Promoting horticultural therapy employment: a workshop
While horticultural therapy has had a presence around the world for over 50 years, employment opportunities continue to be limited. The majority of those who receive training in the therapeutic use of horticulture must also be skilled in program promotion, and fund development in order to find secure, successful and sustainable work in the field. Coordinated efforts to inform and influence potential employers is necessary in order to expand the use of horticulture as therapy. Likewise, cooperation with related fields of practice and connection with global priorities and issues are vital to success. Through group discussion and creative strategizing, participants will identify overall approaches and create action steps to promote employment. Learning objectives for this 90-min workshop include identifying three global and/or local benefits of expanding the use of horticultural therapy, identifying three methods for increasing awareness of and enhance career opportunities in the practice of horticultural therapy, and identifying and committing to engage in at least one specific action step to increase awareness among potential employers of the benefits and viability of horticultural therapy programming. This paper describes the intention of the workshop and details the topics, delivery, processes, and desired outcomes of the 90-min session.
Catlin, P., Haller, R.L. and Kennedy, K. (2021). Promoting horticultural therapy employment: a workshop. Acta Hortic. 1330, 205-210
horticultural therapy, career development, creative marketing, nature-based therapy