Donald F. Sloane, LCSW, director, Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, St. Louis, has over 30 years of clinical experience and has been using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for 25 years. A graduate of Washington University, St. Louis, he was the coordinator of out-patient and in-patient programs at Jewish Hospital’s Behavioral Medicine Center from 1982 to 1987, during which time he specialized in relaxation training, biofeedback and cognitive behavioral treatment of a variety of stress- and pain-related disorders, as well as depression and anxiety disorders. His work with a phobic patient was recognized in Newsweek, May 1986.
In addition, for over 15 years Don taught several courses on Cognitive and Behavior Therapy at the George Warren School of Social Work, Washington University. During the 1990s, Don participated in a half dozen workshops on Cognitive Therapy training under the guidance of Christine Padesky, Ph.D.
Don is also a lay ordained Chan Buddhist teacher. He started meditation practice in 1969 under the mentorship of Ho Kuang-Chung. He also began practicing yoga that same year. In the early 1970s, Don trained in T’ai Chi at the Cheng Man-ch’ing School in New York. He later trained under Al Chung-liang Huang (author of Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain) and founded and directed the T’ai Chi Institute of St. Louis from 1976 to 1983. Later, he studied with a Tibetan Lama from the Kagyu lineage, learning various meditation techniques, particularly Mind Training (Lo Jong). During the past five years, Don has returned to practice meditation from the Chan (Zen) tradition. He has taken lay precepts and vows from the Linji tradition. His article on Karma was published in Right View magazine, Spring, 2007.