June 5, 2007

Nine Inducted into Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers at Sherman

Nine distinguished participants of the inaugural class of Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic’s Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers (ACP) program defended their theses and completed their journey toward the ACP distinction on May 24, 2007, during the college’s annual homecoming program, Lyceum.

Those inducted into the Academy during the Grand Rounds ceremony included Joseph J. Donofrio, D.C., Brian R. Dooley, D.C., John Hart, D.C, M.H.S., Karen Hayhurst, R.M., Jason Lubbe, D.C., Brian D. Pulver, D.C., Mitzi Schwartzbauer, D.C., Gary W. Trout, D.C., and Terry J. Van Dervort, D.C.

The ACP at Sherman College 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 live sessions offered at Lyceum and other times on the Sherman College campus, the ACP requires online sessions and the preparation and defense of a thesis, culminating each year at Lyceum.

“What I liked most about the ACP program was the opportunity to share ideas, and it is these ideas that will propel the profession forward,” says ACP inductee and Sherman alumnus Brian Dooley, D.C. “I urge everyone to be a part of the movement to get the message of chiropractic to the public. The best way to do that is to have a strong philosophical basis – and for that, you will need the Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers.”

Fellow ACP member Karen Hayhurst, R.M., agrees. “The Academy enabled me to harness my passion for the foundational philosophy of chiropractic,” she says. “The program offered a variety of ways to explore the many facets of chiropractic and helped me become more confident in speaking and writing about the integral philosophy of chiropractic.”

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, causation, cycles and ethics. 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.

ACP developer and Sherman College Philosophy Chair Bill Decken, D.C., L.C.P., says it is encouraging to see professionals who want to deepen their understanding and application of chiropractic philosophy through participation in Sherman’s ACP. “The program helps them begin the process of registering their thoughts in scholarly writing while at the same time improving the service they provide to the people in their communities,” Decken says.

Sherman College is now accepting candidate applications for its second ACP class. Live sessions include “The Role of Chiropractic,” “Chiropractic’s Philosophical Roots,” “The Development of Chiropractic Philosophy – 100 Years of Refinement,” and “Chiropractic – From a Physical Therapist’s Point of View.”

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 or call 800-849-8771, ext. 235.

ACP class

New ACP members, back row, from left:
Jason Lubbe, D.C., Gary W. Trout, D.C., Brian R. Dooley, D.C.,
Joseph J. Donofrio, D.C., John Hart, D.C, M.H.S.

Front row, from left:
Brian D. Pulver, D.C., Mitzi Schwartzbauer, D.C., Karen Hayhurst,
R.M., and Terry J. Van Dervort, D.C. Photo by Joe Marcus.

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