For more than a year, I’ve been able to observe and collaborate with Cliff Thorbes through our roles on the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association board. With utmost confidence, I can recommend Cliff as an intuitive, compassionate, intentional educator and Registered Horticultural Therapist. As the CHTA Education Committee Coordinator, I’ve had the honour of reviewing and supporting his course creation for Foundations for Practitioners of Horticultural Therapy, and can advocate for his detailed course outlines and pursuit of creating an engaging, impactful  learning environment for his future students. I, and the Education Committee of the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association, gladly endorse Cliff’s course as a CHTA-approved learning opportunity. 

B. van der Stoel, CHTA Education Committee Coordinator

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Education and Training in Horticultural Therapy

FOUNDATIONS FOR PRACTITIONERS OF HORTICULTURAL THERAPY is a course designed to provide students with the foundations for providing Horticultural Therapy/Therapeutic Horticulture. For students with prior education and training in Horticultural Therapy, this course is an opportunity to refresh knowledge previously learned. 

In this course, students will:

  • become familiar with terminology and processes used in providing Horticultural Therapy/Therapeutic Horticulture
  • examine templates to plan Horticultural Therapy programs, sessions, and activities
  • use a model to resolve ethical dilemmas
  • explore strategies for ongoing professionalism

Practice is an important part of the student’s training. In this course students will:

  • Plan, carry-out, document, review, revise, and present a Horticultural Therapy Activity Plan
  • Experience a variety of assessments
  • Debrief case studies
  • Develop a plan for ongoing professionalism

This 40-hour course uses a blended training model with 20-hours of instruction provided over 5-Zoom virtual classroom sessions, with another 20-hours of independent learning that includes completing required readings, and course assignments.

Cohorts are a minimum of four and maximum of eight students.

The winter 2022 cohort is now full.

The spring 2022 cohort is scheduled to run over the following dates and times:

  • Session 1: Saturday May 14, 2022, 10 am – 2 pm PST
  • Session 2: Sunday May 15, 2022, 10 am – 2 pm PST
  • Session 3: Saturday May 28, 2022, 10 am – 2 pm PST
  • Session 4: Sunday May 29, 2022, 10 am – 2 pm PST
  • Session 5: Saturday June 11, 2022, 10 am – 2 pm PST

The course fee is $500 + GST.

To reserve a seat in the spring 2022 cohort, students are required to pay their fees in full when registering. The course fee does not include the cost of the recommended course textbook. Students must purchase it on their own.

This course is eligible for gaining Education points towards CHTA voluntary professional registration.

Students who attend all virtual classroom sessions, participate, and complete all course assignments, qualify for a Certificate of Completion upon conclusion of the course.

***This course does not teach skills in horticulture or does it qualify a student to call themselves a Horticultural Therapist upon successful completion of it.

Course Syllabus – Winter 2022

Course Terms and Conditions, & Cancellation Policy

Email or call me at (604) 684 – 0584 to reserve your seat in the next cohort scheduled for winter 2022.

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