The Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Autism Acceptance Project was established by Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D. in the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania area to help autistic, Asperger's and other developmentally different persons based on autonomy, understanding, tolerance, inclusion, self-determination, and meaning as well as providing educational and other advocacy for persons with special needs. Please contact us at or visit

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Professor of Comparative Religion and Human Services

Psychotherapist for Children, Teens, and Adults

Lecturer, Speaker, and Public Intellectual
Consultant and Expert on Autism, Asperger's and Developmental Differences

Activist for Social Justice


as well as numerous articles on mental health reform, ethics in practice, autism/developmental differences, extreme states of mind (schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar), traumatic stress, and emotional health.

Speaker on local and nationally syndicated radio programs

Board Certified in Sexual Abuse Issues, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

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"With much compassion and understanding, Dr. Edmunds has an innate ability to connect with distressed persons, aid them through challenges and seek to understand their experience. His work with autistic persons and persons undergoing extreme states of mind is unique and amazing. Dr. Edmunds is controversial and often iconoclastic as he is a critical thinker. From theologian to humanist, from youngest legislative aide and registered professional lobbyist to social activist, from mainstream mental health professional to an outspoken critic of his field, Dr. Edmunds has not been afraid to speak out and tackle irrationality, oppression, and injustice. From his youth, Dr. Edmunds has involved himself in struggle for human rights and the dignity of persons. He has never been one to back down when confronted with a challenge, and he does not accept things at face value, rather he has a brilliant and critical mind of reason."


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Dr. D.L. Edmunds' private practice of psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults is located in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. Dr. Edmunds is one of few offering a holistic, drug free, relationship based approach that encourages self determination, autonomy, and dignity. Dr. Edmunds' work has focused on drug free approaches to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, relational approaches for autism/developmental differences, resolving traumatic stress, assisting troubled children and teens, and helping individuals be able to understand and manage extreme states of mind (schizophrenia, bipolar). Dr. Edmunds has developed the Northeastern Pennsylvania Autism Acceptance Project

that focuses on autonomy, understanding, tolerance, inclusion, self-determination and meaning. It is a dynamic and innovative program serving autistic and developmentally different persons in Northeastern Pennsylvania and offering support and consultation to special education departments, educators, parents, and others. In addition to his private practice of psychotherapy, Dr. Edmunds serves as a consultant to special education departments and as a psychological evaluator for various community based programs for children. He is also involved in conflict resolution and mediation. Dr. Edmunds devotes time to scholarly research of consciousness studies, Comparative Religion and the Sociology of Religion, Philosophy, and Psychology. A committed social activist, Dr. Edmunds works diligently to encourage an end to poverty and a society that is dedicated to compassion, ethics, human rights, equality, and dignity. He had been the youngest legislative aide and later registered professional lobbyist to serve in the State of Colorado. In 2006, Dr. Edmunds established the International Center for Humane Psychiatry to encourage ethics and compassion in the field of mental health and to address issues of psychiatric abuse and promote more humane and dignified approaches towards helping distressed persons. Sinced 2006, Dr. Edmunds has delivered workshops and lectures, conducted radio interviews, participated in rallies and protests, attended professional conferences and meetings focused on mental health, juvenile justice, and foster care reform and in promoting caring approaches for distressed individuals and meeting our children's true needs. In 2008, Dr. Edmunds began organizing the Humanist Center for Freethought and Social Activism

to promote scientific inquiry, exploration of philosophical concepts, examination of comparative religion, and mythologies. In addition, to promote holding beliefs based on logic and reason rather than ascribing to dogmatism, authority, or tradition. The Center encourages the skeptical questioning of ideas, concepts, beliefs, and authority.

The Center also encourages social activism. The Center is committed to erasing oppression in all its forms and is dedicaed to radical democracy where racism, homophobia, sexism, class divisions, and inequalities cease and where there is true justice, not just for an elite few. It strives for the liberation of oppressed persons, for basic human rights,civil rights, cultural freedom, and ecological responsibility. The Center opposes imperialism and militarism and struggles against corporate exploitation of workers and the disadvantaged.

