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Environmental Horticulture

Environmental Horticulture

Undergraduate Certificate
in
Horticultural Therapy


The Undergraduate Certificate in Horticultural Therapy is offered by the Department of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida (UF) and is open to UF students as well as non-degree seeking students.

Completion of the certificate will enable students to apply principles associated with the use of horticulture to increase human health and wellbeing. Students will explore the human dimensions of horticulture and its use as a vehicle for increased quality of life. They will gain knowledge in treatment assessments, plans, and methods, as well as activity analysis and adaptation and how they apply to special populations and varied settings. Documentation, funding, and staff, volunteer, and program management will be examined, as will the use of plants, gardens, and greenhouses in therapeutic programming. This program prepares students to develop activities, treatment plans, and programs using plants to achieve therapeutic outcomes in diverse public and private settings.

The curriculum is accredited by the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) and fulfills AHTA’s requirements for the 9 credit hours in horticultural therapy toward professional registration as a horticultural therapist.

Certificate Requirements: Twelve credits (four courses at 3 credits each) that consist of the courses below. Students are required to take the first three courses and then may choose between the work experience course or the independent study course as their fourth course. Students must maintain a C or better in each course to earn the certificate.

  • PLS 3080 Introduction to Horticultural Therapy

    PLS 3080 Introduction to Horticultural Therapy

    Credits: 3

     

    Instructor:

    Elizabeth Diehl, HTM, RLA

    leahdiehl@ufl.edu

    (352) 294-5003

    Office Hours: Tuesday 1:00-3:00pm, Thursday 12:00-1:00pm, or by appointment: Wilmot Gardens Greenhouse, 1427 Gale Lemerand Dr.

     

    Course Description:

    This course describes the profession and practice of horticultural therapy including its history, current state, and relevant literature and theories. The course will explore people-plant relationships, therapeutic methods and benefits, and populations served. Students will also be introduced to existing programs and the role of therapeutic gardens.

     

    Course Objectives:

    After completing this course students will be able to:

    • Describe the history, development, and current status of horticultural therapy
    • Characterize the many ways plants and nature impact human life and the theories underlying their therapeutic bases
    • Contrast the different therapeutic models used in the profession and analyze cognitive, physical, and psychosocial benefits
    • Summarize research relevant to horticultural therapy and therapeutic environments
    • Compare relevant tools in assessing needs of the participant, program, and facility served
    • List the special characteristics of populations served and relate them to treatment plans and goals
    • Describe the use of gardens in horticultural therapy and their special design characteristics

    Required Prerequisite:

    Sophomore standing or permission from the department.

  • PLS 4081 Techniques in Horticultural Therapy

    PLS 4081 Techniques in Horticultural Therapy

    Credits: 3

     

    Instructor:

    Elizabeth Diehl, HTM, RLA

    leahdiehl@ufl.edu

    (352) 294-5003

    Office Hours: Tuesday 1:00-3:00pm, Thursday 12:00-1:00pm, or by appointment: Wilmot Gardens Greenhouse, 1427 Gale Lemerand Dr.

     

    Course Description:

    This course examines the effectiveness of horticultural therapy across a diverse range of client populations, programs, and environments, describing the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial implications. Therapeutic, vocational, and social modalities employing plants will be explored, as well as task analysis, activity analysis and tool and site adaptations.

     

    Course Objectives:

    After completing this course students will be able to:

    • Compare the array of treatment modalities and methods in horticultural therapy settings and apply methods to assess therapeutic outcomes and benefits
    • Characterize treatment plans, goals and objectives, treatment analysis, and related documentation
    • List the distinct characteristics and therapeutic needs of diverse populations served in horticultural therapy programming, including unique adaptations
    • Describe the importance of plant selection and horticulture techniques in designing individual and group activities and treatment plans
    • Describe adaptive gardening strategies, plant selection criteria, and safety consideration for both indoor and outdoor settings
    • Demonstrate basic horticulture knowledge common to horticultural therapy settings

     

    Required Prerequisite Course:

    PLS 3080 - Introduction to Horticultural Therapy

  • PLS 4082 Program Management in Horticultural Therapy

    PLS 4082 Program Management in Horticultural Therapy

    Credits: 3

    Instructor:

    Elizabeth Diehl, HTM, RLA

    leahdiehl@ufl.edu

    (352) 294-5003

    Office Hours: Tuesday 1:00-3:00pm, Thursday 12:00-1:00pm, or by appointment: Wilmot Gardens Greenhouse, 1427 Gale Lemerand Dr.

     

    Course Description:

    This course prepares students to plan, develop, manage, and evaluate horticultural therapy programs in diverse environments. Strategies for program proposals and funding will be explored, as well the recruitment of clients and the regulations and documentation required. Staff, volunteer, and student recruitment and management will be discussed, as will the management of plant materials, gardens, and other program resources.

     

    Course Objectives:

    After completing this course successfully, students will be able to:

    • Formulate a horticultural therapy program, including mission/vision, funding, marketing, and recruitment
    • Describe the influence of staff/volunteers on program success and the importance of their training and management
    • Explain the management of the program and its facility, inventory, budget, and maintenance
    • Discuss the growth and maintenance of plant materials on-site, including management of pests and diseases
    • Summarize relevant facility regulations and record-keeping, including HIPPA, IRB, and other documentation requirements as well as safety issues related to program environment
    • Articulate how a horticultural therapist integrates with other healthcare delivery specialists and teams

     

    Required Prerequisite Course:

    PLS 3080 - Introduction to Horticultural Therapy

    PLS 4081 – Techniques in Horticultural Therapy

  • PLS 4941 Practical Work Experience - 3 credit hours OR PLS4905 Independent Study of Plant Science - 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: Introduction to Horticultural Therapy, Techniques in Horticultural Therapy, and Program Management in Horticultural Therapy or permission by the instructor

For more information on certificate and course content, please contact:

Leah Diehl, HTM, RLA at Elizabeth.Diehl@medicine.ufl.edu or (352) 294-5003

 

For more information on registration procedures, please contact:

Danae Perry at d.perry@ufl.edu or (352) 392-1831

 

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