The Four Worlds
for Development Learning
in collaboration with
The California School of Professional Psychology
MASTERS IN APPLIED
AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
A Professional Development Program for Working Adults
About Four Worlds
Four Worlds is an international non-profit organization with over fifteen
years of experience in capacity building of people and organizations for
human and community development. Four Worlds emerged out of indigenous
people's community healing and development efforts in North America in
the early 10980s. Since then, Four worlds teams have worked extensively
in rural and urban settings in every corner of North America as well as
in Africa, southeast Asia, the Pacific, the former Soviet Union, and Latin
America. Four Worlds is well known for its culturally based approach to
development work and for its down-to-earth articulation of principles and
models to guide human and community transformation.
The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) is one of the
largest human services professional schools in the world. Nationally and
internationally recognized for excellence, innovation and flexibility in
meeting the real needs of people and communities, CSPP offers a wide variety
of programs, special learning opportunities and services at each of its
four campuses (located in or near San Francisco, Los Angeles, Berkeley
and Fresno). CSPP's dedication to flexibility and continuous improvement
has made it a pioneer in graduate education for human services.
Building sustainable communities is emerging as a fundamental necessity for solving critical human problems. Indeed, all human societies depend for their very existence on the establishment and maintenance in an environment of global change of human relationships that are healthy and sustainable. Whether these relationships are personal; based in families, clans or tribal groups; economic; social or cultural, they are connected together in an interdependent web of influence and effect. It is becoming abundantly clear that sustainable community is a basic human need and that, in its absence, human life becomes distorted, painful and often self-destructive. Understanding the interconnectedness of issues is crucial for the survival of communities all over the world.
While the integrity of communities has a tremendous impact on human well-being, communities are made up of people. If the individuals that make up a community are struggling with a host of personal dysfunctions due to trauma, fear, addictions, physical or sexual abuse, or just the lack of opportunities to learn and develop human potential, then their community will be held back.
These two dimensions of personal healing and community development are
like two wings of the same bird. Both are needed and each depends of the
The field of work and study encompassed by the CSPP Masters in Applied Human and Community Development Program is a practical blend of key related disciplines including community psychology, community development, health promotion, adult education, applied anthropology, community economics, and sustainable development studies.
Working with communities and the people in them to improve human well-being is rapidly becoming a primary arena of professional service in a wide range of fields. While in most cases professionals must inform themselves about the technical issues related to specific applications of human and community development raining, here are some examples of the areas of employment open to graduates of the program:
The purpose of the maters in Applied Human and Community Development Program is to train a new category of professional capable of engaging communities in processes of transforming both human behavior and relationships, as well as the social and economic conditions that determine human well-being.
The aim of the program is to prepare leaders in the field of human and community development practice who:
Innovative and Unique Features
The CSPP Masters in Applied Human and Community Development Program is innovative and unique in a number of ways:
The Masters of Applied Human and Community Development Program has been designed to offer the best training available anywhere in the world related to community practice. The general focus on practical field-based challenges, realties and needs, supported by a wide range of research and theoretical analysis in literature rooted in many related disciplines, provides learners with a powerful framework for professional development. The CSPP approach reverses the usual academic approach that begins in theory and often never arrives at practice. The CSPP Program is oriented to practice, but stands on a strong foundation of relevant research and theory. The Program consists of forty-five (45) credit units as follows:
The Director of the Masters in Applied Human and Community Development
Program is Michael Bopp. Dr. Bopp received his Ph.D. from the University
of alberta in Education for Development. He also holds a Masters degree
in community Development and has more than fifteen years of experience
in facilitating community health development processes, grassroots training,
and in helping organizations to become more effective in working with communities.
He has lived and worked in central Africa, the South Pacific, Southeast
Asia, and across North America and tribal communities, inner city projects
and rural development processes. He is the author of many books and manuals
related to community practice, including Recreating the World: A Practical
Guide to Building Sustainable Communities. He has extensive experience
in training professionals to work with communities in contexts related
to such areas as community health promotion, community addictions, prevention
and intervention in physical and sexual abuse, post-war rehabilitation
and reconstruction, tribal people's development, youth development and
community development program evaluation.
The Fresno Campus of CSPP
The Masters of Applied Human and Community Development Program is based at the Fresno campus of the California School of Professional Psychology. Although the Program is also offered at various regional locations, the Fresno Campus provides student distance education and support services, library services and a home base for faculty and administrators.
Learners are selected for the masters in Applied Human and Community Development Program based on their demonstrated ability to become leaders in the field of development practice. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree in a related field and have at least two years of field experience working with communities.
Factors evaluated for admissions include:
CSPP-Fresno or CSPP-Systemwide Admission
5130 E. Clinton Way 2749 Hyde Street
Fresno, CA 93727 San Francisco, CA 94109
Tele: 209-456-2777 Tele: 800-457-1273
You may request a CSPP catalog for more information about policies and
Expenses and Financial Aid
Tuition for full-time students entering in 1998 is $18,000 for the two-year program or $9,000 per year. Financial aid is awarded independently of the admissions process and is available to full-time students who are United States citizens or permanent residents showing financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA. Financial aid awards are made in relation to the needs of other students on the campus. CSPP scholarships, Federal Perkins Loans, and Federal Family Educational Loans are available to students. Detailed financial aid information is sent with admissions information.
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