Thursday, July 9, 2009

Welcome advisory board members

Although the CCMM advisory board is still forming, I would like to introduce our founding members.

Bill Lax, Ph.D., ABPP, is the Dean of Psychology at Union Institute & University. Bill has continually integrated his theoretical and applied interests in family therapy, postmodernism, narrative therapy, and Buddhism with his practice of clinical psychology.

Dennis Tirch, Ph.D., is the Director of Clinical Services at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy. In addition to his training in Western psychology, Dr. Tirch has had extensive experience in Eastern meditative and philosophical disciplines over the past 25 years. This training includes work in Japanese Zen and Vajrayana Buddhism, Tibetan Kagyu Buddhism, and Central Asian meditative disciplines.

Brian Denton, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist who has studied Eastern philosophy traditions and has traveled to various monastic establishments around the world, including those within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the Soto Zen traditions, and the Zen tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Stephen K. Hayes is the founder of To Shin Do, a comprehensive program utilizing martial arts and meditation for self-development. He is author of 20 books, and has studied meditative disciplines around the world. He has served as a personal escort for the Dalai Lama on his travels in the U.S. since 1987.

David C. Sink, R.N., B.S.N., B.S. practices nursing in Emergency, Critical Care, and Long Term Acute Care. He holds a Third Degree Black belt in To Shin Do and is a 24 year student of Japanese martial arts and Eastern mind sciences.

I am excited by the diversity and background of our advisory board. To learn more about them, see