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FREE Educational Webinar: “Part 2: Gut Instincts: The Gut-Brain Axis and Communication Pathways”

February 25, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



Thursday, February 25, 2021
Noon Mountain Time
Part 2: Gut Instincts: The Gut-Brain Axis and Communication Pathways
Heather Finley, MS, DCN, RDN, CEDRD
Outpatient Dietitian




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*Don’t forget to register for Part 3 and Part 4!

PowerPoint Handout

Post-test – for reference only


CE Information:

Center for Change has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6766. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Center for Change is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Center for Change, provider #141861 is a continuing professional education (CPE) accredited provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Activity #160402. CDR credentialed practitioners will receive one continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this activity.

This course has been approved by Center for Change, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #123302, Center for Change is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886558729-9475) for 1 continuing education contact hours.

AADE recognizes NASW, APA, and CDR as continuing education providers on the NCBDE list of recognized approved providers. The continuing education must be applicable to diabetes. Participants are responsible for contacting their respective state and discipline licensing boards to confirm acceptance of CE hours.

Center for Change is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Center for Change maintains responsibility for this program and its content.




Description of Presentation:

In part 2 of this clinical presentation, listeners will learn about the connection pathways between the gut and the brain. The enteric nervous system and autonomic system are intricately involved in digestion, absorption, assimilation of nutrients, respiratory rate and the overall health of the microbiome. Supporting the communication pathways between the gut and the brain can have significant impacts on the health of the gut and the health of the brain as a result. Depression, anxiety, IBS, or one of any number of conditions, are all linked to gut health. When treating patients suffering from these conditions, it is important to consider the gut as a part of treatment. It is called the second brain—for good reason—the gut can send signals and chemicals to change the health of your brain. In this session we will cover a wide range of fascinating topics including: the communication pathways between the gut and the brain, the migrating motor complex and its role in gut health and strategies to support digestion, absorption and gut bacteria.

Learning Objectives:

Based on the content of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe the communication pathways between the gut and the brain
  • Explain why bacteria matters for mental health and gut health
  • Explain how stress impacts digestion and how to support digestion amidst stressful events

Training For:

Staff of Hospitals, Medical Centers, Mental Health Clinics, General Medicine Physicians, Psychiatrists, APRN’s, Psychologists, Counselors, Dietitians, Nurses, Substance Abuse Counselors, Mental Health Technicians for all levels including introductory to advanced


February 25, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm