Course Content and Outcome Guide for GRN 166

Course Number:
GRN 166
Course Title:
Therapeutic Horticulture in Health and Human Services
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Course Description

An overview of therapeutic horticulture activity in a wide variety of senior services including senior centers, in-home, day programs, retirement facilities, assisted living, skilled nursing, long-term care nursing, dementia units, hospice, continuing care retirement communities, corrections and more. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1.    Understand ways in which therapeutic horticulture, horticultural therapy, adaptive strategies and therapeutic gardens can be implemented in the various types of facilities serving older adults.

2. Understand the key features of vocational, therapeutic and social horticulture programs.

Course Activities and Design

Course will take place in a hospital setting, providing contact with the therapeutic horticulture and garden programs.

Course activities will include reading, lecture, discussion and observation on course themes, concepts, issues, and skills.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will -
1. Complete the course study guide.
2. Assemble a collection of senior service brochures, news clippings of senior issues and senior gardening information pieces from the local community and mainstream publications.
3. Visit two different senior service sites and write an analysis using the Facility Visitation Format.
4. Successfully complete a quiz measuring course objectives mastery.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course content includes -
1. Definition of therapeutic horticulture, horticultural therapy, adaptive strategies, and therapeutic garden
2. Types of facilities serving older adults
3. Three main types of programming: vocational therapeutic and social
4. Orientation to American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA), NW Chapter of AHTA, variety of programs and courses to support therapeutic activity and therapeutic horticulture activity work with older adults.