino acid deficiency states.  
  • Understand the specific nutrients that active enzymes to synthesize mood-modulating neurotransmitters.
  • Identify therapeutic dose ranges for tryptophan, phenylalanine, and 5-HTP.

Toxic Chemicals and Psychiatric Disorders   
William Shaw, PhD

  • Describe common sources of environmental toxic chemicals and how humans are exposed.
  • Understand evidence that such chemicals adversely affect brain function and behavior.
  • Identify mechanisms by which environmental chemicals are detoxified and treatments to accelerate the detoxification process.

Infection and Dysbiosis as Factors in Psychiatric Illnesses
William Shaw, PhD

  • Understand the role of gastrointestinal bacteria and fungi in the intestinal tract in causing psychiatric disorders.
  • Identify the common diagnostic tests used in the assessment of infections causing psychiatric disorders and common tests used to diagnose dysbiosis.
  • Explain the mechanism of infections, especially Streptococcus species, in causing psychiatric disorders.


Cholesterol and Essential Fatty Acids
William Shaw, PhD

  • Relate the emerging evidence that suggests that deficiencies cholesterol and EFAs are associated with the pathophysiology and treatment of depression.
  • Understand the association between low plasma levels of cholesterol and relapse.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of essential fatty acid supplementation in supporting pharmacological interventions and minimizing side effects.

Vitamin Deficiencies in Depression and Anxiety
James Greenblatt, MD

  • Identify evidence for the use of vitamin cofactors in mental health treatment.
  • Describe the relationship of vitamin cofactors in the development of mood disorders.
  • Identify genetic variants that contribute to folate deficiency and increased risk for depression.
  • Relate the four different types of interactions between medications and nutrients.
  • Expand on selected interventions for depression and medical conditions.
  • Incorporate a practical approach to treating clients with anxiety and depression.

Mineral Deficiencies in Depression and Anxiety
James Greenblatt, MD

  • Assess current treatment strategies for depression and anxiety including the role of zinc, copper, magnesium, lithium in the treatment of depression and anxiety.
  • Describe the neuroprotective properties and mechanisms of nutritional lithium.
  • Determine compensatory supplementation for specific pharmacological interventions based on clinical symptoms.


Day 1 will begin Saturday, March 25th at approximately 7:30am.
Day 1 will conclude at approximately 5:00pm.


Day 2 will begin Sunday, March 26th at approximately 8:30am.
Day 2 will conclude at approximately 5:00pm.


james greenblatt


James M. Greenblatt, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer at Walden, where he oversees eating disorder programs in Massachusetts and Connecticut ( He is board-certified in child and adult psychiatry. He received his medical degree and completed his adult psychiatry residency at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. In addition, Dr. Greenblatt is a clinical faculty member in the psychiatry departments at Tufts Medical School and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.  He is the author of six books: Answers to Anorexia (2011), The Breakthrough Depression Solution (2012), Answers to Binge Eating (2014), Integrative Therapies for Depression: Redefining Models for Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention (2015), Nutritional Lithium: The Cinderella Story (2016), and The Breakthrough Depression Solution 2nd eds. (2016). His latest book, Finally Focused, describing integrative therapies for ADHD, will be available Spring 2017 (


william shaw


William Shaw, Ph.D. received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and human physiology from the Medical University of South Carolina. He is board certified in the fields of clinical chemistry and toxicology by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Shaw has supervised large endocrinology, nutritional biochemistry, toxicology, and immunology departments in positions at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Smith Kline Laboratories in Atlanta, GA. As the Director of The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. for Health, Nutrition and Metabolism in Lenexa, Kansas, he specializes in providing diagnostic tools that aid in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders, mitochondrial disorders, neurological diseases, chronic health issues, and immune diseases.


Experience the epitome of California coastal chic at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina San Diego near SeaWorld, Old Town San Diego, and other top area attractions. Expect the best at this remarkable San Diego vacation resort offering incredible ocean views, waterfront dining, a contemporary poolside lounge, 
eco-friendly spa, and redesigned hotel rooms and suites and meeting rooms. As the only resort hotel in San Diego with multiple water slides, you’ll delight in a water playground with three new pools, waterfront health club, and a full-service marina with jet skis, sailboats, kayaks, sportfishing and whale excursions.  
This hotel is located just five miles from San Diego International Airport.


To reserve a room in our block at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay at the special rate of $209.00/night, go to  or call 888-421-1442 and mention the “IMMH Workshop”.  Only a small room block is available at this negotiated rate.  Our room block deadline is March 3, 2017, though rooms may sell out before that date.


Parking during the day is complimentary.  If you are staying overnight at the hotel, the fee is $25.


Registration is refundable, minus a $50 fee, if your cancellation is received in writing no later than March 17, 2017.  Attendee substitutions are allowed, but notification must be made in writing by March 17, 2017.  After this date, under no circumstances will refunds, credits, or substitutions be granted. No refunds or credits will be given to “no shows.”

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina

1441 Quivira Road San Diego, CA 92109