Certified Functional Medicine and Trauma Specialist


Integrative Functional Medicine for Complex Trauma

Course Description


Functional medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease. While Complex trauma usually occurs because of repeated traumatic experience, toxic stress and repetitive adversity by a child or young person, although it can also occur as a result of experiences as an adult. Some people experience trauma across their lives. This course examines the interplay between trauma and physical, emotional and psychological health as well as how to structure the treatment to speed recovery from trauma.

Learning Objectives


  • Participants will explore naturopathic medicine as it relates to a salutogenic approach.
  • Participants will look at functional approaches to addressing trauma.
  • Participants will seek to develop an understanding of hormonal and biochemical activity in the brain and nervous system.
  • Participants will be able to identify factors to improve treatment outcomes for dissociative clients.
  • Participants will gain a clearer understanding of dissociative disorders.
  • Participants will learn how to identify dissociation and prepare clients for treatment.
  • Participants will learn about different assessment measures to identify dissociation.
  • Participants will learn approaches to work with dissociative disorders and clients with dissociation.
  • Participants will be able to identify several factors that contribute to dissociation.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the differences between simple and complex trauma and identify the distinct challenges for diagnosis, treatment planning, stabilization and treatment of complex trauma.
  • Understand the neurobiology of complex trauma and how chronic exposure to threatening environments can produce the spectrum of symptoms of complex trauma.
  • Participants will seek to examine the interplay between trauma and physical, emotional, and psychological health as well as how to structure the treatment to speed recovery from trauma.
Robert Rhoton, Psy.D., LPC, F.A.A.E.T.S.


Dr. Robert Rhoton, CEO of Arizona Trauma Institute and President at the Trauma Institute International possesses a rich history of experience in the mental health field. Dr. Rhoton has supervised multiple outpatient clinics, juvenile justice programs, and intensive outpatient substance abuse programs for adolescents, day treatment programs for youth and children, adult offender programs and child and family therapeutic services. Dr. Rhoton served as president of the Arizona Trauma Therapy Network from 2010 through 2012. Dr. Rhoton was a Professor at Ottawa University in the Behavioral Sciences and Counseling Department whose primary interests were training counselors to work with traumagenic family dynamics, child and family trauma, and non-egoic models of treatment. Dr. Rhoton is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and collaborates and consults with numerous Arizona agencies fine tuning their understanding of trauma and the impact of developmental trauma on the individual and family. Dr. Rhoton works internationally with organizations to improve the delivery of trauma treatment services.

Vanessa Ruiz, ND, RN-BSN


Vanessa Ruiz, ND, RN-BSN, is a Naturopathic physician and registered nurse. She utilizes natural therapies such as biofeedback, somatic therapies, nutrition and botanical medicines in an integrative setting for behavioral health and medical conditions at Integrative Mental Health Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. She earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at Southwest College in Tempe, Arizona, and her nursing degree from Stony Brook University, New York.

She has been featured in the “Dig Deep Documentary” and “Voyage Phoenix” for her work with trauma and natural mental health. She speaks nationally on the effect of adverse childhood experiences and how to approach them from a holistic perspective. She has also been a practicing nurse for over 10 years, in the areas of pediatrics, geriatrics and global health. She is the founder of Nurses for Natural Health, an organization dedicated to educating and empowering nurses in natural health.

Leah Miller, MC, LAC


Leah Miller is a skilled, multi-disciplinary therapist with a devotion to helping clients exceed their goals and thrive. Her approach draws on her extensive experience and training, and a true dedication to helping people transform. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Phoenix Seminary located in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Leah also holds a health coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has trained with Dr. Leslie Korn, PhD in Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Practitioners. Leah is currently enrolled in a yearlong advanced training in Mental Health Nutrition. Leah is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is also in her intermediate year of Somatic Experiencing Practitioners training, a three-year certification in somatic work—a body-oriented approach to healing trauma and other stress disorders.

Leah’s work is underwritten by her holistic approach to meeting vital mental health and wellness objectives. She utilizes her dynamic background to help clients approach their goals through a mind-body-spirit paradigm, allowing them to transcend past limitations and create a foundation for lasting wellness. Leah weaves her knowledge of psychology, health, nutrition, and lifestyle choices with trauma resolution modalities such as somatic experiencing and EMDR to help people re-connect with their best selves and flourish.

J. Eric Gentry, Ph.D., LMHC, D.A.A.E.T.S.


J. Eric Gentry, Ph.D., LMHC, D.A.A.E.T.S. is a board-certified and internationally recognized leader in the study and treatment of traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. His doctorate is from Florida State University where he studied with Professor Charles Figley—a pioneer of these two fields. In 1997, he co-developed the Accelerated Recovery Program (ARP) for Compassion Fatigue—the world’s only evidence-based treatment protocol for compassion fatigue. Dr. Gentry was original faculty, curriculum designer and Associate Director of the Traumatology Institute at Florida State University. In 2001, he became the co-director and moved this institute to the University of South Florida where it became the International Traumatology Institute. In 2010, he began the International Association of Trauma Professionals. He has trained tens of thousands of professionals to more effectively treat traumatic stress. In 2005, Hogrefe and Huber published Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization and Recovery—a critically acclaimed text on the treatment of traumatic stress for which Dr. Gentry is a co-author. The third edition of this text was released in 2015. In 2016 He released his revolutionary Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy book. He is the author of numerous chapters, papers, and peer-reviewed journal articles in the areas of traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. Dr. Gentry is a licensed psychotherapist with over 33 years of clinical practice. He is the CEO and owner of Compassion Unlimited– a private psychotherapy, training, and consulting practice.

Curriculum

  Curriculum
Available in days
days after you enroll

Choose a Pricing Option

$130

Certified Functional Medicine and Trauma Specialist

Integrative Functional Medicine for Complex Trauma

Functional medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease. While Complex trauma usually occurs because of repeated traumatic experience, toxic stress and repetitive adversity by a child or young person, although it can also occur as a result of experiences as an adult. Some people experience trauma across their lives. This course examines the interplay between trauma and physical, emotional and psychological health as well as how to structure the treatment to speed recovery from trauma.


Our refund policy: We do not allow for refunds to occur after the completion of the first module of any of our courses. You will have a 30 day window in which to make a request for a refund, providing you have not completed any of the modules in a given course. If you believe you have made a purchase by mistake then you can contact us at 480-442-1840. Refund requests that come after 30 days of the initial purchase or that come after completing any of the modules will not be approved. There is an $8 Processing Fee for every refund that we process.