Integrative Psychiatry Training: Advanced Protocols
October, 19-21 2018
Get advanced, cutting-edge integrative psychiatry training and protocols
By practitioners, for practitioners
Join a vibrant community that's revolutionizing psychiatry
Restore the joy of practicing medicine
Up to 20 CME Hours
For MD's, DO's, ND's, DC's, NP's, PA's, L.Ac's, Nutritionists, and Psychotherapists
Learn about the root causes of psychiatric conditions
Discover the latest research on inflammation and psychiatric symptoms
Learn solutions for complex gut imbalances
Emerging treatments for trauma and PTSD
Combined approaches for resolving treatment-resistant cases
A multimodal approach to brain injuries
Integrative solutions for dementia prevention
Advanced applications of genomic testing
Nutraceuticals and complex medication tapers
and so much more!
Scott Shannon, MD
The Future of Psychiatry:
Psychiatry is in crisis. Our tools are risky and way too ineffective. Diagnostic reliability for depression remains poor. The chemical imbalance theory of depression has been left behind and practitioners and patients alike feel the emptiness of our current model. People are hungry for spirit and demanding hard science.
Where do we go next and what is needed to heal our specialty? How do we bring soul back into psychiatry and yet maintain the medical value such as that found in brain science? Dr. Shannon will explore topics like ketamine, neurofeedback, meditation, epigenetics, shamanism and psychedelics to arrive at a synthesis that embraces both soul and brain.
Microbiome, PTSD, & Inflammation
Chris Lowry, PhD
The "old friends" hypothesis suggests that the incidences of inflammatory disorders are increasing in modern urban settings, due in part to reduced exposure to immunoregulatory microbes that humans co-evolved with. We will explore the links between inflammation and trauma-related, and stressor-related psychiatric disorders including the potential role of the gut microbiome in these effects. Novel immunoregulatory and anti-inflammatory microbial-based interventions will be discussed to prevent or treat trauma-related, and stressor-related psychiatric disorders.
Ketamine and MDMA Psychotherapy in Practice
Will Van Derveer, MD
A third of the 300 million people worldwide with depression are "treatment resistant." Treatment resistance rates in PTSD run about 35%. The future of better tools is now. Ketamine - and MDMA - facilitated psychotherapy may provide answers to these global epidemics, with phase 2 response rates close to 70 to 80%. Treatment paradigms and clinical research will be discussed.
Fungal and Mycotoxin Illnesses
Eric Dorninger, ND
Toxic environmental mold exposure, airborne contaminants and infections have profounf effects on the brain and cognition. Diagnostic testing and treatment protocols will be covered for the toxic brain to help you identify which patients may be suffering from this exposure.
Why Effective Treatment of Eating Disorders Must Be Integrative
Emmett Bishop, MD
Eating disorders are complex and multifaceted diseases which require multiple levels of intervention. The treatment involves addressing the molecular, body, psychological and social aspects of the individual. Failure to do so will result too often in treatment failure. Lessons learned from treating eating disorders can be very useful in approaching other complex psychiatric and psychological problems.
Significance of Early Attachment Wounds and Strategies for Healing Them
Diane Poole Heller, PhD
Learn how early attachment wounds can support or wreak unnecessary havoc in our adult relationships. Diane will describe what causes Avoidant, Ambivalent and Disorganized attachment adaptations and how we can help shift our clients toward enhancing Secure Attachment through deep insight as well as several practical clinical corrective experiences. Corrective Experience protocols we will discuss include Reversing Role Reversal, Installing a Competent Protector and Reversing the Immobilization Response.
Integrative Tools in the Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury
Dan Engle, MD
We are in the midst of a technological renaissance in neuro-regenerative medicine. This talk will provide the most current and effective therapies and strategies for healing after a traumatic brain injury, and it will present a system for the clinician to better plan and implement effective treatment protocols.
Determining Values: Breaking Through Treatment Resistance
Lisa Dion, MA
Patients with treatment resistance often have self-defeating psychological structures which do not respond to conventional psychotherapy or even integrative treatment plans. Often overlooked and essential for behavioral changes is understanding what drives humans behavior and ultimately what influences a person's ability to feel actively engaged and inspired in their lives. The fields of Axiology (study of value) and Teleology (study of purpose) will be explored as several cases are presented helping unravel these deeper issues and their implications in treatment.
