2018 AHTA Conference Schedule

Planting with a Purpose: Engaging in Horticultural Therapy
October 5-6, 2018, Pre-tours October 4
Sheraton Denver West Hotel
Lakewood, Colorado

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Wednesday, October 3

8:30 am - 4:00 pm AHTA Board Meeting 
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Registration Open

Thursday, October 4

7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Registration Open

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Offsite Pre-tours:

Pre-tour #1 - Craig Hospital | Mental Health Center of Denver | Denver Botanic Gardens - via Charter Bus

Pre-tour #2 - Sprout City Farms at Mountain Park | EarthLinks | Denver Botanic Garden - via Public Transportation Tour with Local Guides

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

AHTA Internship Supervisor's Workshop

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Birds of a Feather Networking Session

Join us for a meet-up networking session and meet fellow attendees of similar interests in horticultural therapy. 

 

Friday, October 5

7:00 am - 6:00 pm Registration Open
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
7:45 am - 3:30 pm

AHTA Silent Auction
Join us for a bit of silent fun! Throughout the conference, we will have several items available for you to bid on for the Silent Auction. This is a great way to buy your souvenirs from the conference and help further support AHTA. We accept credit card and check payments only for these items. The Silent Auction Team will tally up the winners and follow the auction closing procedures. 

8:30 am - 8:45 am Opening Welcome & Remarks
Leigh Anne Starling, AHTA President
8:45 am - 10:00 am Keynote Presentation: Ruthless Gardening 
Shane Smith
10:00 am - 10:15 am Break
10:15 am - 11:15 am

Horticultural Therapy: Helping People with Intellectual Disabilities

Chung Fu Wah

Spreading the Word: Explaining Horticultural Therapy to our Communities

SheilaTaft
Horticultural and Art Activities: Assessing Health Outcomes in a Randomized, Controlled Trial

Raymond Odeh
11:15 pm - 11:30 am Break
11:30 am - 12:30 pm The Benefits of the Parent-Child Horticultural Therapy Programs at a Local Primary School in Hong Kong 

Emily Tin Yuk Shum
Fion Yue Ling Chau
Quantifying the Effects of a Therapeutic Horticulture Program on Veterans in Central New York

Daniel Collins
Planting Seeds of Hope: Therapeutic Gardening in a Crisis Stabilization Program

Kathleen Wellington
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch
 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Annual Business & Membership Meeting 
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm Break
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Shall We Overcome Plant Blindness?

James H. Capshew
Roots: From Passion to Practice

Rebecca L. Haller
Karen L. Kennedy
Pam Catlin
Jay Stone Rice

Charles Lewis Award: Gardening May Repeatedly Activate the Frontal Pole

Masahiro Toyoda, PhD, HTR
Yuko Yokota, HTR
Susan Rodiek, PhD 

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Horticultural Therapy Interventions for Mental Health and Addictions Recovery 

Carol LaRocque
Kristen Greenwald

The Family Hortiscultpture: Where Family Therapy and Horticultural Therapy Meet to Give a New Perspective on Family Dynamics

Jonathan Irish

Seeding Transformation, Harvesting Autonomy 

Maria Victoria De la Cruz
James Jiler
Magi Pons
Anita Franchetti

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Social Reception 
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner and AHTA Annual Awards

 

Saturday, October 6

6:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration Open
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast
7;45 am - 2:15 pm

AHTA Silent Auction
Join us for a bit of silent fun! Throughout the conference, we will have several items available for you to bid on for the Silent Auction. This is a great way to buy your souvenirs from the conference and help further support AHTA. We accept credit card and check payments only for these items. The Silent Auction Team will tally up the winners and follow the auction closing procedures. 

8:15 am - 8:30 am  Introductions/Announcements
8:30 am - 9:30 am Plenary Session -  Beverly Grant
9:30 am - 9:45 am Break
9:45 am - 10:45 am The Development of Evidence-based Practice of Horticultural Therapy in Hong Kong: Intellectual Disability and Autism

Nicolson Yat-Fan Siu
Connie Yuen-Yee FUNG
Guidelines for Conducting Research on Horticultural Therapy with Psychiatric Populations

Jaime Ascencio

Consideration on Existence of a Key Plant in Horticultural Therapy Intervention in a Rehabilitation Hospital

Yuko Yokota
Masahiro Toyoda
10:45 am - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Effects of Nature Imagery on Patient Perceptions of their Hospital Room

Matthew Wichrowski

Grow Your Entrepreneurial Spirit


Jan Lane
Panelists: Laura Rumpf
Anne Meore
Robbi Hursthouse
Catherine Crowder

Horticulture and People with Psychotic Disorders: Approaches for a Horticultural Therapist

Erin Backus
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm AHTA Board of Directors Meeting
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm New Theoretical Support for the Power of Horticultural Therapy

Dr. Beverly Brown
Cognitive Deficits: What Brain Injury can Teach Us about Working with a Wide Variety of Cognitive Impairments

Susie Hall

Trauma Informed Horticultural Therapy Programming and Assessments for Adults and Adolescents in Behavioral Health

Melissa Bierman

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Cultivating the Moment

Kathryn Grimes
Jay Stone Rice

Fractured but not Broken: Using the Garden for Communities Healing

Dr. Kelvin Antonio Ramirez
Anne M. Meore

Growing Gardens, Growing Youth

Sarah Macovitz

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Break

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Networking & Conference Drawing