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Mental Health for the Whole Child


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Scott M. Shannon, MD, is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado and past president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. Board Certified in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Integrative Holistic Medicine, he teaches health care professionals around the world how to approach children's health and well-being holistically, without assuming pathology. He is the founder of the Wholeness Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, the largest and most comprehensive integrative mental health clinic in the U.S. (www.wholeness.com)


"[A] welcome resource in an era where we are seeing so many behavioral issues in our children. . . . Dr. Shannon . . . brings his considerable reputation to offer us a well-referenced, easy-to-use guide to mental health issues in children, which is not primarily based on psychopharmacology. . . . [P]ragmatic, wise, well-researched, and clearly expertly practiced methods . . . . I strongly recommend it to anyone whose family or patients have been touched by mental health issues in children and who seeks a truly compassionate, rational, and holistic approach to their care and healing." -- Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing
"With clear, concise, and accessible language, Shannon writes a well-researched, thoughtful text, and supports his thesis with a multitude of peer-reviewed research and case studies. . . . [T]he book is an informative read. It highlights current issues, suggests new practices, and explores ways to holistically improve a child's health." -- PsychCentral
"With compassion and practical wisdom, Dr. Shannon lays out a simple, balanced approach to pediatric mental healthcare, one that looks beyond the diagnosis-drug paradigm we've come to rely on. Readers will learn how to understand and assess all areas of a child's life to identify the real roots of common childhood problems. Mental Health for the Whole Child is refreshingly pragmatic and compelling-a necessary addition to any clinician's toolbox." -- Andrew Weil, MD, founder of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; author, Spontaneous Happiness: A New Path to Emotional Well-Being
"This is a valuable, practical guide for practitioners and families from America's master of integrative child psychiatry. Dr. Shannon brings his years of expertise to life with clinical stories and the latest research-a heartfelt gift to this rapidly growing field." -- Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, author of Mental Health Naturally and Addressing ADD Naturally
"Today, we pathologize children who struggle with emotional and behavioral issues, relying on medications for a solution. Tomorrow, if we heed the lucid, powerful, and science-based prescription for reform in Mental Health for the Whole Child, we will adopt holistic methods for helping those children truly heal and become physically, emotionally, and spiritually well. I'm certain that if our children had their say, they would pick this future over our present ways." -- Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic and Mad in America

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