CE Credits:

  • 12 CEUs to be applied for through OBNM
  • 12 PDA points to be applied for approval by NCCAOM

Live Webinar Details:

  • This event will be streamed live on Zoom
  • Recordings are provided at no extra cost
  • Recordings can be viewed later for CE credit if you miss the live stream
  • Recordings are typically available 2 weeks after the event


Noshene Ranjbar, MD - From Trauma and Crisis to Transformation and Advocacy: The Journey of an Integrative Psychiatrist on the Frontlines

This talk will examine culturally sensitive trauma informed approaches to mental health as we hear Dr. Ranjbar's own travels with allopathic and alternative medicine approaches. Her biography includes work with vulnerable population and work in practitioner training and support.

Born and raised in Tehran, Iran until immigrating to the US in adolescence, Dr. Noshene Ranjbar developed a passion for a holistic view of medicine and healing from early on in her life. Throughout her studies and life experiences, including her own illness as well as caring for her mom who suffered from several autoimmune illnesses and cancer, to fostering refugee children with PTSD, to working with American Indian communities across the U.S., to working with asylum seekers, she developed a keen interest in approaches to healing trauma and advocating for holistic mental health in empowering, culturally appropriate ways.

Harvard trained and board certified in General Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Integrative Medicine, she is currently Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona. She is co-founder of the Integrative Psychiatry Program at the UA, while also serving as Faculty with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine and the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. At the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, she serves as one of the psychiatrists for medical students.

Her research focuses on training the next generation of psychiatrists to offer a holistic approach to mental health, and thus she has pioneered bridges between alternative and allopathic medicine. As a Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Leader, she continues to expand her work in integrative mental health and in working with the underserved, particularly with American Indian communities as well as other indigenous communities internationally.

Lydia Bartholow, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP - Why Everything You Know About Addiction is Wrong - A Guide to addiction Ideologies, Medications, and Herbs

Focus areas: physiology of trauma and vulnerability to addiction, medicinal mediations with pharma focus.

Addiction is a significant mental health challenge, and successful interventions affect many aspects of a patient's physical health. Having worked in the trenches of this challenge for many years, Dr. Bartholow has well won expertise. Lydia Bartholow is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in substance use disorder care, with a focus on trauma informed substance use disorder systems. She currently functions as the associated medical director for Substance use Disorders at Central City Concern, and is on faculty at University of California San Francisco. She consults across the Pacific Northwest offering education and expertise on building more trauma informed and patient centered service for substance use disorders. She is trained in western clinical herbalism and carries a commitment to both health justice and integrative health. Well reviewed in previous NUNM events, Dr. Bartholow offers insight that is nuanced by experience with varied mental health organizations and perspectives involved in supporting recovery efforts.

Rachel Neuendorf, ND - Mental Health and College Students

Mental health issues have become widespread among college students. The current pandemic has increased anxiety, social isolation, and depression making it harder for students to be successful in their studies. This talk will discuss the top mental health concerns among college students, best practices for screening students, and special considerations for treating young adults.

Rachel Neuendorf, ND, MS is a licensed naturopathic physician working at Reed College Health and Counseling Center in Portland, Oregon. Utilizing naturopathic treatments and medications, Dr. Neuendorf works with college students to improve their mental health. Dr. Neuendorf graduated with honors from National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in 2015 with both her ND degree and MS in integrative medicine research. Her master’s work explored mind-body medicine research, and resulted in three publications. After graduation, Dr. Neuendorf completed three years of residency (one year at NUNM and two at a private practice). Prior to her transition to college mental health, she worked as a primary care provider in a busy clinic, serving Medicaid and uninsured patients.

Dr. Neuendorf comes well reviewed. The issue is important to all practitioners as COVID has created unique stressors for all students. As well, according to researcher Paola Pedrelli, "many college students experience the first onset of mental health and substance use problems."

Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC - "Standards of Care in Delivering Telemental Health Services by Videoconferencing" personcenteredtech.com/remembering-roy-huggins-lpc-ncc/

We are very sad to announce that Roy passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 19th. Roy will make a posthumous appearance at the conference in a pre-recorded video. Please visit Roy's memorial page at the link above to learn more about Roy's life and legacy. In lieu of flowers (Roy’s cats will eat them,) please consider contributing to the GoFundMe that has been set up for Electra to help provide support as she navigates this time and what a life without Roy means.


Creating a safe space for mental health support is always important. In this age of telehealth, being able to effectively deliver care to patients via videoconferencing is a must. Roy Huggins was an expert in helping practitioners think about this medium of treatment. This presentation will explore the standards of care involved in delivering mental health therapy treatment via video, including supporting patient safety, additional informed consent needs, and clinical effectiveness considerations specific to the videoconferencing medium.

Roy Huggins, LPC NCC, was a counselor in private practice who also directed Person-Centered Tech. Roy worked as a professional web developer for 7 years before changing paths, and made it his mission to grow clinicians’ understanding of the Internet and other electronic communications mediums for the future of our practices and our professions.

Roy was an adjunct instructor at the Portland State University Counseling program where he taught Ethics, and he was a member of the Zur Institute advisory board. He acted as a subject matter expert on HIPAA, security and clinical use of technology for Counseling licensure boards and both state and national mental health professional organizations. He co-authored or authored 2 book chapters, and he routinely consulted with mental health colleagues on ethical and practical issues surrounding tech in clinical practice. He served for 5 years on the board of the Oregon Mental Health Counselors Association and then the Oregon Counseling Association as the Technology Committee Chair.

