BLOOMING WITH SENIORS
Susan will share an overview of the Village of Westland including her favorite activities and projects. Thissenior residential program includes 200 apartments, two assisted living cottages on 26 acres of grounds withraised beds, butterfly garden, rose garden, waterfall garden, and memory garden.
Susan is a Master Gardener and a Residential Living Advisor at the Village of Westland.
FRAGRANT ROSE SPA
Sarah Sieradzki, OTR/L
($3 material fee payable at the session) a.m. only
Learn the history and lore of roses and ways to incorporate them into your horticultural therapy program.Participants will create three projects to take home: Restorative Rose Petal Tea, Relaxing Rose Sachet, and SkinSmoothing Rose Bath Sachet.
Sarah is a Clinical Specialist in mental health occupational therapy with experience in special education and mental health. She was the keynote speaker at MHTA’s 2007 conference, and we are excited to have her returnthis year.
GROWING KIDS WHO GROW GARDENS
Staff from Blandford Nature Center & Mixed Greens
Join us to learn how Mixed Greens offers experiential education for elementary students in gardening, cooking,and vermicomposting in the Grand Rapids area. Program staff will share their experiences teaching childrenabout growing and eating local seasonal foods and the connections between food, plants, people, and the earth.
HORTICULTURAL THERAPY IN A MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY
Melanie Hammer, HTA, MSW
Melanie will share her experiences at Wellstone Regional Hospital, a psychiatric hospital that includes indoorand outdoor horticultural therapy activities.
Melanie is a graduate of the Horticultural Therapy Institute and registered with AHTA as a HorticulturalTherapy Assistant. She has a Masters in Social Work and experience working with children and adults in themental health setting.
SUCCULENTS IN A SHOE
a.m. & p.m.
Come to this session for a fun hands-on experience. Participants will design and plant succulents in a shoe andlearn how this activity can meet a variety of goals/objectives in a horticultural therapy program. Shoe provided(or bring your own).
Kate has experience in leading activities for seniors with a focus on self-esteem and fun. She has ten yearsexperience working in Adult Day Care and on a Dementia and Alzheimer’s Unit in a nursing home setting.
MHTA Members facilitated by Betsy Brown, HTR
Come and see a variety of creative projects to use in your horticultural therapy program. Each presenter willshare a project, materials and cost, and how the activity can be utilized to meet goals of clients in an HTprogram.
Betsy is a Horticultural Therapist Registered (HTR). She is the MHTA Membership Coordinator and works as a Horticultural Therapist at the Michigan Home for Veterans, Porter Hills, and Pine Rest Christian Mental HealthServices.
TO THE ROOT OF HORTICULTURAL THERAPY
Cathy Leavey, HTR
This is an introduction to the basics of horticultural therapy. Learn how HT is applied with persons havingspecial needs - the who, what, why, and how HT improves well-being!
Cathy is a Horticultural Therapist Registered (HTR) and MHTA Conference Coordinator. She works as a Horticultural Therapist with traumatic brain injured clients at Hope Network Lansing Rehabilitation Services.
Mitchell Hewson, HTM
Come learn about the ten best herbs to use for mind, body and soul. Mitchell will also share information onherbal teas, butters, vinegars, marinades and more. Participants will make their own sachet with fresh herbs.
Mitchell, our keynote speaker, will share his wealth of knowledge on herbs and the positive effects on our health.