Explore the many benefits of connecting people and plants. Learn to create seasonal HT activities using gardening – indoors or out, nature activities, floral arranging techniques, and botanical arts and crafts, suitable and adaptable for all ages and abilities. People interested in health care and human services can learn to develop professionally directed plant, gardening and nature activities for diverse populations, designed to optimize physical and mental health of participants and improve quality of life.
The Horticultural Therapy Certificate curriculum offers a comprehensive look at the principles and practices for the professional use of horticulture as therapy. This four-part program focuses on the core skills and knowledge recommended for HT education by the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association (CHTA). The 200 hours of required student course work throughout the year include 120 classroom hours plus tours, independent study and assignments. The course is enriched with hands-on experience in a therapeutic setting and guest experts on special populations. Assignments are practical and build toward a final program proposal and presentation.
Upon successful completion of this Certificate course and all assignments students will have demonstrated the ability to:
1. Explain the therapeutic benefits Horticultural Therapy (HT) activities
2. Apply horticulture knowledge to develop HT program content
3. Develop individualized therapeutic programs designed to meet established goals and objectives with measurable outcomes.
4. Create and evaluate a series of seasonal HT project ideas in a therapeutic environment.
5. Estimate budget proposals, source plants and materials and determine funding resources.
6. Document assessment, progress notes and program evaluation to communicate with clinical care team and service providers.
Toronto Botanical Garden is pleased to work with Margaret Nevett, Registered Horticultural Therapist. Margaret is an experienced and enthusiastic HT practitioner and educator. Her company, Gardening For Life, provides Horticultural Therapy consultation and individualized programs in long term care and rehabilitation facilities. Margaret’s passion for garden making developed through studies in horticulture from the University of Guelph, garden design with international garden designer John Brookes, and Horticultural Therapy training in Ontario and British Columbia.
A Certificate of Completion will be issued including documentation required by CHTA for voluntary registration process.
Four Module Program
1. Foundations of Horticulture As Therapy – March to April, 2016
2. The Therapeutic Horticulture Professional – Jan to Feb, 2016
3. Horticultural Therapy Techniques and Settings – May to June, 2016
4. HT Management & Community Development – Sept to Oct, 2016
HT Certificate Module One: Foundations of Horticulture As Therapy
Saturday & Sundays in March & April 2016 *EXACT DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED*
Public $625; Members $575
Required Text: $60 Horticulture as Therapy: Principles and Practice, Sharon P. Simson, PhD
Explore the evolution of the therapeutic use of gardens and gardening! This introduction to professional practice in Horticultural Therapy (HT) will focus on the many proven benefits of connecting with plants. HT is planned, deliberate and documented. Examine the therapeutic foundations used to create HT programs for diverse populations. Horticulture study at Allan Gardens includes the fundamentals needed to create successful hands-on HT programs.
[PG16P01] Margaret Nevett, HTR
[PG16P02] Horticulture as Therapy; Principles and Practice, Sharon P. Simson, PhD and Martha C. Straus, eds.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the notification list of our third offering of Module One in early Spring 2016.
HT Certificate Module Two: The Therapeutic Horticulture Professional
Saturdays and Sundays, January 23 & 24, February 6 & 7, 27 & 28 and Saturday March 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Public $625; Members $575
*This course is only available to those students who have successfully completed Module One*
Using horticulture as a therapeutic modality requires program planning designed to achieve specific goals and objectives. Learn to develop programs and treatment plans that are directly related to reducing a client’s presenting problems and symptoms. Create HT programs that are supported and validated by documentation through assessment, progress notes and program evaluation, and communicated to interprofessional team members and service funders. Understand the needs of unique populations, develop appropriate HT program proposals and explore funding sources. Seasonal HT activities involve hands-on horticulture experience in propagation, organic and edible gardening techniques.
HT Certificate Module Three: Horticultural Therapy Techniques and Settings
Saturdays and Sundays in May & June 2016
Public $625; Members $575
*This course is only available to those students who have successfully completed Modules One & Two*
Session planning, with groups or one-on-one, involves adapting activities to meet diverse needs and developing methods to evaluate progress. Learn to create therapeutic environments using tools and techniques that enable people of all abilities to participate in HT activities, indoors and out, year round. Budgeting and sourcing of plants and materials are explored. Horticulture expertise includes greenhouse management, raised beds and container gardening, and selecting and growing plants for creative botanical arts and crafts.
HT Certificate Module Four: HT Management & Community Development
Saturdays and Sundays, Oct 31 & Nov 1, Nov 21 & 22, Dec 5 & 6 and Saturday Oct 24*, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Public $600; Members $550
*This course is only available to those students who have successfully completed Modules One, Two & Three*
Business and management skills are required to practice HT through a contracting business model or employment opportunities. Discover how to market your program proposals, determine funding strategies and consider grants, fundraising and resources for program support and community development. Gain proficiency and confidence to practice HT through the presentation of your comprehensive HT program proposal detailing design, implementation and management. The future of HT includes professional development and research opportunities.
*Note: the field trip for Module Four takes place before the regular classes in order to join with Module One of the new group of students[PG15F31] Margaret Nevett, HTR