Mind-Body Medicine


School of Mind-Body Medicine to Feature Videoconference with James Lake, MD, Leader in Integrative Mental Health Movement

Dr. James Lake
Dr. James Lake


On February 12, 2013, James Lake will make a presentation for the School of Mind-Body Medicine:    “The Promise of Integrative Mental Health”

James Lake, MD, is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the integrative mental health movement. Integrative mental health is a comprehensive whole-person approach to mental health care providing an alternative to the mainstream biomedical and pharmaceutical approach to mental health treatment. The addition of evidence-based behavioral, nutritional, and spiritual/transpersonal interventions can supplement and sometimes replace medication regimens for individuals with acute and chronic mental health disorders.

Dr. Lake is the author of several books:  Integrative Mental Health Care: A Therapist’s Handbook (2009), Complimentary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health (2007), of Integrative Mental Health Care (2006), and Chinese Medical Psychiatry (2001).

Dr. Lake is the founding Chair of the International Network of Integrative Mental Health, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, and the founding chair of the American Psychiatric Association Caucus on Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine.  James Lake also recently agreed to join the faculty of the Saybrook University, School of Mind-Body Medicine, and will develop and teach the new MBM course on “Foundations of Integrative Mental Health.”

Dr. Lake has provided an advance summary of his February presentation:

“The future of mental health care will be both daunting in its challenges and filled with the promise of new and better ways of understanding, preventing and treating serious mental illness. Novel approaches for assessing and treating mental illness are being shaped by advances in neuroscience, genetics, and the scientific validation of ancient healing traditions in the social context of a growing range of expert resources and services that are becoming possible through rapidly increasing global access to the internet.”

“Future models of mental health care will be determined by demographic trends and economic necessity as well as changing social norms and increasingly holistic values among both physicians and patients. In the coming decades, advances in conventional biomedicine will take place in parallel with growing insight into the mechanisms underlying non-conventional therapies. Complementary and alternative medicine will evolve from the use of “herbs and vitamins” to a sophisticated research-driven model of integrative medicine based on individualized treatments incorporating biological, mind-body, informational and energy therapies targeting complex multi-factorial causes of mental illness.”

“Improvements in the pharmacological management of mental illness and advances in manufacturing and quality assurance of vitamins, herbals, amino acids and other natural products will result in more efficacious and safer conventional and alternative treatment choices for mental illness. Treatment protocols incorporating validated mind-body and energy therapies will become widely used preventive therapies for maintaining optimal mental functioning in healthy populations and will be more frequently ‘prescribed’ for the treatment of depression, anxiety, psychosis and other mental health problems.”

“Following a brief overview of the perspectives and limitations of biomedical psychiatry, emerging paradigms in the basic sciences and medicine that are changing the way we think about and treat mental illness will be reviewed. Important recent research advances that will impact mental health care in the coming decades are summarized. Core principles and practical clinical methods of an emerging paradigm, integrative mental health care, will then be discussed. In the coming decades advances in the basic sciences will transform biomedicine into a more robust and more complete paradigm that will reconcile modern Western scientific theory with the World’s great healing traditions. A near term benefit will be more effective person-centered mental health care. The emerging paradigm of integrative mental health care is an important step in this evolutionary process. The presentation concludes with a forecast of important advances that will transform mental health care in the first decades of the 21st century.”

Call-In Information: Please call 866-283-7550 for an audio connection. Then turn on your webcams and use the URL below to make the Adobe Connect videoconference connection.   URL:       http://connectpro97871500.adobeconnect.com/drjameslake/



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