There is crucial need to deliver better education to both the public and clinicians about the role of diet and nutrients in sustaining mental health (Huang, 2019). Here at CNP, we developed the first university-based, accredited curriculum in Nutritional Psychology. This program was initiated in 2008 and evolved over 12 years to include a seven-course certification dedicated to providing mental health professionals, educators, dietitians, health coaches, and counselors with a formal curriculum in Nutritional Psychology.
Today, we are working towards the release of a next-generation certification in Nutritional Psychology — one that reflects the wealth of current research in the field and provides an excellent learning experience. The first course in this new curriculum, NP 110: Introduction to Nutritional Psychology Methods, is now available! NP 110 is worth 8 continuing education (CE) credits for professionals whose licensing bodies accept courses approved by the American Psychological Association (APA), and we are now working towards additional accreditations. Three upcoming courses are also under development now, with the first expected to launch in the fall of 2021.
Learn more about NP 110 here.
This online animated curriculum is designed to help kids develop an intrinsic awareness of how what they eat can impact how they feel. The curriculum is designed to be funny while instilling kids with new cognitive and perceptual tools that increases their awareness of eating to support positive mental health.
This course introduces pediatric healthcare professionals to a quick set of tools that aid in increasing childrens’ perceptual and cognitive skills for selecting foods that are “mental-health supportive”.
This course introduces mental health professionals to Nutritional Psychology, and presents research informing the field, concepts, and client-oriented psycho-educational tools for understanding the Diet-Mental Health Relationship (DMHR).
This mini-curriculum is for college and university instructors who wish to introduce NP into their curriculum in a brief, modularized manner. Course content and materials are provided for one (or two) 50-minute class sessions. Presentation materials, background research, methodology, discussion points, experiential exercise, and quiz materials are provided.
Research is demonstrating the importance of teaching children and adolescents cooking skills. Better cooking skills lead to better cooking skills self-efficacy, dietary intake behavioral change, and healthier outcomes (check the CNP Parent Library to see). This course provides basic cooking skills for children, and teach them how these skills can be used to improve the way they feel.