Cultivate - the Horticultural Therapy Society of NSW

25 Oct 2018

Pre-conference Workshops

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Make the most of your conference stay and join one or two of our pre-conference workshops. Find out details here.

Each workshop is 3 hours duration and $120 per workshop ($90 for conference delegates)

Download full Pre-Conference Workshop Program here

Workshops will be held at Kirra Hill Community and Cultural Centre

Bookings for workshops will close on 15 SEPTEMBER 2018

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Morning Workshops 10am-1pm, Thursday 25th October

Workshop 1 – Therapeutic Horticulture in Aged Care
Cath Manuel, Soil to Suppe
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This workshop is for anyone wanting to gain a deeper understanding of Therapeutic Horticulture and how it can be applied in an aged care setting. The workshop is suitable for anyone considering starting a therapy program within an aged care home. Participants will receive a workbook with workshop notes, session plans and activity guides to assist with the commencement of a program. Topics include:
•    What is Therapeutic Horticulture 
•    The benefits of gardening in aged care
•    Plants used in a therapy garden
•    Growing fresh food for the kitchen
•    Gardening activities
•    How to implement a gardening program and measure outcomes
From this workshop participants will learn:
•    The methods to apply in an aged care setting
•    To coordinate activities and prepare session plans
•    What equipment is required for activities
•    Which plants to choose for gardens
•    How to grow seasonal foods
•    To implement a successful program

Workshop 2 - Designing Therapeutic Landscapes: The Why, The Where, The How
Tara Graham Cochrane, Designwell

This workshop is for anyone wanting to either develop or design a sensory, healing or therapeutic garden and want to know where to start and what to consider. 
This workshop will:
•    Describe the types of therapeutics landscapes and their benefits on our health and wellbeing
•    Discuss the design process beginning with understanding who you are designing for and what the garden will facilitate
•    Give and introduction to Therapeutic Design Principles
•    Discuss how to make outdoor areas accessible for those with limited mobility, vision impairment, dementia and other special needs
•    Discuss how to choose sensory and therapeutic plants
•    Showcase successful Therapeutic Landscapes
Tara is Director of DesignWELL Landscape Architects and Vice President of Therapeutic Horticulture Australia.  An International and Australian award-winning designer of therapeutic landscapes, Tara is a specialist in designing for the aged care, healthcare, education and disability sectors. She is a strong believer that gardens can be designed to reduce stress, improve health and to support people’s welfare. Beyond designing, Tara is the author of the award-winning publication “Gardens That Care: Planning Outdoor Environments for People with Dementia” and speaks around Australia about the important role of the environment in the care of people with dementia

Workshop 3 - Participatory and Creative Approaches in Evaluation for Gardening Programs
Dr Son Truong, Western Sydney University

Educational and therapeutic programs are fundamentally about creating positive change. Across diverse fields in human services and wellbeing, we are guided by a process of assess, plan, implement, and evaluate in order to design transformative experiences for our participants to reach their goals. Change may be intended or unintended and our program evaluation should seek to investigate both. This interactive workshop is designed for program managers, coordinators, and facilitators who are interested in researching their own practices and conducting more systematic program evaluations. Content covered will include the purpose of program evaluation, the importance of logic modelling, types of evaluation plans, participatory and creative approaches to data collection, and analysing and sharing results. 

The aim of the workshop is to introduce program evaluation and to generate discussion and innovative ideas that may be further developed and implemented in practice. Workshop participants will be encouraged to draw upon their work contexts and programs through engaged discussion. Recent examples will be provided based on studies in health education, and outdoor and gardening programs. There will be a focus on participatory and creative approaches, such as participatory photography and photovoice, research conversations, and project-based learning.   
Dr Son Truong is a Senior Lecturer in Health and Physical Education in the School of Education, and a Senior Researcher of the Sustainability Research Team in the Centre for Educational Research at Western Sydney University. He is an award-winning educator and has extensive experience working with children and young people in diverse contexts, in Majority and Minority World contexts. Son holds international qualifications as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation, is a registered yoga teacher, and holds several outdoor recreation credentials. He has presented and published in the area of children’s wellbeing, play, and environments, and participatory methodologies.

Afternoon Workshops 2-5pm, Thursday 25th October

Workshop 4 – Therapeutic Horticulture in Aged Care 
Cath Manuel, Soil to Supper

Repeat of morning session

Workshop 5 - Designing Green Roofs and Walls workshop
Assoc Prof John Rayner, University of Melbourne

This workshop will introduce how to design green roofs and walls for Australian conditions. Drawing from multiple examples and case studies and utilising current research, this workshop will explore the evidence of benefits, different systems and technologies, critical design development issues and aspects of substrates, plant materials, maintenance an management. the learning outcomes for participants include:
•    Identify the benefits of green roofs and walls
•    Describe different components and systems used in green roofs and walls;
•    Discuss critical issues in green roofs and walls design and construction, particularly profiles, substrates and plant materials;
•    Identify suitable plants and determine plant selection for different green roof and wall applications;
•    Understand some of the challenges of green roof systems, installation, maintenance and management.
John is Director of Urban Horticulture at the University of Melbourne.  Based at the Burnley Campus, co-leads the Green Infrastructure Research Group (GIRG) in the Faculty of Science. His research expertise is focused around the design and use of plants in the landscape, particularly green roofs and walls, climbing and ground cover plants, children’s gardens and therapeutic landscapes. John is a keen gardener, passionate educator and communicator and has won multiple awards for his work in teaching and industry engagement, including for the Growing Green Guide

Workshop 6 – Mindfulness and Acceptance Commitment Therapy to Enhance Wellbeing through Nature-based Experiences
Dr Son Truong, Western Sydney University

This experiential workshop will explore the foundations of mindfulness and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) within the context of enhancing psychosocial wellbeing through nature-based experiences. ACT originated from the intersection of positive psychology and Eastern philosophies where the goal is to promote behaviour change through six core principles: being present, defusion, acceptance, self as context, valued living, and commitment to action. 

Content covered will include an introduction to mindfulness and ACT, an exploration of activities to enhance practitioners’ repertoire of ideas and practices of nature-based methods that promote healing. The session will be delivered through an embodied teaching-learning approach, whereby attendees will be invited to participate in experiential activities, including mindfulness and breathing, and art-based experiences, in order to co-generate reflective discussion about innovative facilitation techniques. 

Drawing from recent work which included the development of a nature-based intervention for young people with emotional and behavioural challenges, workshop participants will learn about concrete examples of how ACT may be adapted and implemented. In particular, we will spend time engaged in nature-mindfulness-wellbeing learning activities. Participants will be presented with a range of mindfulness and ACT activities, and through reflection and discussion we will consider the ways in which they can be adapted and implemented across different work contexts.
Dr Son Truong is a Senior Lecturer in Health and Physical Education in the School of Education, and a Senior Researcher of the Sustainability Research Team in the Centre for Educational Research at Western Sydney University. He is an award-winning educator and has extensive experience working with children and young people in diverse contexts, in Majority and Minority World contexts. Son holds international qualifications as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation, is a registered yoga teacher, and holds several outdoor recreation credentials. He has presented and published in the area of children’s wellbeing, play, and environments, and participatory methodologies. 

 

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