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Course Number:
GRN 271
Course Title:
Therapeutic Horticulture Skills II
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Course Description

Covers therapeutic and professional skills to work in pediatric, geriatric, developmental disabilities, psychiatric, and offender programs. Includes advanced skills in designing and evaluating 12-month therapeutic activities and programming for frail elderly, pediatric, developmentally disabled, neurologically impaired, and other special needs populations. Focuses on professional skill mastery and continuing education planning. Prerequisites/concurrent: GRN 270. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This is the fifth 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 and evaluate comprehensive therapeutic programs and gardens appropriate for challenging behaviors and treatment needs in pediatric, geriatric, developmental disabilities, psychiatric, and offender programs.
  • Conduct and evaluate 12-month programs for the range of special populations, utilizing research, treatment plans, and advanced therapeutic and professional skills.
  • Develop a personal plan for continuing education and development of appropriate behavioral and emotional techniques for working with challenging populations.

Aspirational Goals

  • Foundational clinical skills in healthcare
  • Knowledge of common terminology in therapeutic horticulture
  • Program creation and implementation
  • interdisciplinary collaboration with other healthcare professionals

Course Activities and Design

Course is conducted as a hybrid, including contact with various therapeutic horticulture programs and therapeutic gardens. Includes a combination of reading, lecture, discussion, observation and practice in the program and garden, and in other locations. Focuses on advanced skill development and program design, implementation and assessment for a variety of challenging, special needs populations in a range of treatment settings.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will demonstrate they have met the learning outcomes through various means, including oral, demonstration, and written examinations; group and individual projects demonstrating skill mastery in program design, implementation and evaluation.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Client assessment and documentation
Grading therapeutic activities for pediatric and geriatric sessions
Professional skills in presentation, initiative, dependability, empathy, cooperation, clinical reasoning, verbal and written communication
Treatment issues related to various medical, orthopedic, and neurological conditions
Activity session model - group and individual
12-month programming for range of special populations and challenging and difficult clients
Horticulture skills for therapy
Therapeutic garden maintenance
12-month plant identification
12-month therapeutic activities
Professional development and mastery
Professional ethics