Horticultural Therapy Certificate

Overview and Requirements

Upon completion of the program, students will:
  • Understand the characteristics and etiologies of the various populations served by horticultural therapy.
  • Demonstrate skills in goal setting, activity planning, risk management, evaluation methods, plant selection, and accessible design.
  • Prepare proposals to deliver horticultural therapy programs in various venues including public settings, not-for-profit organizations, private companies, and independent contracting services.



REQUIREMENTS

Certificate students must complete 189 total course hours (181 required + 8 site visit hours), plus a 100-hour internship.

COURSE CODE       PREREQ HOURS
Introduction to Horticultural Therapy  THR 301   15
Horticultural Therapy for the Aging Population  THR 401 P 15
Horticultural Therapy for Exceptional Youth THR 402 P 15
Horticultural Therapy for Physical Rehabilitation  THR 403 P 15
Horticultural Therapy in Behavioral Health Settings    THR 404  P 15
Horticultural Therapy Methods and Materials THR 406 P 15
Activities Analysis for Horticultural Therapy THR 407 P 15
Garden Design for Special Populations THR 408 P 15
Horticultural Therapy Program Managmement THR 409 P 15
Fundamentals of Gardening GAR 301
12
Introduction to Plant Science HRT 300   16
Plant Propagation I: Basic Principles HRT 411 P 18
Horticultural Therapy Site Visits (see below)     8
TOTAL REQUIRED HOURS     189

 

SITE VISIT CODE       PREREQ  HOURS
NYU Langone Medical Center, Therapeutic Horticulture Services THR 525  P 5
The HSNY's GreenHouse Program on Rikers Island THR 537 P 5
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center: The Garden of Hope THR 546 P 5

* = Courses offered in the Fall–Winter season

P = Courses with a prerequisite before you can register

 

The Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program is accredited toward registration with the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA). Horticultural Therapy courses are eligible for college credit and can be applied toward voluntary Professional Registration through the AHTA.


 

Location Day/Night Instructor Sort Keywords  
Classes

June
Explore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students learn not only what to do, but why. Topics include soils and more...
06/03 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Grossman
MDTN
Sharpen your clinical skills while learning how horticultural therapy is utilized in a physical rehabilitation setting. Explore the team treatment process and learn about the various conditions treated in this setting. Etiology, diagnosis, and psychosocial effects are covered. Learn the more...
06/03 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Wichrowski
NYBG
Hands-on healing and learning through horticulture takes place at HSNY's GreenHouse program on Rikers Island. Designed and built by inmates and their instructors, the garden features a native woodland, nursery, and vegetable and herb gardens. HSNY's horticultural therapists will give more...
06/08 Th 06:30am-01:00pm Krus, HTR
OFS
This course is also required for the Gardening and Horticultural Therapy Certificates.
Designed for students who want a user–friendly introduction to plant science, this course surveys the major groups of plants—flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes—focusing on plant more...
06/26 Mo 06:15pm-08:55pm Lincoff
MDTN
July
Explore the plant-people relationships and scientific research that are the foundations of horticultural therapy. Learn about current programs that utilize horticultural therapy and the benefits of using plants and plant-related activities to reach cognitive, physical, psychological, and social goals for more...
07/10 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Meore
NYBG
Evaluate tools, equipment, structures, and techniques used by participants in horticultural therapy activities. Design and construct adaptive tools and assistive devices through problem-solving activities. Expand your plant-selecting skills for specific therapeutic programming needs as you explore the collectionsand gardens at more...
07/10 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm D'Amico
Beirne
NYBG
Sharpen your clinical skills while learning how horticultural therapy is utilized in a physical rehabilitation setting. Explore the team treatment process and learn about the various conditions treated in this setting. Etiology, diagnosis, and psychosocial effects are covered. Learn the more...
07/17 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Wichrowski
NYBG
Explore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students learn not only what to do, but why. Topics include soils and more...
07/18 Tu 06:15pm-08:15pm Beyers
MDTN
Learn how to design and implement a horticultural therapy program in the private or public sector. Gain skills in developing program proposals, writing protocols, establishing evaluation methods and record-keeping policies, and managing staff and volunteers. Topics in business practices will more...
07/22 Sa 10:00am-03:30pm Czarnecki
NYBG
This course is also required for the Gardening and Horticultural Therapy Certificates.
Designed for students who want a user–friendly introduction to plant science, this course surveys the major groups of plants—flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes—focusing on plant more...
07/24 Mo 06:15pm-08:55pm Grossman
MDTN
Children and adolescents with special needs are the focus of this course. Gain an understanding of the causes and characteristics of various developmental, sensory, physical, behavioral, and learning disabilities. Learn to implement horticultural therapy for a wide variety of goals more...
07/24 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm D'Amico
NYBG
This course is also required for the Gardening and Horticultural Therapy Certificates. Learn the principles and techniques of plant propagation by seed and cuttings. Explore the basics of sexual and asexual propagation, with attention to fruit development, seedling more...
07/31 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
Older adults present an increasing need for therapeutic services. Learn about the physical, sensory, cognitive, psychological, and social aspects of aging and their implications for horticultural therapy programming. Explore how horticulture can be an important component in the various levels more...
07/31 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Brechner
NYBG
Activities analysis explores the various aspects of horticultural therapy activities as they relate to both client and administrative needs. Each activity is analyzed in an effort to structure activities that can achieve measurable clinical outcomes. Learn to develop a needs more...
07/31 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Malamud
D'Amico
NYBG
August
Gardens can be catalysts for learning, health, inclusion, and therapy. Gain the knowledge, expertise, and tools to create, renovate, and evaluate both interior and exterior spaces to ensure effective gardens. Learn the latest research in health care garden design, common more...
08/01 Tu 10:00am-02:00pm Minich
NYBG
The focus of this individualized intensive training is on physical medicine and rehabilitation—history, philosophy, and team functions. Participate in horticulture treatment sessions that deal with patient functioning, treatment goals, and precautions.

08/01 Tu 09:30am-02:30pm Wichrowski
OFS
Horticultural therapy is practiced in a multitude of behavioral health settings, including hospitals, day treatment programs, group homes, and private homes. Learn the diagnostic criteria for major psychiatric conditions, including anxiety, mood, psychotic, cognitive, and substance abuse disorders. Review actual more...
08/07 Mo 10:00am-03:30pm Beirne
NYBG
September
This course is also required for the Gardening and Horticultural Therapy Certificates.
Designed for students who want a user–friendly introduction to plant science, this course surveys the major groups of plants—flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes—focusing on plant more...
09/09 Sa 10:00am-01:20pm Alvarez
MDTN
This course is also required for the Gardening and Horticultural Therapy Certificates. Learn the principles and techniques of plant propagation by seed and cuttings. Explore the basics of sexual and asexual propagation, with attention to fruit development, seedling more...
09/18 Mo 05:45pm-08:45pm Weinstein
NYBG
This course is also required for the Gardening and Horticultural Therapy Certificates.
Designed for students who want a user–friendly introduction to plant science, this course surveys the major groups of plants—flowering plants, conifers, ferns, and bryophytes—focusing on plant more...
09/28 Th 10:00am-12:20pm Paltseva
NYBG