Tunkhannock, a beautiful town in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania is located approximately 40 minutes from the Scranton/Wilkes Barre region and about 2.5 hours respectively from the New York (Manhattan) and Philadelphia Metropolitan areas and approximately one hour from Binghamton/Elmira, New York. Dr. Edmunds is accepting new clients and is also arranging to see clients in Dunmore, Pennsylvania (next door to Scranton). To arrange a consultation, seminar/lecture, or for media interview requests, please write to:

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Professor Dr. D.L. Edmunds is a noted child and family psychotherapist, expert on autism and developmental differences, Comparative Religion scholar, public intellectual, humanist, philosopher, critical thinker, social activist, and author. Dr. Edmunds is a radical voice encouraging critical inquiry and challenging the psychiatric, political, and societal establishments. Dr. Edmunds strives for human rights, compassion, and dignity in the mental health system. He is an ally of the psychiatric survivor movement and a social activist promoting the need for understanding and equality and ending oppression in all its forms. In addition to his work as a psychotherapist, Dr. Edmunds conducts extensive study into the sociology of religion and belief, and has explored various religious groups (Jewish, Muslim, Eastern Orthodox Christian, Old Catholic, Roman Catholic, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Hindu, Baha'i, among others.) He has published a number of articles exploring religious belief and traditions. He is the author of the recent book, THE ODDITIES OF RELIGION

which critically examines religious dogmatism. Dr. Edmunds has explored meditation practices as well as ayurveda. Dr. Edmunds collaborates with a number of individuals in the holistic healing arts, among them Maya Winddancer Noble, a licensed acupuncturist and scholar of Oriental Medicine. Together, they have sought means to manage physical and emotional pain and encourage wellness. Dr. Edmunds completed undergraduate studies at the University of Florida in Comparative Religion and Sociology. He completed post graduate coursework in Dispute Resolution through the Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. He received his Master of Arts from the University of Scranton and earned his Doctorate of Education in Community Counseling from the University of Sarasota. Dr. Edmunds lectures extensively and has been a guest on local and nationally syndicated radio programs broadcast in Los Angeles, CA; Melbourne, FL; Tampa/St.Petersburg/Clearwater, FL; Hartford, CT.

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds with the Dunkle Family at the opening of an exhibit on psychiatric abuse held in Center City, Philadelphia. The Dunkle family's daughter, Shania, sadly died in the office of her physician from a psychiatric drug.



Dr. Edmunds speaking at event in Niagara Falls, New York, USA


January 20th: Radio Interview- Clearwater, Florida
March 26th: Scranton, Pennsylvania
June 1: New York, New York






AUTISM, ASPERGER, DEVELOPMENTAL DIFFERENCES SERVICES FOR NORTHEASTERN PENNYSYLVANIA AND SOUTHERN TIER OF NEW YORK REGION- THE AUTISM ACCEPTANCE PROJECT- providing training and instruction to educators, parents, and others on understanding developmental differences, encouraging inclusion, and developing approaches that respect dignity, autonomy, and self determination.

The Northeast Pennsylvania Autism Acceptance Project helps autistic, Asperger, and developmentally different persons be able to navigate through the mainstream with dignity. It is focused on the principles of autonomy, understanding, tolerance, inclusion, self-determination, and meaning. Our objective is to provide education and consultation to special education departments, educators, parents, mental health professionals, and others that promote relational approaches and which are respectful to the person.









A 5 year old boy who had been given a diagnosis of autism began working with Dr. Edmunds. He was completely non-verbal when Dr. Edmunds encountered him. He came into the office and began to bang on the computer keyboard. In the main room of the clinic was a large pit of plastic balls. Dr. Edmunds told him, "I am going to have to scoop you up and throw you in the ballpit." He smiled and walked away, only to return to the keyboard with his hand outstretched towards the keyboard, not touching it, just grinning. Just as he touched it, Dr. Edmunds picked him up and said, "yep, to the ballpit with you." He giggled and smiled, and then returned to the keyboard again, but this time he did not touch it, he just fell into Dr. Edmunds arms and then for the first time spoke "throw me in."

