Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities

Have an Impact On The World

Viridis Graduate Institute’s professional doctorate degree is designed for working professionals with practical experience in their field, for those seeking to change from their current vocation, and for those seeking a new career direction in ecopsychology and environmental humanities. Students in ecopsychology want their lives to make a real difference in the world – to be of genuine consequence in the world. Our students want to contribute to quality of life for all life. They want to contribute to a flourishing world in meaningful and practical ways.

Viridis Graduate Institute prepares a student to become an ecopsychological leader by developing the psychological competence, ecological knowledge, and emotional responsiveness required to creatively solve problems challenging our ecological and social structures. Students apply ecological knowledge and psychological skill in assessing and understanding narratives underpinning human behavior and perpetuating destructive practices.

Students are trained to recognize and differentiate complex patterns and how they hold both destructive and creative behaviors and practices in place, and for how to educate individuals, groups, organizations in making practical, sustainable change in behavior and practices that promote flourishing systems.

Students are trained how to redesign and create new practices and procedures in our world that promote cooperation, collaboration, and relationship.

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.

The coursework and dissertation project research allow students to connect existing theories with practice. Professional doctoral research focuses on applying existing theories and knowledge to address real-world problems.

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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