Lyme Disease and Psychiatric Symptoms
Nancy Brown, MD
Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections can present as psychiatric symptoms. Lyme disease diagnosis is controversial, and establishing a diagnosis is challenging. Pattern recognition skills allow the practitioner to readily identify clinical situations in which chronic Lyme and other tick-borne infections should be considered. The diagnostic workup and how to establish a supportive referral network will be discussed.
Novel Approaches and Complex Clinical Dilemmas
Will Van Derveer, MD and Keith Kurlander, MA
Many patients with complex mood disorders need a team of multiple treatment providers in order to holistically address the underlying causes of their condition. We will be sharing case examples and ways in which we have worked together to resolve patient complexity, as well as complex medication regimens, supplements, and restructuring cognitions.
Prevention of Dementia: The Bredeson Protocol
Mary Braud, MD
Traditional pharmacologic strategies for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders have been largely unsuccessful to date. This presentation will include a review of various neurocognitive and neurobehavioral problems which accompany degenerative disease. Dr. Rusk will offer a new, comprehensive, and integrative treatment approach, including the Bredesen Protocol, for the maintenance of brain health and prevention of cognitive decline. The model is trauma-informed and engages the principles of neuroplasticity.
Genomics Testing in Psychiatry
David Rosenthal, MD
The use of genetic testing can help providers make informed, personalized decisions regarding the specific choice of medications and/or supplements when treating different psychiatric conditions. Genetic testing can help explain why different people respond differently to the same medication. It offers information about the likelihood that a patient will respond to a particular medication choice and/or will experience adverse events or drug interactions.
Addictions and Root Causes
William Billica, MD
Most patients with addictions also have ADHD, Depression, Anxiety and other disorders. In addition, there are also common underlying genetic and biochemical disorders that are a major part of the brain imbalances causing the addiction. Treating these as part of addiction management can increase sobriety rates from the national average of 18% to around 65% or better going on 2 years.
Neuromodulation: New Developments in Neurofeedback and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Earle Shugerman, MD
EEG neurofeedback (NF) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) are powerful, widely available, and continually evolving neuromodulation techniques. Loreta Z-score neurofeedback, a cutting edge extension of QEEG-guided neurofeedback, will be discussed. In TMS, we will highlight recent advances, including theta-burst stimulation, and explore modulating specific neurocircuits relevant to depression, OCD, addictions, and even psychosis.
Creating an Inspired Integrative Psychiatric Practice
Keith Kurlander, MA
Practioner burnout is extremely common in the field of mental health. As high as 50 percent of physicians express feeling disconnected, disillusioned, and uninspired at times in their career. Keith will share ways to enhance meaning and purpose as a clinician so you can not only feel fulfilled during the workday, but also bring that joy into the rest of your life.
Supplements Including CBD for Complex Medication Tapers
Hyla Cass, MD
Integrative providers often face the task of tapering medications. Nature provides us with tools to treat the underlying issues and to also help replace medication during the difficult weaning process. In this lecture, you will learn how to use supplements for this process, as well as THC-free CBD (cannabidiol). Dr. Cass will teach her patient-centered "reveal and rebalance” approach to the delicate dance of complex medication tapers.
Meet Our Founders
Will Van Derveer, MD is co-founder of Integrative Psychiatry Institute (IPI), along with friend and colleague Keith Kurlander, MA. He co-created IPI as an expression of what he stands for. First, that anyone can heal, and second that we medical providers must embrace our own healing journeys in order to fully command our potency as healers.
Dr. Van Derveer spent the last 20 years innovating and testing a comprehensive approach to addressing psychiatric challenges which transcends the conventional model he learned in medical school at Vanderbilt University and residency at University of Colorado, while deeply engaging his own healing path.
He founded the Integrative Psychiatric Healing Center in 2001 in Boulder, CO, where he currently practices. Dr. Van Derveer regards unresolved emotional trauma as the most significant root cause of psychiatric symptoms in integrative psychiatry practice, along with gut issues, hormone imbalances, inflammation, mitochondrial dysfunction, and other functional medicine challenges. He is trained in Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and other psychotherapy techniques. His current clinical passion is ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, which he mentors interested doctors in providing. An avid meditator, he has been a meditation instructor since 2004.
For the past several years Dr. Van Derveer has taught psychiatrists and other psychiatric providers integrative psychiatry in a number of settings, including course directing the CU psychiatry residents’ course as well as with Scott Shannon and Janet Settle at the Psychiatry MasterClass. In addition to his clinical work and teaching, he was co-investigator in 2016 a Phase II randomized clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder, sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He continues to support this protocol, now in a Phase III clinical trial under break-through designation by FDA.
