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August 28, 2006

Sherman College Kicks Off Leadership Institute, Philosophy Academy

In the interest of building leaders – including leaders of thought – in the chiropractic profession, Sherman College has launched two new major programs: the Leadership and Practice Management Institute and the Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers.

Leadership and Practice Management Institute
“When we look at the profession, we see great leadership ability and potential,” says Jon Schwartzbauer, D.C., who was named Sherman College’s Leadership and Practice Management Institute (LPMI) director earlier this year. “We want to create and promote a culture of ever-improving leadership. One of the basic ideas of the program is to put the idea of everyone being a leader in front of our colleagues. We want to provide the opportunity for everyone, regardless of their present abilities, to move to the next level. That’s one way to ensure that the concept of leadership becomes a part of how everyone perceives the profession.”

Sherman College’s LPMI Success Colloquium, which began in April, promotes these concepts and is a series of seminars designed to enhance leadership and practice management skills for members of the chiropractic profession as well as Sherman students and faculty.

The Success Colloquium, as successful as it has been, is only the first step in the Leadership and Practice Management Institute’s effort. According to Schwartzbauer, a student leadership program is already in the planning stage, because organizers know that if students become involved while they are still in chiropractic college they can develop leadership skills more easily than would be the case once they are out in practice. Plans are also underway to expand the reach of the present program beyond South Carolina and North Carolina.

“We also want to do something just for chiropractors and on the national level,” Schwartzbauer says of the future of the program. “We’d like to get chiropractors involved across the country with certificate programs in leadership.” But for the moment, the primary goal remains to build the current program, to get the regional effort fine-tuned so that it can serve as a model for later expansion.

“We are pleased with the progress our colloquium program is making, but our ultimate goal is to train chiropractors to be better leaders and have greater success in practice while remaining ethical, compassionate and true to their profession,” Schwartzbauer says. “To do that, our program needs to take a leading role.” And Schwartzbauer says he is up for the challenge.

For more information on the LPMI or Success Colloquia, e-mail Schwartzbauer at jschwartzbauer@sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771, ext. 285.

Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers
An inaugural class of nearly 20 kicked off Sherman’s Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers (ACP) program at Lyceum 2006 in late May, with four live sessions including a writer’s workshop, plus programs titled “The Three Paradigms,” “A Tribute to Lyle Sherman,” and “Re-Evaluating the Mental Impulse.”

The ACP is a one-year course designed to increase the understanding and depth of the philosophy of chiropractic. It challenges and inspires participants to learn and think more than ever about philosophy and its relationship to the above-down-inside-out worldview. In addition to five live sessions offered at Lyceum and other times on the Sherman College campus, the ACP requires five online sessions and a thesis, culminating at Lyceum 2007.

The ACP re-visits the disciplines of deductive reasoning and vitalism and evaluates them for relevance and application as participants listen, question and synthesize current thinking in biology, genetics, chiropractic research, adaptability, biochemistry and anatomy. In addition, the Academy is committed to helping D.C.s become the writers and speakers they desire to be and that the profession needs.

“The separateness and distinctness of chiropractic rests on its philosophy,” says Sherman’s Philosophy Department Chair Bill Decken, D.C., L.C.P. “B.J. Palmer charged the coming generations of chiropractors to guard well this sacred trust. If you are inclined to take this challenge to heart, join your colleagues in studying to become a member of the Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers.”

Successful completion of the one-year program awards the ACP designation, which is accepted by the ICA Council on Chiropractic Philosophy as the first year of study toward a diplomate in Philosophical Chiropractic Standards. For more information on the ACP, e-mail lyceum@sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771, ext. 229.


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