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Virtual Conference | May 2nd-3rd, 2024

Trailblazing In Mental Health & Wellness:

The Horizons of Transformative Change In Care 

Jaree Cottman


Jaree Cottman is a lifelong foodie and licensed mental health therapist trained in mind-body medicine and integrative nutrition for PTSD & trauma. Her work is rooted in the belief that we all have access to healing connected to ancient practices like food, such as medicine, movement, meditation, and mindfulness. She provides individual & group therapy, cooking classes, and wellness retreats that support deepening the mind-body connection for healthful living. The mission is to support people in healing from the past, living in the present, and moving toward the future with a greater sense of wellness.

Jaree Cottman

Day 1 Session 1D - A Seat at the Table: Using Food to Heal


This workshop aims to explore the intricate relationship between food and mood, delving into historical and cultural perspectives, especially focusing on how food can be a powerful tool for healing in communities of color. Participants will gain insights into the profound connections between what we eat and our mental well-being, with a focus on using food as a liberatory pathway for fostering deeper connections with ourselves and others.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the Connection Between Food and Mood for Optimal Mental Health:

    • Explore the science behind the impact of nutrition on mental health.

    • Identify specific foods that support mood regulation and overall well-being.

    • Discuss the role of nutrients in neurotransmitter production and brain function.

  • Explore How Food Has Historically and Contextually Been a Way of Healing for People of Color:

    • Examine historical and cultural practices related to food as a form of healing in diverse communities.

    • Discuss the impact of historical trauma on food choices and eating patterns.

    • Share stories and examples of traditional healing foods from various cultural perspectives.

  • Learn How to Use Food as a Liberatory Pathway for Greater Connection:

    • Discuss the concept of food as a tool for social justice and community building.

    • Share strategies for using food rituals to foster connection and understanding.

    • Explore ways to promote inclusivity and cultural appreciation through shared culinary experiences.


The workshop will be interactive, incorporating a mix of presentations, group discussions, and hands-on activities. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own experiences and insights, fostering a collaborative and engaging learning environment.


Need CEU Credit for Attending?

Don't forget to complete your Session evaluation to receive your CEU credit.  The deadline to complete the evaluation is May 11, 2024.


  ClinicianFest By The Numbers 

ClinicianFest is a 503c organization.  Proceeds from ClinicianFest are used to fund the co-pays of those in need of mental health services but unable to afford such services in their entirety. We partner with over 216 vendors, agencies, private practitioners, and community support programs to support aid in communities with scarce mental healthcare access and resources. To date, we have assisted over 1100 clients in getting the care and aid they need on their journey. 


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