Personal Approaches to Transformation and Healing

PSU offers a MA in Personal and Organizational Wellness with a concentration in Personal Approaches to Transformation and Healing (PATH).

For those not interested in pursing the master’s degree, the 18-credit Personal Approaches to Transformation and Healing Certificate program may be right for you.

For more information, visit the Counselor Education and School Psychology Department website.

Note: Licensed Registered Nurses  may gain contact hours (CEUs) for courses in this program. One academic credit equals 15 contact hours in New Hampshire. Please consult an advisor for more information.

  • Personal and Organizational Wellness Component – 12 credits
  • 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.
  • 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. Also Winterim and summer. Students are required to pay additional fees to participate in this course.
  • 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.
  • 3
    This course will illuminate the potential of research/inquiry to effect transformation in the research, participants, organizations, communities and cultures. Transformation manifests as meaningful and profound changes in one's attitudes and views of oneself as well as one's view of others and the world at large, which in turn catalyze consequential personal and organizational change and evolution. The transformative potential of research can be optimized through purposeful intention, careful design, and the deliberate inclusion of multiple ways of knowing. Through this course, students will explore and learn to use transformation-fostering research/inquiry approaches alone or in combination with traditional research methods as means for effecting personal and/or organizational transformation, health, and sustainability.
  • PATH Component – 9 credits
  • 3
    Spiritual Health provides an opportunity to explore the role of the spiritual dimensions of wellness. A process of inquiry will help you better understand the spiritual dimension of self and the relationship of spirit to the health and healing process.
  • 3
    The course is designed to facilitate the learning of individuals who intend to work in professions related to wellness. The topic of death and dying will be addressed in a comprehensive way with an emphasis on the development of compassion for individuals and their life experiences. The course will also address the topic of living well and making choices that may increase happiness and decrease suffering. The course will offer students time to examine their own beliefs and understanding of death as well as learn how the medical profession and caring communities can assist those experiencing the dying process. The course will also offer readings and discussions that will help students to identify ways they would like to be living their own life with an emphasis on increasing their sense of wellbeing regarding their mind, body and spirit.
  • 3
    Energy, Body and Health provides an overview of multiple therapeutic approaches by examining such techniques as massage, therapeutic touch, Rolfing, reflexology, Reiki, shiatsu, acupressure, Alexander Technique and other therapies.
  • Elective Component – 9 credits
  • With your advisor, you will choose 9 credits of electives to meet your professional goals
  • Capstone Component – 3 credits
  • 3
    The purpose of the graduate capstone in the Personal and Organizational Wellness and the Human Relations program is to apply knowledge learned in previous coursework through an approved project. Students will select a topic area specific to individual or organization health or individual or group dynamics. Student capstones must be approved by the advisor and they should plan about 40 hours of work for the three credit course. Candidates must submit the Graduate Capstone Project form with their course registration. Once the Capstone is completed, students will present their final project to other students, their advisor, and/or PSU faculty members.
  • Total for MA in Personal and Organizational Wellness, PATH Concentration – 33 credits
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