2019 AHTA Conference Schedule

Horticultural Therapy: Digging in Together
October 4-5, 2019, Pre-tours October 3
DoubleTree Grand Rapids Airport Hotel
Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Wednesday, October 2

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

Thursday, October 3

7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Registration Open

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Offsite Pre-tours:

Pre-tour #1 - Frederik Meijer Gardens | Mast Young Greenhouses | River Walk Experience

Pre-tour #2 - Blandford Nature Center | Benjamin's Hope | Lake Michigan Experience

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

AHTA Internship Supervisor's Workshop

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Silent Auction Opens
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. 

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 4

7:00 am - 7:00 pm Registration Open
7:30 am - 8:15 am Breakfast
8:15 am - 8:45 am Announcements/Introductions
7:30 am - 6:00 pm

AHTA Silent Auction

7:30 am - 6:00 pm Exhibitors
8:45 am - 10:00 am General Session - Keynote 
Steven Wells
10:00 am - 10:15 am Break
10:15 am - 11:15 am

Come Meet the Family: A Look at Interesting and Useful Plants for HT Programs


Matthew J. Wichrowski

Social Work and Horticulture Therapy: Exploring an Example of Partnership

Dr. Sarah Ann Himmelheber; John H. Murphy
Cultural Connectivity through Horticultural Therapy Activities 

Binxia Xue; Tongyu Li; Libba Shortridge
11:15 pm - 11:30 am Break
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Annual Business Meeting
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch with Speaker - President of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park - David Hooker
Welcome on behalf of Frederik Meijer Gardens

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Shuttle to Frederik Meijer Gardens
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Free Time to Visit Garden
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Therapeutic Garden Design and Programming Workshop

Brian Bainnson; Melissa Bierman
Horticultural Community Restitution Programmes for Mentally Ill Offenders

Richard Eltringham

Learning to Read Research Critically

Barb Kreski

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Free Time to Visit Garden
 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Shuttle to Hotel 
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Reception
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Award Dinner
Join us to celebrate! Attire is business casual.

 

Saturday, October 5

7:00 am - 6:00 pm Registration Open
7:30 am - 8:15 am Breakfast
10:00 am

AHTA Silent Auction Closes

7:30 am - 5:00 pm Exhibitors
8:15 am - 8:45 am  Introductions/Announcements
8:45 am - 9:45 am

General Session - Plenary
Levi Gardener

9:45 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00 am - 11:00 am Therapeutic Horticulture for Patients with Chronic Hemodialysis

Elizabeth R.M. Diehl
The Benefits of Horticultural Therapy Programs for the Community and Residential Elderly in Hong Kong

Emily Tin Yuk Shum; June Kit Ming Lau

Boots 2 Roots PDX: Veteran Therapeutic Horticulture and Urban Agricultural Training

Scott Hoffman

11:00 am - 11:15 am Break
11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Cultivating the Soul: Gardening on a Psychiatric Inpatient Unit

Ariel Schneider; Nancy Wicks; Susan Clinton

Constant Refinement: A Collaborative Approach to Mental Health Interventions

Jonathan Irish

Charles Lewis Award Winner: 

Effects of Horticulture on Frail and Prefrail Nursing Home Residents:  A Randomized Controlled Trial

Dr. Claudia K.Y. Lai; Connie Fung Yuen Yee;

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Shuttle to Frederik Meijer Gardens
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Free Time to Visit Garden
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm The Cyclical Gardening Technique: Mindfulness, Nature-connectedness and Empowerment

Dr. LaKisha C. Hudson

Journey to Well-being: A Nature-based Practice using Japanese Gardens

Rachel Deffenbaugh;
Jeanne Carbone

Creating with Nature by the Michigan Horticultural Therapy Association

Cathy Flinton and Mary Machon

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Closing Remarks

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Buses Back to Hotel