Brain, Gut, and Mental Health (2 CE)
This course is for: Clinical Psychologist, Counselors and SWs
Course By: Tracey Thomas, PsyD
Content By: Liang, S., Wu, X., & Jin, F. (2018). Gut-brain psychology: Rethinking psychology from the microbiota-gut-brain axis, Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 12 (33), 1-24.
Course Description: Microbiota continues to evolve due to the change of diet, lifestyle, and medical care, which impacts the digestive system's function. The gut-brain relationship has a direct relationship with mental and neurological disease. The gut communicates with the brain through the microbiota-gut-brain axis. Gut-brain psychology recognizes how crucial microbiota is for mental and cognitive processes. The researchers posit gut-brain psychology will augment the psychology, neuroscience, and psychiatric fields. Current theories and microbiota-improving methods are explored to support the improvement of mental health and other diseases.
- Define gut-brain psychology
- Examine the importance of gut microbiota in psychology and behavior
- Evaluate the current hypothesis on the gut-brain relationship
- Explore the impact of microbiota from a mental health context
- Read and understand the article, Gut-brain psychology: Rethinking psychology from the microbiota-gut-brain axis
- Review the Course Description and Learning Objectives
- Work through the post-test questions; answers to the questions should be derived from the respective article
- Review the article for further clarification, if needed