Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Mental Health

1st Edition

Editors: Scott Shannon
Hardcover ISBN: 9780126382815
eBook ISBN: 9780080533414
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 10th December 2001
Page Count: 574
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Scott Shannon is an MD, president elect of the American Holistic Medical Association, and considered a national expert on holistic psychiatry. In this book he brings together a comprehensive overview of CAM treatments, with information on their effectiveness and safety for specific patient populations and for use in treating specific disorders. Modalities covered include Acupuncture, Nutritional Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Meditation, Biofeedback, Aromatherapy and others. Coverage also includes chapters on the best CAM modalities for treatment of Anxiety and PTSD, Depression, ADD, and Addictions.

Each chapter will be in a similar template, beginning with a description of the treatment, it's safety, compatibility with conventional treatments and/or contrindications, scientific documentation of it's efficacy, discussion of which disorders it is best used for, and references.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* Most comprehensive overview of rapidly expanding field

  • Includes chapters by 24 leading psychiatric/psychological experts in these fields
  • Documents and rates the research base in each area
  • Offers practical clinical approaches for four common mental health concerns—depression, anxiety, ADHD, and addictions
  • Areas not yet covered in professional training
  • Practices commonly employed by the public (40-50% of the American public use complementary or alternative approaches)
  • No previous book of this nature or scope


Psychotherapists in all forms of practice, treating all disorders and all patient populations.

Table of Contents

Contributors. Preface.

Part I: Overview

S. Shannon, Introduction: The Emerging Paradigm.

S. Shannon, Integration and Holism.

Part II: Physical Modalities

R.P. Lee, Cranial Osteopathy.

R. D'Angelo, Aromatherapy.

J. Settle, Diet and Essential Fatty Acids.

J. Settle, Nutritional Supplements.

Part III: Mind-Body Approaches

D. Moss, Biofeedback.

K. Lowenstein, Meditation and Self-Regulatory Techniques.

J. Lake, Qigong.

B. Sultanoff, Breath Work.

Part IV: Spiritual Approaches

J.R. Bonadonna, Therapeutic Touch.

D. Benor, Spiritual Healing.

E. Leskowitz, Medical Intuition.

J. Wyker,Spiritual Psychotherapy.

Part V: Modern Innovations

W.M. Zangwill, J. Pearson, and P. Kosminsky, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

M. Fallon-Cyr and M. Fallon-Cyr, The Hakomi Method and Body-Centered Psychotherapies.

M. Schupbach, Process Work.

Part VI: Traditional Medical System

H. Cass and J. Cott, Herbal Medicine.

P. Bailey, Homeopathy.

J. Motl, Acupuncture.

J. Brooks, Ayurveda.

Part VII: Other Approaches

J.R. Graham-Pole, The Creative Arts: What Role Do They Play?

B.A. Sultanoff, The Environment.

J. Diamond, The Therapeutic Power of Music.

Part VIII: Synthesis

S. Shannon, Synthesis.<BR


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About the Editor

Scott Shannon

Scott Shannon, MD, has been involved in complementary and alternative healthcare for over twenty-five years. In 1978, he became one of the founding members of the American Holistic Medical Association. He is now the current president. Over the years, Dr. Shannon has worked as a primary care physician at a rural holistic clinic and as a Medical Director of a psychiatric hospital. Board certified in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, General Psychiatry and most recently Holistic Medicine, his practice emphasizes education, herbal medicine, nutrition, spirituality, and acupuncture. Currently, Dr. Shannon works as a Medical Director for a hospital-based holistic clinic in Loveland, Colorado. He also serves on the Editorial Board of The Integrative Medicine Consult and speaks widely to professional audiences.

Affiliations and Expertise

McKee Center for Holistic Medicine, Loveland, Colorado, U.S.A.


"Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Mental Health represents a comprehensive overview of reapidly expanding field that includes chapters by 24 leading psychiatric/psychological experts in these fields... There are few previous books of this nature or scope for professional audience... This is an excellent compendium of integrative and holistic therapies, not just for mental health... This groundbreaking text should become a standard reference for any mental health care professional. It is well written, and a pleasurable read." —WORDTRADE "Shannon imposes a detailed format that includes an in-depth overview of the field, safety considerations, extent of published research on each approach, and validation of effects... Shannon makes a persuasive argument that Eastern and Western medicine can easily complement one another and reinforce each other's strengths in healing many forms of mental illnesses. Highly recommended for graduate students, researchers and clinicians in both mental health and medicine." —CHOICE "Mental health professionals would be well advised to look into the topics covered in this book, both to broadentheir professional horizons, and, to get some idea of what their clients are likely to be up to." —INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PSYCHIATRY "This is a very useful book, organizing a large amount of information in a relevant, easy-to-use format. It provides a clear, up-to-date description of the interface between current medical practice and the therapies it covers, particularly contraindications and potential interactions. It is an important beginning of the dissemination to mental health professionals of information about alternative therapies many clients are already using." —divine, inc. "This volume is a significant contribution to the emerging field of comple