Hakam Al-Shawi (Member of the Board)
Hakam Al-Shawi, ABD, is a philosophical counsellor in private practice and
a PhD candidate in philosophy at York University, Toronto, Canada, completing a
dissertation "On the Philosophical Foundations of Insight-Oriented
Psychotherapy." He holds a BA with distinction in Economics and an MA in
philosophy (Thesis: Nietzsche's Perspectivism). He is a founding member of the
CSPP, a former vice-president and secretary of the society, and a current board
member. His views on PC may be found in his paper "A General Framework for
Philosophical Counselling," Philosophy in the Contemporary World, vol. 5,
no. 4, 1998, pp.1-9. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Brook (Honourary Member)
Andrew Brook is Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Institute
of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Chair of the Cognitive Science Management
Committee at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1S 5B6. The Cognitive
Science Management Committee administers a four-year undergraduate degree in
Cognitive Science and Canada's first free-standing, fully integrated Ph.D. in
Cognitive Science. The Ph.D. Web site contains links to a wide selection of
cognitive science sites, as does the Philosophy and Cognitive Science list. He
is a graduate of the Universities of Alberta and Oxford (D.Phil. in Philosophy,
1973) and is President of the Canadian Philosophical Association.
Mr. Chan is a
trained psychotherapist and a certified philosophical counsellor with over
thirty years of clinical counselling experience. Apart from the early ten years
of his professional life in Child Welfare, Family and Marriage Counselling, and
Psychiatric settings, he has also spent twenty years in Canada's largest cancer
hospital, providing therapeutic healings to cancer patients and their loved
ones. His focus was not only dealing with the psychosocial issues of the onset
of the diagnosis, treatment, recession and recurrence stages, but more
frequently the deeply soul-searching, existential issues of life, death and
beyond. He is well- versed in existential therapy, logo therapy and time
therapy. He has also taught high school courses and part-time courses at Wilfred
Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.
Mr. Chan took his undergraduate studies in Psychology and English Literature at
Hong Kong Baptist College, 1963. He completed his post-graduate studies in
Educational Psychology, M.Ed, at the University of Ottawa, 1968 and his Masters
of Social Work (MSW) in Individual and Family Counselling at Wilfrid Laurier
University, 1971. He finished one year of family therapy clinical internship at
the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto. His post-graduate studies in
Philosophy with a focus on philosophy of time ,applied ethics and ethics of
human life and death is presently followed with a Ph.D. dissertation on time and
dying, University of Wales, the basis of which will become his forthcoming book
on time therapy.
Chan is a member in good standing of the following professional bodies:
Certificate Member of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association,
Fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association, Registered member of the
Ontario College of Social Workers.
visit Mr. Chan's website,
Dr. Wanda Dawe received her Bachelor of Arts (English), Honours, from
Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador, in 1991 and her Masters Degree
in Philosophy from the same institution two years later. In 1998, Dr.
Dawe received her Doctorate of Philosophy (Philosophy) from the University of
Ottawa, Ottawa. She completed certification programs in client counselling
and group facilitation through the American Philosophical Practitioners
Associations at City College, New York, in 1999 and
Having taught at universities in Canada and the United
States, Dr. Dawe decided to take up the practice of philosophical counselling
full time. She operates a clinic in St. John's, Newfoundland, where she
offers services across the full range of human experience, disturbance, and
conflict. Dr. Dawe also works from time to time as a co-therapist with a
psychiatrist, and as a public speaker offering presentations on a number of
topics. She is interested now in setting up a philosophy cafe and perhaps
interesting a group in participating in a Socratic dialogue.
In her leisure time, Dr. Dawe enjoys active
participation in the social and political life of her community, serving a
number of boards, associations, and groups as a chair, member, or
text of her brochure on philosophical
counselling can be found here.
Dr. Dawe can be contacted at wanda.dawe@ thezone.net
Kelvin Blvd. Winnipeg, MB, R3P0J3
204-888-1989, E-mail: Leis@shaw.ca
Dr. Cheryl Leis is a management
consultant and counsellor.
The University of Toronto
awarded Cheryl the Doctor of Philosophy degree for her research in the field of
Philosophy of Religion. In recognition of her academic achievements she received
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Fellowships from the Canadian
Government, Ontario Graduate Scholarships from the Ontario Government, and the
University of Toronto Alumni Travel award for her research in Germany.
Cheryl is a fellow of the
American Philosophical Practitioners Association and is a member of the Canadian
Society for Philosophical Practitioners. Her work is based on the principles of
practical philosophy, which aims, through critical thinking, to bring new
insight and direction to problems and situations encountered at both personal
and corporate levels.
She leads organizations through
strategic planning sessions, guides and carries out feasibility studies, speaks
at conferences, and designs and leads corporate seminars and workshops on topics
such as: commitment, change, values, ethics, mission and vision, power and
integrity, leadership dilemmas and development, and money and morality.
Recently, CBC TV hired her for a national six-part series called “Beautiful,
Filthy Money and the Search for Soul.” Her task was to establish the show’s
philosophical parameters and line of questioning and appear as a panelist.
of her counselling work is in a mentoring and coaching capacity with persons at
senior levels of organizations. Clients in the midst of career transition or
mid-life questioning, consult with her when seeking a way to bring together
their values and a sense of meaning with their professional contribution. Others
see her when faced with personal or professional moral quandaries or issues of
power and integrity. Several clients have come back to her recently with issues
related to their relationship to money.
nine years, Cheryl served on the Board of Directors for the St. Jacobs
Schoolhouse Theatre, a non-profit organization that owns and operates two
professional performance spaces. She also served two terms on the Board of
Directors of the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (ON).
her husband, David, and their children, Sophie and Adrien, live in Winnipeg.
To visit his
website, go to: www.philosophy-shop.com
I am a philosopher
practiced in the art of collective inquiry, and dedicated to aiding the
application of critical and ethical thinking in personal and organizational
associate faculty at Royal Roads University, I have assisted in the
design and delivery of leadership and environmental management courses; taught
creative, critical, and evaluative thinking skills in applied contexts; and
worked within and beyond the classroom to promote and provoke
dialogue that is oriented toward
argument, evidence, reason and truth, while yet permitting the free flow of opinion and
remaining open to varied and shared feelings. I am currently Adjunct Professor
in the Science Technology and Environment division. I am also a lecturer in
Psychology at the University of Victoria.
Outside of Royal Roads, I maintain a private practice in philosophy, seeing individuals and groups
concerned with personal or shared issues and interests, meeting both counselling
and educational needs. Also, weekly
for over seven years, I have hosted
Cafe Philosophy, a public well of local opinion, gifted characters, and
participant driven content. Other Cafe Philosophy series have been set up for
special audiences or interest groups, including Royal Roads University graduate
programs, conferences, community education centers, home school, and
religious, political and friends groups. Victoria's public Cafe Philosophy is
affiliated with Simon Fraser University's extensive Philosophers' Cafe program, and I
serve as acting President of the Canadian Society for Philosophical
have teaching experience in various capacities at MIT, Harvard, Western Michigan
University and the University of Victoria; but the most exciting experience of all has been at Royal Roads
University. I enjoy teaching in community, and for over two years conducted public reading and discussion groups
in Eastern and Western philosophy. Salon Philosophy, as these
sessions were called, was later offered as a University of Victoria
Continuing Education program.