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AHTA June Webinar
Tuesday, June 13, 2023, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
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June Webinar

Horticultural Therapy: Addressing Specialized Populations and Underserved Individuals.

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 | 4:30 PM PST/7:30 PM ET


The AHTA Board of Directors is excited to bring members and the general public the second of three webinars in 2023! While taking into consideration previously requested material, the focus of the June webinar will be specialized populations, including underserved individuals. Three speakers with experience in various settings will present information regarding the populations they serve, impacts horticultural therapy/therapeutic horticulture has made and implications for furthering the HT modality in these areas. The webinar will be Tuesday June 13th at 4:30 pm PST/7:30 pm EST.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Participants will be able to distinguish two therapeutic methods utilized by a licensed clinician working in a community mental health garden setting with marginalized populations.
  2. Participants will examine concepts offered by therapeutic gardening such as challenge-by-choice and a liberation framework in the context of the carceral system.
  3. Participants will discover adaptive techniques and use of tools to include all ability levels while gardening as well as ways to assess clients' physical and/or cognitive limitations and adapt methods to include them in gardening activities.


Debra Edwards, HTR, she / her / hers

Debra is a registered horticultural therapist. She received her horticultural therapy certificate from the Horticultural Therapy Institute and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Auburn University. Debra has 15 years of experience in landscape design and maintenance and 9 years of experience in horticultural therapy programming. Populations she has served include adults with physical and/or cognitive disabilities or dementia at adult day care campuses. Debra currently works as the Outdoor Educator at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, teaching environmental education and team building to children at grade-school levels.


Faryn-Beth Hart, HTR

Faryn Hart is a Registered Horticultural Therapist and Associate Social Worker living and gardening in the Bay Area, California. Faryn practices with a liberation lens and has always been drawn to working with marginalized or underserved communities.Faryn works as a Child and Family Therapist with system-impacted parents and children.  Her horticultural projects have included facilitating groups at a residential eating disorder treatment center; working with housing insecure families in the garden in San Francisco; and her work with Insight Garden Program since 2016 connecting incarcerated individuals with their inner and outer gardens at San Quentin State Prison. Faryn is a co-facilitator and administrator of the California Horticultural Therapy Network bringing together horticultural therapists, students, allied professionals, and others to grow the profession.


Sara Rodriguez, LMFT

Sara is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Southern California. She has worked in the mental and behavioral health field for 19 years. Currently, Sara is a clinical therapist in a therapeutic horticulture program at a community mental health center. The population she serves includes individuals experiencing moderate to severe symptoms of mental illness and impairments as well as their family members. A portion of participants in the programming include community members who are experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. Additionally, a significant portion of the population served are monolingual Spanish speakers. Sara also serves on the Board of Directors for AHTA to further grow, learn, serve and bolster the ability to address wellness through a therapeutic horticulture lens. 


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