This crucial volume provides a concise overview of the conceptual foundations and clinical methods underlying the rapidly emerging subspecialty of integrative mental healthcare. It discusses methods for guiding practitioners to individualized integrative strategies that address unique symptoms and circumstances for each patient and includes practical clinical techniques for developing interventions addressed at wellness, prevention, and treatment.
Included among the overview:
• Meeting the challenges of mental illness through integrative mental health care.
• Evolving paradigms and their impact on mental health care
• Models of consciousness: How they shape understandings of normal mental functioning and mental illness
• Foundations of methodology in integrative mental health care
• Treatment planning in integrative mental health care
• The future of mental health care
James H. Lake, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in Monterey, California. He has served as a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Stanford, and is currently a visiting assistant professor of medicine at University of Arizona School of Medicine, Center for Integrative Medicine. He founded and chaired the American Psychiatric Association's Caucus on Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Mental Health Care from 2004 through 2010 and was appointed to a special APA Task Force on CAM and integrative medicine. He was a founding member and former chair of the International Network of Integrative Mental Health. Dr. Lake has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and contributes a regular column on integrative mental health care to Psychiatric Times. Dr. Lake is the author or editor of four textbooks on integrative mental health care.