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. Students 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, students 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.
  • 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
    Mindfulness Meditation Theory and Practice examines the theoretical basis for the use of meditation as a healing tool. In a meditative retreat format, participants learn and practice various types of meditation such as body scan, sitting, walking, eating and music meditation. Extended periods of practice and interspersed with discussion, reflection, presentation and small group work.
  • 3
    The 21st Century is a time of unprecedented change in which longstanding institutions are failing or deconstructing and the human race is facing enormous challenges. Such a time calls upon individuals and organizations to become activists for change and architects of new social constructions. Within this context, evolution and transformation are foundational processes for meaningful and contributory personal and organizational change. This course guides and assists participants in contextualizing change efforts in an awareness of global interconnectedness and concern for the long-term viability of humanity's partnership with the planet and in developing the habits of mind and heart which will enable them to lead with an open mind, compassionate heart, and good intention. Participants will explore emerging paradigms for leadership and change and use their learning to enhance organizational effectiveness, well being, and sustainability.
  • 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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