How Gut Health Affects Mood

Free live Diverse Discussions Webinar on Wednesday September 27th from 6:30-7:30 PM EST.

The webinar presentation will explore these two questions:
  1. How do diet and nutrition impact mental health?
  2. What are some components of whole person treatment a clinician can address?

Moderator: Dr. David King, see biography in the flyer below. 

The presenter, Layla Zickefoose, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over a decade of experience counseling individuals and families. Layla and her husband live in the Dayton, Ohio area and own a private practice there that is committed to counseling from God’s word. She is particularly interested in offering whole-person treatment and earned a certification in nutrition and mental health in 2022. She enjoys engaging in conversations about nutrition and health with clients when relevant. Layla has worked as a counselor helping to found a non-profit organization to fight human trafficking called Reset 180. She graduated from Patrick Henry College with a degree in journalism and public policy. She earned her Clinical Social Work degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University. Layla and her husband have two young children.

What is Diverse Discussions?

  • Live Discussions for Christian helping professionals and students; conversations, interviews, and Q & A with experts and professionals.
  • Topics include working with diverse populations and challenging issues from a Christian worldview.
  • Focus is on integrating faith and practice to increase skills, knowledge, and ability to effectively engage and serve others in pluralistic contexts.


Surviving Grad School As a Conservative Christian

You are invited to join our August ACHHS Social – Surviving Grad School As a Conservative Christian facilitated by Kat Elias, LCSW, and Tracey Phillips, PhD. Christian faith, worldview, and perspectives have been under attack in our postmodern age. Conservative Christians (those who hold to a traditional, orthodox interpretation of what the Bible and early church teach about the faith) are constantly under scrutiny for being unethical, oppressive, phobic this and that, racist, hateful, bigoted, etc…  The problem is especially severe for conservative Christian students (and sometimes educators) in higher academia and particularly in the health and human services majors/professions (psychology, counseling, social work, human services, healthcare, etc…). What used to be solid science is now replaced with ideas of deconstructionism and socio-political correctness. Yet, as believers, we know that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control (see 2 Tim 1: 7). Whether you are a Christian educator, student, or practitioner, come join us for this helpful dialogue to support one another.
Dr. Phillips has over 23 years of experience as a Social Worker, Educator, Trainer and Counselor. Her passion is helping others reach their potential in life, career and relationships. Dr. Phillips is committed to helping her clients attain peace and fulfillment in their careers, as this will translate into a better quality of life. Kat Elias is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who founded BeYOUtifully Rooted, a Christian Mental Health & Education Corporation and is currently their Lead Educator. She has been in the field for over 17 years! 
Feel free to share the link below with any Christians who can benefit from this conversation. This will be a candid conversation to discuss challenges of being a theologically conservative Christian in a liberal or politically charged learning environment and to receive encouragement, prayers, and tips on how to survive the grad school journey. Feel free to submit your questions/topics that you wish us to explore in advance to This conversation will be held on Zoom and will not be recorded to allow for a more open discussion with everyone’s input and concerns.  
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