From Dr. Edmunds text: ROOTS OF DISTRESS (2008) Order your copy of ROOTS OF DISTRESS

Alan was seen by most as an obstinate young man who had completed departed from any sense of reality. His hallucinations had earned him the diagnosis of a psychotic disorder not to mention he frequently displayed aggressive behavior. Reading the charts from before, it painted a monstrosity, but gave little detail to what Alan's experience might have been. When I first encountered Alan, I did not demand that he speak to me or that he not speak to me. I made no demands. I solely informed him that I was a supportive person who wanted to know him for who he is. This opened the door to intense dialogues. Together we explored questions about life that we both may have never thought much on before. The topics would drift to purpose, impermanence, suffering, the human condition. He related to me the pain of years of abuse, how he felt dehumanized and humiliated by the various people he thought would help him. He told me of his feelings of being alone, of being nothing. This feeling of nothing for him was an end at the time, but really it was the beginning. It was the door for him to question life, to question what he had been taught, to become. He related to me about his hallucinations, and his imaginary friends became mine as well. I asked about their habits, and their words. I noticed that these beings he saw were him at various points in time. As I met each of these beings, I learned something a bit more about the experience of Alan. Gradually as his emotional needs were met and he began to see himself once again as a singular person in the present moment of time and space, these beings began to depart. I saw in Alan the resilient human spirit and I will not forget him.

I was contacted on one occasion to conduct an assessment and consult with a family in regards to their son who was in his early twenties who had been involuntarily committed by his father to a state mental hospital. As I entered the facility, wondered how any in this place could not feel worthless, depressed, and mad. I entered to meet John. He appeared somewhat lethargic because of the cocktail of psychiatric drugs he was being given, but he greeted me warmly and with a smile. John began to immediately speak and told me how he was an African American infant who when he was around two years old was turned white. (John was quite pale in complexion). He then proceeded to tell me about the mind control he felt he was experiencing, that his freedom was taken away, he could no longer think for himself. I asked him who he felt was controlling his mind. His answer did not surprise me- it was his father. I later asked the mother if John's father was a racist and if John had been abused. The answer was yes to both; the father had been linked to racist organizations. The abuse began around the age of 2. It was clear that John had a powerful message, though surrounded in metaphor. To the person only wanting to categorize behavior and ignore experience, would they have known what John was seeking to communicate?

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"(Dr. Edmunds) is gifted with intellectual curiosity, a well ordered mind and humility. Perhaps his best skills are his wonderful openness and ability to find calm even in the most troubled situation."-Eddy Regnier, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences

"I have known Dr. Edmunds for about 10 years, and am very familiar with his work. In my opinion, he is man of high integrity. He is firm in his convictions and not easily swayed by political pressure or public opinion. Regarding theology, I think these qualities are quintessential as the spirit speaks from the inside out, and a truly religious man must have the courage to trust and follow his inner guidance. (Dr. Edmunds) is also a very clear thinker and writer. And shows plenty of initiative. I especially admire his devotion to defending and supporting the spirited nature of our young people. I know he has a wealth of experience working with people, and I know he communicates his ideas well. He is not a closed system, but able to listen and open to new ideas...Dr. Edmunds is a great ally... He has confronted folks within the mental health system for awhile and chose integrity and truth over security and passivity more than once." -DR. JOHN BREEDING, PH.D, psychologist and author of "Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses" and "True Nature and Great Misunderstandings"

"Dr. Edmunds has developed a strong rapport with (my child). He even waits at the corner of our street in anticipation of his visits. More importantly, over the course of the summer we saw a definite improvement in (his) socialization and behavior at home...I have been extremely impressed with Dr. Edmunds' extensive knowledge...I also appreciate the comfort we receive in learning of positive results he has achieved with other children. Although I have read extensively myself and spoken with his developmental pediatrician, Dr. Edmunds has been able to translate his theoretical understanding into practical steps that have helped (my child) and us."-S.J., Pennsylvania

"(Dr. Edmunds) message is so vital, and so inspiring."- H.M., United Kingdom

"I really like what you are doing and have done. Congratulations, and keep up the good work!" -Dr. Clancy D. McKenzie, M.D., Professor of Integrative Medicine, Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, author of the Unification Theory of Mental Illness

"I think (Dr. Edmunds) insights are RIGHT ON and deserve a place in canon psychological, growth, and child development texts. The patterns he describes and the reactions I experienced, and have witnessed others experiencing, could not have been more accurate and profound. I think a great goal would be entirely replacing the DSM with the patterns and reactions (Dr. Edmunds) observed because those present dilemmas that can actually be nurtured and solved.- J.K., California

I first learned of Dr. Edmunds in February 2006, when I read an article on the Internet that he had written: “The Value of a Relationship Approach to Autism.” In an age when psychiatry and psychology have tried to reduce man’s hopes, his goals and his emotions to the biochemistry of the brain, I found Dr. Edmund’s article to be a breath of fresh air and I wrote to him and let him know that.

