An Alternative NSTP Training Path for Certification or a Degree.
alternative Ph.D. or MS training program option to becoming a
Certified Master Practioner for Natural Systems Thinking Process
Applied Ecopsychology" (CMP) is now available for the Peace
Corps Fellowship and others. The program gives students a new
personal expertise training opportunity to walk the path leading
to certification and/or a Master's or Ph.D. degree.
The CMP program
attempts to make personal and professional growth the main focus
of the coursework and make the academics optional until they
are needed for the degree program. Course papers will be integration
papers of any length making coursework more functional in that
it need only optionally be academic/scholarly. Learning what
was trustable and useful from the course experience would become
the main rationale for the paper..
centers around the phenomenol success many student's have had
with building on, applying and mentoring the core concept of
the Orientation Course and "nine leg" thinking and
In the CMP
program, the core, "The Fortressed Empty Room" in the
Orientation Course (described below,) becomes the core of the student's
entire program. All papers center on the student's experiences
in building and mentoring the room's existance in themselves
and others, and it need only be supported by them as phenomena/experiences
from the courses and elsewhere. Academic support is encouraged,
but optional until such time as the core paper is used towards
an academic degree.
A core paper
that starts with the program Application Form describes the how,
where, what, why and when of building and protecting the "Fortressed
Room." When students decide they want a degree, they, at
that time further combine and organize in logical fashion what
is in the Room including all their coursework, mentoring experiences
and papers from them, and make it into a rational integration
paper/book of 75 pages or more that might be entitled something
like: "The Evolution of a Certified Master Practioner for
Natural Systems Thinking Process Applied Ecopsychology."
The paper/book would show how the student has identified and
gained the mentored information, qualities and expertise in the
fortressed room needed to use and teach NSTP. It would include
scholarly documentation that could be collected from the day
the student starts the program.
can be used to support equivalent education for an MS degree
It can, with
guidance, be applied as an M.S. or Ph.D, project in lieu of thesis
On a Master's
level, this final paper/book plus taking a comprehensive exam
can gain a student entrance into the the Degree program at Akamai
University or other cooperating universities.
can be slightly enhanced to be the Master's thesis.
The MS thesis will only be an option, not required.
A paper showing how a student has already taken a non-core course
will replace the need to take that course.
The CMP program consists of taking the certification courses
(http://www.ecopsych.com/ecocertificate2.html) and creating a
paper/book that helps others understand the coursework, mentoring
and experiences you have had that qualify you for your certification
level or degree.
"Protected Room" Core Concept
up a new, fortressed, empty room somewhere in your mentality;
maybe in the place you daydream on the screen of consciousness
that plays in your mind. Into that uncontaminated space carefully
place the most reasonable experiences, thoughts and feelings
(phenomena) and concepts that the course program and its participants
help you discover. The means to integrate what you place in the
room into some part of society is also placed in the room. Consciously
placing this information there often makes the room a 9-leg (whole
ways) of knowing.
you place in yout fortressed room remain intact and strong for
your use at will. When you need them, simply open the door to
the room and avail yourself of the attractive, reasonable integrity
it will contain because you mentored and preserved it. Otherwise,
like the environment, that integrity becomes polluted by the
nature-disconnected way of life and thinking that fuels so many
of our problems.
In time, you will begin to notice that nine leg words are written
on the door to the room. They say: "The Natural Systems
Thinking Process: in nature within and about us, natural attractions
are real, intelligent, healing, and conscious of themselves and