3-Core Integrative

A Certification Course

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What is
Inclusive Integrative
Mental Health?

Inclusive, integrative mental health supports a systems approach to mental health utilizing both conventional and alternative treatments within a holistic framework. This model supports mind, body, and spirit with a multi-system, collaborative perspective.

While traditional counseling methods concentrate on the client's psychological symptoms and consequences (cognitive and behavioral), holistic therapy includes physical (nutrition, gut health, impacts of chronic stress, movement, etc.) and spiritual contexts as well as environmental factors (pollution, social supports, systemic, cultural contexts, etc.).

The 3-Core Integrative certification course will equip you with the knowledge, tools, practices, and confidence to enhance your practice and empower your clients. You will go beyond a basic understanding of the 3 pillars of mindfulness, movement, and nutrition using a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to meet clients where they are and sustain lasting impact on your personal and professional development.

3-Core Integrative is a training program to become a certified Integrative Mental Health Professional with the credentials of IMHP. This model transcends the three most research-backed components of the integrative/holistic approach to mental healthcare: Mindfulness, Movement, and Nutrition. You will learn not only research and theory, but practical tools and interventions you can utilize in your practice.
This course is beneficial for all levels of practice- from the newbie therapist to the senior clinician-. We have gathered knowledge from a variety of experts across the spectrum of inclusive, integrative mental health and wellness. After taking this course, you will have the knowledge and confidence to utilize innovative, cutting edge interventions, techniques, and resources.
We value personal and professional development because we understand that by prioritizing our own wellness we are better able to support our clients in their journey. This course offers a comprehensive self-growth workbook that you can use to engage, embody, and integrate the research and guided practices in each module and beyond.

Course Features


Movement is often under-utilized despite being one of the most effective methods for reducing the impact of stress, depression, anxiety, and trauma on the body and mind. This module covers multiple aspects of movement in relation to mental health such as yoga and basic somatic practices.
  • Research review on movement and mental health
  • Assessing and addressing barriers to movement
  • Five minute office workout video
  • Guided somatic practice
  • Health at Every Size and body positive approaches
  • How to safely and ethically incorporate walk and talk therapy 


Mindfulness and other styles of meditation have been practiced for thousands of years for spiritual development, equanimity, and working with the concept of suffering. Mindfulness focuses on awareness of feelings, thoughts, and sensations, aiding in symptom reduction in the therapeutic context. This module provides you with how to work with meditation in your practice in an ethical, practical, and authentic way for lasting results.
  • Research review on meditation and mental health
  • Discussion on Buddhist spiritual and cultural roots of mindfulness meditation
  • Guided meditation practices
  • Mindfulness-based tools and techniques
  • In-depth exploration of various meditation styles and how to guide clients in discovering the best fit
  • How to start your own meditation practice
  • Handouts, worksheets, and tools for your clients


Nutrition, diet, and body image are factors that are frequently addressed in a therapeutic setting and profoundly affect mental and physical wellbeing. This module will equip you with current research linking many symptoms that negatively impact our clients such as nutrient deficiencies, gut health, and diet culture. We provide a balance of research, guidelines, and therapeutic tools to address all layers of the impact nutrition has on mental health.
  • Research review on nutriton and mental health
  • Discussion on harmful aspects of diet culture
  • Mindful eating guided practice
  • Intuitive eating practices and tools
  • Nutrition guide for clients
  • Good mood superfoods

Social + Environmental Lens

An inclusive, integrative approach acknowledges the impact of social and environmental factors on the lives and health of our clients. Each module addresses factors that are often overlooked but that can greatly improve outcomes, therapeutic relationship, and most of all empowerment and healing for your clients.
  • First steps in decolonizing or unsettling your practice
  • Recognize harmful aspects of wellness and holistic health culture
  • How pollution, climate change, poverty, racism, and other chronic stressors impact health and wellbeing
  • Identify culturally competent community resources and collaborative referrals
  • How to make integrative and holistic approaches more accessible in your practice


