Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program, Accredited by the American Horticultural Therapy Association, provides students with a hands-on opportunity to learn the knowledge and skills required to work in social, therapeutic and vocational horticultural settings. Students study the theory and history of horticultural therapy, and gain experience developing treatment plans and therapeutic activities for a variety of client populations, as well as how best to engage clients in therapeutic activities. Students will learn about designing facilities for special populations and getting started in establishing and managing a horticultural therapy practice.
Job opportunities can be found in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, correctional facilities, schools and community gardens. With additional general coursework and a supervised internship, graduates are able to apply for professional registration through the AHTA.
The certificate program can be completed in three semesters of part-time evening study.
Program Requirements: nine credits
LAES 3237 Introduction to Horticultural Therapy
LAES 3251 Horticultural Therapy Techniques and Practices
LAES 3365 Horticultural Therapy Management
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Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sciences Horticultural Therapy Faculty
Mingwang Liu received his Ph.D. in horticulture with a specialization in horticultural therapy from Kansas State University. Dr. Liu teaches courses in plants and soils, as well as in horticultural therapy.
Nancy A. Minich, HTR, RLA, ASLA, is a registered horticultural therapist and landscape architect. Minich received her master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the principal of NAM Planning and Design, LLC, consults in horticultural therapy program design and implementation, and is a member of the board of directors of the AHTA. Minich is an adjunct professor in the horticultural therapy program.
John Martin received his Ph.D. in horticulture from the University of Maryland. Dr. Martin is the director of the Henry Schmieder Arboretum and teaches courses in horticulture and sustainability.
The American Horticultural Therapy Association recognizes and registers horticultural therapists through a voluntary professional registration program.
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