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APPLIED ECOPSYCHOLOGY AND INTEGRATED ECOLOGY

Introduction
Institute for Global Education
Primary Faculty
Degree Requirements
Course Offerings
Transfer Credit Arrangement




Program Offerings
Free Course Offering
Nature Appreciation Scholarship
Orientation Course
Theoretical Paper
Counseling Paper
The Web of Life Imperative

INTRODUCTION

Akamai University graduate programs in Applied Ecopsychology are conducted through collaboration between Akamai Unievrsity Center for Ecological and environmental studies and the Institute for Global Education Project NatureConnect, under the leadership of Dr. Michael J. Cohen. Study options include Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Ecopsychology with concentrations in applied ecopsychology, integrated ecology, natural science education, environmental ethics, philosophy of conservation, organic psychology, and interdisciplinary studies.

Project NatureConnect
Institute for Global Education

The Institute for Global Education (IGE) is a special NGO consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Its goal is to educate those who desire to participate in a world where peace is a way of life. Educating and Counseling With Nature: The Institute of Global Education Department of Integrated Ecology conducts Project NatureConnect with online programs in Applied Ecopsychology and Integrated Ecology. Akamai University was awarded formal affiliation on 2 January 2003.
IGE NatureConnect Email
IGE NatureConnect Website

PRIMARY FACULTY

Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D.
Program Director

Dr. Cohen is an ecopsychologist, and founder of Project NatureConnect, a popular distance learning program with extended education workshops and online course offerings. NatureConnect is a program of The Institute of Global Education, a special NGO consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Dr. Cohen has established and directed degree programs in environmental outdoor education for the National Audubon Society, Lesley College, and the Trailside Country School. He chairs the Department of Integrated Ecology on San Juan Island, Washington, the location from which he networks his Natural Systems Thinking Process worldwide. Dr. Cohen has authored many books and articles including Reconnecting With Nature: Finding Wellness through Restoring your Bond with the Earth, the 1990 award winning Connecting With Nature: Creating Moments that Let Earth Teach, and the self-guiding applied ecopsychology training manual, Well Mind, Well Earth. His most recent title, Einstein's World is now an integral part of an accredited graduate course. For 36 years, Dr. Cohen has "walked the talk," living outdoors year round while researching, teaching and enjoying multi-sensory nature activities.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy

MASTER OF SCIENCE

Academic Major (Required: 18 credits minimum)

  • ECO 500: Psychological Elements of Global Citizenship: Art and Science of Thinking With Nature(1 credit)
  • ECO 501/601 Educating and Counseling with Nature I: Student Teaching and Research (3 credits)
  • ECO 502/602 Educating and Counseling with Nature II: Student Teaching and Research (3 credits)
  • ECO 503/603 Exploratory Readings in Applied ECO 604 Researching Sensory Knowing and Culture (3 credits)
  • ECO 522/622: Public Relations and Marketing (3 credits)
  • ECO 752: Advanced Field Studies in Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology (6 credits)
  • ECO 753: Case Studies in Education and Counseling with Nature (6 credits)
  • ECO 791: Special Projects in Applied Ecopsychology and Integrated Ecology (3 credits)
  • ECO 792: Advanced Readings in Applied Ecopsychology and Integrated Ecology (3 credits)
  • ECO 541 Participatory Research Techniques for Applied Ecopsychology and Integrated Ecology (3 credits)
  • ECO 800: Petition for Certification in Applied Ecopsychology and Integrated Ecology (1 credit)


Academic Minor (Required: 9 credits minimum)
Research Preparation (Required: 3 credits minimum)
EXM 880: Master's Comprehensive Examination (Required: noncredit)
RES 885: Thesis Proposal (Required: 2 credits)
RES 890: Thesis (Required: 4 credits)
EXM 895: Oral Review of Thesis (Required: noncredit)

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

Academic Major (Required: 18 credits minimum)

  • ECO 500: Psychological Elements of Global Citizenship: Art and Science of Thinking With Nature(1 credit)
  • ECO 501/601 Educating and Counseling with Nature I: Student Teaching and Research (3 credits)
  • ECO 502/602 Educating and Counseling with Nature II: Student Teaching and Research (3 credits)
  • ECO 503/603 Exploratory Readings in Applied ECO 604 Researching Sensory Knowing and Culture (3 credits)
  • ECO 522/622: Public Relations and Marketing (3 credits)
  • ECO 752: Advanced Field Studies in Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology (6 credits)
  • ECO 753: Case Studies in Education and Counseling with Nature (6 credits)
  • ECO 791: Special Projects in Applied Ecopsychology and Integrated Ecology (3 credits)
  • ECO 792: Advanced Readings in Applied Ecopsychology and Integrated Ecology (3 credits)
  • ECO 541 Participatory Research Techniques for Applied Ecopsychology and Integrated Ecology (3 credits)
  • ECO 800: Petition for Certification in Applied Ecopsychology and Integrated Ecology (1 credit)