  1. Define the terms 'mind-body connection' and 'integrative mental health' and understand the difference between 'complementary' and 'alternative' in regards to mental health.
  2. Describe the importance of utilizing evidence-based integrative approaches.
  3. Understand how to evaluate quality of resources.
  4. Describe how mindfulness, nutrition, movement and other integrative methods can be incorporated into mental health treatment.
  5. Access printable resources for supporting methods in item four.
  6. Formulate integrative treatment plans, assessments and goals for anxiety and depression diagnoses.
  7. Demonstrate effective methods in choosing and applying integrative techniques in session with clients.
  8. Practice at least five integrative techniques in your personal practice in order to better assist client sessions utilizing the integrative model.
  9. Define 'scope of practice' and be proficient in how to ethically incorporate integrative methods with evidence and research.
  10. Develop a plan to generate quality referrals and consultation for integrative services.
  11. Understand current statistical trends in CAM treatments and techniques and prevalence of these methods in the mainstream mental/physical health fields.
  12. Review the research of movement, mindfulness, and nutrition methods and the psychological/physical effects they can have.
  13. Recognize the historical, cultural importance and application of mindfulness as well as the current, extensive research from the Western world surrounding this topic.
  14. Understand the barriers that clients and clinicians can face regarding integrative methods due to factors like socioeconomic status, geography, pollution, racism, knowledge and perspective, support or lack thereof, etc. and how to address these barriers.
  15. Review how to effectively and ethically refer out to qualified providers in other fields and understand the importance of collaboration and consultation when in comes to complementary methods.
  16. Understand that the methods taught in this program are meant to be complementary to traditional treatment such as talk therapy, medication management, etc.

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See what other professionals are saying...

After completing the certification process, I feel well-equipped to meet my clients' various needs through traditional therapy methods in conjunction with integrative treatment options. I would highly recommend this training to any mental health professional who is interested in expanding their skill set and meeting clients' needs in a more holistic way.

Cassie B.
Brainspotting Therapist

I feel like the assessment questions are perfect for easily integrating into an intake interview. It was great to have the links to assessments that I could use in session.

Marie C.
Therapist + Yoga Teacher

I found this to be an excellent course. You are provided a wealth of information that is useful and applicable in the work I do. On the massage therapy, yes, yes, yes! I also utilize aromatherapy in my practice (personal and professional) and was happy to see this included.

Cecelia F.

I really enjoyed this course! I feel like I learned about a whole new world of possibilities! I plan on revisiting and reviewing this material often and have been inspired to do my own research. 

Gaby H.

Very thorough training. I very much enjoyed learning this material and look forward to slowly integrating it into my practice.

Mary A.
Social Work Trainee

I'm looking forward to utilizing these practices.  Also, the training reminded me to take better care of myself and how to incorporate 3CI into my own self-care/wellness.

Vanessa B.

Juniper Owens

Co-Founder + Director
Juniper holds certifications in various therapeutic approaches, including EMDR, grief therapy, and Crisis and Suicide First Response. Her clinical expertise includes a range of therapeutic approaches, particularly in the treatment of anxiety and crisis work.

Nicole Sartini

Co-Founder + Educator
Nicole is a leader in the field of mental health and leadership development. She facilitates talks in corporate settings on self-care, work-life balance, and empowered living utilizing an integrative approach.

Stephanie Batts

Course Creator + Editor
Stephanie began her career helping teens and their families in crisis situations and now works with a diverse population of clients. She is passionate about creating resources to help clients utilize integrative practices.

Rozlyn Newman

Communications + Editor
Rozlyn's education in psychology and correctional rehabilitation inspired her interest in integrative care. She assists the Academy in presenting a cohesive, inviting introduction to integrative mental health.

Laurel Sims-Stewart

Content Developer + Editor
Laurel specializes in trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, and life stage transitions. She has always gravitated towards an integrative, insight-based approach that includes elements of mind, body, and spirit in her work.