VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.
Transforming Counseling Pedagogy With Horticulture Therapy Techniques
Julia Y. Porter and Wayne C. Porter
Horticulture therapy is the purposeful use of plants in treatment plans to improve mental health (American Horticultural Therapy Association [AHTA], 2009). While we know that we could not survive without food and oxygen supplied by plants, research also indicates that plants are connected with our physical, mental, social, and emotional wellness (Acquaah, 2004; Haller & Kramer, 2006).