The Profession and Practice of Horticultural Therapy is a comprehensive guide to the theories that horticultural therapists use as a foundation for their practice and provides wide-ranging illustrative models of programming. This book aims to enhance understanding and provide insight into the profession for both new and experienced practitioners. It is directed to students in the field, along with health care and human service professionals, to successfully develop and manage horticultural therapy programming.

The book is organized into four sections: an overview of the horticultural therapy profession, theories supporting horticultural therapy use, models for programs, and tools for the therapist.

Areas of focus include:

  • Overview of the profession, including the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to practice
  • Discussion of related people-plant endeavors and theories supporting horticultural therapy
  • Issues within the profession of horticultural therapy, including employment models, professionalism and ethics, and credentials
  • Characteristics and implementation of therapeutic, vocational, and wellness program models
  • Accommodations and adaptive techniques to best serve the needs of all participants
  • Strategies for assessment and documentation for horticultural therapy intervention
  • Issues for managing programs including how horticultural therapy programs collaborate with other disciplines, determining program costs and budget, managing staff and growing spaces, and conducting program evaluations

Horticultural therapy serves the needs of the whole individual when practitioners have a broad and deep comprehension of the theories, techniques, and strategies for effective program development and management. The Profession and Practice of Horticultural Therapy provides relevant and current information on the field with the intent to inspire best practices and creative, effective programs.

section Section One|1 pages

Overview of horticultural therapy practice

chapter Chapter One|20 pages

Introduction to the profession of horticultural therapy

ByChristine L. Capra, Rebecca L. Haller, Karen L. Kennedy

chapter Chapter Two|22 pages

Horticultural therapy, related people–plant programs, and other therapeutic disciplines

ByRebecca L. Haller, Karen L. Kennedy

chapter Chapter Three|23 pages

The therapist–client relationship

ByJay Stone Rice

chapter Chapter Four|34 pages

Development of the profession

Assets and issues
ByRebecca L. Haller, K. René Malone

section Section Two|1 pages

Theories supporting horticultural therapy efficacy and practice

chapter Chapter Five|20 pages

People–plant response

Theoretical support for horticultural therapy
ByBeverly J. Brown

chapter Chapter Six|20 pages

Brain, mind, and relationship

Implications for horticultural therapy
ByJay Stone Rice

chapter Chapter Seven|28 pages

Theories that inform horticultural therapy practice

ByMatthew J. Wichrowski

section Section Three|1 pages

Practice within program models

chapter Chapter Eight|44 pages

Therapeutic model

ByJonathan Irish, Pamela Young

chapter Chapter Nine|32 pages

Vocational model

ByGwenn Fried, Rebecca L. Haller

chapter Chapter Ten|18 pages

Horticultural therapy grounded in wellness models

Theory and practice
ByJane Saiers

section Section Four|1 pages

Tools for the therapist

chapter Chapter Eleven|31 pages

Considerations and adaptations to safely accommodate program participants

BySusan Conlon Morgan

chapter Chapter Twelve|10 pages

Assessment and documentation strategies for horticultural therapy intervention

ByBarbara Kreski

chapter Chapter Thirteen|29 pages

Tools for program management

ByEmilee Vanderneut

chapter Chapter Fourteen|10 pages

Research applied to practice

ByBarbara Kreski