Course overview

Integrative Psychiatry: A Solution to the Global Mental Health Crisis

This course will explore strategies in Integrative Psychiatry as a solution to overcome some of the barriers that prevent people from accepting care.

Julio Ballestas, MD

C. Shaffia Laue, MD, ABIHM, ABOIM

Ralph Bauer, MTh

 Board Review Series

AIHM 2018 Annual Conference

 Required Lessons


 Time to Complete

1 hour 30 minutes

 Non-CME Eligible*

0 Credits 

What you will learn

  • Course Summary

  • Mental Illness represents a major health care problem that profoundly disrupts our lives and severely impacts our social, financial and emotional wellbeing. We reviewed different public health strategies to promote mental health access, their effect and limitations. Introducing Integrative Psychiatry as a solution to overcome some of the barriers that prevent people from accepting care. Focusing on the whole person and understanding the complexities that disease can manifest on the physical, emotional, mental, community and spiritual levels. Searching for the root cause of the problem and using sustainable low risk treatments to restore the entire body and at the same time, prevent chronic medical conditions while supporting the community and the environment. Case studies will be discussed of patients who presented with severe anxiety and major depressive disorders. Strategies utilized on these cases include lifestyle modifications, functional nutrition, epigenetics, gut health and spiritual growth techniques to achieve personal integration.
    By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

    • Analyze the statistics on Mental Health in America and review the effectiveness of current public health interventions
    • Detect when multiple levels of the person need to be addressed, rather than just the presenting symptom
    • Detect when there may be inner conflicting points of view can be causing mental health symptoms

Course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • Certificate of Completion

Included in this course

Course Faculty

Julio Ballestas, MD

About Julio
Dr. Julio Ballestas is a board certified psychiatrist who integrates conventional medicine with complementary & natural medicine to promote mental wellbeing. Dr. Ballestas received his M.D degree from the Universidad del Norte in Colombia, completed his psychiatric training at Albert Einstein School of medicine, his psychodynamic psychotherapy training at New York medical College and a fellowship in public and community psychiatry that Yale School of Medicine. He is a fellow of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) and an active member of the Institute of Functional medicine (IFM).

Dr. Ballestas serves as an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale school of medicine and is responsible of the mental health wellness module. Dr. Ballestas has a wide experience working with immigrants, refugees and underserved communities. He has worked in Global Mental Health with focus African and Latin-American Countries. Dr. Ballestas currently owns a practice in New York where he focuses on treating mental health in a more natural and holistic way. He integrates conventional medicine with functional medicine where he combines genetics, nutrition, mindfulness meditation and positive lifestyles to achieve a physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. His practice is located in a wellness center where multiple medical and healing modalities work in harmony.

C. Shaffia Laue, MD, ABIHM, ABOIM

About Shaffia
Dr. Laue trained as a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas and received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Laue has studied numerous forms of integrative medicine including nutrition, homeopathy, environmental medicine, Chinese herbs, electro-dermal testing (EDS), auricular medicine, bioenergy healing (Healing Touch, Reiki, Wirkus, and Raphaelite), and meditation. She is an initiate in The Sufi Order International and a Healing Conductor within the Sufi Healing Order. Over the last thirty years she has integrated these aspects into her holistic psychiatry practice. In December 2000 she became a founding Diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine, and she is board certified in Integrative Medicine.

In her practice of Holistic Psychiatry she has focused her attention on helping people learn to actualize their own healing potential. Many of her patients who had previously been told they needed medication for the rest of their lives have been able to change the biochemistry of their bodies so that they no longer need man-made chemicals. As clients heal their emotional wounds, change their breathing and eating habits, and learn to nurture themselves, many physical symptoms disappear. Dr. Laue studied medicine in order to become one who facilitates healing.

Ralph Bauer, MTh

About Ralph
Ralph Bauer received his Masters in Theology (MTh) from Holos University Graduate Seminary in 2011. He offers training and consulting in integrative technologies that unite body, mind and spirit. A longtime QiGong practitioner, he has studied under Masters Chunyi Lin, Mintang Xu, and currently with Master Zhongxian Wu. He has offered meditation instruction within the Kagyu lineage, and has trained in Sufi and indigenous styles of meditation as well.

He learned practical neurofeedback and integrative Wisdom Technologies from Dr. Liana Mattulich, director of the Inner Key system, and offered counseling in retreat settings for Inner Key. He is trained in and offers seminars in Personal Self Integration, and provides Heartmath, EVOX and related modalities to both local clients and online (using ZOOM and Skype). His background in Herbalism and Flower Essences support his counseling and healing practice.

*CME/CEU Credits

The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content. 

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity.