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 foundation for providing Horticultural Therapy services. For students with prior education and training in Horticultural Therapy, this course is an opportunity to practice skills and refresh knowledge previously learned. 

Students will:

  • become familiar with terminology, and procedures used in providing Horticultural Therapy services
  • 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 a 50/50 split between group-based virtual classroom sessions on Zoom, and independent learning through completing course readings and assignments.

20-hours of instruction are provided in 5-Zoom virtual classroom sessions over the following dates and times during Autumn 2021:

  • Session 1: Saturday October 16, 2021, 10 am – 2 pm PST
  • Session 2: Sunday October 17, 2021, 10 am – 2 pm PST
  • Session 3: Saturday October 30, 2021, 10 am – 2 pm PST
  • Session 4: Sunday October 31, 2021, 10 am – 2 pm PST
  • Session 5: Saturday November 13, 2021, 10 am – 2 pm PST

Another 20-hours of independent learning include completing required readings, and course assignments.

Cohorts are a minimum of six, and maximum of ten students.

The course fee is $500 + GST. To reserve a seat in the May 2021 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

Course Terms and Conditions, & Cancellation Policy

Email or call me at (604) 684 – 0584 to reserve your seat in the next cohort tenatively scheduled for late summer or early autumn 2021.