AHTA Covid 19 Updates

April 13, 2020

The American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) is continuing to evaluate the situation related to COVID-19 and its impact on students and professional registration applicants.

We recognize universities and programs have been challenged to provide accommodations to their students through online education. We also recognize the challenges COVID-19 situations presents to completing internships.

In support of our members, we are making the following changes to our professional registration policies until further notice:

  • Applications: While an official transcript is preferred, AHTA will accept unofficial transcripts for the 2020 Spring and Summer semesters and/or quarters. Transcripts must not be altered; there should be no written information, nor should it be edited in any way.

  • Internships: Interns who started an internship in the past year but have had their internship interrupted due to COVID-19 are granted an additional year to complete their internship.

  • Reapplications: Applicants who are in the reapplication period but are not able to complete the required coursework within the year time frame are granted a one year extension beyond their reapplication due date. 

All professional registration applicants affected directly by COVID-19 (quarantined, hospitalized, caring for family, etc.) will be granted individual consideration.  

During this time and until further notice, all application materials must be sent via email. All official transcripts must be sent electronically. Unofficial transcripts must be sent via email. Please do not send any materials by standard postal mail.

AHTA will continue to consider further adjustments and accommodations as necessary. We hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time.

The AHTA Board of Directors

 March 23, 2020

Dear AHTA Members,

The American Horticultural Therapy Association recognizes the extraordinary circumstances we are facing related to the growing concern about COVID-19. The Association understands the impact these circumstances might have on your work or school, and most importantly the individuals you serve. AHTA is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of all of its members and the community, and the AHTA Office is doing our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The AHTA Office is open for business; our staff will be working remotely for the unforeseeable future. Please be assured that our work and customer service responses will continue to be maintained at our highest levels. The AHTA Office wants to assure all members that you will continue to receive regular communications, updates on the status of the conference, AHTA publications, and the AHTA Board Bulletin as scheduled. Professional registration applications will still be processed. AHTA is also exploring the possibility of future webinars and online gatherings to support members during this time.

The Association knows the important role all HTRs and members play extends beyond their employment settings into their communities. We want to encourage and empower you as a professional, to be an ambassador of good information to your network of family, friends, and acquaintances. With preparedness and adhering to the CDC recommendations and social distancing, hopefully we can cut down on the spread of COVID-19 within our own communities.

We encourage you to take time for yourself and tend your garden, spend time in nature, care for your houseplants, and find calm through caring for plants.

Warmest Regards,

The AHTA Board of Directors

Posted 3/23/2020