Expert Faculty

 17 Experts in their Fields of Study

Our faculty are all highly-esteemed experts in the field of integrative mental health. Most have extensive training in social work, psychology or psychiatry—and all have vast experience working with people. They represent diverse cultures and a variety of effective skills to guide disturbed individuals towards health and improve our ailing mental healthcare system. Each also realizes that the spiritual aspect of life has a vital role to play in optimizing wellness and improving healthcare systems, even though spirituality takes shape in a variety of ways.

We now  have a library of audio/video interviews of faculty and guest presenters for you to enjoy. We have also begun teaching online courses on optimizing well-being (with a cautious approach to psychiatric medications).  These courses include some of the faculty interviews alongside articles of interest, discussion groups and live teleseminars and webinars.   In the future we will offer online and residential courses involving more of the faculty.

Our current list of faculty:

  • Mary Ackerley, MD, MDH, ABIHM, is a Harvard and Johns Hopkins trained board certified psychiatrist and board certified integrative physician who understands both the biochemistry of the brain and nutritional medicine.  She is open and curious to all possibilities in the realm of health, and continually looks for answers to chronic physical and mental illness that may fail to surface in the mainstream. She is particularly interested in elucidating the relationship between the brain, hormones and the immune system.

  • Sylene Almeida, MD is a pediatrician from Brazil who uses an integrative approach to help her young clients with emotional disturbances and cognitive disabilities. She has developed her own line of Flower Essences for Mental Health (Flores do Vento/ Flowers of the Wind), and also practices a Japanese form of energy work (Jin Shin Jyutsu) finding them both useful for managing mental health.
  • Alan Bachers, PhD will teach about the Positive Potential of Neurofeedback Technologies for helping heal from anxiety, depression and learning disabilities. Neurofeedback is non-invasive, has no negative side effects, and is pain free. Research has shown it has positive results in the form of increased peace of mind and improved ability to maintain focus.
  • Dan Benor, MD is a wholistic psychiatrist and teacher of WHEE, an effective way to relieve pain, anxiety and depression and complications of post-traumatic stress disorder. (WHEE is a Wholistic Hybrid derived from EMDR and EFT). Dr. Benor will train individuals How to Use WHEE.
  • David Berceli, PhD is an international expert in the areas of trauma intervention and conflict resolution. He is also the founder and CEO of Trauma Recovery Services.  For the past 22 years he has lived and worked in nine countries providing trauma relief workshops and designing recovery programs for international organizations around the world.
  • Emma Bragdon, PhD is an integrative therapist and coach, the founder and director of Integrative Mental Health for You and the Foundation for Energy Therapies. She is facilitating a series of courses now to Introduce the Full Spectrum of Integrative Care. She will also be teaching about subjects related to Spiritual Healing, Spirituality and Mental Health.
  • Dan Booth Cohen, PhD facilitates Constellation Family Therapy in the Prison System as well as teaching psychotherapists how to use it in their private practice. He will teach Using Constellation Work with Deep Seated Problems.
  • Jamy Faust, MA and Peter Faust, MAc facilitate groups based on the classic family constellations of Bert Hellinger and train new facilitators in this work.  Peter Faust is a licensed acupuncturist and energy healer.  Jamy is a holistic psychotherapist and energy healer.  Together they will introduce The Constellation Approach, their new process that blends constellation methodology, energy medicine and consciousness studies for family lineage healing.
  • Sandra Glickman, MA, was licensed as a psychotherapist in CA but on moving to Iowa chose to work as a ‘spiritual counselor’.  She combines her previous training in psychotherapy with her skills and experience as an awakened realizer and adept.   She is also a teacher for Waking Down in Mutuality.
  • James Greenblatt, MD is an integrative psychiatrist, author and clinical faculty member at Tufts Medical School. After many years as a psycho-pharmacologist, he became acutely aware that although medications are effective in reducing psychiatric symptoms, they do not address underlying biochemical imbalances and have many undesirable side effects. He will speak about Addressing Biochemical Imbalances and Unique Biochemical Profiles.
  • David Healy, MD is a psychiatrist, researcher and author from Wales.  His 2012 book, Pharmageddon, is a meticulously documented review of current practices in psychiatry. Dr. Healy will encourage viewers to come to grips with the ambiguities cited as evidence that support claims by the pharmaceutical companies. He also suggests ways to return psychiatry to its original mission of true healing.
  • Eric Leskowitz, MD is a staff psychiatrist at the Pain Management Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA. He teaches at Harvard and Tufts Medical School. He will speak about Integrating Approaches such as Hypnosis, Meditation and Energy Healing with Conventional Psychotherapy.
  • Alexander Moreira-Almeida, MD, PhD Founder and Director of “The Research Center in Spirituality and Health” in Brazil, is also a Professor of Psychiatry at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, School of Medicine. Dr. Almeida has been active in research on the mind-brain relationship and delved deeply into the practical aspects of bringing spirituality into psychiatric practice. Possession, trance and mediumship (PTM) are widespread experiences that involve alterations in consciousness. Since the 19th Century there has been substantial, high level scientific research about PTM. Findings show that 1. most of these experiences are not related to mental disorders, 2. Fraud, hallucination, and unconscious mind activity may explain much but not all the observed data. This guides us into a deeper understanding of mind and its relationship with the body.
  • Judith Pentz, MD is a holistic, alternative/integrative psychiatrist with board certification in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. She will speak about Combining the Best of Western and Integrative Medicine to stimulate our natural healing mechanisms. The modalities she employs include orthomolecular/nutritional options, homeopathy, targeted amino-acid therapy, breathing techniques/meditation as well as other options. She believes psychotherapy is often necessary to support the many changes that are part of the integrative approach. This may include brief individual therapy, family therapy, or more intense, depth psychotherapy.
  • Scott Shannon, MD is a psychiatrist specializing in working with youth and adolescents. He has been a leader in advancing the ideals of an integrative approach to mental health care and often presents about the impact of nutrition and micronutrients. He is President of the American Board of Holistic and Integrative Medicine (2011-2013). He will be part of a two-part program about Integrative Mental Health for Youth and Teens: (How to Avoid Another Newtown Massacre) that addresses youth and the faculty and counselors who guide them.
  • Shawn Tassone, MD is an OBGYN who practices Integrative Medicine.  He has a deep interest in shamanic practices.  He will be speaking about the role of the transpersonal in healing and sharing stories of how the transpersonal manifests in his life as a surgeon.

Our list of faculty continues to grow…stay tuned!

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