Horticulture as Therapy: Principles and Practice

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CRC Press, Nov 3, 1997 - Science - 478 pages
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Did you know that plants and plant products can be used to improve people’s cognitive, physical, psychological, and social functioning? Well, they can, and Horticulture as Therapy is the book to show you how! If you are already familiar with the healing potential of horticultural therapy, or even practice horticultural therapy, this book will help you enrich your knowledge and skills and revitalize your practice. You will learn how horticultural therapy can be used with different populations in a variety of settings, what resources are available, effective treatment strategies, and the concepts behind horticultural treatment.

The first comprehensive text on the practice of horticulture as therapy, this one-of-a-kind book will enable the profession to educate future horticultural therapists with fundamental knowledge and skills as they embark on careers as practitioners, researchers, and educators. You come to understand the relationship between people and plants more deeply as you learn about:
  • vocational, social, and therapeutic programs in horticulture
  • special populations including children, older adults, those who exhibit criminal behavior, and those with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health disorders, or traumatic brain injury
  • use of horticultural therapy in botanical gardening and community settings
  • adaptive gardening techniques
  • applied research
  • documentation and assessment in horticultural practice
Horticulture as Therapy establishes, integrates, and communicates a foundation of knowledge for horticultural therapists, other therapists, horticulturists, students, research scientists, gardeners, and others interested in this special and unique kind of therapy. By reading Horticulture as Therapy, you will see how you can make a difference in the health and well-being of so many people, today and tomorrow.
 

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Contents

Development of the Profession of Horticultural
3
Educational Opportunities and a Professional
9
Overview
17
Vocational Social and Therapeutic Programs
43
SPECIAL POPULATIONS
69
Horticultural Therapy and Treatment
80
Case Studies
93
Future Practice
101
Horticultural Therapy and Treatment
240
Observation Documentation and Client Feedback
252
Identification and Treatment of Client Population
258
Horticultural Therapy Activities
266
Future Practices
275
Adaptive Tools and Equipment
328
Accessibility
334
Case Studies
344

Identification of Treatment Issues
111
Precautions
119
Developmental Disabilities and Horticultural
131
Mental Illness and Horticultural Therapy
157
Diagnostic Codes
167
Treatment Approaches
173
Efficacy
183
Observation Documentation and Client Feedback
190
Children and Youth and Horticultural Therapy
199
Developmental Model of Childhood Psychopathology
206
Principles of Psychotherapeutic Intervention
213
Adaptation of Horticultural Activities to Meet Treatment
220
Older Persons and Horticultural Therapy
231
Design Techniques
355
Overview of Client Groups and Agencies Served by Public
365
The Future of Public Garden Horticultural Therapy
373
Case Studies
388
Moving into the Future with Community Greening
395
Consultation Services for Horticultural
401
Recruiting Clients
407
Case Studies of Horticultural Therapy Program
413
Applied versus Basic Research
420
Ethical Issues in Research
429
Documentation Program Evaluation
435
Index
459
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About the author (1997)

Simson is Lecturer in the Department of Health Education at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at its University College.

Straus is a Horticultural Therapist and Teacher at the Forbush School.

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