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  • Horticultural Therapy Internship Handbook

    American Horticultural Therapy Association


    Effective June 1, 2013

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    Table of Contents I. Statement of Purpose and Goals ………………………… 3 II. Policies ……………………………………………………… 4 a. Supervisor requirements

    b. Site selection and application

    c. Pre-requisite requirements

    d. Duration of internship

    e. Professional conduct

    f. Supervision of internship

    g. Evaluation of internship

    h. Termination of internship

    i. AHTA Registration

    III. Procedures ………………………………………………... 7 a. Program Content

    b. Projects

    1. Short term

    2. Long term

    3. Case Study

    c. Documentation

    1. Internship

    2. Client

    3. Supervision

    4. Hours

    IV. Supervisor responsibilities ………………………………. 10

    a. Clinical responsibilities

    b. Professional responsibilities

    c. Conducting supervision

    1. Frequency

    2. Types/Methods

    d. Off-site supervision

    V. Internship Evaluation ………………………………………. 12 a. Evaluation forms and schedule

    b. Evaluation rating scale

    VI. AHTA Documents and Forms ……………………….….. 13

     Internship Application Form

     Internship Goals and Objectives

     Internship Performance Report

     Documentation of Hours

     Case Study outline

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    Horticultural Therapy Internship Handbook I. Statement of Purpose and Goals The Horticultural Therapy Internship is designed to provide a background in the theory and application of horticultural therapy as a treatment modality for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. The internship is an opportunity for the intern to serve in the role of clinician, educator, and technician gaining experience in both the therapeutic and horticultural aspects of the professional horticultural therapist. These guidelines provide a definition of the role and responsibilities of the intern and the supervisor, identify the requirements of the internship, and outline the structure of the internship conducted in the horticultural therapy setting. Forms necessary to complete the internship are included in Section VI. Goals:

     To develop a functional knowledge of horticultural therapy, its theory and application, and a perspective of how it fits into the overall treatment process.

     To understand how horticultural therapy is similar to, and unique from, other disciplines.

     To develop an understanding of the social, psychological, and physiological aspects of disability.

     To develop skills in forming assessments regarding client goals, interests, and abilities, and to use this assessment to develop a treatment plan, appropriate activities and adaptations.

     To develop effective communication and interpersonal skills with clients and staff.

     To develop initiative in organization of individual and group programs.

     To gain knowledge of administrative requirements affecting the functioning of an organization or department supporting a horticultural therapy program.

     To develop the basic skills in horticulture to effectively utilize plant materials and methods to facilitate horticultural therapy programming.

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    II. Policies

    A. Supervisor Requirements

    Horticultural therapy interns must be directly supervised by a registered horticultural therapist at the HTR or HTM level. The supervisor is required to be professionally registered with the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA). A prospective internship supervisor who is professionally registered as a horticultural therapist in another country will be considered upon request to AHTA. It is preferable for the internship supervisor to be on-site. AHTA recognizes that circumstances might be present where there is no supervisor available at the internship site. If a site has no registered horticultural therapist on staff, an intern may be supervised by an off-site registered horticultural therapist once they have met the academic requirements identified in Section II.F. It is the responsibility of the student to establish that the supervisor is professionally registered and that the internship site meets the requirements established by the AHTA. B. Site Selection and Application It is the responsibility of the intern to research a potential internship site, to contact the horticultural therapy intern supervisor and, in the case of off-site supervision, the appropriate staff on site. It is the intern’s responsibility to arrange a site visit and interview, and follow through on placement. AHTA recommends that an internship take place at one site with one supervisor. An internship may take place at up to two sites and an intern may be supervised by up to two supervisors over the course of the internship. If an internship is associated with a public garden and/or outreach program where the horticultural therapy programming takes place off-site, the public garden and/or outreach program is considered the primary site. The primary site must meet all criteria listed under Section III.A. An application form serves as documentation of the internship and site. Application to a specific site is the responsibility of the intern. The intern may use the application form provided by the internship site, or if there is no application process at the site, an AHTA Internship Information form should be completed. It is the intern’s responsibility to complete this form and provide the supervisor with a copy. In the event the supervisor is off-site, it is the responsibility of the student to provide the supervisor with a copy of the application form.

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    C. Pre-requisite Requirement AHTA requires an intern to complete the Introduction to Horticultural Therapy course and one additional required horticultural therapy course (6 semester credits) of his or her choice prior to beginning an internship. D. Duration and Hours of Internship The duration of an internship is 480 hours. Once an internship begins it must be completed within a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 2 years totaling 480 hours. Within the required 480 hours, at least 60% of intern hours must be in direct client services, and up to 40% may be a combination of both non-direct client and horticulture services. A suggested guideline is:

    60% direct client services 15% non-direct client services 25% horticulture services

    Recognizing that sites offer different opportunities, hours between non-direct client services and horticulture services may be adjusted. Documentation of hours is explained more thoroughly in Section III.C. E. Professional Conduct As a contributing member of the organization, interns will be expected to assume the role of a professional. The intern will have specific responsibilities to the clients, the facility and the department. Interns will be directly responsible to the supervisor. Information, difficulties or questions relating to clients, staff, and/or performance should be directed to the supervisor.

    Interns are expected to adhere to the AHTA Code of Ethics. Interns are expected to comply with the current Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provisions. HIPAA policy and information should be available through the internship facility. F. Supervision of Internship Students electing to undertake an internship after completing 6 semester credits are required to be directly supervised on-site by an HTR or HTM. If an intern is supervised off-site, the intern must have completed 9 semester credits in horticultural therapy before starting the internship experience. It is expected that the intern and the supervisor meet on a regular basis. The supervision meeting is an opportunity for the intern and supervisor to exchange

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    information, discuss clients, and review horticultural therapy services. The supervisor is responsible for scheduling supervision. It is the intern’s responsibility to document the supervision meeting. Supervision is explained more thoroughly in Section IV. G. Evaluation of Internship Interns will be evaluated on an ongoing basis. The intern will work with his/her supervisor to complete the initial AHTA Internship Goals and Objectives which will be used in subsequent evaluations. The AHTA Internship Performance Report serves as the tool for evaluating the intern’s performance in the required program content areas and to track progress on the intern’s identified goals. It is recommended that the AHTA Internship Performance Report be completed after 240 hours and must be completed at the end of the 480 hours. All internship performance and projects are to be evaluated using the AHTA Internship Performance Report form regardless of the duration of the hours with one or two supervisors. It is the responsibility of the intern to ensure that documentation following these guidelines is complete. It is the intern’s responsibility to turn in the final performance evaluation form(s) with the AHTA professional registration application packet. Evaluations are explained more thoroughl