Education

Past Grant Recipient’s Projects

J. Arthur Trudeau Center planting project awarded to Sally Gruber, HTR

Seven Hills ASPIRE awarded to Gail Hamm

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American Horticultural Therapy Association

The American Horticultural Therapy Association is the only US national organization committed to promoting and developing the practice of horticultural therapy as a unique and dynamic human service modality. The association advocates on behalf of the professional interests of horticultural therapy practitioners and strives to increase beneficial outcomes for participants, host facilities, researchers, and educators. AHTA defines and encourages the pursuit of  outstanding standards of practice, disseminates critical knowledge across diverse constituent audiences, and recognizes and promotes excellence in clinical, professional, educational, and research achievement.

For more information go to www.ahta.org, email [email protected]

Horticultural Therapy Institute

At the non-profit Horticultural Therapy Institute, students gain the skills and confidence to create and manage successful horticultural therapy programs, and are inspired to become leaders in the practice and profession of horticultural therapy. Our experienced instructors are dedicated to teaching best practices with passion and excellence, keeping an eye on the changing needs of programs, people and places.

We offer:

  • Professional training that prepares you to combine your passion for gardening with a desire to improve the lives of others
  • A certificate in horticultural therapy (HT)
  • Courses in HT for adult and traditional students
  • Experienced instructors who love to teach and are leaders in the profession
  • Staff who care about and can help guide your career
  • Face-to-face instruction that builds your professional network
  • College credit from Colorado State University
  • A concentrated course of study that can lead towards a credential in HT from the American Horticultural Therapy Association
  • A discourse with others who recognize the benefits of connecting people and plants
  • A curriculum that effectively trains students from varied educational and professional backgrounds

Leaders in Horticultural Therapy Education

Learn how to combine a passion for gardening with professional human service through the innovative field of horticultural therapy. Join students from across the country to learn more by enrolling in Fundamentals of Horticultural Therapy this fall in one of three locations.

At the non-profit, Horticultural Therapy Institute (HTI), our mission is to provide education and training in HT to those new to, or experienced with, the practice of using gardening and plants to improve the lives of others. For the past 15 years, our faculty has been dedicated to teaching best practices with passion, and our past students form a community of learners that become horticultural therapy practitioners in a variety of settings. Our graduates work in hospitals, schools, mental health facilities, nursing homes, hospices, public gardens, rehabilitation/recovery facilities, prisons and vocational training centers. HTI prepares students to address the needs of those served in horticultural therapy programs and adapt garden tasks to the abilities of everyone.  Take one class, or the full certificate program, and see how our curriculum can meet your needs. With its unique format, you don’t need to live where the classes are held.Classes are offered in a four-day intensive, interactive format to accommodate those who must travel to attend.

Class cost is $800 ($650 for full-time college students with proof of student status). The remaining three certificate classes will be held in Colorado and North Carolina and to complete a full certificate in HT plan to attend those additional classes. Students can earn college credit from Colorado State University to meet the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) professional standards.

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For more information go to www.htinstitute.org, email [email protected] or call 303-388-0500.

Kansas State University Global Campus

Kansas State University Global Campus provides an online horticultural therapy graduate certificate built around the busy lives of health and human services professionals, horticulturists and educators who work with people with disabilities, older adults and those recovering from illness. The 12-credit-hour certificate is designed to enhance the credentials and professional stature of working professionals in their current positions and to advance their knowledge and career.

Students enroll in the following courses to earn the graduate certificate:

  • HORT 751 Human Issues in Horticultural Therapy*
  • HORT 752 Horticulture in Horticultural Therapy*
  • HORT 753 Clinical Skills in Horticultural Therapy*
  • HORT 755 Practicum in Horticultural Therapy
  • HORT 755 Practicum in Horticultural Therapy

*Students may also choose to take Hort 751, 752, and 753 to fulfill the 9 credits of horticultural therapy needed for professional registration by the American Horticultural Therapy Association. It is possible to enroll in up to 9 credits of graduate course work as a non-degree seeking student. Please contact Dr. Cynthia Domenghini at 805-423-1999 for more information on this opportunity.

More information can be found at http://global.k-state.edu/ag/horticultural-therapy/, or by contacting:

Janel Koons
Program Coordinator | College of Agriculture
Kansas State University | Global Campus
800-622-2578 | [email protected]

Dr. Cynthia Domenghini
Program Director | Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources
Kansas State University
805-423-1999 | [email protected]