CE and Conversation

These events offer an opportunity for mental health professionals to learn theories and strategies which inform the practices of professional colleagues as well as the networking opportunity to make their own practices more visible.  Professionals who attend reconnect with friends, develop new alliances with colleagues, and expand their mental health community.

 Where: Lucky Lab Brew Pub   915 SE Hawthorne Blvd.  Portland, OR 97214

Free parking on site & street parking nearby

30 minutes of networking plus CE presentation; Food and drink available for purchase.

Charge is $10 (for room & CE costs); coming a little early can be useful; you can place a food order, the staff will bring your lunch into the meeting room.

April 6, 2018, 12:15 - 2:30 1 1/2 hr CE


Presenter: Isabel Sweitzer ND, LAc

With the global rise in prevalence of anxiety disorders understanding of the microbiota-gut-brain (MGB) axis has a critical role in comprehensive approaches to mental health. Isabel Sweitzer encourages mental health professionals and naturopathic physicians to create stronger alliance in co-treatment of patients with anxiety and trauma-related disorders. Deepened understanding and relationship between mental health professionals and naturopathic physicians enhances our ability to create individualized and effective patient care. 

Those who attend this workshop will be able to:

  • Discuss the microbiota-gut-brain (MGB) axis with peers and clients.
  • List effective at-home therapies that support a healthy microbiome.
  • Describe the bidirectional interactions between the gut microbiota and critical parts of the central nervous system (CNS) and immune system.
  • Apply understanding of the MGB axis, and the role of stress and emotions on gut microbial composition, to individualized care of clients.
  • Utilize analysis of client’s emotional state, trauma history, and nutritional status to assess need for microbiome-supportive therapies. 

Isabel Sweitzer is a Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist with a passion for science, nature and integration. Her goal is to open up the possibility for anyone to have enhanced vitality, no matter their age or condition. She believes that the most subtle levels of nature hold the greatest energy. This is reflected in her treatment style that emphasizes gentle intervention at its heart. She specializes in French homeopathy, drainage detoxification therapy and Japanese acupuncture. Isabel was raised by a psychotherapist, sees an interpersonal neurobiology therapist and couples’ therapist, and has attended psychotherapy workshops with clinicians such as Bonnie Badenoch. She is an avid believer in the power of counseling therapies. She and her husband live in Portland, OR.  Her practice is at The Ren Clinic 4424 NE Glisan, Portland, OR.  Phone: 503-477-5167

These programs are co-sponsored by AMHA-Oregon and Mentor Research Institute. Mentor Research Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Mentor Research Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content.