Dr. Van Derveer is a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABoIHM) since 2013, and he was board certified in the first wave of diplomates of the new American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABIM) in 2016.
Will Van Derveer, MD, ABOIM
Keith Kurlander, MA, LPC is the Co-founder of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute (IPI) along with Will Van Derveer, MD. He brings a professional and personal passion toward the innovation and evolution of the field of psychiatry.
He graduated Naropa University in 2005 with a master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. As a Partner of Boulder Psychotherapy Services, he has practiced integrative psychotherapy for over a decade. After years of treating highly complex patients, as well as a personal journey of overcoming complex trauma and mood-related issues, he turned toward integrative psychiatric practices as a key component to achieving mental health and understanding the healing process.
In 2014 he founded Higher Practice, an online company with the mission to empower therapists to achieve their highest potential in private practice. Keith believes mental health professionals are catalysts for positive social change and, therefore, are key influencers in uplifting consciousness and alleviating unnecessary suffering. With this in mind, he designed Higher Practice to provide mental health professionals with innovative clinical trainings for continuing education, as well as the most comprehensive business course available for those pursuing private practice.
He also hosts one of the fastest growing podcasts for mental health professionals, The Higher Practice Podcast. This weekly podcast interviews experts in the fields of neuroscience, psychotherapy, developmental psychology, human behavior, psychiatry, clinical psychology, and nutrition. The Higher Practice Podcast is dedicated to bringing mental health clinicians the most current and innovative methods for transforming clients’ lives, as well as their own.
Keith Kurlander, MA, LPC
Meet Our Faculty
Scott Shannon, MD, ABIHM has been involved in holistic medicine since he joined the American Holistic Medical Association in 1978. Scott has elaborated a holistic and integrative perspective in psychiatry for the last two decades. He published the first textbook for this field in 2001. Scott is a past President of the American Holistic Medical Association and a past President of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. He was a founding Board member for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine and the American Board of Integrative Medicine, which is now the sole certifying body for the profession of Integrative Medicine.
In 2010 he founded Wholeness Center, in Fort Collins. This innovative clinic provides cross-disciplinary evaluation and care for mental health concerns with 16 professionals in 10 different disciplines. Norton published his latest textbook for professionals, Mental Health for the Whole Child in 2013 and his book for parents, Parenting the Whole Child, in 2014. Scott serves as a site Principle Investigator for the upcoming Phase III trial of MDMA assisted psychotherapy for PTSD sponsored by Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). This study is coming full circle for Scott as he worked with MDMA legally in his practice before the DEA scheduled it in 1985. Currently, Scott works extensively with ketamine and ketamine-assisted-psychotherapy.
Teaching has been a core component of Scott’s life. He teaches as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado-Children’s Hospital in Denver. In 2004 the University of Colorado became the first American training program to offer a formal elective in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In 2014 he was central in founding Psychiatry MasterClass. This program provided professionals with in-depth education in integrative mental health. Scott also served as the lead for the creation of a mental health curriculum in the AIHM Integrative Medicine Fellowship for primary care physicians.
Diane Poole Heller, PhD is an established expert in the field of Child and Adult Attachment Theory and Models, trauma resolution, and integrative healing techniques. Diane developed her own signature series on Adult Attachment called DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience) also known as SATe (Somatic Attachment Training experience). Dr. Heller began her work with Dr. Peter Levine, founder of SETI (Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute) in 1989. As Senior Faculty for SETI, she taught Somatic Experiencing® trauma work internationally for over 25 years. As a dynamic speaker and teacher, Diane has been featured at prestigious international events and conferences.
She is the author of numerous articles in the field. Her book “Crash Course” on auto accident trauma resolution is used worldwide as a resource for healing a variety of overwhelming life events. Her film, “Surviving Columbine,” produced by Cherokee Studios, aired on CNN and supported community healing in the aftermath of the school shootings. Sounds True recently published Dr. Heller’s audio book: “Healing Your Attachment Wounds: How to Create Deep and Lasting Relationships” and her upcoming book, “The Power of Attachment: How to Create Deep and Lasting Intimate Relationships”. As developer of DARe and president of Trauma Solutions, a psychotherapy training organization, Dr. Heller supports the helping community through an array of specialized topics. She maintains a limited private practice in Louisville, Colorado.
