Emotional Eating: an Exploration of Stress, Addictions, and Eating Disorders

with Orsha Magyar and Dr. Matt Hill, September 24-25, 2016

Course Information

Day One:

This component digs into the biological and neurological mechanisms and subsequent manifestations of stress, blending leading science and holistic principles to reveal the power of food in overcoming the destructive impacts of stress.

Morning: The Significance of Stress

Stress has evolved from a protective function to an overused response that disrupts health and homeostasis. Using current science and his own leading research, Dr. Hill will demonstrate how chronic stress compromises blood sugar and immunity, leads to inflammation and perpetuates emotional eating, making the science of stress relevant to your practice.

Afternoon: The Power of Food

Using her signature blend of research-based nutritional protocols and holistic principles, Orsha expertly translates the science of stress into applied nutrition knowledge. You’ll be introduced to programs deliberately designed to negate the health-compromising effects of stress, including nervous and endocrine system imbalances. You’ll leave with a clear understanding of how innovative science will improve the way you work with emotional eating, mental illness, metabolic syndrome and more

Day Two:

Using an evidence-based framework and real-life intake forms from Orsha’s clients, this component offers hands-on opportunities to practice making connections and recommendations with guided supervision in an immersive, clinic-style exploration of mental health imbalances and their unique needs.

Morning: Preparing Yourself and Your Practice

Discover the interpersonal aspects of working with mental health issues, addictions and disordered eating. Orsha will help you assess your personal level of commitment to working with this clientele by exploring the following:

  • Assessing client fit
  • Non-invasive assessment
  • Making effective recommendations
  • Nourishing progress and referring out
  • Building rapport
  • What holistic means for this clientele
  • Identifying boundaries & red flags

Afternoon: How Can the Holistic Nutritionist Support Mental Health Clients?

Learn  specific nutritional protocols  for depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD and more. Orsha will share six evidence-based, holistic tools for working with addictions, including problem recognition, source recognition, harm reduction, withdrawal symptom relief, craving prevention and mindfulness.

Course Instructors

Orsha Magyar

Orsha Magyar, MSc, BSc, CHN & Founder of NeuroTrition Inc., is an integrative nutritionist, pairing her passions in neuroscience and holistic nutrition for a complementary approach to counsel and care. Specializing in mental health, addictions and emotional and disordered eating, she is a sought-after consultant to biomedical researchers, healthcare practitioners, corporations and the public across Canada.

Dr. Matt Hill

Matthew Hill is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Cell Biology and Anatomy and Psychiatry at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary (Canada). He was trained in Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychoneuroendocrinology at the University of British Columbia and did postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Bruce McEwen at the Rockefeller University. Dr. Hill’s research has helped to reveal the critical role, and neural circuits through which, endocannabinoid signaling regulates acute responsiveness and adaptation of the stress response, both at the neuroendocrine and behavioral level. Further, his research has demonstrated how chronic stress can compromise endocannabinoid function, identifying this system as target for both the pathophysiology and treatment of stress-related mood and anxiety disorders.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, 2016, 9:00am-5:00pm

Course Tuition

Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until August 1)
Students* – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until August 1)
PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until August 1)
*PRC diploma students will receive 1 NU academic credit for this workshop.

Course Registration

To register, please click on the registration button below. Full payment is due at time of registration to confirm placement in the course. Payment can be made via MasterCard or Visa, debit, cash and cheque.

Withdrawal Policy

For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person 30 days or more before the start of the course, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee. For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the course, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund. Without exception, no refunds will be given for course withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the course.