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 Ecological Psychology & Environmental Humanities

3-year, 90 quarter credit program

Viridis Graduate Institute's academic term: Quarter system. There are 3 courses per 10-week quarter.

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The Doctor of Arts is a terminal degree designed to equip students with advanced skills necessary to effect transformation in human narratives, behavior, and practices toward each other and the planet.

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 relationship with a shared home planet that requires us to examine and reconfigure the reality of human narratives, behavior, and exploitative practices.

Viridis Graduate Institute has designed a unique degree program to promote aesthetic skills (creative and critical thinking), imagination, emotional intelligence, communication confidence, ecological literacy, psychological sensibilities and capacities.

These essential skills underpin students' work in transforming detrimental narratives, behavior, and practices toward each other and the planet.

They cultivate vital collaboration in communities and organizational partnerships necessary for delivering far-reaching and in-depth transformation to current interdependent ecological, social, and economic systems.  

Ecological psychology teaches students to redefine what it means to be human in a world of intra-related realms and processes of which we are a part and carry shared responsibilities.

Environmental humanities promote an ethical stance toward all of life and examine the different ways to be in the world. 

The Practice of Ecological Psychology

MA and DA Graduates in Ecological Psychology 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.

The doctoral program emphasizes the narrative transformation required for behavioral change necessary for policy-making interventions, ecological and social justice action, interrelated economic/social/ecological practices that affect climate and planetary livability. 

An ecopsychological education is the most powerful tool we have available for making the necessary changes at the community, organizational, institutional, and global levels.

The emphasis on narrative change and reconfiguring behavior and practices, in combination with a supportive distance learning program, encourages personal and social development and flexibility.

The Doctor of Arts (D.A.) Degree

The Doctor of Arts is a terminal degree and an alternative to a traditional research-based Ph.D. Terminal degrees in higher education are acknowledged and respected academically and professionally across industries. The purpose of the Doctor of Arts degree is to offer a shift away from an emphasis on research and more on the advanced study of a specific area of expertise, with more emphasis on skill development and immediate application.

Viridis graduates in Ecological Psychology and Environmental Humanities practice as non-licensed ecopsychology professionals, much like environmental or conservation psychology professionals, and cultural or social 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 includes Ecopsychology, Environmental, Conservation, and Population Psychology. 

Unique Curriculum

Course examples include ecopsychology I, II, III, IV, narrative foundations of ecopsychology, biogeography: humans and landscapes, contemporary narratives of supremacism and its forms of sexism, misogyny, and racism, ecotoxicology, climate crisis and ecopsychological applications, art, image & perception in narrative change, ecological ethics, native science and indigenous epistemologies, business ecologies, and ecopsychology applications.

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 

Earth’s ecological processes are human psychological processes.

There is a remarkable similarity between elemental composition, processes, and patterns of lifeforms, processes, and elements and that of the universe as a whole, setting humanity within the wider deeper scheme of things.

Naturehumans are a part of all processes and cycles.

Life is Transient - how we live matters because we die.

Everything has behavior

All organisms are shaped by their environment, in turn, the environment shapes all of its organisms.

Just enough suffering.

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? 


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. 

Ecological psychology deepens 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, clinical and therapeutic professions, sustainability managers and corporate executives, environmental and energy industries, conservation, land restoration, health care professions (nursing, etc.), community/urban design, business and executive leadership, governance and policy-making, community and civic leadership, local and international activism, artists, and social and environmental nonprofit executives, economists.

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.

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