1-day workshop

The Mind-Body Connection: Food, Mood – and Sleep

Join Dr Andrew Morrice for a deep dive into what the latest mind-body research tells us about the impact of sleep, the microbiome, nutrition, culinary practices and more on our mental and physical health, and recovery …

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The Mind-Body in depth: Food, Mood and Sleep

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  • Price: £198 per person

Includes lunch, refreshments and course handouts


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The perfect way to update your knowledge – join Dr Andrew Morrice for this invaluable CPD day – this course can be either a stand-alone learning experience or form part of a 2-day exploration along with ‘Movement, Emotion and Calm’ which is held the preceding day. Between them the two days cover all the key areas for maintaining overall health.

Why take this course

CPD Provider LogoSleep and sound nutrition are widely recognised to be essential to mental health – this day gives you an opportunity to learn about these two areas in depth, including the role of the Microbiome.

A greater understanding of these two areas can be vital in freeing ourselves from the ‘mind-only mindset’ to help us quickly and effectively resolve many of our difficulties in life.

Sleep has always been integral to the human givens approach and this course is a chance to catch up on recent advances in understanding and evidence as to which approaches best help with poor sleep. We will explore how sleep allows for the physical recuperation, learning and emotional regulation that are key to improving many mental health problems.

The role of food and the microbiome in mental health is seldom part of managing the immediate challenges we face, yet is so important in preventing difficulties, or maintaining recovery, that it is an area in which we can benefit from feeling greater confidence when guiding and advising our clients (or ourselves!).

Throughout the day, tutor and GP Andrew Morrice draws on the latest research and his decades of experience managing the complex combination of mental and physical health problems in General Practice (20 of those years, using the Human Givens model), to take us on a deep dive into two of the key interfaces between mind and body: sleep and food, and their effects on our health.

Andrew is a most inspiring teacher who is passionate about his subject. Furthermore, his experience as a doctor was invaluable...

Psychotherapist / Counsellor

What will you learn

  • The structure of sleep – and the functions of the different stages of sleep, including Non-REM and Slow Wave/Deep sleep
  • The fundamental conditions required to promote healthy sleep
  • The challenges of assessing sleep properly both for ourselves and others
  • The complex relationships between sleep disturbances and depression, anxiety, pain syndromes and fatigue states, plus
  • Simple organising ideas for navigating all this complexity
  • What we can do to help resolve sleep difficulties so that we can wake feeling refreshed and emotionally prepared for the next day
  • The fundamental science of the Microbiome – and its links to inflammation, mental health and physical health
  • The eating patterns that worsen or help in mental and emotional health
  • How and why processed foods undermine and confuse our innate guidance systems
  • An understanding of the many other factors impinging on our ability to ‘forage’ well in the modern ‘food environment’
  • The basis on which foods or eating can become addictive, and how this can point to ways to address these difficulties
  • Why we should consider the implications of the fasting state for our work
  • How Human Givens tools can help clarify many of the confusions around food
  • How to spot diet cults, tribes, and misleading claims
  • Eating patterns we can confidently recommend to support health and wellbeing
  • A review of how depression can be seen as a mind-body state rather than a ‘mental health disorder’
  • You will also have time to ask our expert tutor questions and benefit from group discussions
  • And more

Course Programme

The ‘The Mind-Body Connection in depth: Food, Mood and Sleep’ course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

Please note, as this is a new course the exact content of each session may be revised or re-ordered slightly before the day.

Who is this course suitable for?

  • The Mind-Body Connection In Depth series is open to anyone interested in deepening their understanding of mental and physical health.
  • If you previously attended Andrew Morrice’s Mind-Body Connection course, and would like to spend more time on practical applications, the microbiome, the interface between diet and mental health and to thoroughly review the topic of sleep – this course is for you.
  • Please note: you don’t need to have attended the previous Mind-Body Connection course to come on this one, or its sister course ‘Movement, Emotion and Calm’.

CPD Provider LogoThis course has been independently accredited by the internationally recognised CPD Standards Office for 6 hours of CPD training.

On completion of this training you’ll receive CPD certificates from the College and the CPD Standards Office.

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Reviews for this course

4.8/5 (6 Reviews)
  1. Keith Walton

    Human Givens has lots of valuable insights into the human condition: why we act like we do. Andrew takes the Human Givens jigsaw pieces and puts them together in new, fascinating and informative ways, all underpinned by sound medical research. Great and refreshing insights!

  2. Dr Ally Jaffee, Doctor

    Very balanced presentation of nutrition topics – included the nuances, controversy and diversity within this field. Brilliant visual diagrams for the ‘depression’ model.

  3. Elizabeth McBarnet, Speech & Language Therapist

    A fascinating bringing together of HG and biological science, busting myths about food and diet promoted by the food industry. In depth scientific explanation of sleep – normal and disturbed.

  4. Jo Cullen, Psychologist

    Some completely new learning on food – fascinating. Great that all very up to date

  5. HG Therapist

    Full of highly useful information, unpacked with skill and humour.

  6. Aliya Drake, New HG Therapist

    Fascinating information on the relationship between food and emotions, mental and physical health.

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