Horticultural Therapy Methods: Connecting People and Plants by Rebecca L. Haller, Christine L. Capra

By Rebecca L. Haller, Christine L. Capra

Horticultural remedy has advanced from its use purely via volunteer gardeners to turn into a well-known and revered healing modality performed by means of educated, registered pros. Horticultural treatment Methods is the 1st textbook to explain the tactics and methods used to supply horticultural remedy interventions and the explanation for his or her use. This publication offers different types of courses, settings, and targets in horticultural remedy. It outlines remedy making plans; improvement of classes to fulfill remedy targets; motivation and behaviour administration recommendations; documentation guidance; functional methods for wellbeing; and assets for job principles.


New to this Edition:

  • Various worthwhile examples of horticultural treatment in perform and strategically positioned guidance and resources.
  • Additions to appendix on horticultural remedy therapy strategies.
  • New bankruptcy on consultation making plans.
  • Thirty-seven photos demonstrating horticultural treatment in practice.
  • Additional "HT perform" examples and tips.


The publication is used as a reference and a advisor for college students, educators, and people engaging in horticultural treatment or healing horticulture to lead them in developing powerful therapy courses. overall healthiness care and human provider pros use the reference within the treatment, remedy, and schooling of inmates, citizens, sufferers, trainees, scholars, and different participants.

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Goals are generally long term, and articulate something to be achieved through several steps or a series of efforts. 1 Horticultural Therapy Practice: Long-Range Goals • • • • Obtain independent employment in the community Garden independently at home following a spinal cord injury Maintain friendships within an assisted-living setting Manage anger effectively in the school playground plans for how to measure the outcomes. The action plan allows all parties involved to know what specific behaviors are desired, what actions and interactions will take place to facilitate their accomplishment, and how the progress or results will be recorded.

Caring for plants provides physical confirmation of our ability to care for life (Rice 1993). Physically caring for plants also provides an outlet for pent-up emotions. In essence, it is possible to give our emotions away to plants (Eagle Star Blanket 2004). Physical activity also stimulates the production of endorphins that elevate our mood. Plants also provide us with an opportunity Chapter one: The framework 23 for reflection (Kaplan and Kaplan 1989). As we work with them, we deepen our understanding of the life cycle.

In a school setting, developmentally disabled students may participate in horticultural therapy sessions to improve work habits, social skills, or cognitive processes, whereas children with behavioral challenges may garden in order to learn socially appropriate behaviors, communication skills, and stress management strategies. Types Programs may be categorized into three types (Haller 1998): vocational, therapeutic, and social. Vocational programs seek to affect vocational outcomes of participants, improving job proficiencies and employment opportunities.

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