Pre-Conference Workshops

A Practicum in Neuronutrient Therapy

Challenging Clients

Workshop #3

Learning to Eliminate Cravings for Toxic Foods Along with Depression, Anxiety, and Other Negative Mood States

A Master Practitioner workshop with Leslie Korn, PhD, MPH, LMHC, NTP

Stay tuned for more information coming on this workshop!

When:  TBD

Pricing: TBD

Description: Learn to detect and correct early insulin resistance before it becomes dangerous.

Our international epidemics of obesity, degenerative disease, mood disorder, and addictive cravings for foods, alcohol, and drugs are rooted in just a few amino acid deficiencies. The brain’s appetite- and mood-regulating chemistry is dependent on a robust supply of the particular amino acids that you’ll be introduced to in this workshop.


  • Quick deficiency symptom and contraindication assessment
  • About amino trialing
  • How to antidote adverse reactions
  • The basics of how to individualize dosing
  • The specific dietary supports needed for this brain-recovery process

Our goal is to begin the restoration of the brain’s four key neurotransmitters and its blood sugar supply-line. The protocols we’ll use are based on neuroscientific research that started in the 1970s and continues today. Julia Ross and the nutritionists at her Northern California clinics have been applying this research for 30 years with thousands of clients. They have developed increasingly effective methods that workshop participants will have hands-on exposure to. Working in rotating dyads, participants will actually experience the aminos’ rapid effects themselves and witness the effects of the aminos on other participants.

Attendees who would like to become certified NeuroNutrient Therapy Specialists will receive credit for this workshop toward their certification.

About Julia Ross: 

Julia Ross has combined 40 years of experience as a licensed psychotherapist with 30 years of pioneering work in the use of innovative nutritional therapies for the treatment of mood problems, eating disorders, and addictions. The author of the best-selling books, The Mood Cure and The Diet Cure, and her new book, The Craving Cure, Ross has founded several integrative treatment programs in the San Francisco Bay area and now oversees an entirely virtual clinic for food cravers. She trains health professionals internationally and directs certification programs at The Neuro-Nutrient Therapy Institute (NNTI). Her work has been featured in publications from Vogue to The Journal of Molecular Psychiatry as well as online and on radio and television. See JuliaRoss’

About Laurie Hammer: 

Laurie Hammer is an experienced NTP in private practice, a certified NeuroNutrient Therapy Specialist, and the Lead Distance Training Instructor for NNTI. She has been associated with Julia since she traveled 2,000 miles, at age 19, to Julia’s clinic to get help with her own bulimia. Her personal recovery, her training at NNTI, her successful work with her private clients, and her passion for teaching make her an ideal instructor for those seeking to integrate amino acid therapy into their nutritional therapy practices.

When:  TBD

Pricing: TBD

Description: As clinicians and educators we often encounter a variety of interpersonal challenges with our clients and students, that we just don’t feel equipped to handle. These situations may creep up on us, catch us by surprise, and cause a freeze response in a vulnerable moment. We may feel unsure about how to handle some challenges without upsetting or even losing the client. And, we all have certain clients who trigger a range of powerful feelings that may range from dislike, to love.

Our clients and students bring to the clinical setting a desire to feel better. Their history, personalities, motives (both conscious and unconscious) also bring challenges that can stump us or worse: threaten appropriate boundaries or lead us to question where the boundaries should begin and end.

Sometimes we don’t even know we are in trouble with a client. Maybe our own boundaries were crossed earlier in our lives and we aren’t sure where they should even be with a client. Or what if we miss the signals or the symptoms.

As we work to address a variety of client challenges with grace and aplomb we often miss the opportunity to share our feelings and experiences; to feel heard, find support and direction and growth.

This workshop is a master class for master clinicians who have been in the field and have encountered any number of clinical or teaching challenges and are ready to share and explore. It is this opportunity to feel heard and find support and direction; We will discover explore and develop skills to address the typical (and atypical)l challenges we might encounter as we engage our clients as a nutritional therapist. Some examples may include:

  • A client who keeps saying they want to feel better but doesn’t do anything we suggest
  • A client who offers a variety of other methods they use or other practitioners suggest they do but never follows our recommendations
  • Many clients come to a nutritional therapist and bring concerns that might be better addressed in psychotherapy. Now what?
  • A client/student who wants to be friends. Now what?
  • A client/student who wants to have a sexual or love relationship, How do we deal with that?
  • What happens when WE want to be friends or become intimate? How do we deal with that?
  • Ever have the feeling your client/student thinks you are their mother or their father? And they had an argumentative or adversarial relationship?
  • Does a client/student keep asking for more time or not leaving and do we have to find a way to “push them out” the door?
  • How about when a client/student keeps bringing us gifts?
  • What about just plain feeling uncomfortable and not knowing why?

The space will be safe, sacred, and our time together will be filled with laughter and perhaps even some tears.

Dr. Korn will share a number of her experiences from her over 50,000 clinical hours and how she engaged them; and how she saved each client relationship—and even deepened the connection. You will have the option to role play and share your experiences and to receive expert guidance on actual experiences or perhaps even your imagined “client nightmares”: You will leave with tools, greater confidence and new, savvy clinical skills.

About Dr. Leslie Korn:

Dr. Leslie Korn began her clinical career in the jungle of Mexico where she navigated dual role relationships at her natural medicine clinic in a tiny village for decades. She maintained a successful private clinical and teaching practice in Cambridge where she was also instrumental in innovating treatment for people whose boundaries had been violated by clergy, gurus and therapists and developed ethics training for professionals. She is a National Board Certified Clinical Supervisor, was clinical supervisor at Harvard Medical School, at the New England School of Acupuncture, at Bastyr University in Naturopathic Medicine, at the California Institute for Integral Studies and for NTA students and graduates who undertook her internship and MA degree program. She coaches and supervises nutritional therapists and health practitioners in private practice and teaches Integrative Medicine and Mental Health Nutrition to clinicians of all disciplines, worldwide.