NW Georgia Regional Hospital

Northwest Georgia Regoinal Hospital Horticulture Therapy Internship Program


Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital (NWGRH) in Rome, Georgia is located 65 miles northwest of Atlanta, Georgia and is also located 64 miles south of Chattanooga Tennessee. Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital is an inpatient unit of Georgia's Mental Health/Mental Retardation Service System. It is accredited by Joint Commission on Accreditation os Healthcare Organization and Acriditation Council for Medicaid. NWGRH has 206 acres of land; 1,800 sq ft of greenhouses, 600 sq ft of Hot Beds/Cold Frames, 18,000 sq ft of indoor activity space, 1,280 sq ft vegetable gardens, 1/2 mile Nature Trail and 600 sq ft of Bonsai House.

Horticultural Therapy Staff

Candice SHoemaker, Ph.D.
Berry College (consultant)
John Paul Breault, HTR, A.T. Training program Coordinator.

Training Program Components

Hospital Orientation, Horticultural Therapy Sessions in Nature Craft, Garden Club Activities, Gardening, Interior Plantscaping, and Greenhouse Activities (Leisure and Vacational Skills). Clinical Assessments and Progress Noting, In-Service Training, Administrative Skill Training in Program Development, Grant Writing, Community Involvement/Volunteerism, Professional Speaking Engagement, Greenhouse Management, Research Applications, Grounds Management, and a Professional Project.


January 1 through June 30 and July 1 through December 31. Dates are flexible to some extent.

Meals and Housing

Meals are available at the Hospital Cafeteria free of charge. Housing is available free at this time, consisting of a room with bath or a shared house. No stipend is provided.


No stipend is provided


Interns are expected to be proficient in basic interior plant care, vegetable gardening, greenhouse care, basic lawn care, craft activities, and willindness to work with patients who have severe mental health and/or physical disabilities.

Patient/Resident Population

The hospital houses six different Adult Mental Health Units (short and long term), two Adolescent Mental Health Programs, three Developmental Services Units, a Tuberculosis Unit, and a Community Service Program. Interns are provided experience in all patient/resident population units.


Two interns may be accepted for each training period


Send for application package. The package includes the application forms, college transcripts and names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references to:

John Paul Breault, HTR
Building 401
Rome, GA 30165-1393

For more information contact John Paul Breault at (706) 295-6079