Integrative mental health options help many children and teens. A chapter I co-authored appears in “Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice,” a guidebook on how to best integrate complementary and alternative treatments into psychiatry.

The book recently a Gold Medal Nautilus Book Award in the Psychology category for 2017.

My chapter was a collaborative effort of child psychiatrists, who, like myself, are enthusiastic about finding gentler options for supporting healing. 

My contribution was on nutrition in the chapter titled, “Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Child and Adults Psychiatric Disorders.” The chapter offered options for nutrition, equine-Assisted therapy, art therapy and neurofeedback.

My collaborators were Deborah R. Simkin, M.D.; Jenna Saul, M.D.; Judith E Pentz MD; Joel F. Lubar, Ph.D.; Kirk D. Little, Psy.D.; and Robert W. Thatcher, Ph.D.

The textbook was edited by Patricia Gerbarg, M.D., Philip Muskin, M.D., and Richard Brown, M.D., and is published by American Psychiatric Association (APA) Publishing.

“This prestigious award represents the high quality that APA Publishing – the largest publisher in the mental health field – strives for all its books and publications,” said APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., in a press released May 1, 2018. “We commend the authors.”

The book offers advice to psychiatrists and other health care professionals on how to best tailor treatments to their patients, combine and integrate treatments for the best outcomes as well as proper use of complementary and alternative treatments. The book covers plant-based medicines, yoga, meditation and other mind-body practices, art therapy and other complementary and alternative treatments.

The Nautilus Awards are given to books that “support conscious living & green values, high-level wellness, positive social change, and spiritual growth,” according to the group’s web site

“A Gold Medal Nautilus Award is a significant achievement and it singles out this book as the best in its field,” said APA Publisher John McDuffie. “We congratulate the authors for this achievement.”

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