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M.S. Degree Waiver

Goals and Process

The purpose of Graduate Student Cooperative and Project NatureConnect is to research and offer nature-connected psychology and education that help the United Nations meet its manifest for environmentally sound personal growth and social justice.

The Program achieves its purpose through expertise in Webstring Science: The Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP.) Involvement in NSTP helps people solve the personal, social and environmental problems that result from the difference between the disconnected way we learn to think and how nature works.

Petitions for a waiver of the Masters Degree are granted when a IGE Ph.D. candidate documents that they have the training and ability to meet the program's goals and process (above) on a Master's level as defined in the Applied Ecopsychology M.S. program description. This consists of 36 graduate units at 48 hours of learning/unit, about 1500 hours. Be sure to call the staff at 360-378-6313 before undertaking this step.

The challenge of the M.S. waiver is to take the Global Citizenships Orientation Course and Natural Attractions and Intelligence course and add your knowlege of NSTP from them to your past experiences.

You then document that you can incorporate NSTP into your personal field of expertise as well as, or better than, a student first coming out of college with an MS degree.

It is the sole responsibility of a candidate to submit reasonable evidence that shows they meet the criteria for obtaining an M.S. waiver as described above.

Based on the rationale below, the Petition for an MS Waiver will consist of a bound, convincing integration of the candidate's background and experiences as follows:

1. Cover with

  • title of the proposal
  • candidate's name,
  • address,
  • telephone,
  • email,
  • present occupation or profession
  • a goal statement of up to 100 words.

2. Opening Petition Statement that conveys why the candidate believes they have equivalent education and the dedication that enables them to utilize and research Applied Ecopsychology or Integrated Ecology NSTP on a Master's level.

3. Table of Contents that locates by page number the various sections of the document.

4. Candidate's Overview and Integration Statement Convincingly show you presently operate on a Master's level of competency personally and professionally with respect to NSTP** and/or your profession.

This statement is like an equivalency of your MS project or thesis with the subject being "I Work on an NSTP Master's Level of Competency" Make it as strong as possible. Prove your point by the way you develop and organize this paper. Show how many hours you have in your field and compare them to the 1500 hours required in an MS program.

For Example: If you are a parent in a successful family, show that you know more and are better equipped to fulfill this role adding NSTP to it, than would a student be who has just graduated from college with and MS in Parenting but who has never been a parent.

An organized way to present this is as follows:

List the MS courses as below. (Descriptions of the courses are located at iupsmscourse.html)

 

.ECO 500 Global Citizenship 1 credit

ECO 501/ Introductory RWN 3 credit

ECO 502 .I and II WMWE 3 credit

ECO 503 Directed Readings 3 credit

ECO 504 Sensory Knowing and Culture 3 credit

ECO 522 Public Relations/Funding 3 credit

ECO 751: Field Studies /Internships 6 credits

*ECO542: Qualitative Research 3 credits

*ECO 791: Selected Projects/Topics 3 credits

*ECO 792: Advanced Readings 3 credits .

*ECO 793: Selected Topics/Projects 3 credits

5A. Under each course, where possible, list names and short descriptions of courses, trainings or life experiences, parallel or appropriate instruction, etc. that has added to your knowledge of something like this subject area.

5B. Identify a document ( that you list below this section) that shows how, when and where you learned this skill (through transcripts, certificates, letter from instructor, observers, samples of work, memory)

5C. Document how many hours you have spent in a) learning this skill, b) improving it and c) performing it.

5D List and assign credit hours to other applicable Life Experiences

5E. List and Total all your credit hours above.

5F.If possible, submit at least one letter of recommendation that states you perform at a Master's level in this skill in this or other area.

5G. Name two books you have read that have assisted your learning in this area.

5H List Other Life Experiences

 

6. State that you have created a personal archive of references and documentation that have been referred to in the previous sections including samples of work done, copies of certificates etc. when possible. Be prepared to have this archive examined, if and when so requested.

  • Use quotes, references, photographs, work samples, or definitions where they will prove helpful including supporting statements from others, Interact Group email quotes, material from Reconnecting With Nature or Well Mind, Well Earth or our web pages.
  • Get ideas from other support group members.
  • Demonstrate that you understand and can handle the Webstring Translation activity .

7. Submit two letters of personal recommendation that convey your character, honesty, adequacy and ability to relate cooperatively.

8. Identify areas where you feel you could improve and will continue to educate yourself to become skilled on an Master's level.