He responded saying that as a mental health professional, “I have fought to return a conscience to the profession where we understand that our work is not to subdue and label individuals and function as 'social police' but to aid in resolving conflict, restoring relationships, and helping individuals to become empowered and find meaning in their lives. Bio-psychiatry does not understand this and is completely incompatible with such a conception.”

Since that time, Dr. Edmunds began working with CCHR and was invited to become a member of the CCHR advisory board (a Commissioner) and he accepted. In that capacity, he has been interviewed about his work with Autistic children for a CCHR radio show, “Take America Back” and has assisted several CCHR chapters in their activities. One activity was to serve as a keynote speaker at the Grand Opening of the CCHR traveling exhibit in Buffalo, New York. I was told that his speech there was inspirational and was very well received by the audience.

-Carla Moxon, Director of Field Activities
Citizen's Commission on Human Rights International

"I have since KNOWN all that you are working on and it gives me a great sense of hope to finally hear that people are understanding and working towards a better, more humane way to care and prevent the kinds of horror and de- humanisation of beautiful people like L.! Thank you!---M.M.
New Zealand

I read your paper with great interest and appreciation for your putting forth the issues with such clarity. I, too, work with children and am deeply concerned about the number of children who are on drug "cocktails" and the frequency with which parents are told medicating is the treatment of choice. Most of these children started with an ADHD diagnosis and an ADHD drug and then progressed to the "cocktail" and more severe diagnoses as their brain and bodies reacted negatively to the initial drug and subsequent drugs, much as you describe in your paper.

I have been forwarding the link to your paper to other mental health professionals I know.

If possible, your very important point about the NIH concensus report needs attention. As written it says " we have do not have an independent, valid test for ADHD. Some people may not know how to decipher this statement, especially if they are not already knowlegeable about this report. Thank you for your timely contribution. --R.P.
Clinical Psychologist

"I admire your compassion and willingness to listen to the voice of children. I find your work very inspiring and it has helped my own family immensely!"

"I really appreciated attending your lecture. You really listened to my concerns and seemed interested in my child's well being which I have not always found from other professionals.

wanted to let you know that I have been reading and enjoying your articles to no end. My daughter is 13 and she actually has done some "cutting".... I will elaborate more later. Just know that what you are doing is truly helping my family. I do ride her alot and am not very positive with her like I should be."

Dr. Dan, Thanks for being there in my darkest times and giving me the courage and direction to overcome challenges and create a new and better life.

Thank you for your wonderful expertise in regards to autism. We have implemented many of your suggestions with great success.

My child experienced many nasty side effects from medication. We are relieved that we have escaped this nightmare and thank you for your words of encouragement and methods that have helped us to address our son's needs. Thanks!

Professor Dr. D.L.Edmunds is a radical psychotherapist, a friend and advocate of psychiatric survivors, and a critic of the mental health establishment.

Dr. Edmunds is a voice for the marginalized and for the many who lack a voice within the psychiatric system. A person of deep compassion and principle, Dr. Edmunds is a noted psychotherapist, child development/behavioral specialist, Comparative Religion scholar, sociologist and counselor working with both children and adults.

Dr. Edmunds speaks truthfully and directly and has posed critical questions to the psychiatric establishment and to society as a whole. He has developed approaches towards helping distressed individuals that are compassionate and empowering and encourage self-determination and autonomy. He has been an advocate for social justice, informed consent, and for human rights in the mental health system.

Dr. Edmunds has become deeply concerned with the medicalization of human experience and how mental health services have often become 'mechanical', not seeking to truly be caring and empathic, limiting consumer choice, and often not providing informed consent. He has sought for care that is recognizes people's experience and treats them as people, care that is holistic,which recognizes the mind-body-spirit connection, and which takes into account issues of social injustice and how they impact our emotional well being and often shape our possibilities and who we become. Dr. Edmunds has challenged the mental health system establishment to respect persons experience and once again a common healing ground betwen the therapist and client. His writings have often focused on the need for building of community, holistic approaches, and the role of the family as well as social and political processes that lead towards emotional distress. He has challenged stigmatizing labels and exposed the violence that is often inflicted upon individuals by those who claim to be in the role of 'helper'. He encouraged a mental health system which does not force people into treatments that they do not want, which respects their dignity, and which allows their experience to be heard and validated.

