Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

Have an Impact On The World

Students at VGI want their lives to make a real difference in the world – to be of genuine consequence in the world. Not by merely going through the motions, even if those motions produce success. They want to know and feel they have had some impact on the world. Our students want to contribute to the quality of life. They want to make the world work.

Viridis Graduate Institute’s educational programs are not vocational, nor are they designed for a specific occupation or job title.

Viridis Graduate Institute prepare students to develop the competence and responsiveness required to creatively solve problems challenging our ecological and social structures.

Students put education into action for how to transform behavior, redesign and create new practices and procedures in our world that are more ethical, relational, mature, and sustainable.

Students are trained to recognize and differentiate complex patterns and narratives, how they hold both destructive and creative behaviors and practices in place, and how to change them for the system to flourish. Students are taught how and why to assess and evaluate, think critically and creatively, use their good minds and imagination, understand the psychological dynamics at work in situations, in order to make appropriate, informed decisions.

An ecopsychological education develops cultural leaders capable of transformative actions necessary to address the difficult challenges that confront an individual, group, organization, business, or a community.

Areas where students have applied ecopsychology and/or that are best served by ecopsychological applications:

Agriculture / food systems
Alternative Energy
Artists and Designers from all fields
Business & Corporate Management
City and Urban Planning
Conservation & Environment
Coaching & Consulting
Education (all levels)
Health Care Professionals (clinical and non-clinical)
International & Public Affairs
International Relief Workers
Landscape Architecture
LEED & Green Construction
Nonprofit and Nongovernment Organizations
Organizational, Business & Leadership, Change Management
Parks & Recreation
Sustainable Development
Water / Ocean / Land Conservation and Management
Wildlife Management

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