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August 5th 2018 — Steven Tierney, Ed.D.
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Steven Tierney, Ed.D. LPPC is Professor and Chair of Community Mental Health Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He holds an MA in Counseling and Social Psychology from Wayne State University, an Ed.D from Northeastern University and an advanced certificate in Child and Adolescent Therapy from Boston University. He is a licensed psychotherapist in California (LPCC) and Massachusetts (LMHC) and is a nationally certified counselor (NCC).
Steven is a certified addiction specialist (CAS) who has worked in community-based organizations in Boston and San Francisco for four decades; creating and providing innovative mental health and SUD (substance use disorders) prevention and treatment models for adolescents, transition-aged youth and adults. In 2015 Tierney was awarded Diplomat and Clinical Mental Health Specialist Status by the American Mental Health Counselors Association; the highest level of professional achievement in his profession.
Steven is an ordained Buddhist priest in the Soto lineage of Suzuki Roshi. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Educational Officer of the San Francisco Mindfulness Foundation, providing relapse prevention and mindfulness-based services to individuals, families and providers. Steven has been teaching on topics of meditation, mindfulness, addiction and mental health for more than 25 years.

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Welcome to the Buddhist Recovery Network Academy!

The BRN Academy is a new incarnation of the former Healing and Insight Teaching Faculty, co-founded by Vimalasara (Valerie) Mason-John and Giles Collins. The Academy has invited some of the leading teachers in the field of Buddhist recovery. On the first Sunday of every month for half an hour each teacher will explore the sharp edges of suffering through the lens of the Buddhist Teachings.

The Academy brings together teachers from different Buddhist lineages and approaches. Themes like addiction, alcoholism, depression, stinking thinking and compulsive behaviours will be explored through a 5 minute meditation/reflection, a 15 minute talk and ten minutes for questions.

Being aware of the pressures imposed by international time zones, the Academy attempts to offer as convenient times as possible for most people currently involved with the BRN. The teachings will commence on the first Sunday of every month at:

Note: the 'room' will be open 15 minutes ahead of time for a prompt start as indicated on the timetable.

If you are interested in attending any of the online teachings please enroll here.

We at the BRN are very excited by this new development, and we hope you will join our Academy and benefit from this invaluable opportunity.

With warmth and kindness,
President, Buddhist Recovery Network