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
1. Cover with
- title of the proposal
- candidate's name,
- present occupation or profession
- a goal statement of up to
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
.ECO 500 Global Citizenship
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
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
- Demonstrate that you understand
and can handle the Webstring Translation
7. Submit two letters of
personal recommendation that
convey your character, honesty, adequacy and ability to relate
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
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.
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
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
5. People experience webstrings
as sensory attractions, uncomfortable sensations are webstrings
that attract us to seek additional webstrings and continue to
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
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.