Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
GRN 270
Course Title:
Therapeutic Horticulture Programming for Adults & Children
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Course Description

Introduces therapeutic horticulture program models; human development models; issues in aging, frailty, dementia, and the continuum of care; intergenerational program models; assessment, documentation, and treatment planning; activity, thematic and seasonal planning; case study writing; marketing and public relations; program evaluation; and general issues in therapeutic garden design, maintenance and programming for children and frail elders. Students must have completed GRN 269 or the equivalent course offered through the Legacy Therapeutic Horticulture Program. Prerequisites: GRN 269. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This is the fourth 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

• Design and conduct comprehensive therapeutic programs and gardens, appropriate to the developmental and special needs of children and older, frail adults in hospital, adult day care, and intergenerational settings.

• Conduct and evaluate activity, individual and group sessions, and develop and present pediatric and geriatric case studies, based on therapeutic and development models appropriate to a variety of neurological impairments and other disabling conditions.

• Develop a personal plan for continuing education and skill development in the field.

Course Activities and Design

Course is conducted in a hospital setting, including contact with the therapeutic horticulture program and garden. Includes a combination of reading, lecture, discussion, observation and practice in the program and garden, and in other locations. Focuses on program design, implementation and assessment for intergenerational, children, and frail elder populations in a variety of treatment settings.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will demonstrate they have met the learning outcomes through various means, including assessment, documentation, task analysis, session plans, and case studies; written and oral examination; and group and individual projects.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Treatment issues related to stroke, spinal cord injury, MS, diabetes, cardiac conditions, amputation, traumatic brain injury, developmental disabilities, cancer, mental illness and other orthpedic and neurological impairments
Assessment and documentation
Developmental and aging stages model
Special needs of children and older adults
geriatric and pediatric case studies
12-month programs for frail elders, dementia clients, inpatient pediatric patients
Group and individual therapeutic sessions
Horitculture skills for theerapy
Professional ethics
Program design components and process
Program budgeting
Continuing education plans