The name, Ryokan College (pronounced “ree-oh-kahn”), stems from the name of a Japanese 18th Century Buddhist renegade monk who left his order’s path and moved to live in a remote village where he spent the remainder of his life begging, living a spartan existence, playing among village children and becoming known for his beautiful, poetically written insights.
The monk, Ryokan, has been compared in temperament and message to America’s Henry David Thoreau, and though the College has no affiliation with any organized religious thought, its founder, Dr. Alvin Ross, took the name in memoriam to his son who expressed deep appreciation for the monk’s beliefs.
Inspiration for the College’s founding took place during father and son conversations in the months preceding the son’s early death at 23. In 1978, Dr. Ross established a school that reflected their shared vision and over 2,000 graduates have received its benefit.
“Today’s professionals teaching tomorrow’s professionals.”
Faculty members provide instruction based upon expertise in their chosen fields of therapy or business training.
Our standard policy is to have experienced instructors who have worked or are working in the subject taught. Students who plan to work in the real world need practical advice and experienced perspectives along with theory, history and research. Instructors may be highly skilled therapists, working professionals or active consultants who know their subjects and can communicate applied psychology, professional evaluations, business solutions or various intervention techniques to clinical conundrums and proven approaches.