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Salon-Give Psychology a Chance: How the Gut Influences the Brain

  • 12 Apr 2019
  • 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Dean Given's home, 658 Chelham Way, Montecito, CA 93108
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1.5 CEUs
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Give Psychology a Chance: How the Gut Influences the Brain

Tracy Thomas, MA, NTP, CGP

Santa Barbara County Psychological Association

April 12, 2019


This seminar will focus on the new body of medical literature showing poor gut health to be a causal factor in chronic mental health conditions such as anxiety and depressive disorders. Known as the gut-brain axis, researchers are finding that there is constant bi-directional communication not only from the brain down to the gut, but from the gut up to the brain. The collective landscape of the gut, including the trillions of microbes that live there, play an important role in the messages to the brain that directly affect mood and behavior.

Topics include:

● How the gut communicates with the brain

● Conditions in the gut that impact mood

● How the food we eat changes messaging to the brain

● The role of the microbiome in anxiety and depressive disorders

● Ideal diet to optimize positive gut-brain communication

● How emotional states affect microbial messaging in a negative feedback loop

Timed Outline:

5:15-5:30pm – Greet, sign in, and socialize

5:30-5:35pm – Introduction of speaker and opening remarks

5:35-6:45pm – Presentation of topic (following the above description and objectives)

6:45-7:00pm – Q&A/evaluations

Course Objectives:

1. Describe the medical literature showing a causal relationship between the gut and mood.

2. Identify the underlying physiological conditions that trigger anxiety and depressive disorders.

3. State dietary and lifestyle choices that increase beneficial gut-brain messaging.


Breit, S., Kupferberg, A., Rogler, G., and Hasler, G., Vagus Nerve as Modulator of the Brain–Gut Axis in Psychiatric and Inflammatory Disorders. Frontiers in Psychiatry. (2018); 9: 44.Published online 2018 Mar 13. doi: [10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00044]

Clapp, M., Aurora, N., Hererra, L., Bhatia, M., Wilen, E., Wakefield, S., Gut Microbiota’s Effect on Mental Health: The Gut-Brain Axis. Clinical Practice. (2017), Sep. 15 7(4): 987. Published online 2017 Sep 15. doi: [10.4081/cp.2017.987]

Evrensel, A. and Ceylan, E.,The Gut-Brain Axis: The Missing Link in Depression. Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience. (2015) Dec; 13(3): 239–244. Published online 2015 Dec 31. doi: [10.9758/cpn.2015.13.3.239]

Lach, G., Schellekens, H., Dinan, T., Cryan, J., Anxiety, Depression, and the Microbiome: A Role for Gut Peptides. Neurotherapeutics. (2018) Jan; 15(1): 36–59. Published online 2017 Nov 13. doi: 10.1007/s13311-017-0585-0

Liang, S., Wu, X., Jin, F., Gut-Brain Psychology: Rethinking Psychology From the Microbiota–Gut–Brain Axis. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience. (2018); 12: 33. Published online 2018 Sep 11. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2018.00033

Mayer, E. (2016). The Mind-Gut Connection. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

Rogers, G.B., Keating, D.J., Young, R.L., Wong, M-L., Licinio, J., Wesselingh, S. From Gut Dysbiosis to Altered Brain Function and Mental Illness: Mechanisms and Pathways. Molecular Psychiatry. (2016) Jun; 21(6): 738–748. Published online 2016 Apr 19. doi: 10.1038/mp.2016.50

CPA is co-sponsoring with Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (SBCPA). The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  CPA co-sponsored credit is also accepted by the Board of Registered Nursing and the Board of Behavioral Sciences for their licensees. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Important Notice:Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive (1.5) continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

This salon will be held at 658 Chelham Way, Montecito, CA 93108.

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