Horticultural therapists use horticultural activities to improve health. It’s a relatively new area of work and study – but one set to blossom! This course is ideal for those keen to explore the practical side of therapeutic garden design or deliver therapy programs. This includes those working in teaching, caring, counselling or psychotherapy roles or even garden or landscape designers!
The Certificate of Horticultural Therapy is an online professional development program that will enable you to assist people in developing their social skills, improve physical mobility and regain their confidence.
In this horticultural therapy course, you will study the range of horticultural therapy benefits, and how to create a therapeutic garden, including producing fruit, veggies and herbs.
You will also learn how to ‘enable the disabled’ via communication, teaching and counselling, and understand what risks are involved when working in a therapy situation.
On completion of this course, you will understand the physical and psychological benefits of horticultural therapy, and how it can become a partial or fully funded activity that generates income!
Unit - Horticultural Therapy
Unit 1 – 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
What do you need to be a horticultural therapist?
Typical jobs or career paths
Unit 2 – Understanding disabilities and communicating with people with disabilities – Communication, teaching and counselling skills
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
Learning principles – what is learning?
Recognising learner’s needs
Writing a program
Unit 3 – Risk management – Hygiene for vulnerable people; what extra risks are to be considered in a therapy situation – chemical, physical
Identifying potential risks to participants within a horticultural therapy program
Developing risk minimisation procedures
Risk management for vulnerable people
Workplace health and safety issues
Assessing sites and operations for risk
Conducting a safety audit
Risk control methods
Safety precautions for a horticultural therapy program
Rules for using tools
Personal protective equipment
Unit 4 – 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
Working with other professionals
Unit 5 – Enabling the disabled – with restricted motor skills
Modify horticultural practices to be suitable for disabled people
Enabling gardening activities
Gardening in raised beds
Horticultural therapy for mental disorders
Effectiveness of horticultural activities
Unit 6 – Producing things – Vegetables, propagation, fruit, herbs
The garden – a growing place
Planning the crop
What to grow?
Planning the cropping program
Sowing and transplanting guide
Crowns, offsets and tubers
Culinary herbs directory
Unit 7 – 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
A simple hydroponic system
Unit 8 – 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
Some popular plants for a therapeutic garden
Plants to avoid or to use under certain conditions
Unit 9 – Generating income
Explore ways that horticultural therapy can become a partial or fully funded activity by generating income
Working with others
Work hours & pay
Small business opportunities for disabled people
Certification and registration
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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