The Professional Diploma is awarded to certify that its recipient has taken all the courses and internship training needed to master and teach the process of educating, counseling and healing with nature. The Diploma documents that the recipient can successfully introduce and guide qualified candidates through the established methods, materials and goals of Project NatureConnect’s Natural Attraction Ecology Webstring Model program.
Applied Ecopsychology participants have successfully applied nature connected education and healing to a wide array of career fields, entrepreneurial and professional activities. While not an exhaustive list of fields from which our program has prepared successful practitioners, partcipants have applied their learning in the following fields:
- Self- help, stress management, personal growth, motivational neuro-linguistic programming,creative writing, home schooling, hypnotherapy, aromatherapy, Reiki. energy medicine, and art therapy.
- Life coaching, personal coaching, success coaching, and relationship coaching, leadership skills,consulting, memory training, nutrition. men’s and women’s issues, and action assertiveness.
- Teaching, mentoring and facilitating disorder and prevention remedies: eating, sleep, anxiety, post traumatic stress (PTSD), attention deficit, addiction, dependency, burnout, autism, self-confidence, mid-life crisis, and self-worth dysfunctions.
Counseling: pastoral, therapy, recovery, family, marriage and spiritual counseling, massage therapy and biofeedback.
Shamanism, spirituality retreat centers, self-esteem, Yoga, civil rights, therapist, retreat center training.
Course instruction, workshop presentations, social work, conservation strategies, outdoor leadership, sociology, environmental education, and mental health.
Meditation, complementary and alternative medicine, naturopathic medicine, parenting, relaxation, and intimacy.
Founding or directing stress and healing programs, or creative writing courses for training or degree programs.
- Increasing training, administration, personal and professional benefits. improved conferences,progressive human services, independent contracting, child care, addressing global warming, retreats.
Students coming to our program who have earned a Baccalaureate Degree (or equivalent) may proceed through the Master of Science program (not including the Thesis preparation) and petition to continue on into the Doctoral Degree in Applied Ecopsychology.
Applicants are expected to be proficient in collegiate English language skills. Second language English applicants should submit records of TOEFL examination with scores of 550 minimum. All applicants are expected to have access to a computer, email and the Internet, and verify access to academic library resources for the full extent of your program.
Diploma Completion Requirements
Participants in the Professional Diploma Program in Applied Ecopsychology complete a minimum of 23 credits above the baccalaureate degree.
The concentration of the Professional Diploma Program is Natural Attraction Ecology, which focuses upon identifying the scientific process and ecological evidence in the practice of educating, counseling and healing with nature.
Partcipants must complete each of the following classes:
This entrance level, online, sensory-ecology course in practical, nature-connected education, counseling and healing enables the student to master and teach the therapeutic science of Applied Ecopsychology. Increase personal, social and environmental well-being by enabling individual to create beneficial moments that let Earth teach. This restorative thinking skill helps their 53 natural senses reasonably embrace their nurturing origins in the balanced, self-correcting and renewing ways of natural systems within and around us.
Learn to promote social and environmental responsibility by adapting unique nature-reconnecting methods and materials for your personal or professional use. Tangible sensory reconnection with nature through 27 activities and 53 natural senses satisfy deep natural wants: when unsatisfied, these wants disrupt global balance, and inner peace by fueling runaway disorders.
(Required 5 Credits)
In this advanced course, students discover how our separation from nature stresses our sentient inner nature and creates our many problems. They learn to reverse this destructive process by mastering the Natural Systems Thinking Process using thoughtful nature reconnecting activities that dissolve stress by satisfying our deepest natural loves, wants and spirit. This course teaches hands-on education, counseling and mental health skills that feelingly tap the wisdom of nature’s creation process. Its email and telephone correspondence let nature nurture warm interpersonal relationships, wellness and responsibility.
(Required: 4 Credits)
In this advanced course, students discover how our separation from nature stresses our sentient inner nature and creates our many problems. They learn to reverse this destructive process by mastering The Natural Systems Thinking Process using thoughtful nature reconnecting activities that dissolve stress by satisfying our deepest natural loves, wants and spirit. This course teaches hands-on education, counseling and mental health skills that feelingly tap the wisdom of nature’s creation process. Its email and telephone correspondence let nature nurture warm interpersonal relationships, wellness and responsibility.
Discover how to prevent contemporary society’s nature-separated thinking from deteriorating personal growth and responsible relationships. Encounter and consider how to meet the challenges of the socializing process of Industrial Society that reduces our sensitivity and sensibility by excessively separating us from the self-correcting grace, balance and renewing powers of nature in and around us. Increase your marketability, effectiveness and global citizenship by educating and counseling with a readily accessible natural systems thinking process.
Wherever possible, the Project NatureConnect program integrates the fundamentals of Natural Attraction Ecology in its philosophy, systems, and procedures. Examples of this are self-organizing classes, sliding scale tuition, personally-tailored advanced coursework, and student involvement in every level of program administration in mutual beneficial interdependent relationships. In this course, students experience, explore, and identify the differences between organizational processes in play in traditional industrial society organizations (processes which separate the “human” from the “natural”), and the way we follow nature’s flow in the Project NatureConnect program.
Students learn experientially through participation in mutually supportive relationships in group classes, in the online community discussions, in self-organizing work groups arising out of the attractions of students, faculty and staff, in the use of consensus building, asking permission, and respecting attractions as valid guides to personal choices.
Students volunteer to play support roles and offer services that tap their skills, talents and inclinations. Read more about volunteer support roles. A student may offer any service they believe would help the organization by contacting the Executive Director (Dr. Cohen). Students help build web pages, manage the online community, edit text, write advanced curriculum, offer ideas for research and development, orient and guide less experienced students, and help to refine and increase the extent to which the program functions as a natural community.
Students also learn how to make connections with others, nurture appreciation and excitement for reconnecting with nature, and invite others to learn the process, through engagement in public education and networking. Read more about public education.
Students participate in a minimum of 90 hours of activity (45 hours per credit).
This course explores present or past special projects that make, or would have made, the way nature works become an ally to increase well-being if organic psychology had been included as part of them. The application of Ecopsychology, as practiced in the discipline of natural attraction ecology and organic psychology, helps humanity address the crises that result from our estrangement from nature as nature’s flow manifests itself as our living planet, Earth. Students prepare an academic paper or project report as a minimum written assessment in this course.
Validation of public education, social networking and cooperative community participation . This course provides credit for demonstrating the student has met the requirements of the cooperative self-organization, growth and economics of the Project NatureConnect Institute of Global Education program at the Akamai Applied Ecopsychology Institute. These requirements are described in the Student Webstring Cooperative Contract and are part of the ECO 751 course. The course includes taking a certificate or degree level comprehensive exam and submitting a short petition that documents the student’s fulfillment of the requirements of academic program challenge exams and Student Cooperative Contract.