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Horticultural Therapy

Course CodeBHT341
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Combine Your Love of Horticulture with Your Drive to Help Others

  • Understand how you can use gardening to help people with a range of problems including age-related issues, physical disability, loneliness, mental disorders and social problems. 
  • Learn the therapeutic principles and horticultural knowledge to improving individual’s mental and physical health.
  • Learn to apply variety of horticultural therapy solutions appropriate to people with restricted motor skills and more

 

Lesson Structure

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Horticultural Therapy
  2. Understanding Disabilities and Communicating with people with disabilities
    • Communication, Teaching and Counselling Skills
  3. Risk Management -Hygiene for vulnerable people, What extra risks are to be considered in a therapy situation.... chemical, physical
  4. Accessibility and Activities for people with Mobility issues (eg. wheelchairs, on crutches,
  5. Enabling the Disabled -with restricted motor skills
  6. Producing Things –Vegetables, Propagation, Fruit, Herbs
  7. Growing in Containers -Vertical gardens, pots, Hydroponics
  8. Creating a Therapeutic Garden
  9. Generating Income

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


HOW CAN THIS COURSE BENEFIT YOU?

Interest in horticultural therapy is increasing at a remarkably fast rate. The research that has been done over the past few years has shown that there are definite and measurable benefits.

The benefits of horticulture therapy can be seen in different populations from those rehabilitating from surgery, to prison inmates, to people with mental health disorders. Horticulture therapy provides a means of helping people develop social skills, improve physical mobility, and regain confidence. It is slowly but surely becoming more widely recognised as an efficacious form of therapy.

This course will be of particular interest to people wishing to get involved in either the practical side of therapeutic garden design or in delivering therapy programs. It is suited to people working in:

  • Horticulture therapy
  • Landscape gardening
  • Garden design
  • Psychotherapy & counselling
  • Caring roles
  • Teachers