Core Training Level 1

This five month, Level 1 program thoroughly introduces students to the use of amino acids, and the Pro-Recovery Diet in addressing symptoms of neurotransmitter depletion such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, addiction, cravings and relapse. The use of vitamin and mineral co-factors, blood sugar regulation, and the Pro-Recovery diet, all of which further support brain function, are covered in detail.

Graduates should be able to confidently utilize the “Amino Acid Therapy Chart” to create effective programs using targeted amino acids and other nutrients to support clients in their efforts towards mental health, emotional well-being, and addiction recovery. Towards this end, they will also be able to help their clients identify deficits in their current diets, and create healthy meal plans tailored to their own lifestyles and cooking abilities.


Month 1: Amino Acids,          Neurotransmitter Function,     Addiction  and Mood Disorders, part 1
Using the Amino Acid Therapy Chart for neurotransmitter assessment and dosing.
Catecholamine function and use of L-Tyrosine and L-Phenylalanine
Addressing caffeine & stimulant addiction and detox
Low energy depression and ADHD
GABA function and use of GABA support nutrients such as GABA, Taurine and Theanine
Addressing Benzodiazepine Addiction and detox
Insomnia, anxiety, and muscle tension

Month 2: Amino Acids, Neurotransmitter Function, Addiction and Mood Disorders,  part 2
Serotonin function and use of 5HTP, L-Tryptophan and Melatonin
Addressing  SSRI dependence and detox, and use of sugar, ecstasy, marijuana and alcohol
Obsessiveness, social anxiety, agitated depression, irritability and insomnia
Endorphin function and use of D-Phenylalanine
Addressing Opiate Addiction and withdrawal
Chronic emotional and physical pain, self-mutilation and high risk activities

Month 3:  Crucial Nutrient Co-Factors;  Hypoglycemia
Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, water.
Genetic Polymorphisms such as MTHFR, COMT, Pyroluria
How and why Blood Sugar Dysregulation affects mood, behavior and recovery.
Use of food diaries and other hypoglycemia assessment tools with your clients.
How to keep blood sugar stable using diet and supplements.

Month 4: The Pro-Recovery Diet  (Taught by Pati Reiss)
Roles of Protein, Carbohydrates, Healthy and Non-Healthy Fats, Fiber and Water in the Pro-Recovery Diet
Adapting the pro-recovery diet to a variety of lifestyles and blood types.
Making the Pro-Recovery diet work for you: shopping, cooking and meal planning

Month 5: Putting It All Together!

Student Presentations