Dr. Edmunds has been interviewed on local and nationally syndicated radio programs in regards to these important issues.

Dr. Edmunds was born in Tampa, Florida and spent much of adolescent years in Fort Collins, Colorado where he graduated from Fort Collins High School. As a youth, he was involved in a program for exceptional students and was awarded by the Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper for his essay as a sixth grader on Ethical Reasoning. From his youth, he became active in community and civic affairs and social and political change. Dr. Edmunds seeks for a society that places people before profits and treats all with compassion and equanimity. He served as a director of the Students for Peace and Justice and was involved in various political campaigns as a teen. In 1991, he served as the youngest legislative aide in the Colorado State Senate, serving in the office of State Senator (later U.S. Representative) Robert W. Schaffer. He later became the youngest registered professional lobbyist, being registered in the States of Colorado, Wyoming, and Arizona. He was a volunteer for the Larimer County, Colorado Office of Veterans Affairs. In 1992, he obtained the permission of then Mayor Nicholas Fortunato to develop the Ormond Beach, Florida Youth Commission. He served as a county campaign coordinator for U.S. Representative Corrine Brown's campaign in 1992. This accorded him the opportunity to transport Martin Luther King III, the son of the slain civil rights leader, to an event at Bethune Cookman College and exposed him to diversity, civil rights, and social justice concerns. As a public intellectual and left libertarian, Dr. Edmunds continues to remain active in political and civic affairs and encouraging a society that is based on equality, peace, and justice. In 2008, Dr. Edmunds organized the Humanist Center for Freethought and Social Activism in order to encourage an end to oppression, ecological responsibility, freedom, equality, and respect for diversity.

State Senator Schaffer letter

Dr. Edmunds' lecture to Libertarian Party

He served as a volunteer for the REACH program, a program for children with developmental differences through Saint Brendan's Roman Catholic Church in Ormond Beach, Florida and also with the Peninsula Medical Center in Ormond Beach, Florida.

Dr. Edmunds is a graduate of Fort Collins High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, having also attended Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Religion with a minor in Sociology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. While at the University of Florida, he developed and coordinated a campus ministry and various community outreach programs. He also as part of his studies in Comparative Religion, visited and conducted study of various spiritual communities, among them- the "Rainbow Family", a community of individuals dedicated to non-violence and non-hierarchical egalitarianism; and the International Society for Krishna Consciousness ("Hare Krishna"). His undergraduate study in Comparative Religion included coursework in Church-State Relations, American Religious Diversity, American Religious History, African Religion, Islamic Civilization, Chinese Buddhism, Christian Mysticism, Cults, Sociology of Religion, and Asian Religion. As part of his minor in Sociology, Dr. Edmunds participated in coursework in Latin American Studies. He had many courses with Dr. Dennis E. Owen who studied American religious history and diversity and assisted in the compilation of information on various religious denominations in America. In 1995, he became a director of the Rose Garden Children's Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting physically, hearing, and emotionally challenged children. The Rose Garden Children's Foundation had been established in 1995 by his now late grandmother, Rose J. Johnsen and his mother, Denise Edmunds. Mrs. Johnsen, the wife of the late Wesley G. Johnsen who served as President of the United Bank of Fort Collins (now Norwest) was an entrepreneur involved in investment banking in China and devoted to philanthropy and humanitarian causes. His mother, Denise Edmunds, overcame the challenges of a serious hearing impairment to be an owner and breeder of thoroughbred racehorses and to later earn a degree in Paralegal Studies and is presently continuing study in Organizational Management. Both Dr. Edmunds' parents had been involved as well as his paternal grandfather in the thoroughbred horse racing industry. Dr. Edmunds himself later became involved as a clinical director for a therapeutic equestrian program.