Dan Engle, MD is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, with a clinical practice that combines aspects of regenerative medicine, orthomolecular psychiatry, integrative spirituality and peak performance methods.
He received his medical degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio, his psychiatry residency degree from the University of Colorado in Denver and his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship degree from Oregon Health and Sciences University.
Currently, he is Medical Consultant to Onnit Labs in Austin, the Revive Treatment Centers of America in Denver, the True Rest Float Centers in Phoenix and several international healing centers using indigenous plant medicines of the Peruvian Amazon River basin.
His programs include Freedom From Meds, a comprehensive and integrative tool kit for successful transition from psychiatric medications, the Concussion Repair Manual, facilitating the return to optimal function after concussion and traumatic brain injury, BOLD – Brain Optimization and Lifestyle Design – program for maximizing brain health and cognitive performance, and Full Spectrum Medicine, a research, education and advocacy platform pioneering the future psychiatric healing centers using consciousness expansion tools for root-cause healing and total life transformation.
Eric Dorninger ND, LAc has always had a fascination with feeling well and exploring the full capacity of our potential to love, live and experience life. Through his own health issues and witnessing the struggles of others, Eric realized a holistic approach of addressing body, mind and spirit is necessary to fully animate life. In Naturopathic medicine, this is called holism.
Drawn to the Naturopathic philosophy and therapeutic order, Eric pursued his integrative medical training at Bastyr University. In 2003 he returned to Boulder to focus on chronic illness. Although he appreciates “drug for symptom” patient management for certain scenarios, Eric is passionate and relentless about getting to a holistic diagnosis ideally before doing “trial and error” medicine.
Unfortunately, Eric is discovering that one major underlying cause for brain dysfunction and mood disorder is Water Damaged Buildings and the subsequent biotoxin exposure patients experience. He looks forward to sharing how to keep biotoxin illness on the radar of your differential diagnosis.
Christopher A. Lowry, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology and Center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC), a Principal Investigator in the Department of Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System, VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, & Clinical Center (MIRECC), and director of the Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Laboratory at CU Boulder.
He is Co-Director, with Dr. Lisa Brenner, of the Military and Veteran Microbiome Consortium for Research and Education (MVM-CoRE). Dr. Lowry’s research program focuses on understanding stress-related physiology and behavior with an emphasis on the role of the microbiome-gut-brain axis in stress resilience, health and disease.
Mary Braud, MD graduated from Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1989. She went on to complete the residency program in pediatrics at Oregon Health Sciences University. She joined the Greeley Medical Clinic and worked there as a pediatrician from 1992 until 1994, when she decided to pursue further training in psychiatry. She did the adult psychiatry portion of her studies at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, KS. She completed the fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado, serving as chief resident.
Dr. Braud worked at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado for one year after completing her training. She then worked for Jefferson Center for Mental Health in Jefferson County, Colorado from 1999 through 2005 when she began her private practice.
Dr. Braud has extensively studied alternative medicine. She has done programs with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, the Autism Research Institute and the Institute for Functional Medicine. She complete the certification program offered by IFM in 2014. Thus, she is able to combine her knowledge of conventional psychiatric treatment with an approach that aims to address underlying causes of mental illness.
David Rosenthal, MD is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who earned his medical degree at the University of Iowa School of Medicine in 1986 and completed his residency in adult psychiatry and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center.
He is a published author on ADHD and has lectured widely on ADHD, mood disorders and, most recently, on the use of genetic testing to assist in determining the optimal treatment of complex psychiatric disorders. He has taught psychopharmacology classes and has worked in a variety of mental health settings including a large HMO and adolescent and adult prison settings. He is currently in private practice in Boulder, Colorado, where he resides with his wife and son.
Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S is an international teacher and supervisor. She is the founder and President of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado and creator of “Synergetic Play Therapy,” a model of play therapy bridging the gap between neuroscience and psychology. She is dedicated to advancing the play therapy field worldwide through her teachings, books and research. She is the author of Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity, the host of the Lessons from the Playroom podcast and webinar series and is the recipient of the Association for Play Therapy’s 2015 Professional Education and Training Award.
She is also a Senior Certified Facilitator of the Demartini Method™ working with clients of all ages from around the world on a full spectrum of issues. In addition to her clinical work, she has also launched multiple for-profit and non-profit businesses and is a business consultant to various organizations worldwide.