9. Additional Information may be added here that you think will be helpful in making this equivalency determination

Stop when you feel you have left no stone unturned. You may submit up to 50 pages.

10. Submit this waiver document as an email to your GSC support group for comment and improvement. After getting an OK from the group and Dr. Cohen, we will confirm or deny it, and share how it could be approved.or the best alternative.

 

SAMPLE CHECKLIST

  COURSE NAME, NUMBER & CREDITS

REFERENCE PAGE NUMBER........... LIFE EDUCATION RECEIVED

  TOTAL HOURS OF TRAINING

 ECO 501 Well Mind, Well Earth; Educating/Counseling With Nature I
(3 credits)

EQUIVALENCY:
1) Page 3. Marine Ecological Institute. Marine Science Instructor, geology, chemistry, zoology, ichthyology teaching stations.

 300
 2) Page 6. Marine Ecological Institute. Classroom instruction and facilitated field trips, tidepool walks, class/student prep time.  150

 

 

 

NSTP science rationale:

ELEMENTS OF APPLIED ECOPSYCHOLOGY

Below are nine Organic Psychology basics of the Natural Systems Thinking Process that help people solve the personal, social and environmental problems that result from the difference between the disconnected way we learn to think and how nature works.

Rationale:

The heart of our unsolvable problems is psychological. We are in denial. We deny that we are addicted to a story that says for us to live we must conquer, exploit and subdue nature, including our inherent human nature. Every other part of nature survives in balance through attractions that unite build and sustain consensual, mutually supportive relationships. NSTP enables us to think and act this way by identifying and addressing our denial and addiction.

1. Nature can be seen as a unifying attraction process that organizes, preserves and regenerates itself to produce an optimum of life, diversity and balanced cooperation without producing garbage, madness or death as we know it. Nature's way of expressing love prohibits the pollution, abusiveness and stress that deteriorate life.

2..We are born part of and attached to nature but learn to spend 99.9% of our conscious time and thought detached/disconnected from nature. Our psyche is dismembered from its origins. It silently suffers its profound loss of contact with its nurturing sensory and sensibility roots in nature's ways and intelligence. However, any word or incident that reminds us of our psychological dismemberment breaks the silence. It triggers the emotional pain of our disconnectioninto consciousness and we feel it. As reflected by the state of the world, indoors or outdoors, our mentality is guarded, stressed, ill, wanting and destructive due to our painful deficiency of nature's peace, wisdom, and beauty (10, 16F).

3.When we provide material, social, or financial rewards for nature-disconnecting stories and technologies, we become psychologically bonded to them and their destructive effects. Things that experience these effects suffer.

4.The web of life is a global ecosystem of which people are part. To be part of a system one must in some way be in communication with the system. The Organic Psychology of the Natural Systems Thinking Process enables a person to restore their inherent 53-sense ability to consciously register, enjoy, and respond to communication with nature. It accomplishes this by helping us bring into our awareness the webstring attraction loves that we share with the web of life and make sensory contact with them in nature, backyard or backcountry.

5. People experience webstrings as sensory attractions, uncomfortable sensations are webstrings that attract us to seek additional webstrings and continue to participate.

6. Attractiveness is conscious of itself. When people think in consent and connection with webstrings they experience an attractive global consciousness that leads to unity at every level of endeavor.

7. There is an age old purpose and non-verbal process that sustains nature's web of life and its members, including people. That attractive purpose and process is to support life in balance. In this regard there are no known substitutes for the real thing. People must connect with genuine nature or suffer from the imperfections of the substitutes we create for it.

Since in this model there is no substitute for the real thing, if a person is not in conscious connection with webstring attractions, they are probably playing God in some way without the wisdom to do so.

8. Because we are nature renegades, to reconnect with nature, relationships must be entered by gaining consent and measured by their long term effects on global life in balance.

9. To reverse our imbalance and its discontents, continuing, thoughtful, shared, sensory contacts with webstring attractions in natural areas reconnect our thinking with nature's ways. This produces more sensitive and responsible personal, social and environmental relationships. A person can learn to trust and use nature connected experiences to help produce unity and balance.

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P.O. Box 1605, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
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ORGANIC ADVANCED ECOPSYCHOLOGY IN ACTION
The Natural Systems Thinking Process

Dr. Michael J. Cohen, Director

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All programs start with the Orientation Course contained in the book
The Web of Life Imperative.

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