From left to right: Frances Liu, Rose J. Johnsen (late grandmother of Dr. D.L. Edmunds), Bruce E. Thomsen (step-grandfather of Dr. Edmunds)

University of Florida

He received his Master of Arts from the University of Scranton and was inducted in 1998 to the Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology. His article, "The State of the Soul After Death According to St. John Chrysostom" which examined Eastern Orthodox Christian views on death was published in the University of Scranton's Diakonia journal for Eastern Christian Studies.Dr. Edmunds became exposed to issues of death, dying, and the bereavement process during his period as a chaplain and pastoral counselor for the elderly.

He completed post-graduate coursework in Dispute Resolution via the Department of Conflict Resolution and Analysis at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He received his Doctorate of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from Argosy University of Sarasota in Sarasota, Florida. This program was identical that of the Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on spirituality. Dr. Eddy Regnier, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, a clinical psychologist, and a member of Dr. Edmunds' dissertation committee has remarked,"(Dr. Edmunds) is gifted with intellectual curiosity, a well ordered mind and humility. Perhaps his best skills are his wonderful openness and ability to find calm even in the most troubled situation."

Dr. Edmunds was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity in 2007 from St. James Theological Seminary for his humanitarian service and he serves as a Professor of Comparative Religious Studies with the Seminary.

He is a member of the Board of Advisors and on the faculty of the European American University. He has lectured to various organizations and mental health professionals throughout the United States and served as a guest lecturer for a Sociology course at the University of Scranton.

In 1997, he was ordained as a clergyman. He has served as a chaplain for the elderly as well as a home for disabled veterans, many being assigned the labels of schizophrenia and post traumatic stress disorder. In 2005, he served as an interim pastor for a congregation of the United Church of Christ.


Liberal Catholic Apostolic Church

He is presently affiliated with the Liberal Catholic Apostolic Church. Headquarted in the United Kingdom, the Liberal Catholic Apostolic Church is a member of the International Council of Community Churches which is in turn a member of the World Council of Churches. Dr. Edmunds has conducted critical inquiry into religion and belief and feels it is necessary to break down the dogmatism and barriers in belief that lead people to misunderstandings and violence. Dr. Edmunds is an advocate of humanistic thought and is a member of the Society for Humanistic Potential. Dr. Edmunds is a member of the Brights movement established by Professor Richard Dawkins.

Dr. Edmunds' book THE ODDITIES OF RELIGION addresses the dangers of religious dogmatism and offers a critical examination of religion as well as humorous anecdotes from Dr. Edmunds' encounters with various religious groups.

Dr. Edmunds' knowledge in comparative religion, contemplative studies, beliefs, and studies of consciousness has not derived just from academic study, rather from the age of 13 he personally encountered and experienced various systems of belief, joining in the religious experiences of various faith communities- (Jewish {Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist}; (Christian {Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, Old Catholic and Roman Catholic}; Buddhist; Hindu; Sikh; Muslim; Baha'i, and others). Dr. Edmunds has developed particular interest in Buddhist psychology and meditation and has participated in various programs at the Kadampa Buddhist World Peace Temple in Glen Spey, New York.

In 1999, he began collaboration with Bobbi Gagne, director of the Sexual Assault Crisis Team of Vermont. Beginning in 2000, Dr. Edmunds began work with community based agencies providing mental health services to children and their families. In 2001, Dr. Edmunds developed a local radio program in the Scranton/Wilkes Barre metropolitan area addressing parenting issues and mental health reform concerns. He has lectured extensively across the United States and in Canada and has been interviewed on nationally syndicated radio programs as well as local radio programs in Los Angeles, California; Scranton, Pennsylvania; Clearwater, Florida; Melbourne, Florida; and Hartford, Connecticut.

After further training, Dr. Edmunds began work with autistic and developmentally different children. He has presently assisted over 80 autistic and developmentally different children as well as adults with Downs Syndrome utilizing relationship based interventions. He has developed the Northeast Pennsylvania Autism Acceptance Project encuraging autonomy, understanding, tolerance, inclusion, self-determination, and meaning for autistic and developmentally different persons. He has authored the book "NAVIGATING THROUGH THE MAINSTREAM" which discusses autism/developmental differences and gives examples of some of the breakthroughs and emotional connections Dr. Edmunds made in his work with these children.

