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Fundamentals of HT
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Class content is the same for each section. Only dates and time zones different.

Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2020 Class Now Full!
Section I
Mountain Time Zone
(Colorado Series)

Nov. 12-15, 2020 Class Now Full!
Section II
Pacific Time Zone
(California Series)

Dec. 3-6, 2020
Section III
Eastern Time Zone

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Section I (CO)  Colorado series

Section II (CA)   California Series


Horticultural Therapy Techniques

Linking People and Plants

Course Description

This course explores how and why horticultural therapy is effective across a spectrum of programs and populations, with an emphasis on physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development. It describes and demonstrates techniques to communicate effectively, lead groups, and encourage constructive change in HT program participants. Students practice methods for adapting tools, environments and tasks to enable clients in horticultural therapy programs to fully participate in gardening tasks or activities. (Meets four days) CSU course number H421.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify ecological and psychological considerations for HT program participants.
  • Define the relationship of the HT and the client in various program models.
  • Practice effective communication with clients in HT programs.
  • Practice techniques to build therapeutic relationships for HT practice.
  • Describe safety concerns for client populations served in HT programs.
  • Utilize the principles of group process and leadership for HT sessions.
  • Select and adapt gardening tools and tasks to enable full participation.
  • Use task analysis as a tool for adaptation, training, evaluation, and documentation.
  • Practice professionalism and ethics in simulated situations.
  • Utilize behavioral terminology to describe observations and treatment goals.




View the recording of a recent live webinar:

Topic: Entering the Profession of Horticultural Therapy

You will learn:

  • What is horticultural therapy?
  • Where is it practiced?
  • Who does it serve?
  • How can you receive training?

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