Citation:
Neuberger, K.R. 1991. Horticultural therapy in a psychiatric hospital: picking the fruit. In: The Role of Horticulture in Human Well-Being and Social Development: A National Symposium (proceedings). D. Relf, ed., Timber Press, Portland, OR.
Abstract:

Langenfeld "Country Hospital" is a psychiatric state hospital for most psychiatric disorders. It lies in West Germany and is well-known for some innovations.

Each patient is "faced" by a medical service team, consisting of nurses, physicians, a psychologist, a social worker and a work therapist. In Germany, Horticultural Therapy is classified as a form of work therapy.

H.T. in Our Hospital -- Horticultural Therapy is prescribed by the ward physician or psychologist for rehabilitative reasons (22%) or simply to help structure the patient's daily routine (78%). Twelve of our forty wards prescribe H.T. Therefore, a regular consultation of all participants is hardly manageable. But as a horticultural work therapy unit, we have lots of time to spend with each patient--between two and six hours daily, depending on our contract. Three Horticultural Therapists care for up to 15 patients. We produce vegetables and sell them; beginners receive special attention for diagnostic purposes. The work style is mainly task-and group-oriented.

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