Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D,B.C.S.A.,DAPA.

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D,B.C.S.A.,DAPA.
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D.- Drug Free Relational Approaches/ Psychotherapy- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania area

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D.
202 W. Tioga St.
Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania USA 18657




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Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D. is a noted existential-humanist psychotherapist, child developmental specialist, social activist, and author. He is the founder of the International Center for Humane Psychiatry which is an emancipatory movement for human rights and dignity in the mental health system. Dr. Edmunds' therapeutic work has focused on drug free, relationship based approaches for autism and developmental differences as well as extreme states of mind (what is labeled as schizophrenia, schizoaffective, bipolar). He has been a leading critic of the mental health establishment challenging its ties to the pharmaceutical industry as well as many of its practices which invalidate experience and are oppressive.

Dr. Edmunds at the age of 14 began taking interest in culture and belief and undertook study of various ethnic and religious groups. At the age of 15, he became active in various political campaigns, holding his first press conference. At 16, he became the youngest legislative aide in the State of Colorado serving with then State Senator Robert W. Schaffer. He later served as the youngest registered professional lobbyist in the State of Colorado. In 1992, he served as a county campaign coordinator for a congressional campaign in Florida and had the opportunity to transport Martin Luther King III to an event at Bethune Cookman College and attend the Congressional Black Caucus Swearing-in Ceremonies in Washington, D.C.
He graduated from Fort Collins High School in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1993. He attended the University of Florida and received his Bachelor of Arts with a major in Comparative Religion and a minor in Sociology. He completed his Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Scranton, a Jesuit institution in 1999. He completed post graduate coursework in Dispute Resolution in 2000 via Nova Southeastern University and earned his Doctorate of Education in Community Counseling in 2006 from Argosy University of Sarasota. Dr. Edmunds' dissertation was an exploration of a drug free program for children diagnosed as ADHD participating in wraparound programs.
In 1999, he collaborated with Bobbi Gagne of the Sexual Abuse Crisis Team of Vermont. He began work as a therapist for a private agency in 2000, and in 2001 he was host of a local radio program addressing children's mental health issues and drug free approaches. In 2001, he developed a radio program in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area focused on drug free approaches and children's mental health. In 2002, he completed various trainings in relationship based approaches to autism. In 2003, he received Board Certification in Sexual Abuse Issues from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.
In 2004, Edmunds undertook a lecture tour in Florida discussing psychiatric abuse, and the diagnosis of ADHD and drug free ways to aid children receiving this label.
Edmunds began publishing a number of critical psychology articles at this time. In 2005, Edmunds delivered a presentation "Thinking Outside the Bio-Psychiatric Paradigm" at the 8the 8th annual conference of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology held at the Sheraton LaGuardia in Flushing, New York. Also in 2005, he serves as clinical director for a therapeutic equestrian program.
In 2006, Edmunds attends the Fight for Kids Gala in New York City sponsored by Tia Ciabani of Ports 1961 which included Kelly Preston, John Travolta, Greta Van Sustern, and Arianna Huffington among the guests.
Also in 2006, after receiving his Doctorate, Edmunds begins private consultation and publishes his first book "Children Our Treasure" and delivers a talk at an exhibit on psychiatric abuse held in Niagara Falls, New York.
in 2007, he lectures at an event in Buffalo, New York and is interviewed on various local radio programs (Melbourne, Florida; Hartford,CT; Clearwater, FL) He publishes his second book "Experience: The Soul of Therapy."
In 2008, Dr. Edmunds publishes "Navigating Through the Mainstream", a text on autism acceptance and helping developmentally different persons. He travels to Miami, Florida for meetings on foster care reform and lectures at the opening of exhibit on psychiatric abuse in Philadelphia, PA.
in 2009, Dr. Edmunds joins the Board of Advisors of the R.D. Laing Society. He is interviewed on a number of radio programs including Highway to Health. He serves as a consultant in the case of Kurt Danysh, a person without any prior history of violence who committed a violent act after being prescribed the drug Prozac.

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