Academic Minor (Required: 12 credits minimum)
Research Preparation (Required: 6 credits minimum)
EXM 980: Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (Required: noncredit)
RES 985: Dissertation Proposal (Required: 4 credits)
RES 990: Dissertation Project (Required: 8 credits)
EXM 995: Oral Review of Dissertation (Required: noncredit)

COURSE OFFERINGS

ECO 500: Psychological Elements of Global Citizenship: Art and Science of Thinking With Nature. (1 credit)
This short course is offered to students when required or suggested by their department, or by the student's personal choice during any period semester of enrollment or application. It may also be used as a student facilitator training internship once the student has completed the course. Students discover how our excessive separation from nature stresses our sensuous inner nature and initiates our personal and global troubles. Students learn to reverse this destructive process by mastering thoughtful sensory nature reconnecting activities that dissolve stress by satisfying our deepest natural loves, wants, and spirit. This hands-on course teaches lasting leadership, education, counseling, and mental health skills that feelingly tap the "higher power" wisdom of Earth's creation process. The email and telephone contacts of the course empower students to let nature help them nurture warm interpersonal relationships, wellness, and responsibility on personal and global levels. Students relate the course methods and materials to their fields of interest in order to integrate these areas with the global ecosystem. They become familiar with the Natural Systems Thinking Process and improve their Globally Balanced Thinking Score.

ECO 601 Educating and Counseling with Nature I: Student Teaching and research (3 credits)
Students learn to promote, teach and research personal, social and environmental responsibility by mastering and adapting unique "nature-connecting" teaching methods for personal and professional use. They discover how to teach first-hand, tangible, reconnection with nature contacts that provide information and satisfy deep natural wants. Students discover how, when unsatisfied, these wants disrupt inner peace and fuel personal, cultural and ecological disorders. Under the direction of the instructor, students establish and identify a two or more person class of students with whom they work online and/or onsite. They maintain a journal of their teaching and research efforts and prepare a 5 page reflective paper. Prerequsite: ECO 501 or equivilent.

ECO 602 Educating and Counseling with Nature II: Student Teaching and research (3 credits)
Students learn to promote, teach and research personal, social and environmental responsibility by adapting unique "nature-connecting" teaching methods for personal and professional use. They master the use of hands-on reconnection with nature contacts as education and counseling procedures. Students help promote, organize, and guide presentations for a selected group. They mentor an individual, or teach/facilitate a two or three person class. In concert with a support group that includes the facilitator, they maintain and post a journal of their teaching, findings and research efforts and prepare a 5 page reflective paper. Prerequsite ECO 502. .

ECO 603 Exploratory Readings in Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology (3 credits)
While they are teaching and researching sensory ecology, students will seek, read and critique methods and materials from their own library research. Students carefully explore the literature and prepare an annotated bibliography. As the principal course assignment, participants will prepare a scholarly paper of at least 15 typewritten double-spaced pages discussing problems and solutions to important issues and practice of Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology.

ECO 604 Researching Sensory Knowing and Culture (3 credits)
Students will investigate a library of recent references related to their particular career field or interests that reflect upon the issues relevant to sensory ecology. Students will read and discuss the literature with Dr.Cohen and other professionals. Students will gather a bibliography of literature in their professional field or interest that supports work in Integrated Ecology and prepare an annotated bibliography. Students will prepare a reflective paper of at least 15 typewritten double-spaced pages discussing how the literature has informed their understanding of the opportunities for integration of Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology concepts within their career field.

ECO 522: Public Relations and Marketing (3 credits)
Students survey the field of Public Relations and Marketing to determine the most significant means to promote, impliment and produce support for their involvement in the natural systems thinking process. They identify what that makes each technique and strategy worthwhile, select those that make the most sense to them, defend them, and apply them in areas that add to the field of nature connected psychology and their personal interests. The student writes a three page progress report that documents their work and learning in this area and that would assist others who read it. PREREQUISITES Students must complete ECO 501 or its equivilent.

ECO 752: Advanced Field Studies in Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology (6 credits)
Students experience in advanced theory and practice how Western Civilization separates the "human" from the "natural" and estranges us from nature's integrity, love, and spirit, in and around us. Students master, design and implement conscientious techniques which reverse this dilemma and catalyze responsible relationships for "reconnecting with nature in people and places" through negotiating a field experience placement within their career field which supports a practical observation of Integrated Ecology. This field experience will represent a minimum of 90 hours in one or more monitored placements. In them, students apply the syllabus of ECO 501 and ECO 602 as a perceptual filter, maintain a weekly log reflecting upon their experiences and prepare a scholarly paper (at least 15 typewritten double-spaced pages) discussing how the field placement experience has built their understanding of overcoming barriers to successful integration of Integrated Ecology concepts within their career field. [Prerequisite: ECO 601: Educating and Counseling with Nature I]. .

