On-Demand Courses

Moving Beyond Coaching Program
Credits: 12.5 Category A
Open to: Students Health-care practitioners
Course type: On-demand

This course was created to raise the standard of proficiency of naturopathic doctors in Ontario in addressing commonly presenting mental health concerns. The goal of a presenter is to deepen the participants’ understanding of the complex nature of conditions such as anxiety, bipolar conditions and depression. The course explores mental illness through the lenses of trauma, psychoneuroimmunology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and patient-centered naturopathic management. The speaker’s philosophy puts importance on embodying the healing message we wish to send to patients, and therefore this course focuses on personal practices that encourage participants to explore their own mental health in addition to learning to care for others.


Course format

The structure of the course is 10 video modules which can be accessed online. The total time of the program is 12.5 hours. Supporting resources and activities are included.

Learning objectives
  • Recognize the root causes of mental health issues
  • Nutritional, herbal and homeopathic treatments for key neurotransmitter pathways
  • Identify the effects of environmental exposures on mental health concerns
  • Understand spiritual crisis in mental illness
  • Naturopathic protocols including nutrition, homeopathy and counselling
  • Counselling techniques and energy psychology for anxiety and depression

Dr. Christina Bjorndal, ND
Dr. Christina Bjorndal, B.Comm, ND, graduated from UBC in 1990 with Bachelor of Commerce Degree with honours, and she was valedictorian of her graduating class. She completed her doctorate in naturopathic medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2005, and focuses on the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders and eating disorders. Having overcome many challenges in the sphere of mental health herself, Dr. Chris shares her insights about how to overcome barriers in life and to encourage others to achieve their full potential.