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.


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