Doctor of Arts Program

If one understands the workings of the world, one can understand the workings of humankind.  - Paracelsus


Program Overview

Doctor of Arts in Ecopsychology & Environmental Humanities

3-year, 90 quarter credit program

The Doctor of Arts is a terminal degree designed to equip students with advanced ecological knowledge, psychological capacities, and communication skills necessary to effect change in human narratives and their resulting practices toward each other and the planet.

The DA degree is an application-focused transcontextual approach to interrelated ecological, social, and economic problems that affect all life and habitats on Earth. 

An education in Ecopsychology & Environmental Humanities necessarily includes interconnected ecological and psychological literacy, human narratives and resulting practices affecting all ecologies (naturehuman and naturecultures), policy-making interventions, ecological and social justice, and interrelated economic/social/ecological practices that affect climate and livability with Earth.

Graduates of the Doctor of Arts program are trained to think anew, envisage and imagine through difference (as opposed to sameness) in their ecopsychology of practice.

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. 

Unique Curriculum

The doctoral curriculum traverses multiple core courses in ecopsychology, agential ecologies, ethics, mythological and philosophical foundations, biogeographical exploration of humans and landscapes, contemporary narratives underpinning forms of human exceptionalism, ecotoxicology, reconfiguring narratives and practices, climate crisis and ecopsychological applications, art and image effects on perception, business ecologies, traditional ecological knowledge, the practice of ecopsychology, applications for professional life, and doctoral research & methodologies.

Completion of the Doctor of Arts program requires passing two comprehensive exams and successful completion of a doctoral project.

Viridis invites worldwide 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.


Ideas That Matter 

Ecological psychology (ecopsychology) is an educative approach to the ecological psyche and its entanglements with a responsive and damaged planet. To understand that the human psyche is ecological is to grasp ecological processes that affect and co-shape complex narratives and behaviors of Earth (energy, cycling, diversity/multiplicity, involution/evolution of change, and relationships) affect and co-shape the complexity of narratives and behaviors of the human ecosystem.

We live with a remarkable and beautiful symbiotic planet that acts upon us as much as we act upon it.

Complex patterns of 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 organisms and ecosystems, and devaluing the imagination. It is precisely this obligatory ecological relationality among biotic beings and abiotic processes that require us to examine and reconfigure the reality of our (human) narratives and their exploitative practices.

Ecological relationality has to do with our involvement with the world – its movements, its physical matter, politics, beauty, and suffering – all of which matter. An ecopsychological education asks: What are you doing with what you know? How is it changing your matters of concern? What kinds of commitments are you willing to take on in this life, including commitments to yourselves, and who you may become? 

The entanglements we are a part of reconfigure our psyche, our imaginations, our institutions, our societies, our manner of living and dying.


Effective Education 

The entangled issues of our times are persistent interrelated narratives of thought that continue to inflict human exceptionalism, supremacism, and notions of sameness on an interdependent and multispecies world resulting in divisive and destructive practices.

The study of ecopsychology offers an extensive knowledge base that examines ecological and psychological processes:

  • energy exchange,
  • diversity/multiplicity,
  • Intra-actions and waste,
  • change,
  • relationality, and
  • decay and renewal (ecological and psychological composting) that underpin all ecologies including the human psyche. 

At VGI, students engage with affective ecopsychology and environmental humanities that offer practical and effective ways to reconfigure narratives, thereby transforming behavior, such that we become accountable and responsible for what we enact on nonhuman and human others and the Earth.

Change in attitude and behavior reconfigures our relations with difference and recognizes a shared symbiotic Earth of agentive ecologies and lively configurations that co-form and co-shape each of us adding complexity and relationality.

Ecopsychology is a deepening in one's understanding of the human ecosystem and its entanglement with others. It is an education that cultivates a sense of personal ethics, social conscience, psychological flexibility, and the capacity to hold various tensions.

Vital ideas matter because it matters what ideas we think other ideas with and what imagery we imagine the world through. 

The Doctor of Arts is an excellent program for educators from any discipline, UNESCO and United Nations SDG educators, professionals in corporate sustainability management, environmental and energy industries, conservation, and land restoration, health care and therapeutic fields, community/urban design, business and executive leadership, governance and policy-making, community and civic leadership, local and international activism, artist, and environmental nonprofit executives.

All doctoral students may earn a Master of Arts upon successfully completing the first comprehensive examination and 48 graduate quarter credits from Viridis Graduate Institute.

What is Ecological Psychology (ecopsychology)?

Pathways for Ecopsychological Application


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