Personal Approaches to Transformation and Healing (PATH) Institute

The PATH Institute 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 or MA in Personal and Organizational Wellness programs, or pursued as a stand-alone graduate certificate.

The Personal Approaches to Transformation and Healing (PATH)Institute Certificate provides experiential, academic opportunities to study integrative health and healing concepts. Based on the growing awareness of mind, body, and spirit interactions in holistic healing and wellness, this program builds on the movement that influenced Congress in 1992 to establish what is now the Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine within the National Institutes of Health.

The PATH Institute is an 18-credit graduate certificate program that focuses on alternative health and healing modalities. In three-day residential seminars, the PATH Institute allows students to examine concepts of health that consider the whole person—physical, environmental, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual; investigate the difference between healing and curing, and the interface of alternative and conventional approaches to health and healing; learn in a safe and healing environment surrounded by the natural world and supported by health promoting activities; participate in the dynamic exchange of student perspectives; and collaborate on individual and small group exercises and projects.

This instructional model invites strong interactive relationships between students and faculty, and encourages deep personal reflection and learning. You’ll prepare before class sessions and complete individual assignments during and after the residential weekends.

If you are interested in pursuing the graduate certificate only, simply 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. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to complete the graduate certificate.

Use the Course Planning Matrix to see when PATH courses will be offered.

Curriculum Requirements

  • 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
    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.
  • 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
    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.
  • Total for PATH Institute – 18 credits


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