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Course Number:
GRN 268
Course Title:
Techniques & Adaptive Strategies in Therapeutic Horticulture
Credit Hours:
2
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
40
Lab Hours:
0

Course Description

Covers the design and development of wellness activities associated with therapeutic horticulture gardens and programs incorporating indoor, outdoor, and seasonal adaptations, strategies, and techniques. Focuses on special needs populations in retirement and long term care communities, vocational and medical rehabilitation facilities, and developmental disabilities settings. Prerequisites: GRN 267. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This is the second course of a 6 course, 14 credit sequence in therapeutic horticulture required by the Therapeutic Horticulture Activity Specialist Certificate of Completion and accreditation with the American Horticultural Therapy Association.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Design therapeutic horticulture gardens, wellness activities, and programs for special needs populations in retirement and long term care communities, vocational and medical rehabilitation facilities, and developmental disabilities settings.
  •  Develop year-round programs, budgets, and maintenance plans, incorporating appropriate indoor, outdoor, and seasonal adaptations, strategies, and techniques.
  • Maintain professional and ethical standards of practice, based on available research and resources.

Aspirational Goals

  • Identify adaptive techniques and strategies for working with all populations in therapeutic horticulture setting
  • Gain basic understanding of terminology associated with adaptive techniques and strategic planning in therapeutic horticulture programming

Course Activities and Design

Course is hybrid and on campus, including contact with the therapeutic horticulture programs and therapeutic gardens. Includes a combination of reading, lecture, discussion, observation and practice in the program and therapeutic garden.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will demonstrate they have met the learning outcomes through various means, including completion of study guides, written and oral examination, plant identification and resource location guides, and program plans incorporating strategies appropriate to various populations, settings, and seasons.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Basic business skills for setting up contracts

Therapeutic horticulture and gardens
Programming for special populations
Therapeutic horticulture adaptions, strategies and techniques
Indoor and outdoor programming
Year-round garden planning and maintenance
Vocational, rehabilitative, pediatric and geriatric programs and services
Professional resources
Professional ethics