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Thank you to all who supported and attended the 2014 AHTA Annual Conference! We had over 175 attendees, which is the largest number of attendees at Conference in the last 6 years! A special thanks to our sponsors, Burpee Seeds, Delaware Valley College, Hitchcock Design, NamePlate Technology and Legacy Hospital for their support.
We are now planning our...Read More
AHTA will offer an Internship Supervisor Workshop on November 1, 2014 in Redwood City California. Registration is open to Professionally Registered Horticultural Therapists who are interested in supervising horticultural therapy interns. This 6 hour course will be facilitated by Leigh Anne Starling, MS, CRC, HTR, and will cover:
- An overview of the new AHTA Internship Guidelines
- Enhancing and/or increasing your role as an intern supervisor
- Providing an effective and rewarding supervision experience for the intern
Sin-Ae Park has been selected recipient of the 2014 Charles A. Lewis Excellence in Research Award for the article Metabolic Costs of Gardening Tasks in Children, published in Hort Technology 23 (5) 589-594. The article looks at the amount of energy expended during garden tasks and is helpful when using gardening in physical rehabilitation tasks.Read More
Social ecologist Dr. Stephen R. Kellert, PhD, Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus and senior research scholar at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, has been named keynote speaker at AHTA's Annual Conference, which will take place in the Philadelphia, PA, area on October 11-12, 2014.
Dr. Kellert, whose work focuses on understanding the connection between nature and humanity with a particular interest in environmental conservation and sustainable design and development...Read More
A Snapshot from Legacy Health’s Therapeutic Gardens
by Nancy E. Young, MAIR, MALS
Roger S. Ulrich, Ph.D., EDAC recently visited Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon, to meet with Duncan Neilson, M.D. Clinical Vice President Surgical Services and Women's Services at Legacy Health, his fellow primary investigator, as well as the highly skilled and interdisciplinary research team of experts participating in a comprehensive research project ...Read More
Latest JTH now available in a hard copy edition
AHTA members will continue to receive digital versions of the Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture at no cost as a member benefit; however, those who prefer to read JTH as a printed document now have the ability to purchase a print version of the publication. The current edition is already available. This change in publishing policy is the direct result of feedback received during 2013's Membership Satisfaction...Read More
With her "can-do!" list in hand, she uses plants to bring moments of joy, love, and kindness to adult day care clients
Donna Covais, HTR, is a talented and remarkable therapist. An independent horticultural therapy consultant, Donna works with dementia and Altzheimers patients at an adult daycare facility run by the Visiting Nurse Association in South Burlington, Vermont.
A former florist, Donna lost her vision years ago, the result of diabetic retinopathy. She truly understands the power of plants to heal...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...
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 we are anticipating one of our largest meetings in recent history. We have received a record number of submissions for...Read More
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