Healing Magic: Horticulture Therapy in a Hospital Setting

Healing Magic: Horticulture Therapy in a Hospital Setting

Julie Billo, Horticultural Therapist, Therapeutic Arts Program, Alberta Children’s Hospital 

Over the last 10 years at the hospital, I have worked with many different populations within the hospital. One of the main populations I work with is the Day Patient Mental Health and Inpatient Mental Health. We get together once a week year-round to do a variety of Horticultural therapy (HT) projects. HT in this setting is...
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Over the last 10 years at the hospital, I have worked with many different populations within the hospital. One of the main populations I work...

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Over the last 10 years at the hospital, I have worked with many different populations within the hospital. One of the main populations I work with is the Day Patient Mental Health and Inpatient Mental Health. We get together once...

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