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Introductory Letter from Dr. Michael J. Cohen
Program Audience
Professional Diploma in Applied Ecopsychology
Master of Science in Applied Ecopsychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Ecopsychology
Research Doctorate in Applied Ecopsychology (PhD)

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Applied Ecopsychology Publications

Welcome to the Applied Ecopsychology Program!

Applied Ecopsychology reverses our disconnectedness by utilizing proven medical procedures. For example, good medical thinking and research have created surgical techniques that reattach an amputated arm back to the body. If reconnected properly, the arm will, in time, function normally. Part of this art is the surgical technology our clear thinking has devised to bring the arm back in proper contact with the body. The remainder of the procedure is trusting that once this reconnection is made, nature itself has the wisdom to heal the rupture and rejoin the arm and body as one integrated organism. We don't know how to do that healing, however nature does it continuously via its natural attraction ecological processes at sub-atomic and global levels, for that is its way. Good medical thinking respects that nature has this extraordinary regenerative power. It taps into it. It surgically provides the proper environment and time for nature to heal, as only nature can. Applied Ecopsychology activities do the same thing with respect to our extremely nature-separated psyche and thinking process and the disorders they create.

The field of Applied Ecopsychology researches and initiates practical self-guiding methods and materials. These tools enable the prospective applied ecopsychologist to learn, use, and teach the nature-reconnecting process in the personal, professional and educational environments. This degree program offers vital information, expertise and support through mentorship, distance learning courses, interactive workshops, academic readings, Internet presentations, and independent study and projects.

Discover how our excessive separation from nature stresses our sentient inner nature and causes our most challenging problems. Learn to reverse this destructive process. Master thoughtful nature reconnecting activities that dissolve stress by satisfying our deepest natural loves, wants and spirit. This course teaches hands-on education, counseling and mental health skills that interlace our thoughts and feelings with the "higher power" wisdom of nature's creation process. Its unique natural attraction methods and materials let nature nurture self-esteem, friendships and responsibility. Applied Ecopsychology increases wellness and creativity and helps us build rewarding, sustainable relationships. Learn and teach this process to increase personal, social and environmental well-being.

Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D.
Program Director
Applied Ecopsychology

Program Audience
Applied Ecopsychology participants have successfully applied nature-connected education and healing to a wide array of career fields, entrepreneurial and professional activities. While not an exhaustive list of fields from which our program has prepared successful practitioners, following will provide a perspective for the interested applicant for application of the program.

  • Self-help, stress management, personal growth, motivational neuro-linguistic programming, creative writing, home schooling, hypnotherapy, aromatherapy, Reiki. energy medicine, and art therapy.
  • Life coaching, personal coaching, success coaching, and relationship coaching, leadership skills, consulting, memory training, nutrition. men's and women's issues, and action assertiveness.
  • Teaching, mentoring and facilitating disorder and prevention remedies: eating, sleep, anxiety, post traumatic stress (PTSD), attention deficit, addiction, dependency, burnout, autism, self-confidence, mid-life crisis, and self-worth dysfunctions.
  • Counseling: pastoral, therapy, recovery, family, marriage and spiritual counseling, massage therapy and biofeedback.
  • Shamanism, spirituality retreat centers, self-esteem, Yoga, civil rights, therapist, retreat center training.
  • Course instruction, workshop presentations, social work, conservation strategies, outdoor leadership, sociology, environmental education, and mental health.
  • Meditation, complementary and alternative medicine, naturopathic medicine, parenting, relaxation, and intimacy.
  • Founding or directing stress and healing programs, or creative writing courses for training or degree programs.
  • Increasing training, administration, personal and professional benefits. improved conferences, progressive human services, independent contracting, child care, addressing global warming, retreats.


Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D.
Program Director

Michael J. Cohen is an ecopsychologist who founded and coordinates Project NatureConnect, a distance learning degree program and extended education workshop and course offerings from The Institute of Global Education, a United Nations Non-Governmental Organization. He chairs the Department of Integrated Ecology on San Juan Island, Washington and networks his Natural Systems Thinking Process. For 36 years, Dr. Cohen has lived outdoors year round while researching, teaching and enjoying multi-sensory nature activities. He established and directed degree granting environmental outdoor education programs for the Trailside Country School, Lesley College, and the National Audubon Society. Dr. Cohen's many books and articles include Reconnecting With Nature: Finding Wellness through Restoring your Bond with the Earth, the 1990 award winning Connecting With Nature: Creating Moments that Let Earth Teach, and the self-guiding applied ecopsychology training manual, Well Mind, Well Earth. His most recent title, Einstein's World is now an integral part of an accredited graduate course.

Theresa Sweeney, Ph.D.
Theresa Sweeney has a lifelong connection with nature and its healing possibilities. She has pursued maturing experiences, which have nurtured her artistic talent and love for nature, foreshadowing her life’s work, using art to help people reconnect with Nature. Dr. Sweeney earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. She has more than twelve years of corporate experience. Dr. Sweeney earned her MS and Ph.D. in Applied Ecopsychology from Akamai University, in Hilo, Hawaii, and the Doctor of Education from San Juan de la Cruz in Costa Rica. Dr. Sweeney is a renowned Ecopsychology Consultant, giving workshops using art activities to help people and businesses regain identity and bonding with the Web of Life, and its healing capabilities. She authored and illustrated a book, Owl Winks and Forest Songs: Finding wellness through Nature’s wisdom, writes a reconnecting with Nature newspaper column, and is a contributor to Gatherings, an online Ecopsychology field journal. Her wildlife artwork is owned around the USA and has won numerous awards. She donated 30 original paintings to the Jack Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Jupiter, Fla. Dr. Sweeney is a volunteer speaker for local radio and various organizations and is currently serving as Dean of the Applied Ecopsychology Institute at Akamai.

Marie McLean, Ph.D., M.A.
Dr. McLean is a systems thinker and keen apprentice as to how theory translates into reality. Studying the social and cultural implications of how theological thought informs religious traditions earned her a B.A. in Comparative Religion and an M.A. in the History and Philosophy of Religion from Montreal’s Concordia University. Decades of interest in para-psychological and spiritual phenomena led to a Ph.D. that combined study through Carolyn Myss’ Energy Medicine and through Dr. Michael Cohen’s Project NatureConnect Applied Ecopsychology Program. Through the latter program, she is currently faculty on Ph.D. committees guiding students toward program completion. Dr. McLean offers programs locally in Toronto through NexusWithin, with wilderness intensives offered in Hawaii. Over decades, she has been employed within public education in Canada. Years of assisting multicultural children and their families to integrate into North American life has provided a unique, intimate opportunity to identify both the damage unquestioned culture can inflict and the hopeful possibilities for the unbinding of life’s felicity. Her conviction is that reconnecting the human mind back into the natural matrix from which it evolved will liberate it from the mentality that enslaves both itself and the planet.

Sarah Anne Edwards, Ph.D., LCSW
Director of Pine Mountain Institute;career and lifestyle coaching; author of 16 books on balancing lifestyles.

Revalyn Faba-Sach Ph.D., M.A.
Special Needs Coordinator and ESL teacher

Applied Ecopsychology Publications

Natural Attraction Ecology
by Dr. Michael J. Cohen

When we respectfully visit a natural area, our 53 natural senses contain attractions to connect us with the self-correcting grace, balance and purifying power of our origins in nature. This nurturance therapeutically helps us restore our subdued natural senses. It energizes their sensibilities into our consciousness so we can think, feel and enjoy more sensibly. A short, renewing walk in a natural area demonstrates the truth of this science.

The Natural Systems Thinking Process
Nature connected education and counseling is a missing link in the way we think. It enables people to peacefully restore 53 natural senses that improve our thinking, wellness and relationship with the environment, other people, and ourselves.

Educating and Counseling with nature: A Greening of Psychotherapy
Project NatureConnect offers nature-centered distant learning that enables you to add the mental health therapy benefits of nature-connecting methods and credentials to your degree program and/or your skills, interests and hobbies.

The Web of Life Imperative
Many people who seek to increase peace, social justice, mental health and environmental sanity don't achieve their goals because they omit the readily available art and science that this book contributes. This omission also prevents people from eliminating many health, relationship and economic disorders.

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