We are pleased to announce the release of the 2nd edition of Horticultural Therapy Methods! Now available for purchase here.
Nov. 1-4, 2018
Nov. 15-18, 2018
San Diego, CA
Dec. 6-9, 2018
Half Moon Bay, CA
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Wellstone Regional Hospital is a 100-bed psychiatric hospital, offering 74 acute care beds for children, adolescents and adults, and 26 residential beds for children and adolescents. Comprehensive outpatient services are also available for partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. Psychiatrists and nurse practitioners offer medication evaluations and outpatient follow-up appointments via Wellstone’s Physician Group Practice.What separates Wellstone from all others is absolute dedication to the respect of each individual human being, with an emphasis on restoring hope. Our highly trained and motivated staff is the key to providing a quality clinical program that encourages individuals to explore their options and help themselves.The philosophy of our programs revolves around the unique needs of each individual and his/her ability to cope effectively with life stressors.
Our goal is to strengthen the spirit by identifying coping strategies and supporting each person’s efforts. Horticultural therapy is a part of the specialized programming for our patients. Other disciplines in this department are recreational, art and pet therapy. Each patient participates in one specialized therapy group Monday through Friday. The focus of the HT program at Wellstone is to encourage the patients to be outside and involved with nature as much as possible. We have used all outdoor secured areas to offer a variety of projects. The residential patients have an additional area behind the hospital that is wooded and we often use this space for HT.Following are pictures which depict HT activities. This is the ‘backyard’ where patients walk and play. Many HT projects are planted in this area. I recently advocated for this gravel path to be asphalted. It was this summer and many more patients are interested in a walking program developed by the activity therapists.
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