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AHTA is "Growing Our Future: Practice and Research!"
The AHTA will celebrate its 41st anniversary at its 2014 Annual Conference October 11-12, 2014 at the ACE Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, PA. Pretours are scheduled for Friday, October 10, 2014.
Our theme this year is "Growing Our Future: Practice and Research" and the Request for Proposal (RFP) is now available. ...Read More
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Richard 'Dick' Mattson. Dr. Mattson died Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Manhattan, Kansas at the age of 72.
Dr. Mattson, known to many from his teaching and mentoring at Kansas State University was integral in the growth and promotion of horticultural therapy. He taught at KSU from 1969 until the present directing the Horticultural Therapy Program. He served for three years as editor of the Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture,15 years on the Board of Directors and three years as Treasurer of American...
As reported here earlier, AHTA has launched two new networking groups to focus on the specialized needs of practitioners within common groups or populations. The groups are Community of Care: HT and Mental Health and Community of Care: HT and the Older Adult. The networking groups operate as sub-groups of AHTA's LinkedIn ...Read More
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Charles A. Lewis Excellence in Research Award. If you have published a research article on horticultural therapy or another topic that contributes to the field of horticultural therapy, or if you would like to nominate someone who has, please check out the AHTA Annual Awards page to apply for this prestigious honor.
Established in memory of Charlie Lewis, a horticulturalist whose enthusiastic efforts to make...Read More
Would you like to connect with other horticultural therapists who work with similar populations to yours?
AHTA is in the process of launching a series of networking groups to focus on the specialized needs of practitioners within common groups or populations. These 'Communities of Practice' will enable practitioners to share ideas, resources, support and solutions. The impetus for the initiative is the recent Membership Survey, which revealed strong interest in networking opportunities within specialized areas.
Honoring the Past; Envisioning the Future!
To honor its 40th year, the 2013 AHTA Annual Conference this year featured a gala dinner celebration for all conference attendees and guests. The event, which took place at the Commons Hotel in Minneapolis, MN, on Sept. 20th, welcomed many past presidents and distinguished founding members of the profession, including Earl Copus, Diane Relf, Doug Airhart, Kent Titze and Rebecca Haller.
Highlight was the presentation of this year's roster of Annual Awards to recognize the contributions of individuals whose...Read More
The 2013 Charles A. Lewis Excellence in Research Award has been presented to a team of Swiss researchers for their article, Horticultural Therapy for Patients with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Results of a Pilot Study, published in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 18(2) 44-50. Three members of the team, Martin Verra, Director of the Physiotherapy Dept., Andre Aeschlimann, Medical Director, and...Read More
Seven students received their certificates in horticultural therapy at Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA, this May. The group is the first to complete the College’s 14-credit horticultural therapy certificate. The program, which launched in 2010, is offered through the College’s Office of Continuing Education. DelVal is one of eight schools in the U.S. that offers an AHTA accredited certificate program.
Horticultural therapy is the engagement of a person in gardening-related activities, facilitated by a trained therapist, to achieve specific treatment goals....Read More
Those in the Portland, OR, area on Sept. 12th will have a rare opportunity to hear Dr. Roger Ulrich present as part of a program focusing on the relationship between trees, gardens, nature and public health as part of the public health infrastructure. Dr. Ulrich, one of the most cited and influential evidence-based healthcare design researchers in the world, will speak on “How Nature Heals the Human Body.” Dr. Ulrich is professor of architecture at the Center for...Read More
Diane Relf, PhD, HTM, has been announced as keynote speaker for the 2013 AHTA Annual Conference, Honoring the Past...Envisioning the Future, which will take place September 20-21, 2013, in Minneapolis, MN.
Dr. Relf's keynote will highlight the people who have served AHTA over the years, the struggles and achievements of AHTA and key factors to consider in future growth. Those who have attended past AHTA conferences, will be able to attest to Dr. Relf's knowledge and lively presentation style.
In 1976...Read More