2020 Online Interactive Retreat


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2020 Online Interactive Retreat

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Expanding the Boundaries of Behavioral Health Nutrition

April 3, 2020
Begins at 10a PST/12p PST/1p EST
(4 hours of training with LIVE Q/A)
5.0 CEU


Session 1: Inclusive Social Media: Blending Humor, Authenticity, and Ethics

Webinar presented by:  Alissa Rumsey MS, RD, CDN, CSCS and Jessica Sprengle, MA, LPC

Synopsis:    Social media use has become commonplace among helping professionals, especially dietitians and nutrition students. Though social media can be used in myriad ways, professionals tend toward using different platforms to enhance professional networking, proliferate information and education, and build and generate business. However, though intentions are often sound, it can be difficult to always utilize social media effectively, and to appropriately blend ethics and authenticity. This presentation provides a thorough overview of scientific research related to social media use and relationship to mental health and body image, best social media practices from a professional perspective, inclusive messaging and preventing harm, and incorporating ethics and ethical boundaries within social media practice.


  1. Understand the basic tenets of social comparison theory, its relationship with social media use, and its impact on mental health.
  2. Identify how to most effectively and ethically use social media as helping professionals.
  3. Implement boundaries on social media with potential, current, and/or previous clients that aligns with ethics and personal style.

CPE level:    2

Suggested Performance Indicators:

1.2 Works within personal and professional limitations and abilities

5.3.5 Demonstrates professional behaviors and boundaries when using social media platforms.

8.3 Demonstrates a commitment to maintaining and enhancing knowledge.

Suggested Learning Needs Codes:

1090 Media skills

5200 Disordered eating

1050 – Ethics

1010 Career planning, Standards of Practice, Standards of Professional Performance, Scope of Dietetics Practice Framework

Speaker Biography:

Alissa Rumsey MS, RD, CDN, CSCS is a New York City-based registered dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor who is passionate about empowering women to reclaim the space to eat and live unapologetically. She is the founder of Alissa Rumsey Nutrition and Wellness, a weight-inclusive private practice that specializes in intuitive eating, body acceptance and disordered eating recovery. Through her virtual one-on-one coaching and online programs, she helps people break the dieting cycle and cultivate a healthy and peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

Alissa is also passionate about empowering dietitian entrepreneurs to confidently start, grow and scale their businesses. She has spoken at professional meetings and events around the country including FNCE®, Today’s Dietitian Symposium, the Weight Inclusive Nutrition and Dietetics Conference, and local state dietetics meetings including Texas, California, Florida, and Washington. In 2017 she launched the Dietitian Entrepreneur Mastermind Retreat, a weekend workshop that brings together dietitians from around the country to connect, collaborate and work on their businesses.


Jess Sprengle, MA, LPC has successfully run @thecrankytherapist on Instagram since 2016, where she blends humor, sass, and effective clinical messaging about eating disorders and other areas of mental health. Credentials/ Degrees: MA, LPC (in both Texas and New Jersey)



Session 2: What Do You Do When Your Client is Suicidal? Guidance for Dietitians

Webinar presented by: Nicole Siegfried, PhD, CEDS

Synopsis:    Suicidality is relatively common in mental health disorders. However, dietitians typically have limited training on working with suicidal clients. Last year, an introduction to understanding suicide was provided to BHN members. This presentation is a follow-up to that training and will provide training specific to dietitians on treating clients with acute and chronic suicidality. Attendees will be guided on a journey into the suicidal mind, so that they can understand the factors that interplay to place individuals at risk for suicidality. Interventions within dietetic scope of practice will be reviewed with a focus on collaboration with the therapist and/or psychiatrist. The goal of the presentation is to equip and empower dietitians to address suicidality with competence, confidence, and compassion.


  1. Participants will be able to describe an etiological model that explains the factors that converge to place clients at risk for suicide
  2. Participants will be able to describe the suicidal mind and its impact on treatment and nutrition rehabilitation.
  3. Participants will be able to describe interventions within dietitian scope of practice in working with clients with suicidality.

CPE level:    2

Suggested Performance Indicators:

10.1.3 Works collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team to identify and implement valid and reliable nutrition screening to support access to care

6.2.2 Demonstrates knowledge of research instruments and tools to support research initiatives

4.1.1 Demonstrates effective problem solving and professional judgment to address a need

Suggested Learning Needs Codes:

6020 Counseling, therapy, and facilitation skills

6070 Interviewing and listening skills

7110 Legal issues, malpractice

Biography: Dr. Nicole Siegfried is the Chief Clinical Officer for Alsana Eating Recovery Communities. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) and a licensed clinical psychologist. She also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has treated eating disorders for over 20 years. She is an international speaker and has published research, magazine articles, and book chapters in the field of eating disorders and suicide. Dr. Siegfried is Immediate Past President of the Alabama Regional Chapter of IAEDP. She is chair of the Research Committee for the Residential Eating Disorder Consortium (REDC). She is a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) and former Co-Chair of the Eating Disorders and Suicide Prevention AED Special Interest Group.


