Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities
Viridis invites world-wide participation - we are an online education provider and all programs are held live via Zoom technology. Our classes are intimate where learning is an interactive engagement.
Degree Programs Overview
The richness of ecological and psychological life requires the intra-actions of many kinds of ecologies and landscapes. At VGI, students inquire into ecological and psychological ecosystems with particular stories, rhythms, temporal patterns, and seasonal pulses across expansive geographies.
The study of ecopsychology offers an extensive knowledge base that examines ecological and psychological processes:
- energy exchange,
- Intra-actions and waste,
- relationality, and
- decay and renewal (ecological and psychological composting) that underpin all ecologies including the human psyche.
Ecopsychology is an educative approach that recognizes we live with a symbiotic planet that acts upon us as much as we act upon it. It is precisely this obligatory relationship between Earth and human that require us to examine and transform the reality of our narratives and their exploitative activities.
Complex patterns within human psychology, entangled in an affective ecology, carry stories of both needing relations with - and being a threat to - life. The most striking examples are a climate crisis resulting in human and non-human forced displacement; diversity extermination and extinction of necessary species, ideas and devaluing the imagination.
The plaguing issues of our times are not new – they are persistent interrelated systems of psychological thought and practice. An education in ecopsychology is one of involvement with the world. It is the psychological evolution of new naturehuman and natureculture narratives, ethics, and manner of living with a shared, agential, and finite planet. We are extending an understanding of collaborative survival into the way in which we see the world and respond to its problems, its beauty, and its needs.
Master of Arts in Social Sciences with Emphasis in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities Program
2-year, 54-credit program.
3-year, 90-credit program.
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.
Clinical and Therapeutic Application
Students interested in ecological psychology (ecopsychology) clinical and therapeutic applications obtain a comprehensive psychological education for how to work with the human and organizational ecosystem and their ecology of behaviors.
Viridis Graduate Institute is listed on The American Psychological Association's (APA) Division 34 website that includes Ecopsychology, Environmental, Conservation, and Population Psychology.
Viridis Graduate Institute offers unique educational programs in Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities that emphasize:
- The necessity for understanding ecological processes that shape and form Earth behavior, shape and form human behavior;
- Ecopsychological capacities are essential skills for becoming effective in changing outmoded and destructive narratives;
- There is no "individual" organism or being – we are all symbionts (live-with) – all living ecologies share our bodies and home planet with billions of others.
- Our ongoing narrative making-with process or psychological sympoiesis, is an enhanced sensitivity to entangled stories of nonhuman and human worlds.
- It matters what narrative we live our lives by; it matters what idea we think other ideas with - they have consequences for death and life on Earth.
An ecopsychology practice is critical if we are to nudge out-evolve out human exceptionalism and supremacism that perpetuate ecological and social crimes destabilizing the world.
Synchronous Real-Time Technology
Viridis Graduate Institute excels in providing Distance Education Education that brings students and faculty together in synchronous classroom settings. We see and hear each other in real-time. Each regularly scheduled synchronous class meets weekly through ZOOM audio and video technology. Each class engages students in the lively exchange of ideas at the center of active learning.
We believe this to be the most effective and productive distance education tool, as students are focused, they have meaningful interaction and feedback from the faculty and classmates, it builds community among the cohort and within the Institute.
Tax Deductible Educational Expense
While a personal accountant or Certified Public Accountant can best advise students regarding tax deductions, it is important to remember that the United States Code of Federal Regulations, Title 26, Section 1.162-5, Expenses for Education allows for personal income tax deduction of educational expenses including tuition, cost of travel, meals, and lodging, etc., so long as they: 1) Maintain or improve skills required by the individual in his employment or other trade or business, or 2) Meet the express requirements of the individual's employer, or the requirements of applicable law or regulations, imposed as a condition to the retention by the individual of an established employment relationship, status, or rate of compensation.
We look forward to your involvement!
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