Pathways for Application of Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities:
What We Do
Viridis graduates want their lives to make a real difference in the world. They do this by involving themselves in the world and utilizing their skill, knowledge, and capabilities to reconfigure destructive narratives and practices.
Ecological knowledge and psychological competencies are critical and essential for any person who wants to be effective in resolving interrelated issues of ecology, society and culture, economics and business.
Viridis Graduate Institute's MA and DA Graduates in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities practice as non-licensed ecopsychology professionals, much like environmental or conservation psychology professionals, cultural ecologists, ecological sociologists, and social or cultural ecologists.
Professionals in ecopsychology and environmental humanities are skilled in assessing narrative frameworks and their resulting behaviors and attitudes that result in known and unknown detrimental practices.
Ecopsychology professionals investigate intra-actions among naturehumans and natureculture for relationships that promote flourishing and those that promote toxicity (attitudes can pollute and infect as much as any virus or pollutant) affecting an entire social and ecological ecosystem.
Ecopsychologists examine and assess narratives and practices that result in environmental and societal degradation and injustice (e.g. poverty, unfair lack of access to education, healthcare, technologies, and markets, gender bias, sexism, misogynism, racism, etc.). They are trained to work with environmental and social first-responders and trauma; environmental grief, structuring effective community and group activism; working with communities coping with trauma from an ecological disaster; psychological impacts of natural disasters and climate crisis, conservation issues and conflicts; and ecopsychological applications for existing clinical and therapeutic professionals.
Where We Work
Viridis graduates utilize advanced psychological capabilities and ecological knowledge to work with groups, businesses, institutions, and communities for creative and innovative ideas to reconfigure disparaging narrative intra-actions. Thus changing behaviors and practices (or products, communication styles, policy, etc.) that are causing ecological / social / economic impoverishment.
Ecopsychology professionals work in a variety of professions that include consulting, education, coaching, where they provide their expertise to businesses, corporations, nonprofit organizations, institutions, government agencies, and industry. Those with teaching experience (and doctoral degree) may also become faculty at colleges and universities.
For clinical and counseling psychology providers with existing licensure, a degree in ecopsychology expands your 'therapeutic toolkit' such that you are skilled in working with the loss and grief of those people, businesses, and communities suffering from ecological devastation.
Ecopsychology professionals may be employed by educational institutes, schools, civic governments, national and state park agencies, religious organizations, and medical establishments as ecopsychology educators. Or, they may be employed by housing, planning, and environmental agencies, or landscaping and architecture firms.
Ecopsychologists who practice privately as "psychologists" generally must obtain a license to practice, although requirements vary by state. Psychologists typically need to have an APA accredited doctoral degree and training through supervised experience, a year-long internship or a residency program. Professional certifications and licenses allow psychologists to practice within the scope of their expertise. The Association of State and Provincial Licensing Boards provides specific information on specific state requirements.
Viridis Graduate Institute is listed under The American Psychological Association's (APA) Division 34 for Environmental, Conservation, Ecopsychology, and Population Psychology.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job growth for other kinds of psychologists and psychology educators will grow 8-14% by 2022. This rate is as fast as the average expected job growth across all industries.
Employers of many kinds of professions and industries are seeking people who bring maturity, ecological literacy, communication competence, creative and critical thinking, integrity and ethics in their leadership skill, and the capability to work with conflictual situations that improve the psychological moral in the workplace is projected to grow 53%, much faster than the average for all occupations.
At VGI, degree program learning outcomes and institutional capacity outcomes are mapped to the professional competencies most sought after by business, organizations, and institutions:
• Critical Thinking and capability to apply multiple ecological knowledge and psychology capability in evaluation and change of disparaging narratives underpinning a variety of ecological, economic, and social issues;
• Creativity and Imagination in how one applies innovative thought in evaluating and reconfiguring narratives that advance ethical, responsible, and collaborative relationships;
• Communication competence and capability to sense, analyze, synthesize, and articulate complex information from a variety of ecological and psychological sources and perspectives and be able to communicate findings across sophisticated platforms (written, oral, digital, artistic);
• (VGI ADDS) Ecological & Civic Literacy as the capability to make democratizing moves that invite complexity and difference into a relationship, and to advance justice, aesthetics, generosity, and differences that matter;
• (VGIS ADDS) Ecopsychological Sensibility that brings intelligence and sensitivity to a community, business, organization, or institution.
Areas where students have applied ecopsychology and that are best served by ecological psychology:
Agriculture / food industry
Alternative Renewable Energy industry
Artists and Design fields
Business & Corporate Sustainability/Environmental Management
City and Urban Planning
Conservation & Wildlife
Coaching & Consulting
Education (all levels)
Civic and governmental policy-making
Health Care Professionals (clinical and non-clinical)
International & Public Affairs
International Relief Workers
Nonprofit and Nongovernment Organization (NGO)
Organizational, Business, Change Management
Parks & Recreation
Social Justice – Ecological Justice Organizations
United Nations and UNESCO
Water / Ocean / Land Conservation and Management
Wildlife Management & Rescue
And... any area of importance you create - we need new ideas and new ways of doing business!
Job Placement Disclaimer
Viridis Graduate Institute does not guarantee job placement, advancement, or continued employment to graduates upon program completion or upon graduation. The Institute does not provide occupational assistance. The Institute has an active Alumni Organization that works with career ideas on a regular basis. In the doctoral program curriculum, a culminating course is offered in the professional application of ecopsychology and environmental humanities.