Session 3: Cannabis/CBD and Mental Health

Webinar presented by: Janice N. Bissex MS, RDN, FAND

Synopsis:    Clients are using and asking about cannabis and CBD with greater frequency. This talk will provide a historical perspective on cannabis use, an overview of the endocannabinoid system, and a review of research on the potential medical and mental health benefits of cannabis and CBD. Practice guidelines on the use of cannabis for a variety of conditions, administration methods, dosing, potential drug interactions, and legal issues will be discussed.


  1. List the top three reasons people turn to medical cannabis or CBD
  2. Identify the major components of the cannabis plant and explain how they may interact to promote healing and relief
  3. Discuss the different methods of cannabis or CBD administration, and why some might be more effective than others based on potential drug interactions, condition, mental health status and lifestyle

CPE level:    2

Performance Indicators:

10.4 Applies knowledge of the interrelationship and impact of pharmacotherapy, dietary supplements, functional foods and nutrients on health and disease in accordance with Scope of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance of RDNs.

10.4.1 Collects information related to the patient’s use of pharmacotherapy and dietary supplements.

12.1 Advocates for health and disease prevention in the community and population.

Learning Needs Codes:

6000 Education, Training, and Counseling

5420 Complementary Care, Alternative Therapies

5320 Psychiatric Disorders, Anxiety

2010 Botanicals, Phytochemicals


Speaker Biography: Janice received the Media Excellence Award from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2015. She recently spoke to 30 nutrition influencers in Budapest, at FNCE®, and the Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Nevada, and upcoming Washington/Idaho, Maine and Connecticut Academy meetings, as well as Today’s Dietitian, NE Cannabis Convention, and several webinars. Janice is a Certified Holistic Cannabis Practitioner, who completed training via Holistic Cannabis Academy and stays up to date with current research. Janice has had a varied career as a cardiac rehab dietitian, nutrition software salesperson, dietitian for the US Senate, consultant at a luxury hotel, food blogger, radio podcaster, and cookbook author.


You may know Janice from her work creating recipes and educating families about healthy cooking and eating at Meal Makeover Moms and Janice Cooks. She was the recipient of the  2015 Media Excellence Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her work life took an unexpected turn just over three years ago. We are delighted to welcome Janice here to talk about her new career as a trailblazer in the burgeoning field of holistic cannabis consulting.


Session 4: Diet in Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Brain Disorders

Webinar presented by: Tetyana Rocks, BNutDiet, BSci(Hon), PhD, Cert High Ed, APD

Synopsis:    Rapidly increasing evidence suggest that dietary modification has great potential in prevention and treatment of mental and brain disorders, particularly common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. This session will identify foundational knowledge and skills on the topic and explore the links between diet, gut, and mental and brain health. First, this session will introduce the concept of Nutritional Psychiatry and briefly discuss the need for diet and lifestyle approach in mental health. Second, it will explore the current evidence that are linking diet and mental and brain health outcomes across life stages by presenting several prominent studies in the field. Third, the session will discuss inflammation and gut microbiota and their proposed role in biological dysregulations associated with mental and brain disorders. Fourth and final part of the session will focus on strategies for dietary treatment and consider the barriers in implementation.


  1. Recognize the current evidence on diet and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of mental and brain health conditions.
  2. Consider the physiological mechanisms by which diet influences mental and brain health.
  3. To reflect on the current practice and identify opportunities to implement changes.

CPE level:    2

Performance Indicators:

8.1 Interprets and applies current food and nutrition science and principles in dietetics practice

10.4 Applies knowledge of the interrelationship and impact of pharmacotherapy, dietary supplements, functional foods and nutrients on health and disease in accordance with Scope of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance of RDNs,

6.2 Demonstrates skills in researching, independent critical examination and evaluating literature to influence practice.


Learning Needs Codes:

4040 Disease prevention

2100 Nutritional biochemistry

5320 Psychiatric disorders, anxiety

9020 Evaluation and application of research


Speaker Biography: Dr. Rocks is an Australian Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Head of Translation and Education at the Food & Mood Centre, IMPACT Institute, School of Medicine, Deakin University. She is a post-doctoral research fellow working within a dynamic and diverse team of individuals who are passionate about mental and brain health. Tetyana is a dietitian with a strong personal interest in sustainable, plant-based eating. She is a life-long learner and teacher, and has extensive experience in tertiary and professional education. Her research interests include the role of gut microbiota in eating, metabolic and mental disorders. Tetyana enjoys translating the latest research to diverse groups of people and am often invited to speak at academic, professional, and community events.


Cost:   Early Bird Pricing Discounts until 3/13/2020: Members: $95, Non-members: $110;

After 3/20/2020: Members: $110, Non-members: $125.

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