Dr. Edmunds has successfully helped individuals experiencing extreme states of mind (those who have received labels of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, psychotic disorder, and bipolar) in being able to understand their experience, develop resiliency, and decrease their dependency on psychiatric drugs and in a number of situations in collaboration with their physicians be able to eliminate the use of psychiatric drugs. His article "Journey Through Madness" was completed in collaboration with three individuals who had been given the label of a psychotic disorder. Dr. Edmunds has supported the development of communities for persons undergoing extreme states of mind where they can work through areas of distress in an environment where they feel safe, that is without force or coercion, and where they are not subjected to any 'treatments' they do not want.

In 2002, while completing doctoral studies, he dialogued with the now late Dr. Loren Mosher, M.D., founder of the Soteria Houses and former director of Schizophrenia Research for the National Institutes of Mental Health. He also had contact before his untimely death and was greatly influenced by the pioneering and humane work of Dr. Kevin McCready who established one of the first drug free, psychosocial treatment clinics. He has collaborated with his friend and mentor, Dr. Clancy D. McKenzie, M.D., a psychiatrist and neurologist who developed the unification theory of mental illness, the delayed post traumatic stress disorder model for schizophrenia and depression. Dr. McKenzie studied with Dr. O. Spurgeon English, an esteemed psychoanalyst and the head of Psychiatry at Temple University. Dr. McKenzie's textbook on the Unification Theory of Mental Illness was nominated for a Pulitzer.

Dr. Edmunds' therapeutic work is integrative and creative but has some influences from existential-humanistic and transpersonal psychology; the thought of the late Dr. R.D. Laing who promoted therapeutic communities aimed at treating mentally distressed persons with dignity; Stanislav Grof and transpersonal psychology; Eric Berne and transactional analysis; Bateson and games theory; Boszoromenyi-Nagi's family contextual therapy; Jungian psychology, Adlerian child guidance concepts; Carl Rogers and Person Centered Therapy; Dr. Silvano Arieti, Dr. Franco Basaglia and democratic psychiatry; the educational principles of New York State Teacher of the Year and author of 'Dumbing Us Down, John Taylor Gatto, among others. Dr. Edmunds has been greatly inspired by the work of his friend and colleague, Dr. John Breeding, PhD, a psychologist and author of "The Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses" and "True Nature and Great Misunderstandings" as well as the work of Professor Clancy D. McKenzie, M.D. In addition, he is pleased to work in collaboration with Maya Winddancer Noble, a licensed acupuncturist and scholar of Oriental medicine. Mrs. Noble completed a thesis studying schizophrenia from an Eastern perspective and she is the author of "Recipe for the World's Greatest Kids.". Dr. Edmunds has been particularly influenced by the philosophical ideas of existentialism (Camus, Sartre, Frankl), and Jiddu Krishnamurti and the political ideology of Professors Noam Chomsky and Cornel West.

In 2003, he received Board Certification in Sexual Abuse Issues from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is presently a member of the National Center for Crisis Management.

Dr. Edmunds received his Doctorate of Education in Community Counseling from Argosy University of Sarasota. His dissertation provided groundbreaking research on a social reinforcement based discipline plan for children given the label of ADHD than proved more effective than use of psycho-stimulant drugs. In addition, it demonstrated the efficacy of community based wraparound programs as an alternative to more restrictive settings. His doctoral study included coursework in Psychopharmacology, Adolescent Psychology; Brief Psychotherapies, Child and Adolescent Counseling; Pastoral Counseling; Models of Clinical Supervision; Theory and Practice of Motivation; Addictions Counseling; Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods; Multi-Cultural Counseling and Community Development.

University of Scranton

Argosy University of Sarasota

European-American University

Dr. Edmunds published his first book CHILDREN OUR TREASURE: MEETING OUR CHILDREN'S TRUE NEEDS OUTSIDE OF THE BIO-PSYCHIATRIC PARADIGM in 2006. This text addresses the subjective nature of th diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, the hazards of psychotropic drugs, and means to meet the needs of distressed children in humane ways. CHILDREN OUR TREASURE was the expansion of a lecture delivered at the 8th Annual Conference of the International Center for the Study of Psychology and Psychiatry (founded by Dr. Peter R. Breggin) held in Flushing, New York in October 2005.

