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Would you like to learn how to offer Social and Therapeutic Horticulture to benefit groups of people with ill health and disability? We have just the course for you!

Festina Lente Gardens are delighted to be the host for a second 2 day course on “Using Social and Therapeutic Horticulture to Benefit Diverse Groups of People with Ill Health and Disability”

Where: Festina Lente Gardens, Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow

Date: Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd July 2017

Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm

Course Tutor: Damien Newman, Thrive Training, Education and Consultancy Manager

Only 15 spaces are available on this course so book your place now!

Using Social and Therapeutic Horticulture to Benefit Diverse Groups of People with Ill Health and Disability 2 Day Course in Festina Lente

This 2 day course in Festina Lente provides information, skills, techniques and confidence in using social and therapeutic horticulture to support people with disabilities and\or ill health. Exploring evidence based practice and theoretical underpinning to consider the practical application of horticulture as therapy.

The course will address the need for programmes and settings to be inclusive and provide horticulture for all or designed to meet specific needs in relation to development, rehabilitation, recovery, social inclusion and vocation.

2 Day Course is Suitable for:

Anyone interested in using Social and Therapeutic horticulture across the disability and ill health spectrums including healthcare practitioners, green care practitioners, horticulturists and horticulture educators who want to add to their understanding and professional development and volunteers who may be looking to improve their contributions to the emerging fields of STH and green care.

What you will learn at the 2 day course:

• To understand and know how to apply the principles and practice of social and therapeutic horticulture to benefit people in holistic or focused programmes

• To gain an insight into session planning and management and the value of understanding the relationship between people and occupation and people and plants

• To design a client centred social and therapeutic horticulture programme

• To understand the importance of assessment, and outcome measurement in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture and how these processes can be designed to provide information to create good sessions and programmes and measure the impact on the user group.

The course will be interactive throughout, both mornings are classroom based, presentation, group work whole classroom discussion, with time in the afternoon completing practical tasks and exploring gardens with lots of whole group chat and Q&A.

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture

Social and therapeutic horticulture (STH) involves the use of plants by a trained professional to meet certain clinically defined goals. STH is particularly relevant for the promotion of independence, health and well-bring amongst groups and communities of vulnerable people. This can be achieved through active as well as passive involvement.

Organised therapeutic horticulture programmes have been shown to increase self-esteem and self-confidence, develop social and work skills, improve literacy and numeracy skills, increase general well-being and promote social interaction.

Social and therapeutic horticulture (STH) can benefit people in a number of ways:

•  It can be part of a person’s rehabilitation process, to help them recover and ‘find their feet again’ after an illness or a difficult time in their lives

•  It can help people recover from a wide range of conditions

•  It can help people to learn new skills

•  Can help slow down the deterioration seen when someone has a degenerative illness.

Social and therapeutic horticultural also benefits people with many different disabilities, including those recovering from stroke and heart disease, blind and partially sighted people, those in the early stages of dementia, and people with physical and learning disabilities.

Agenda for the 2 Days

• Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH), the evidence base and underpinning theories of why nature and gardens are good for us.

• The plant person relationship and how interacting with and nurturing plants impacts on wellbeing.

• Making sessions a success, how to enable, facilitate or lead horticultural sessions to positive outcomes.

• Adapting horticulture for inclusive access, analysing horticulture activity and relating it to the needs of the group.

• Using assessment to improve practice and increase sustainability in STH. Getting to know people and their affinity for nature alongside their health and wellbeing needs.

• Assessing Gardens for therapy, how to improve access and create restorative gardens. Access is more than physical, creating spaces we belong and feel comfortable is crucial to horticulture as a therapeutic intervention.

• Plant Properties, understanding the multifaceted properties of plants supports good decision making in STH enabling meaningful engagement with plants.

• Planning STH and managing gardens for therapy, ensuring the garden grows when the focus of STH switches attention to people.

• Designing a client centred STH programme, allowing gardens to provide activity can be good for us but designing programmes of gardening and horticulture that focus on the needs of the group maximizes the impact of STH.

Damien Newman, Thrive Training, Education and Consultancy Manager Bio

I am Damien Newman, Thrive’s Training Education and Consultancy manager, I deliver and manage the sharing of Thrive’s experience and expertise in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture through short courses, higher education, bespoke training and consultancy. I have worked for Thrive for over 7 years delivering upwards of 300 courses on the subject, additionally presenting at various national and international conferences and having articles on the subject published in both specialist and general publications. Having accredited one of the few higher education curricular in the field of nature based health and care interventions I am one of a handful of people across the world who lecture and provide higher education in this field. I have taught in the field of Health and Social Care for over 12 years following and during 12 years of working in mental health services where I first realised the value of horticulture as a therapeutic tool for people with ill health and disabilities. I believe and work toward nature, gardens and horticulture being appropriately utilised across society for the health benefits it is evidenced to provide.

Price & Booking Information

Price is €230 for the two full days.

A pre-booked light lunch will be available each day and is €10 per day.

Click here to book your place!

About Thrive

Thrive are the leading UK charity using gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people who encounter disabilities or ill health.

Thrive have been educating people for over 35 years and our courses are run throughout the UK by a highly professional team of trainers with expert knowledge and experience.

Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Course

Our 2 day course in Festina Lente is also an access course to the “Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture” Course accredited by Coventry University and endorsed by the College of Occupational Therapists until 2019.

The purpose of the Award is to equip horticultural therapists – and anyone offering horticultural activities in other areas of education, health and social care – with the knowledge, skills and methodology required to provide a robust therapeutic programme for the benefit of a specific client group.

By achieving the Award, participants will possess these important professional capacities. They will also be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of their practice to various stakeholders through the use of carefully selected assessment methods.  To complete the Award in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture course is an additional £295 paid directly to Thrive.

Click here to read more about the Thrive Award-in-Social-and-Therapeutic-Horticulture-Course and how to apply directly with Thrive