This is a project we've sortof been working on with the staff over the last few months. The thing is, we need your help.
We've been looking over what the therian community needs right now (to be progressing in the direction of basically helping therians understand therianthropy). We've been looking at both modern and traditional systems of education that are suitable to our varied population.
We've determined that what is missing the most right now is verification of comprehension. Basically, we have all of these resources on Therianthropy that are accessible to members and outsiders and we have afforded every opportunity to discuss therian experiences, however what we currently don't do is check if anyone actually understands the materials on Therianthropy and if they are actually being understood as intended.
For this purpose we've come up with a new thing! Therian Guide Academy!
(it's what I'm calling it now, we went through several different names)
So we've designed a curriculum of 8 courses for a well-rounded understanding of Therianthropy, for each of which we will be able to do a kind of exam for. However, to be fair, each of these would need some kind of textbook so that people can reasonably prepare for what is going to be verified. This is where we need help.
We need your help to prepare the textbooks for these 8 courses:
- Persistence of animal experience
- Satisfying animal needs
- Human therian experiences
- Delusion and mental illness
These are intended to be in relation to therianthropy and aren't like generic textbooks about mental illness, etc.
Each of the textbooks will be published in the form of basically essays in our Introduction to Therianthropy
forum, so it will be public in the hopes that it will help as many people as possible.
If nobody else picks up the task, I will start them up and then we can fix them up together.
If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to reply.
EDIT: To respond to a question posed in Discord, obviously the courses can't be about what Therianthropy is, because we don't know what it is and it would be wrong to impose our perspectives on other people.
However what we can do is provide useful knowledge to therians which may not be strictly about therianthropy, but is useful to know if you are a therian. This is roughly what the textbooks are meant to contain. For example in course #2, where we are talking about satisfying animal needs, we are not talking about things every therian needs to do, but rather about the needs that our theriotypes have, which may apply to certain therians.