ECO 753: Case Studies in Education and Counseling with Nature (6 credits)
Students experience in theory and practice how Western Civilization separates the "human" from the "natural" and estranges us from nature's integrity, love, and spirit, in and around us. Students complete field research and prepare case studies describing and validating the growth and development of at least eight individuals who are using nature-reconnecting techniques and prepare a scholarly paper (at least 15 double-spaced typewritten pages) discussing all aspects of the research project and the findings. [Prerequisite: ECO 541: Field Study in Integrated Ecology]..

ECO 791: Special Projects in Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology (3 credits)
Students pursue selected advanced readings in Integrated Ecology (as assigned by faculty), conduct a library search of the existing literature in a defined area, conduct or participate in field courses or observations on this topic and prepare a reflective paper under the direction of the course instructor. The goal of this course is to open for closer student inspection a selected and defined area of the study in Integrated Ecology. Suggested course emphases include educating and counseling with nature, integrating sensory knowing and culture, mentoring techniques, public relations, writing, painting or music and the natural senses, grant development and proposal writing related to integrated ecology.

ECO 792: Advanced Readings in Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology (3 credits)
In collaboration with the instructor, students select and pursue exhaustive advanced readings in the study of a selected aspect of Applied ecopsychology. This course is intended to allow students to add in a significant manner to the body of knowledge in this field and a scholarly paper is required of the quality suitable for publication. Suggested course emphases include counseling and education techniques, disconnection issues and the powers of natural senses.

ECO 541 Participatory Research Techniques for Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology (3 credits)
Students will investigate the available literature on participatory research techniques. This may include readings in the literature pertaining to implementing system-transforming innovations (Bushe and Shani), participatory action research in the workplace (Whyte), reflection in action (Schon), reframing organizational culture (Frost, et. al.) and self-reliant initiative (Fals-Borda), as well as other qualitative and action science methodologies. Students will identify an appropriate mini-study, apply techniques from their readings, complete the study and prepare a technical paper of at least ten double-spaced typewritten pages referencing the literature and describing the value of participatory research techniques to the fields of Integrated Ecology.

ECO 800: Petition for Certification in Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology (1 credit)
This course is taken during the student's final semester at IGE, Using materials, methods and questions developed by themselves and others as part of prior courses in the degree program, along with new material, the student helps design and implement procedures that validate his or her adequacy in participating in the IGE Cooperative Education process and meeting the academic challenges of the IGE Degree program. This includes asking and answering valid questions for and in a competency exam, and producing journaled, course communicated, and other forms of evidence that serve this purpose. The student prepares a short research Validation paper that documents his or her preparedness to enter the final phase of their degree program at the University of their choice. and that isaccompanied by a petition that may help generate scholarship funds for his or her program completion. The paper will display the student's adequacy in using research techniques and referencing of resource materials under APA guidelines. When approved by the faculty and a voluntary student cooperative study group, this paper serves as a certification of the student's successful completion of the IGE Graduate Student Cooperative component of their degree program.

TRANSFER CREDIT ARRANGEMENT
Student that complete any of the following courses through Project NatureConnect, will be provided equal transfer credit upon acceptance into the Akamai University graduate program in Applied Ecopsychology:

ECO 500: Psychological Elements of Global Citizenship: Art and Science of Thinking With Nature(1 credit)
ECO 601 Educating and Counseling with Nature I: Student Teaching and Research (3 credits)
ECO 602 Educating and Counseling with Nature II: Student Teaching and Research (3 credits)
ECO 603 Exploratory Readings in Applied ECO 604 Researching Sensory Knowing and Culture (3 credits)
ECO 5/622: Public Relations and Marketing (3 credits)
ECO 752: Advanced Field Studies in Applied Ecopsychology/Integrated Ecology (6 credits)
ECO 753: Case Studies in Education and Counseling with Nature (6 credits)
ECO 791: Special Projects in Applied Ecopsychology and Integrated Ecology (3 credits)
ECO 792: Advanced Readings in Applied Ecopsychology and Integrated Ecology (3 credits)
ECO 541 Participatory Research Techniques for Applied Ecopsychology and Integrated Ecology (3 credits)
ECO 800: Petition for Certification in Applied Ecopsychology and Integrated Ecology (1 credit)

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