Workshop - Horticultural Therapy and Cancer

Supporting The Journey, October 5-6, 2012

HTI WorkshopThis workshop explores theory and strategies for using horticultural therapy (HT) for those touched by cancer. The persistent effects of cancer treatment include physical and psychosocial issues impacting quality of life and survivorship. Learn theories and strategies for using HT as an intervention and to provide support during and after treatment. Wellness model approaches will be highlighted as seen in clinical, community and hospice settings. The workshop will include hands-on experiences and visits to therapeutic gardens. This workshop is appropriate for practitioners interested in expanding their knowledge and application of horticultural therapy and repertoire of experiential sessions for their clients. While the focus is people touched by cancer, the content is also applicable to other chronic and life threatening conditions.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • define horticultural therapy and describe its use during cancer treatment and recovery
  • list elements of a therapeutic garden and the roles played during cancer treatment and recovery
  • describe three treatment settings of horticultural therapy programs for people with cancer and their support systems
  •  identify psychosocial and physical goals addressed in a wellness model horticultural therapy programs
  • list treatment precautions and issues relevant to working with plants, soil and the outdoor environments for people in treatment for cancer
  • define techniques for improving personal growth and discovery, pain management, increased mobility and endurance using horticultural therapy
  • design a session using horticultural therapy tactics to meet specific client goals

Date and Location:

October 5-6, 2012
The Gathering Place
Arnold & Sydell Miller Family Campus
23300 Commerce Park
Beachwood, OH 44122

Cost: $290 (includes materials and lunches)
Optional 1.5 CEU’s available through Colorado State University for an additional fee.

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