An outline of Graduate
Student Cooperative Programs: methods, admissions, procedures,
tuitions, and understandings.
NOTE: For best results read
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time to select links of interest. Please "bookmark"
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Welcome, Prospective Participant:
Thank you for your interest
in the benefits of nature-connected learning, healing and relating.
This page details
the most expedient and inexpensive three-step path that takes
you from being interested in Organic Psychology and the Natural
Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) to obtaining expertise at Level
Three Certification in the Process and/or completing an Undergraduate
or Advanced Degree in Organic Psychology, Applied Ecopsychology
and Integrated Ecology.
your goals, financial needs and ability to sustain trustful relationships,
this program through its financial aid and cooperatively administered
accredited courses can be completed for as little as $740 or
as much as $75,000 depending on your goals, budget and time commitments.
No matter how
much or little you pay, the procedures and curriculum for this
cutting edge learning and healing program are the same. You may
choose to take it on an accredited basis or not. You may optionally
have courses and Achievement Certificates from this program be
included in or added to your formal training, transcript or credentials.
Think of this
training path to be like climbing a ladder, one rung at a time.
You can pay as you go, level by level and can safely pause or
quit any time except while you are in an interactive course where
your departure may place the course at risk and/or adversely
affect other course members. Usually, when you reach where you
want to be on the ladder, you will be well trained, debt free
and have saved or "earned" up to $65,000 or more. Or
you may instead have a Certificate that will help you find and
open other professional doors if you have the appropriate credentials,
skills and attitude.
The IGE program
can be very inexpensive because you can cooperatively help drive
and administer it as a mentor through trust in yourself, NSTP
and the people attracted to its process.
responsibility is to convey your goals to the program staff and
students along with what you want or need. Following this, in
good faith you make and fulfill contracts with the program that
help you meet your expectations through the program's online
courses and community.
in any aspect of this program is to be sure you help develop
trust by painstakingly making your words accurately convey what
you think, feel, do and need.
to this web
site it to read each page/article completely and then
read it again and follow its links.
Select here to bypass introductory material and proceed
directly to certification course listings and costs.
Become acquainted with the purpose, objectives and contributions
of NSTP. You
may accomplish this through its inter linked web pages at http://www.ecopsych.com,
Most of the
web site training information, and lots more, is also found in
the NSTP Organic Psychology book The Web of life Imperative ($35). You may purchase this
book at any time, but
if you have the unique interest and readiness in applying to
the Degree or Certification program now, experience shows that
you will need less help and be more contributing and cooperative
in the Orientation Course. This reduces our costs for your participation
and allows us to make the following arrangement:
Tuition Special: A starting tuition, $150, is available for students
who want to immediately begin the Certificate
or Degree progam but need time
to make their tuition funds available is available. It includes
the Application Fee, the Orientation Course
and its two books the
Web of life Imperative and Reconnecting With Nature. (These
cover half the reading for the course, The remainder you develop
on the course from experiences that you and your classmates share
by email.) By the end of
the Orientation Course payment is required for the remaining
$490 of First Level Certification.
fee becomes an extra
you submit your application after buying the books and/or
after completing Part 5 of the Orientation Course.
A. -Browse the website listed above and links of interest.
read the overview and insight articles.
C. -Call 360-378-6313; There, speak with Dr. Cohen to get your
questions answered and to explore your possibilities and potentials.
D. -Apply to the program
before taking the Orientation Course. If
you think you want to obtain a degree and will need scholarship
funding, use the Degree
now and complete the scholarship funding portion of it. This
will guarantee that the funding you need will be available
at a university for your degree completion
program when you start it upon completion of the Certificate
Tuitions: The university
degree tuition is $9500. Tuitions, including scholarship assistance
are averaging $5300 at the present time.
Tuitions in accredited degree programs using our courses run
from $35,000-$70,000 U.S.
If you are
not interested in a degree, simply apply for Certification using the Certification
Application. Tuition for the package is $740 for each of
the three levels of Certification.
Page 2 of Certification
lists the courses and links them to their descriptions. The first
level of Certification includes the Orientation Course and Application
Upon Certification completion
you may elect to enter the Degree Program but scholarship funds
may not be available then. It's best to enter the Degree Program
now and then not complete it.
The applications for the Degree
or Certification contain helpful links to sources of information
and thereby act as an index to parts of this website. Further information
is available online
Complete your degree application
E. -on the
application apply to the Orientation Course and complete it.
starting the Orientation Course at your earliest conveniece you
submit the contract
and admission form to the IGE Graduate Webstring Support Cooperative
(GWSC). GWSC consists of all
present, and many past students, mentors and faculty members.
All of them are in contact with each other via online group mailing
lists to which you will be added. All are participants in the
course ECO 751A Cooperative
Administration of an NSTP Online Training and Degree Program
Most of our
students are mid-career experts in their field of interest. You
will be a assigned to a small, informal support/guide group of
students and mentors in GWSC who are in contact via email. Whenever
questions, comments, petitions, evaluations, grades or contracts
to take or modify courses or procedures arise, you first address
them to your support group. In addition, once you obtain a response
to your inquiry, you share what you learned with this group.
As you learn answers to your inquiries, you further empower yourself
to help others with their questions when they arise. In this
way, to your advantage, you help administrate and mentor this
and similar programs. Via ECO 751A, you received academic credit
for learning this skill.
If your question/need
goes beyond the information available in the support group, you
then submit it to all members of the program via email to the
total student body and faculty mailing list. You will receive
email responses from those who can and will help you. Most of
the student body and faculty, being mid-career professionals,
have expertise and experience in some areas of the program as
well as experience on guiding parts of the program. Again, as
part of the learning and skill sharing in GWSC, as you gain experience,
you help guide/mentor others.
You will work
with two online forms: one accompanies payments for semesters, courses
or certification levels. The other is a petition/contract for consent to change
something or to take a course.
Course Sequence and Certification
As part of
ECO751A, using the people and process described in Step 2, above,
proceed to take the online Certificate courses listed
1, 2 and 3 levels in the sequence of the certification levels.
Whenever it is practical complete Level 1 courses before doing
Be sure to
have completed a course's prerequisite courses before starting
Be sure you
are aware of the option offered by the Certified
Master Practioner track for certification or
You are always
enrolled and working in EC0 751A and can informally work on any
other courses once
you have successfully completed the Orientation Course ECO 500 and the Introduction Course ECO 501.
When you need
classmates with whom to do a course, announce this to the GW
Student Cooperative via its mailing list and discover if that
course is forming with others or which mentors and students will
do it with you.
You may always
petition for variances in the program guidelines using the procedures
outlined in Step 2, above.
Certification Level 3 you simply pass a comprehensive Eco 800
course and examination that you will well be prepared for and
this matriculates you to a semester or more to complete your
Degree Thesis, Dissertation or Post Doctoral research at cooperating
universities as exemplified by Akamai University.
You may use
Master Practioner track for a degree.
Although many pages and articles
are available that help interested learners better understand
the Project NatureConnect program, a free, 15 minute discussion
by phone with a faculty member has
proven most effecient and helpful in discovering how to customize
the program to your goals.
For further details about this
outline of the program, please visit the program