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Effective Term:
Winter 2018
Course Number:
GRN 269
Course Title:
Therapeutic Horticulture Skills I
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Course Description

Introduces therapeutic skills, including therapeutic models, medical terminology, assessment, goal setting, task analysis treatment issues, activity planning, documentation and evaluation, safety and precautions as applied in a therapeutic horticulture milieu. Professional and therapeutic skill topics include learning styles, motivational management, group dynamics, therapeutic use of self, listening skills, public speaking, counseling basics, roles in interdisciplinary team, leadership role of the therapist, writing and communication skills, and ethics. Students must have completed GRN 268 or the equivalent course offered through the Legacy Therapeutic Horticulture Program.

Addendum to Course Description

This is the third course of a 6 course, 13-credit sequence in therapeutic horticulture required by Therapeutic Horticulture Activity Specialist Certificate of Completion. Audit Available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

• Conduct assessment, documentation, treatment plans and therapeutic sessions appropriate to elders and children and special populations

• Design and conduct therapeutic horticulture activities in the context of various therapeutic settings and facilities, using therapeutic clinical skills and based on professional standards of the field

Aspirational Goals

  • Foundational clinical skills
  • Process for operating a group
  • Organizational skills
  • Process improvement and evaluation of group programming

Course Activities and Design

Course is conducted class web, including contact with the therapeutic horticulture programs and therapeutic gardens. Includes a combination of reading, lecture, discussion, observation and practice in the program and garden. Focuses on the assessment and documentation process, identifying tools and addressing physical, cognitive, and psychosocial client goals. Explores treatment issues of special populations, task analysis of therapeutic horticulture activities, and writing session plans for elders and children. Explores outcome and evaluation of therapeutic horticulture activity sessions.

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 including healthcare site work. Students will be able to evaluate sessions and participant experience with proper techniques.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Assessment and documentation process
Medical terminology in the TH profession
Interviews and data gathering for client assessment
Task analysis for TH activities
Special population treatment issues
12-month activity plans
Treatment session model
Session Planning Format
TH groups geared to physical, cognitive and psychosocial client goals
Therapeutic helping skills
Case Studies
Resources for continuing professional development of clinical skills
Horticulture skills for therapy