Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
GRN 267
Course Title:
Introduction to Professional Therapeutic Horticulture
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Course Description

Introductory course for students training for the horticultural therapy profession and for health and human service providers desiring to add therapeutic horticulture to the treatment milieu. Topics include: history and development of the profession; code of ethics; People- Plant Relationship research base; vocational, social wellness and therapeutic program models; overview of basic clinical skills; aspects of interdisciplinary collaboration/integration in healthcare delivery; medical terminology; volunteer program development; professional resources and horticulture skills development for therapy. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This is the first course of a 6 course, 13 credit sequence in therapeutic horticulture required by the Therapeutic Horticulture and Horticultural Therapy Certificates of Completion.

Intended Outcomes for the course

• Apply basic therapeutic horticulture and horticultural therapy skills within an interdisciplinary team in healthcare or human services settings, including research on the benefits of interventions, and intervention strategies appropriate for vocational, social/recreational, wellness and therapeutic programs
• Develop seasonal program planning and therapeutic applications to meet cognitive, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual client goals
• Use resources for continuing professional development

Course Activities and Design

Course is conducted in a hospital setting, including contact with the therapeutic horticulture program and garden. It will include a combination of reading, lecture, discussion, and observation of the program and garden.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will demonstrate they have met the learning outcomes through various means, including written and oral examination, notebooks, research reports, and intervention and program designs.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course content includes the following themes, concepts, issues and skills:
1. Therapeutic horticulture and horticultural therapy.
2. The history and development of the profession.
3. The professional services provided by AHTA.
4. The Introduction in the professional Code of Ethics.
5. Physical, cognitive, and psychosocial benefits of horticulture in therapeutic interventions for special populations and wellness activity for the general public.
6. Research studies related to the benefits of therapeutic horticulture, nature and/or gardens.
7. Program models for vocational, social/recreational, wellness and therapeutic applications.
8. Roles of interdisciplinary team members in healthcare/human service delivery and their responsibility in the success of the team and clients.
9. Resources for continuing professional development.
10. Competency in selected medical terminology and therapeutic horticulture vocabulary.
11. Horticulture skills in therapeutic applications related to meet cognitive, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual client goals.
12. Programming planning for the current season.
13. Identification of at least 20 plants and therapeutic application for the current season.