Donate Deakin

Location: 76 Vincent Square, London UK

Fri, 7 Jul 2023 9:00am – 4.30pm AND Sat, 8 Jul 2023 9:00am – 4.30pm 

Tickets available NOW on the event page!

Join us for a Summer School hosted by the UK’s number 1 Hospitality School at Westminster Kingsway College, London.

Upskill in Nutritional Psychiatry in this 2-day intensive learning experience delivered by experts in the field.


  • Explore the latest evidence for the use of diet and nutrition (including nutraceuticals) in the management of mental health conditions and their comorbidities.
  • Learn practical skills for using dietary recommendations in treatment.
  • Explore principles of motivational interviewing and behavioural change.
  • Complete hands-on cooking activities with Professional Chefs in teaching kitchen.
  • Build multi-disciplinary collaborations and networking.
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion*

*Must complete all face-to-face activities and pass 80% of MCQ.


This workshop will be led by the team from the Food & Mood Centre Deakin University Australia, led by Alfred Deakin Professor Felice Jacka OAM, in collaboration with Culinary Medicine UK. The Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University is a world-leading, multi-disciplinary research centre that aims to understand the complex ways in which what we eat influences our brain, mood, and mental health.

  • Alfred Deakin Professor Felice Jacka OAM is Co-Director of the Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University, founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR), and a highly cited researcher (2020 and 2021). She is internationally recognised as a global leader in the field of Nutritional Psychiatry.
  • Dr Tetyana Rocks is a senior research fellow who leads the education and translation stream within the Food & Mood Centre through the newly established Food & Mood Academy. Dr Rocks is an accredited dietitian with extensive experience in professional education.
  • Megan Pilon is an associate research fellow and provisional psychologist with the Food & Mood Centre. She works in behaviour change creating opportunities to optimise mental health through psychological and lifestyle-based approaches. She also supports the translation of diet and mental health related research into healthcare practice.

The Culinary Medicine team will provide demonstrations and an opportunity to get into the world-renowned kitchens at Westminster Kingsway college, where you will be guided on knife skills and basic preparation of some gut-healthy themed snacks. With this you get a unique experience to tour the facilities and learn in the kitchens that trained famous alumni like Jamie Oliver and 2 Michelin stared Chef Andrew Wong!

  • Chef Vince Kelly is a Culinary Lecturer at UK’s number one Hospitality School, Westminster Kingsway College (WKC), with over 25 years of experience within the hospitality industry and is an executive committee member of Master Chefs of Great Britain. He has pioneered several education initiatives at WKC including “Healthy plate, healthy planet”, a course co-developed with Nestle, and a bespoke degree in “Culinary Health and Nutrition”.
  • Dr Sumi Baruah is an Educator and Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners with extensive experience of Primary Care in both the private and public se. As a certified Health Coach with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council, Dr Baruah is passionate about empowering patients to optimise lifestyle factors for better health outcomes, using various tools to help with goal setting and behaviour change.


This program is open to all health professionals.

  • Physicians
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Counsellors
  • Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Dietitians
  • Nutritionists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Other health professionals


Pre-School activities:

  • Pre-recorded video
  • Self-paced online material (foundations of nutrition/mental health)
  • Online live Meet & Greet and Q&A

Post-School activities:

  • 20 MCQ*
  • Evaluation questionnaire
  • Online live De-brief and Q&A
  • Certificate of Completion

Take-home practice resources:

  • Principles of Diet for Mental Health booklet
  • Principles of Behaviour Change booklet

*Self-paced, within 2 weeks of completion of the face-to-face school, must pass 80% for certificate


The role of diet in the management of mental health disorders:

  • Evidence for the role of diet in treatment of mental health
  • Lifestyle medicine
  • Current recommendations by professional bodies
  • Comorbidity and its implication

Diet and gut-related treatment options:

  • Mechanisms
  • Dietary recommendations for depression
  • Dietary recommendations for severe mental health disorders
  • Dietary treatment of disorders of gut-brain interaction
  • Psycho-biotics (probiotics, prebiotics, fermented foods)
  • Nutraceuticals, phytoceuticals and supplements
  • FMT
  • Restrictive diets (e.g. ketogenic diet, fasting)

Identifying and addressing individual needs:

  • Dietary and needs assessment
  • Adjusting dietary recommendations (youth, elderly, multi-morbidity)
  • Communicating diet-related messages
  • Barriers and facilitators
  • Working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Evaluating progress

Motivation and behaviour change:

  • Identifying readiness: 5 stages of change
  • Assessing needs, motivators and barriers
  • Analysing behaviour: the ABCs
  • Creating SMART goals and action-planning
  • Reviewing progress, maintaining motivation


Please arrive for registration at 9am on both days and finish at 4pm.

A healthy and delicious morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

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