Understand the definitions, code of ethics, and standards of practice of Horticultural Therapy
An introduction to client assessment, evaluation, and appropriate Horticultural Therapy interventions
Become aware of the groups of people that benefit from horticultural therapy, the different characteristics and considerations of working with these groups, and the settings and program types
Discover the use of plant materials and horticultural activities for therapeutic purposes
About this course:
The foundations of horticultural therapy course introduces the student to the definitions operational standards, and practice of horticultural therapy as outlined by the AHTA. Students will learn evidence-based theories and approaches for using plants to increase skills and wellness in therapeutic settings; learn the historical development and the current state of horticultural therapy and how this unique approach addresses the needs of various populations. Students will be introduced to concepts surrounding program development, needs assessment and therapeutic interventions. The class uses a combination of online learning, guest speakers, field trips and hands-on activities to provide a deep understanding of the fundamental components of a successful horticultural therapy practice. This course is accredited by the AHTA (American Horticultural Therapy Association)
In-person weekend class meeting locations are within the Los Angeles metro area. Attendance is required.
Elective course in the horticulture certificate. Successful completion of this course will provide an equivalent of 3 semester credits in horticultural therapy coursework that can be used toward the completion of a total of 9 semester credits in horticultural therapy coursework that is required by the AHTA for professional registration as a Registered Horticultural Therapist (HTR). Accredited by AHTA (American Horticultural Therapy Association)
Internet access required. Materials required.