Dr. Edmunds' other books include EXPERIENCE:THE SOUL OF THERAPY and ROOTS OF DISTRESS. ROOTS OF DISTRESS is an exploration of the social, familial, and political processes and methods of communication that can lead to emotional distress. ROOTS OF DISTRESS also explores ways we can transform ourselves and our society and explores the role of oppression in the lives of individuals. Dr. Edmunds also recently published THE ODDITIES OF RELIGION which is a collection of his direct experiences with religious groups and presents an argument against religious dogmatism and fundamentalism as well as encouraging rational and critical inquiry.

Dr. Edmunds has sought for reform and family rights in the child protective services and foster care systems. In February 2008, he participated in a meeting in Miami, Florida with advocates and foster care officials presenting needed reforms and means to meet our children's needs more effectively. Particularly in light of recent developments where two Luzerne County, Pennsylvania judges pled guilty to taking kickbacks for sending youth to detention facilities, Dr. Edmunds has been an advocate for juvenile justice reform as well as community based options for troubled youth.

In July 2008, Dr. Edmunds presented alongside Vicky Dunkle at an exhibit detailing situations of psychiatric abuse held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Dunkle sadly experienced the death of her daughter, Shaina, due to toxicity that developed from despiramine that was prescribed to her. Dr. Edmunds has been an advocate for individuals in situations where psychiatric drugs have induced violence, suicidal thought, or led to other adverse events.

Dr. Edmunds work has also focused on aiding persons undergoing extreme states of mind who have received the labels of schizophrenia and bipolar and he has frequently been a consultant in this regard. He has also assisted individuals who have developed various adverse emotional reactions to psychiatric drugs and has studied and written extensively on the harmful effects of many psychiatric drugs on persons' emotional health. Dr. Edmunds has worked in collaboration with physicians to help individuals reduce dependency on psychiatric drugs.

Dr. Edmunds' holistic and integrative work has become known internationally. His article,"Restoring the Soul to the Mental Health System" was published in the November 2007 Aaina Journal of the Center for Mental Health Advocacy in Pune, Maharashtra, India. His work is listed on the United Kingdom Critical Psychiatry Network. Dr. Edmunds has lectured extensively across North America.

He presented a paper entitled, "Thinking Outside the Bio-Psychiatric Paradigm"at the 8th Annual Conference of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology (founded by Dr. Peter R. Breggin, M.D.) held in Flushing, New York. Dr. Edmunds has published COMPREHENSIVE STUDY OF DRUG FREE APPROACHES TO ADHD, CHILDREN OUR TREASURE, THE ROOTS OF DISTRESS, EXPERIENCE: THE SOUL OF THERAPY, and NAVIGATING THROUGH THE MAINSTREAM and has written numerous articles addressing ethics in practice, child development, childhood trauma, drug free relational approaches, autism/developmental differences, schizophrenia and extreme states of mind, critical psychiatry issues, and spirituality/ consciousness studies. Dr. Edmunds and the International Center for Humane Psychiatry are also listed in Judith Haire's book, "DON'T MIND ME", a story of Ms. Haire's recovery from psychosis and trauma which was published in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Edmunds has been an advocate of democratic and alternative education (homeschooling, unschooling, Steiner schools, Montesorri, free schools) and was a presenter at the 4th Annual Alternative Education Resource Organization conference held in June 2007 at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. He believes it is necessary for us to inspire an education system where children have a zeal for learning and their individual differences and learning styles are encouraged and respected. As an educational advocate, he has offered testimony in a number of due process hearings where significant compensatory education was awarded to children.

Dr. Edmunds began his counseling work aiding children and adults who were victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. He has served as a chaplain and pastoral counselor, psychological associate and evaluator, therapist for community based agencies, assessment clinician for family court and juvenile probation; family mediator; autism specialist; and clinical director for a therapeutic equestrian program. He has provided expert testimony in child custody and juvenile hearings. He has assisted children and adults given serious psychiatric diagnoses as well as troubled adolescents, some of whom have been adjudicated delinquent. He presently serves as a psychological evaluator, a therapist for community based programs, and in private practice as an existential psychotherapist and developmental/ behavioral consultant in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Dr. Edmunds has contracted with various school districts and their special education departments to provide in service trainings as well as therapeutic assistance and consultation for their students.

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Dr. Dan L. Edmunds is a noted psychotherapist and child/adolescent developmental specialist in private practice in Northeastern Pennsylvania. His background and experience can be obtained at To arrange a consult, please contact