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ARTICLES AND RESEARCH BY DR. D.L. EDMUNDS

RETURNING THE SOUL TO THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM BY DR. D.L. EDMUNDS- APPEARING IN AAINA JOURNAL OF THE CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY/ BAPU TRUST IN PUNE, INDIA

DR. EDMUNDS' ARTICLES FEATURED ON CRITICAL PSYCHIATRY NETWORK- UNITED KINGDOM

CHILDREN OUR TREASURE: MEETING OUR CHILDREN'S NEEDS OUTSIDE OF THE BIO-PSYCHIATRIC PARADIGM by Dr. D.L. Edmunds

DR. EDMUNDS BLOG- commentary on the current climate of the mental health system

DR. EDMUNDS ARTICLE ON AUTISM/DEVELOPMENTAL DIFFERENCES FEATURED AT HABERMAS SITE- UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN (PARKSIDE) AND CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY- DOMINGUEZ HILLS

JOURNEY THROUGH 'MADNESS'
- Dr. Edmunds explores the experience of psychosis and those who have received the diagnosis of 'schizophrenia' from a existential and relationship based perspective.

EXAMINING THE EFFICACY OF THE CAREGIVER'S SKILLS PROGRAM VERSUS PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION AS AN ADJUNCT TO TREATMENT IN A WRAPAROUND SETTING

EDMUNDS TRAUMA MODEL OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS-
Dr. Edmunds explains the role of traumatic experience within infancy and early childhood and the development of emotional challenges later in life.

MAP TO RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR CHILDREN-
Dr. Edmunds discusses effective discipline and means to connect and build strong, healthy relationships with our children

THE RELIGION OF BIO-PSYCHIATRY-
Dr. Edmunds explores how bio-psychiatry has become a replacement for genuine spirituality and values

BEING AND BECOMING:
Explores the human condition, our existence, who we are as persons, and the ideas of meaning and relationship

HEARING OUR SERIOUSLY DISTRESSED ADOLESCENTS
Dr. Edmunds offers guidance in how to reach teens with serious emotional struggles, teens who would typically be considered for psychiatric drugs or treatment in a residential facility.

RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

THE VALUE OF A RELATIONSHIP BASED APPROACH TO AUTISM-
Dr. Edmunds explains the importance of relaitonship and helping autistic children to make emotional connections.

ENTERING THEIR IMAGINATIVE WORLD-
Dr. Edmunds addresses autism/developmental differences and relational approaches

HEARING OUR SERIOUSLY DISTRESSED CHILDREN-
an examination of how to help our children undergoing extreme states of mind.

CHILD'S PLAY: TREATING THE INSANITY OF THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM BY DR. EDMUNDS

EXAMINING DRUGS FOR ADHD
Dr. Edmunds explores the stimulants and Straterra, their efficacy, hazards, and psycho-social means to reach children who have received the diagnosis of ADHD.

MEETING THE TRUE NEEDS OF CHILDREN DIAGNOSED AS 'ADHD'-
Dr. Edmunds explores the diagnosis of ADHD from a critical perspective, examines means to reach children receiving the diagnosis of ADHD in non-harmful ways and which will further their development of real skills.

PSYCHIATRIC POLITICS AND SOCIAL CONTROL:
Dr. Edmunds offers criticism of the medical model and proposes solutions to the current crisis in the mental health system.

EXPERIENCE: THE SOUL OF THERAPY

MEANING AND RELATIONSHIP: THE HEART OF THE THERAPEUTIC PROCESS

FAMILY DYNAMICS:
Dr. Edmunds examines the political and social processes within some family structures

TRUE FRIENDSHIP-
Dr. Edmunds explores the levels of friendship and the means of building and sustaining genuine relationships

WHAT IS RELIGION'S PURPOSE?- Dr Edmunds examines what religion should accomplish for individuals

AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DIFFERENCES

ARTICLES BY DR. EDMUNDS



EXPLORING THE HOLISTIC PRACTICES OF INDIA- an examination of Hindu ayurveda and healing arts by Dr. D.L. Edmunds



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Dr. D.L. Edmunds with one of his trainees, Carrie G. Miller, M.S.W.

"Our goal as mental health professionals should be selfless and once again to define our work as restoring relationships and resolving conflicts. We must return dignity and respect for individual's experience and depart from biological determinism which defines all thoughts and feelings as chemical accidents. Children in distress need a voice. I seek to do my best to insure this voice. Psychiatric drugs never teach new skills. People do. It is time we invest once again, our time, our energy, and our hearts into the lives of our children."

"In my therapeutic work , I have noticed the immense power of the process of 'joining in', of being strengths based, of sharing together in our common humanity, of relating compassion, and accepting persons for who they are and where they are."

"The mental health profession needs to become more oriented towards understanding the human condition. We need to remove the barriers where the therapist is seen as all knowing and the client as lesser. Counseling should be the sharing of experience, relating understanding, and helping to empower people's resiliency."

"I do not deny the existence of individuals who are undergoing mental distress. What I do deny is the unproven concept that a person's emotional state of being is solely a chemical process rather than an emanation of their experiences and the social and political processes around them."

"Psychiatry claims to be a medical profession yet has little to substantiate its theories. That which is enshrined in the DSM-IV is highly subjective and these labels do not tell us anything about the experience of the person. Psychiatrists are able to take away people's freedom and lock them in wards. This is not medicine but social control. People are being told the lie that they are brain disabled, have a so called chemical imbalance, and must be lifelong consumers of toxic psychiatric drugs when there exists no shred of evidence for such ideas. People are being completely disempowered and the current psychiatric paradigm does not treat people respectfully and with dignity."

"In my work with autistic persons and those with developmental differences, I have always believed that these persons DO communicate, though it may be in a way apart from others, and that we must focus on innate strengths. Our objective should never be to force them to be something they are not but to respectfully guide them to be able to navigate through the mainstream."

Acclaimed Child and Family Psychotherapist, Social Researcher, Theologian, and Lecturer
DR. DAN L. EDMUNDS, ED.D., B.C.S.A.

Professor of Religion and Human Services


European-American University




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