2017 Conference Schedule

Community Connections Through Horticultural Therapy
September 8-9, 2017, Pre-tours September 7, 2017
Burlington Hilton Hotel
Burlington, Vermont

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Thursday, September 7

8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Offsite tours: (sold out)

  • The Intervale - Tommy Thompson Community Garden
  • Grand Way Adult Day Center
  • University of Vermont Medical Center Rooftop Garden
  • University of Vermont Campus Gardens & Raised Beds
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Intern Supervisor Workshop

1:30 - 3:30 pm

Lunch & Tour at Gardener's Supply Company

3:30 pm

Depart for Hilton Hotel


Friday, September 8

8:30 - 8:45 am Opening Welcome & Remarks
Leigh Anne Starling, HTR, AHTA President
8:45 - 10:00 am Keynote Presentation
Will Raap, Founder & Chairman of Gardener's Supply Company
10:00 - 10:15 am Break
10:15 - 11:15 am Horticultural Therapy as Work in an Inpatient Mental Health Setting

Janelle Zigon, OTR/L, HTR
Incorporating Creative Arts Therapies Into Your Practice

Genevieve Layman, HTR
Design & Maintenance of Therapeutic Gardens for the Healthcare Community 

Tom Benjamin, LA
Lorraine Brisson, MS, HTM
11:15 - 11:30 am Break
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Horticulture in Promoting Sense of Community Among Older People 

Erja Hannele Rappe, DSc
Garden Play: Creating Community for the Hospitalized Child

Roberta Hursthouse, HTR
Food as Medicine, Farming as Therapy

Sally Haskett, HTR, MLA
Dena Lind, MSW
12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 - 1:45 pm Break
1:45 - 2:45 pm The Autism Spectrum Disorder Employment Training Program at Wilmot Gardens

Elizabeth Diehl, HTM
Healthy Individuals, Families & Communities Enjoying the Full Benefit of Great Outdoor Spaces

Reese Nelson, PhD
Program Sustainability: Therapeutic Garden Programs supporting Health System Goals

Teresia Hazen, MEd, HTR, QMHP
2:45 - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 - 4:30 pm Horticultural Therapy Goes Mobile Through Partnerships 

Douglas Airhart, PhD, HTM
Ellen Wolfe, MS

Bars to Markets: Therapy & Jobs for Women out of Prison

James Jiler
Kathy Arnold
Maggi Pons
Anita Franchetti
Launching a Horticultural Therapy Program for Various Underserved Veteran Populations at a Veteran Affairs Medical Center

Althea MacDonald, LMHC, PsyD, HTR
Linda Brown-Kuhn, MA
6:00 - 6:30 pm Reception
6:30 - 8:00 pm Social: Dinner and AHTA Awards


Saturday, September 9

8:30 - 9:30 am Plenary Session - The Many Faces of Horticultural Therapy in Vermont's Communities
Charlie Nardozzi, Garden writer, speaker, radio and television personality
Donna Covais, HTR
9:30 - 9:45 am Break
9:45 - 10:45 am Horticultural Therapy & the Role of Resilience in Rehabilitation, Health & Wellness

Matthew Wichrowski, MSW, HTR
Cultivating Cooperation: Creating Therapeutic Programming for Underserved populations by Capitalizing on Existing Community Resources

Rachel A. Deffenbaugh
Horticultural Therapy in Post-Stroke Rehabilitation

Anna-Maria Palsdottir
10:45 - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Horticultural Therapy & Therapeutic Gardens for Communities in Singapore

Angelia Sia

Charles Lewis Award Winner: The Counseling Garden: Blooming Self-Esteem

Jacqueline Swank, PhD, LMHC, LCSW, RPT-S
Sang Min Shin, PhD, NCC

Networking by Population

MaryAnne McMillan, HTR, AHTA Immediate Past President
Jean D'Amore, HTR
12:00 - 12:15 pm Break
12:15 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 pm Annual Membership Meeting
1:30 - 1:45 pm Break
1:45 - 2:45 pm Horticultural Therapy & The Expressive Arts: The Garden as a Canvas

Anne Marie Meore, LMSW, HTR
Kelvin Ramirez, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT
Collaborative Garden Design for a Residential Eating Disorder Program

Jonathan Irish, MA, LPC, HTR
2:45 - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 - 4:00 pm Farmer’s Market at Perkins School for the Blind - Fostering Community

Deborah Krause, HTR
Horticultural Therapy as a Collaborative Modality in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Abby Jaroslow, HTR, CH

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group - Community & Curriculum

Gwenn Fried, DCPA
Donna Beaton

4:00 - 4:30 pm Networking & Conference Registration Raffle