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READ BELOW ABOUT OUR MS DEGREE PROGRAM IN APPLIED BREATHING SCIENCES.

SCHOOL OF BREATHING SCIENCES

Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences

109 East 17th Street. Cheyenne, WY 82001. USA. Tel: 307.633.9800. Fax: 866.251.4826.

Email: education@.bp.edu. Website: www.bp.edu

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to you about our School of Breathing Sciences and its webinar-based degree, certificate, and CE programs. Visit www.bp.edu for more details about these and other programs we offer.

SCHOOL OF BREATHING SCIENCES

The School of Breathing Sciences, a division of the Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences, offers a fully webinar-based Master of Science degree program in Applied Breathing Sciences, an interdisciplinary synthesis of the biological and behavioral sciences including physiology, biochemistry, neuroscience, psychology, behavioral science, counseling, and instrumentation technology. The degree also includes two Certificates, the Educational Capnography Certificate (Breathing Habit Analysis and Modification) and the Behavioral Biofeedback Certificate (Behavior Therapy and Biofeedback), both which may also be completed independently of the degree program.

The School of Breathing Sciences began offering its degree and certificate programs in theFall Trimesterof 2013. Students are attending from countries from around the world, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. Its faculty of 16 consists of highly experienced practitioners from the fields of psychology, psychiatry, medicine, physiology, physiotherapy, physics, and business; they participate from across the world, stretching from Hilo, Hawaii to Beer-Sheva, Israel.

LEARNED DYSFUNCTIONAL BREATHING

It is estimated that 10 to 25 percent of the US population have unwittingly learned breathing habits that compromise physiology and psychology in ways that trigger, perpetuate, and cause serious symptoms and deficits of all kinds. This enormous problem, only superficially addressed by the treatment-oriented professional community, requires a solution that is interdisciplinary, client-centered, and learning-oriented. The new MS program offered by the Graduate School of Breathing Sciences addresses this solution by training practitioners, consultants, and educators from diverse disciplines to offer breathing learning services to their clients and patients. Student-colleagues are taught the science, the practice, and the business of providing these services.

DEGREE PROGRAM OBJECTIVE

Unfortunately, practitioners from around the world,who make breathing training a part of their profession, are rarely trained to identify dysfunctional breathing habits and their patterns, much less how to help their clients learn new habits consistent with good physical and mental health. All too often focus is on symptoms rather than causes. The MS program seeks to remedy this shortcoming by teaching student-colleagues how to apply the principles of behavior analysis and behavior modification to dysfunctional breathing including its physiology, effects, origins, causes, triggers, motivations, sustaining factors, and self-regulation learning solutions.

DEGREE PROGRAM FOR COLLEAGUE PROFESSIONALS

The MS program has been designed for two groups of colleague-professionals:

  1. The program serves colleagues who already provide breathing services to their clients, but who are looking to increase their level of expertise, to broaden-out their knowledge base, to expand their practices, and to earn an academic credential that will strengthen the credibility for the breathing services they already offer.
  2. The program serves colleagues who understand the importance of integrating the breathing sciences with their current profession, but who have not already done so; this program provides them with the comprehensive training they need for responsibly, effectively, and credibly providing breathing learning services to existing clients as well as establishing the basis for a new business that attracts new clients.

DEGREE PROGRAM CONTENT

The MS degree program is a 36-unit program, offered on a trimester basis (3 “semesters” per year), and consists of 25 one-unit courses: 7 Physiology courses, 9 Psychology courses, 7 Intervention courses, and 2 Business courses. It also includes 5 units of Case Reviewproseminars, 4 units of Service Practicums (200 hours) to be completed at student-colleague work locations, and 2 units of Business Practicum (100 hours) consisting of the formulation of a business plan for implementing breathing assessment and learning services. Colleagues may complete the program at their own pace going part time or full time. Full time means 12 units per trimester and one year to complete the degree.

BUSINESS PLANNING

Very rarely do programs provide students with an opportunity to formulate a business plan for implementing what they’ve learned in the practical world. We do. Being successful not only means delivering quality and credible services, but it also means establishing a productive network of colleagues and clients. Successful completion of the MS program requires that student-colleagues are actually providing learning services to their clients before graduation and are doing so as a part of a business plan formulated during the program.

LIBRARIES

The Graduate School provides its students and faculty with an e-journal Library that contains more than 2,700 major medical, physiology, and behavioral science journals, including downloadable PDF full text articles. And, the School Kindle Library makes it unnecessary to buy expensive specialty textbook and cuts costs by about 90 percent.

E-CAMPUS

The Graduate School has its own e-campus website created by its own programming team, tailored specifically to its organizational requirements. It permits students, faculty, and administration to communicate seamlessly without having to use email and telephone communication. Students simply login to download course materials, obtain documents, take examinations, see announcements, complete faculty evaluations, communicate with faculty, review webinar recordings, access the e-journal Library, download videos, see grades, view transcript information, and access the School Webinar-Broadcasting Platform.

LIVE WEBINAR BROADCASTING PLATFORM

The Graduate School maintains its own live Webinar-Broadcasting Platform, a customized version of Training Center provided by Cisco’s WebEx. The Platform provides for live and interactive audio and video functions, including functionality that takes students beyond the normal class room environment. Interaction, for example, includes breaking up into small groups (e.g., two students) and doing live physiological monitoring sessions with one another from across the world. And, live demonstrations can be done from anywhere, any time.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

The Educational Capnography Certificate(Breathing Habit Analysis and Modification) qualifies practitioners for using capnography and related instrumentation for (1) assessing breathing habits and their effects on health and performance and (2) teaching clients to manage and/or overcome dysfunctional breathing habits that compromise respiration and related physiology. The 125 hour program includes six academic units and 75 hours CE hours: three 1-unit courses (45 hours), twounits of Case Review Seminar (30 hours), and one 50-hour Service Practicum. It is a one-trimester part time program.

The Behavioral Biofeedback Certificate (Behavior Therapy and Biofeedback) is for licensed practitioners interested in integrating psychophysiological therapy into their practices. It is an integration of physiology, behavior analysis, behavior therapy, and biofeedback. It includes 14 academic units: ten 1-unit courses (150 hours), two units of Case Review Seminar (30 hours), and two Service Practicum units (100 hours). The Certificate is completed in either two or three trimesters.

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Colleague practitioners may also sign-up (without applying) for individual courses on a continuing education basis and then at a later time, if interested, apply the credit earned toward the MS degree completion requirements. This gives colleagues a chance to try out the program without having to apply.

Colleagues interested in our MS degree program in Applied Breathing Sciences or in our Certificate programs may contact us at education@breathingsciences.bp.edu for a personal interview and/or a tour of our webinar learning environment. We offer a free webinar about our programs on most Tuesdays throughout the year. Go to http://breathingsciences.webex.com to sign up.

Sincerely,

Peter M. Litchfield, Ph.D., President
Office: 307.633.9800, Cell: 505.670.2874
Email: pl@bp.edu

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