Organizational Approaches to Transformation and Healing (OATH)

OATH can be added as a concentration to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS in Couples and Family Therapy, MEd in School Counseling, MEd in School Psychology, MA in Personal and Organizational Wellness, or pursued as a stand-alone graduate certificate.

Directed by the PATH Institute at PSU, this program challenges traditional models and examines the implications of emerging paradigms for organizational health. You will explore ways to transform the work environment through the integration of holistic approaches to leadership, interpersonal relationships, social responsibility, and self-reflection. Emphasis will be placed on cultivating the qualities of a compassionate heart, an open mind, and good intention. Through an examination of personal, organizational, and global contexts, you will develop as agents of change in work environments.

Getting started is easy, just complete the online application for admission and provide a transcript showing the successful completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher and a current résumé. No admissions tests are required.

Use the Course Planning Matrix to see when OATH course will be offered.

Required Courses

  • 3
    Exploration of the evolving and emerging paradigms of holistic health and healing, and how the personal and organizational realms interconnect. In addition to examining the traditional wellness models, discussions will include concepts of mind, transpersonal psychology and energetics. Through an examination of personal and organizational contexts, students will explore ways to transform personal and work environments through mindfulness towards good intention, open mind and compassionate heart. Also offered as HH 5180 and BU 5180.
  • 3
    Transpersonal Psychology addresses aspects of mind and behavior that transcend individual ego and personal identity. This course considers the dimensions of consciousness, the implications of transpersonal experiences and the connection between psychology and spirituality. Class members gain an understanding of the fundamental assumptions underlying transpersonal theory and skills in applying theory to facilitate growth, health and well being. Also offered as HH 5590.
  • 3
    Designed to review the theory and practice relative to mindfulness meditation. Focus on the practice of the body scan, sitting meditation, healing meditation, eating meditation and walking meditation. Extended periods of meditation practice each day are interspersed with group discussions, presentations and small group work. Provides students with the theories surrounding the use of meditation as a healing tool while at the same time providing an opportunity for students to learn and practice meditation techniques. Focus will be on: learning the theories of mindfulness meditation; learning and practicing mindfulness techniques; incorporating mindfulness practice into our personal and professional lives; the authentic use of mindfulness practice as a teaching tool. Students are required to pay additional fees to participate in this course. Also offered as HH 5570.
  • 3
    A time of unprecedented challenges calls upon individuals to become architects of deep personal and organizational change. Students will explore processes that seed, support, and sustain deep personal transformation and organizational change. Students will consider the interrelationship of personal and organizational change in the context of global interconnectedness and human evolution.
  • 3
    This course examines the role of "positive institutions" in creating and supporting the well-being of its members while maintaining its profitability or non-profit mission. Issues of power, privilege, and prejudice as challenges to the formation of ethical and socially just institutions will be explored. Topics include issues of diversity, equity, ethics, and social justice.
  • 3
    This course offers an exploration of the personal, interpersonal and transpersonal elements of work and personal growth. Through varied learning methods, participants will attend to the ways in which occupations transform us and how we transform our work to support personal development. Learning will extend to the ways in which we, as followers and leaders, can cooperate to support these synchronous and reciprocal processes creatively and with intention.
  • Total for OATH – 18 credits


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