Horticultural Therapy is the use of plants and gardens for rehabilitation and human healing. It is an ancient practice and a new profession as well. It is an interaction between people, plants and gardens to improve social, emotional, cognitive and physical well-being.
Much horticultural therapy with children is education or developmentally-based and group focused. Horticultural therapy is often used as a form of group therapy, it can also foster socialisation skill, Patients with disability can benefit from horticultural therapy by simply working with plants in a natural setting.
- self-paced study
- 100 hours
- 1-on-1 tutor support
Horticultural Therapy may be beneficial in terms of healthcare, school, residential and in a rehabilitative setting.
This course is suitable for:
- health care workers
- anyone involved with rehabilitation and with an interest in gardens and horticulture
This course is offered as online or distance education.
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Detailed Course Outline
This course is made up of a number of lessons or units. Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online. Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.
There are 9 lessons in this course:
Scope and Nature of Horticultural Therapy
- Why Horticultural Therapy?
- Who uses Horticultural Therapy?
- Where can we use Horticultural Therapy Programs?
- What are the Benefits of Using Horticultural Therapy
- General Benefits
- Physical Benefits
- Psychological Benefits
- What do you need to be a Horticultural Therapist?
- Typical Jobs or Career Paths
Understanding Disabilities and Communicating with people with disabilities
- The significance of communication skills to interacting with clients in a horticultural therapy situation
- What are Intellectual disabilities/ intellectually challenged/ learning?
- What are mental illnesses /mental health issues/ mental disorders?
- What is Communication?
- Effective Communication Skills
- Teaching Skills
- Learning Principles – What is Learning?
- Teaching Strategies
- Teaching Models
- Recognising Learner’s Needs
- Writing a Program
- Counselling Skills
- Identifying potential risks to participants within a horticultural therapy program
- Developing risk minimisation procedures
- Risk Management for Vulnerable People
- Workplace Health and Safety Issues
- Identifying Hazards
- Assessing sites and operations for risk
- Conducting a Safety Audit
- Risk Control Methods
- Safety Precautions for a Horticultural Therapy Program
- Manual Lifting
- Rules for Using Tools
- Personal Protective Equipment
Accessibility and Activities for people with Mobility issues
- Determine solutions to improve accessibility for disabled people in horticultural situations
- Ensuring that horticultural therapy is offered in a way that is accessible to clients and their particular needs
- Help With Manual Tasks
- Examples of Adaptations in Tools and Equipment
- Physical Support
- Understanding Ergonomics
- Working with other Professionals
- Protective Gear
Enabling the Disabled - with restricted motor skills
- Modify horticultural practices to be suitable for disabled people
- Enabling Gardening Activities
- Gardening in Raised Beds
- Staged Therapies
- Horticultural Therapy for Mental Disorders
- Effectiveness of Horticultural Activities
Producing Things – Vegetables, Propagation, Fruit, Herbs
- The Garden – A Growing Place
- Planning the Crop
- What to Grow?
- Planning the Cropping Program
- Crop Rotation
- No-Dig Techniques
- Sowing and Transplanting Guide
- Transplanting Seedlings
- Crowns, Offsets and Tubers
- Cold Frames
- Propagating Herbs
- Culinary Herbs Directory
Growing in Containers -Vertical gardens, pots, Hydroponics
- Growing Plants in Containers
- Problems that can occur with Pots
- Growing Fruit Trees in a Container
- Growing Strawberries in Containers
- Growing Vegetables in Containers
- Vertical gardens
- A Simple Hydroponic System
Creating a Therapeutic Garden
- Learn to create gardens that are appropriate for horticultural therapy situations
- Creating a Therapeutic Garden
- Consulting with other Professionals
- Garden Retreats for Rest and Recuperation
- Sensory Gardens
- Some popular Plants for a therapeutic garden
- Landscape Principles
- Design Elements
- Plants to Avoid or to use under Certain Conditions
- Explore ways that horticultural therapy can become a partial or fully funded activity by generating income
- Working with Others
- Work Hours & Pay
- Sheltered Workshops
- Therapeutic Farms
- Small Business Opportunities for Disabled People
- Certification & Registration
When you have completed your lessons you have the option of taking the optional exam. It's ok if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate.
Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)
Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pay in installments?
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Can I study from anywhere in the world?
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Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?
Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.
Do I have to sit an Exam?
No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.
Do you have set start dates?
There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.