Gardening as a Therapeutic Approach
NCCAP approved 6.5 contact hours
Program # 00036
Course Requirements : Take the provided pretest, read the book “Growing with Care: Using Greenery, Gardens and Nature with Aging and Special Populations” by Betsy Kreidler, and take the provided post test. You may mail or fax your materials to DH Special Services. Once the materials are received and a passing grade is determined, your certificate will be mailed to you. If you are in need of the certificate sooner, a copy can be faxed to you and the original mailed.
Course Content: The reading will introduce the participant to the overall benefits of indoor and outdoor gardening and nature oriented activities when working with the elderly and special populations. The goals of a gardening program, methods to organize the program, specific program ideas and projects and means to involve the interdisciplinary team in the process will be introduced through the reading of the book.
Topic areas discussed in the text:
Setting up a Gardening Program
Policies and Procedures
Involving the Residents and Staff
Identifying available Resources
Creating Indoor Gardens
Creating Outdoor Gardens
Precautions in a Gardening Program
Twelve Months of Gardening Ideas and Projects
Course Content meets NCCAP Body of Knowledge Topic areas 16, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 23