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Natural Awakenings Greater Boston - Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s Integrative Mental Health Conference

A New Paradigm Shift

May is Mental Health Month. To help in providing solutions, the Rhode Island Holistic Association (RIHHA), in collaboration with Healing Arts LLC, will host a three-day, retreat-style conference from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 3, 2024, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 4 and 5, 2024, at the Christian Brothers Center, in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The third annual Integrative Mental Health Conference 2024 will explore the latest innovative techniques to shift mental health treatment beyond medication or therapy alone.

Attendees will learn how holistic (alternative) modalities are assisting mental health through more than 40 small-scale experiential workshops presented by well-trained and skilled professionals and experts from the medical and holistic communities that’ll showcase many various holistic healing modalities covering a wide variety of holistic, integrative and comprehensive approaches to mental health issues. The workshops will introduce and expand the knowledge base of alternative and cutting-edge healing modalities for mental health treatment.

Three keynote guest speakers, topics and presentation days will be Whitney Ogbo, PMHNP, on how to bring integrative medicine into psychiatric practices on Friday; Sadie Elisseou, M.D., on trauma-informed care methods on Saturday; and David Stern, PsyD, on embracing philosophy, mystical theology and more in their practices on Sunday.

While the conference primarily targets mental health providers who can earn up to 17 CEUs, it welcomes participation from anyone interested in engaging in the presentations and workshops about mental health.

The conference will strive to co-create a wellness community of healthcare professionals from various disciplines: psychiatry, psychology, medicine, social work, mental health, substance abuse, trauma, homeopathy, nursing, acupuncture, chiropractic, Ayurveda, functional medicine, academia, shamans, coaches and psychedelic therapy.

Cost: $399 for entire event; lunches and parking are included. Event location: Christian Brothers Center, across from Scarborough Beach and Black Point, 635 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, RI. RIHHA location: It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI. For more information or to register (required), email [email protected] or visit