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Dr. Dan L. Edmunds has been called the ‘voice of compassion’ in the mental health system. He has vehemently challenged the psychiatric establishment arguing that people need people, not drugs and that relationship with another person has powerful ability to heal. Dr. Edmunds pioneered a project termed “Prince 104”, similar to Soteria, he took seriously distressed individuals who under traditional mental health practice would be hospitalized and loaded with psychiatric drugs. Instead, Dr. Edmunds found them a place to stay in the local community and spent quality time with them daily seeking to understand and guide them through their experiences. Dr. Edmunds helped a young autistic man enter college and he is now continuing to graduate school and arranged ordination to a minor order for a person with Down’s Syndrome whose dream was to become a priest. Dr. Edmunds is in private practice in Tunkhannock, PA and also provides therapeutic services in Bradford, Susquehanna, and Wyoming counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania. He is the Founder of the Center for Humane Psychiatry- www.humanepsychiatry.com

Source:  http://www.examiner.com/autism-parenting-in-scranton/autism-mental-health-and-power-of-relationship-the-work-of-dr-dan-edmunds



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