Welcome to Mad in America Continuing Education

Our Mission: To provide scientifically accurate and unbiased continuing education courses which review current psychiatric practices and offer alternatives to a drug-based paradigm of care.


Our online courses are taught by leading thinkers and researchers in the field, and are available for both CEU and CME credit. They are suitable for physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, marriage and family counselors, and alcohol/drug counselors. Our courses are also of value to anyone looking for a higher caliber of information regarding mental health care and for knowledge which is free from commercial interest.


Nutrition and Mental Health

This course provides critical, research-based information on the role of nutrition in preventing and treating mental health challenges, augmented by a review of changes in nutrition over the past several centuries and an introduction to the potential mechanisms of action in micronutrient treatments.

2.5 CEUs/CMEs available


Bonnie KaplanBonnie J. Kaplan, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Originally from Ohio, she did her training in the U.S. (University of Chicago, Brandeis University) in experimental and physiological psychology. Her interest in the biological basis of behavior led to postdoctoral training, and then faculty research in neurophysiology at the West Haven (CT) VA Hospital Neuropsychology Laboratory and Yale University Department of Neurology, until she moved to Canada in 1979. She has published widely on the biological basis of developmental disorders and mental health – particularly, the contribution of nutrition to brain development and function.

Julia Rucklidge

Julia J Rucklidge, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Originally from Toronto, she did her training in neurobiology (McGill) and clinical psychology (University of Calgary). Her interests in nutrition and mental illness grew out of her own research showing poor outcomes for children with significant psychiatric illness, despite receiving conventional treatments for their conditions. For the last decade, she has been investigating the role of micronutrients in the expression of mental illness, with a specific focus on ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety and more recently, stress and PTSD associated with the Canterbury earthquakes.

Why Few Patients Benefit from Psychiatric Medications

A review of the research on the effectiveness and risks of psychiatric medications.

1.0 CEU/CME available


Peter GotzschePeter C. Gøtzsche is a Danish physician, medical researcher, and leader of the Nordic Cochrane Center at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark. He co-founded, and has written numerous reviews within the Cochrane collaboration.