CSPH 5521: Therapeutic Landscapes
This course is offered completely online.
During the past five decades the field of therapeutic horticulture has grown extensively in multiple settings throughout North American, Europe, Asia and Africa. Whereas therapeutic horticulture theory and practice focuses upon the application of horticulture to benefit the individual or group, therapeutic landscapes address therapeutic benefits at a more generalized level. Therapeutic Landscapes are based on clinical application in a passive and/or active sense. It is a plant-dominated environment (indoor or outdoor) designed to provide numerous and varied therapeutic interactions. It fosters improved well being through designed and prescribed encounters with plants that stimulate the senses and engage the understanding of the people who visit it.
For the purposes of this course, therapeutic landscapes are not synonymous with therapeutic horticulture, even though for many reasons they may serve as a pathway to the same outcome – benefits to people. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the central elements of therapeutic landscapes in the context of multiple health care and social service settings.
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