Horticultural therapy is an effective, evidence-based therapeutic modality similar to music, art, recreation and other therapies. The practice of horticultural therapy uses plants, gardens, and nature-based activities to promote well-being for the participants.
Horticultural therapists assess emotional well-being, social functioning, communication abilities, cognitive and physical abilities, and horticultural interest. In collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, horticultural therapists design treatment programs to address specific goals. Individual and group sessions give clients a break from talk therapy; hands-on activities help them reconnect to the natural world, experience feelings of purpose and success, and develop practical skills that can be utilized to maintain treatment gains.
Clients at HopeWay will participate in activities in the greenhouse, as well as planting vegetables, herbs, and fruits in the raised garden beds. These will then be used in the creation of healthy foods in the learning kitchen.
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