Education is the ability to perceive the hidden connections between phenomena. –Václav Havel
What Is Ecopsychology?
The social, environmental, economic, and psychological challenges we face in today’s world affect our lives, communities and the planet itself. And, they are interconnected through relationships.
Ecopsychology is a transdisciplinary field of inquiry predicated on a belief that humanity is a part of nature, that all of life’s systems (personal, social, ecological, economic, and cultural) are linked through multiple narratives and relationships.
Ecopsychology bridges the sciences and humanities in order to stimulate insight; foster a mature, empathic and ethical ethos that recognizes the psychology of the individual is reflected in the psychology of the culture, of our nations, and in our world’s complex issues.
Ecopsychology utilizes ecological, biological and depth psychological principles essential to sustainability to examine and transform deeply rooted unconscious narratives that drive human practices, civic illiteracy, policies, and decisions for how we design and craft our world in both creative and destructive ways.
An ecopsychological education cultivates:
- Competency in dealing with complex and contested questions,
- Civic literacy and how we develop public responsibility and consciousness,
- Creative thought and imagination that can offer ways of transforming destructive narratives and practices into workable and sustainable solutions,
- Self-reflection and to act with principled dignity.
Ecopsychology reconnects the disconnected human back into this vast web of life as an ecosystem among a myriad of other systems in an effort to make conscious that our manner of living will make all the difference in how we survive as a species.
VGI’s educational mission is to provide students with the capacity to innovate, ability to solve problems creatively bringing new possibilities to life, with psychological competence and maturity to recognize and change unconscious narratives and patterns driving the destructive practices behind our world’s most complex problems.
Our Online Programs
All programs are held online through an engaging live interactive e-learning platform (WebEx). Our e-learning program is called OCEANS. Students meet weekly with professors in a face-to-face live virtual classroom.
Viridis Graduate Institute’s ecopsychology program participates in the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) under the auspices of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote awareness and activities pertaining to education for sustainability.
VGI is a member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and an endorser to the Earth Charter.
Master of Arts in the Social Sciences with Emphasis in Ecopsychology and Sustainability (MASSES)
Ph.D. Program (MASSES degree prerequisite for doctoral program)
Doctorate in Ecopsychology and Sustainability
Executive Certificate Program (9-month)
Adaptive Leadership in Ecopsychology and Sustainability
(Credits apply to MASSES degree program).
Certificate Course (5 week course)
Introduction to Ecopsychology
VGI Faculty are renowned instructors who bring valuable life experience, diversity in theory and ideas, creative expression, and sound pedagogical practices to our programs.
Our Unique Approach
What distinguishes VGI from other similar programs is our approach to the study of ecopsychology with a focus in depth psychology. We regard the human psyche as a complex ecosystem with both conscious and unconscious patterns that determine our individual and cultural practices. These interconnected narratives drive personal and cultural behaviors and environmental practices in both creative and destructive ways.
Ecopsychology offers ways of transforming destructive narratives and practices into workable and sustainable solutions, contributing to the resolution of some of the most complex problems in our world.
Students studying ecopsychology bring a more prepared, perceptive, empathic, and mature dimension to being a global citizen in order to address the pressing social, cultural and environmental challenges in today’s world.
Ecopsychology examines diverse fields of knowledge:
- Natural science, natural history, earth science, social science, research in neuroscience
- Depth and archetypal psychologies
- Mythology / cross-cultural studies
- Evolutionary psychology
- Indigenous Traditions
- The arts: literature, music, visual arts
- Industrial ecology
- Human health, disease and environment
- Economics/business/statistics (green practices)
The pedagogy of ecopsychology includes:
- Openness to inquiry, experiential learning, and diversity in learning.
- Depth of materials that cultivate psychological reflection, critical analysis, creative thinking, imagination, and connection to daily life.
- Balanced scope and accuracy in presenting issues, challenges, and global problems.
- A curriculum that emphasizes development and application of thinking and feeling, skill and ethics in order to promote personal, ecological and social responsibility, problem solving and self-efficacy.
Viridis Graduate Institute’s students are a diverse group of individuals ranging in age from 18 to 80, and come from around the world. They are individuals who seek to make a difference in our world, participate in creative solutions, seek a new direction in their life or career, are lifelong learners, and are curious global citizens who want to facilitate change.