Bill Billica, MD attended the University of North Carolina with a Morehead Scholarship for Undergraduate, then returned there for medical school, graduating in 1985. Residency in Family Medicine was completed at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix where he served as Chief Resident. After a Faculty Fellowship at Duke University, he served as faculty in Family Medicine Residency at Good Samaritan from 1990 to 2004. His journey in Functional / Integrative Medicine started in 2000 through the Institute of Functional Medicine. He left academia to join TriLife Health for full time Functional / Integrative Medicine in Fort Collins in January 2005. During this time he has served as physician and medical director for an addiction center, Inner Balance in Loveland, Colorado.
Nancy L. Brown, MD is a family doctor whose practice of medicine has evolved considerably over the 30-plus years of her career. After deciding that interacting with people would be much more fun and interesting than interacting with distillation towers, she left her job as a chemical engineer and went to medical school in Boston where, unbeknownst to her, she was likely bitten by a Lyme-infected tick while exploring the New England countryside. Having occasionally severe but limited symptoms, she finished her training, and went on to practice Family Medicine in Denver for several decades. Eventually, her frustration with the current pharmaceutically-centered paradigm of seeing patients every 15 minutes led her to Functional/Integrative Medicine. She now feels deep satisfaction when treating the root causes of illness, and finds that this approach is much more beneficial to her patients while also being much more aligned with her personal experience and values.
Nancy discovered in 2016 that chronic Lyme disease was responsible for the worsening psychiatric and physical symptoms she had faced ever since a back surgery two years prior. This discovery has revolutionized both her life and her practice. Having now pursued extensive training in both tick-borne infections and mold toxicity, she uses her many years of clinical experience, her pattern-recognition skills, and her commitment to finding the root causes of illness to diagnose and treat those with elusive, treatment-resistant, multisymptom, multisystem illnesses. Nancy is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with others, so that the true prevalence and impact of these conditions may be recognized within the medical community and beyond.
Nancy Brown holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University, and received her MD from Harvard Medical School. She continues to work in private practice in Boulder County, CO, where her focus is increasingly on patients with Lyme and related conditions. Having successfully launched her daughter, she lives in Denver with her cat Pixie, and enjoys gardening, cooking, and meditation.
Hyla Cass MD is recognized as a pioneer in the field of integrative psychiatry. Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABIHM), she combines the best of natural medicine with modern science in her formulations, presentations, and clinical practice.
Her latest interest is in the use of non-psychoactive (ie non-high, THC-free) cannabidiol (CBD) from the hemp plant to treat a broad range of conditions, including withdrawal from substances of abuse and prescription medications.
A well-known speaker, she presents to both the public and to her health/medical practitioner colleagues for such organizations as the. American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) (where she served as a long- term board member), Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference (IMMH), American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine (A4M), and the Integrative Healthcare Symposium (IHS).
She appears regularly in print, on TV, radio, and podcasts. She is the author of several books including: Natural Highs; 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health; Supplement your Prescription: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutrition; The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, and a booklet, The Amazing Itty Bitty Guide to Cannabis.
Toronto born and raised, she followed her father’s footsteps as a graduate of the University of Toronto School of Medicine, then interned at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, and completed an Adult, Child and Family psychiatric residency and fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA. She currently resides in Los Angeles, near her grown daughter and two grandchildren.
THE VENUE | BOULDER MARRIOTT
In the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the newly renovated Marriott Boulder is the perfect Boulder hotel for a live conference, offering brand new guest rooms. Within walking distance of the University of Colorado Boulder and the Pearl Street walking mall filled with galleries, shops and restaurants, the hotel is an excellent place to innovate your practice while taking in the sites. The hotel offers in house dining and is also just a walk away from downtown where you can find a wide selection of restaurants. If you're staying for longer make sure to discover many of Boulder's outdoor activities, including hiking at Sanitas Mountain, walking along the Boulder Creek Trail and the Farmer's Market, and, of course, check out the magnificent campus of the University of Colorado.
Local Areas of Interest
660 Canyon Boulevard
Boulder, Co 80302
Air: Denver International Airport (43 Miles)
The RTD Skyride leaves regularly from the Denver International Airport to Boulder. Take the Skyride to the Canyon Station in Boulder. From there a quick car service (5 minutes) will get you to the Boulder Marriott.
Uber and Lyft also has a designated area at DIA.
What We Stand For...
At the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, we believe that all human beings can achieve wellness and that practitioners also deserve fulfillment in all areas of their lives. The Integrative Psychiatry Institute was founded by Will Van Derveer, MD and Keith Kurlander, MA, with the mission to:
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