Roy will be deeply missed by all of us. Please click the link below to visit Roy's memorial page.

Erica Zelfand, ND - The Mechanisms of Action of Psilocybin

This talk is offered in response to Oregon 2020 'Yes' vote: Which enables some manufacture, delivery, administration of psilocybin. Dr. Zelfand will update us on this psychoactive mushroom. This talk will help prepare the practitioner to deal with this possibility in their patient's history.

Dr. Erica Zelfand is a licensed naturopathic physician specializing in integrative mental health. She facilitates therapeutic psycho-spiritual experiences and regularly lectures on psychedelic science worldwide. Dr. Zelfand is also a medical editor and the author of a review of vitamin C in the treatment of opioid withdrawal (PMID 33132774). Dr. Zelfand is also an NUNM alumni who has published articles in NDNR, Townsend Letter and Allergy Research Group amongst other publications. Her diverse interests include the study of the relationship of testosterone and male depression per her Grand Rounds talk available through NUNM continuing education library.

In this talk we will examine the pharmacology of the “classic psychedelics,” namely psilocybin (the active constituent in “magic mushrooms”) and LSD-25 (also known as “acid”). The effects of these medicines on neurological function, chemistry, and signaling will be reviewed, and the concepts of the default mode network (DMN), brain entropy, and child consciousness will be introduced. We will also take a closer look at the role of mystical experiences, and what spirituality has to do with psychological and physiological healing.

Philip Rouchotas, MS, ND - Weaning of Psychotropic Medications, with a Focus on Updated Information Around Depression, Insomnia and Anxiety

Weaning patients off of medications is always an important skill for any healing intervention: Psychotropic drugs are often used in mental health interventions. This talk will help with decisions to wean off these drugs, and engage other interventions. The topic of weaning as a medicinal practice will be helpful for thinking about other interventions.

Dr. Rouchotas and his wife, Dr Heidi Fritz, MA, ND, practice at the Bolton Naturopathic Clinic in Bolton, Ontario. Philip's areas of clinical focus include mental health, autoimmune disease, and metabolic syndrome. He also serves as an Associate Professor at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), responsible for delivery of the second year curriculum in Clinical Nutrition. Philip is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Naturopathic Medicine, a peer- reviewed publication. He graduated from CCNM in 2004, preceded by an honor's undergraduate degree and Masters of Science degree, both in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Guelph. Well reviewed from our 2017 MIH conference, Dr. Rouchotas offers a seasoned understanding of biochemical interactions.

Elizabeth Wallace, ND, LAc - Don't Let the Blues Bring You Down: Using Posture and Movement to Diagnose and Treat Anxiety and Depression

Dr. Liz Wallace, ND, LAc, has her undergraduate degree from University of Oregon in dance and premed (studied ideokineses). She is also a Pilates instructor with dual degree in Naturopathy and Classical Chinese Medicine from NCNM/NUNM. She also studied Holistic Pelvic Care, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Structural Integration and Spacial Dynamics®

This talk will focus on the way that the body communicates and can be used to diagnose and transform mental health . It seeks to be useful for both patient intervention and practitioner self care.

Molly Rodden, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C, "Treating a Situational Depression in a Global Pandemic"

Hello! My name is Molly, I truly believe that mental health and physical health are inseparable. I also firmly believe that all people (regardless of gender, race, sexuality, or ethnicity) deserve high quality, integrated and personalized care. Over the last 15 years I have worked in a variety of settings including a residential unit for children with serious mental illness, elders with memory or physical impairments, addiction recovery and those with chronic pain. I have also worked in private clinics and started a free clinic to provide care for those who did not have health insurance. Previous to working in outpatient clinics I taught nursing students and worked on locked psychiatric units treating those in crisis.

2021 Integrated Mental Health Conference Schedule and Line Up: 

Conference times are in Pacific Standard time.  Conference will begin at 9 am both days and finish at 5 PM both days.  

Saturday, December 4th

9:00 AM: Rachel Neuendorf, ND - "Mental Health and College Students"

11:00 AM: Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC - "Standards of Care in Delivering Telemental Health Services by Videoconferencing"  Due to unexpected passing, Roy will be appearing posthumously through pre-recorded video. The video is 2 hours in length.

1:30 PM:  Noshene Ranjbar, MD - "From Trauma and Crisis to Transformation and Advocacy: The Journey of an Integrative Psychiatrist on the Frontlines"

3:30 PM: Molly Rodden, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C: "Treating a Situational Depression in a Global Pandemic." 

Sunday, December 5 

9:00 AM:  Philip Rouchotas, MS, ND - "Weaning of Psychotropic Medications, with a Focus on Updated Information Around Depression, Insomnia and Anxiety"

11:00 AM: Lydia Bartholow, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP - "Why Everything You Know About Addiction is Wrong - A Guide to addiction Ideologies, Medications, and Herbs"

1:30 PM: Erica Zelfand, ND - "The Mechanisms of Action of Psilocybin"

3:30 PM: Elizabeth Wallace, ND, LAc - "Don't Let the Blues Bring You Down: Using Posture and Movement to Diagnose and Treat Anxiety and Depression"


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