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CHTA provides French language translation of two, key policy documents

En fran├žais! In response to requests for documents to be in French as well as English, the CHTA is thrilled to announce that its Horticultural Therapy Core Skills and Knowledge and Code of Ethics documents are now available in French.

This is an important step forward for the CHTA. As a national association we endeavour to support both official languages and hope that these two translated documents prove to be beneficial.

The new documents are available via the Code of Ethics and Education pages.

2016 CHTA Conference

This year, the CHTA Conference will be in Vancouver at VanDusen Botanical Garden on Friday, September 23, 2016.

The CHTA Conference Committee is delighted to announce that Dr. Stephanie Westlund will be the keynote speaker.

Dr. Westlund has a PhD degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, and was the 2012-2013 Global Citizenship Research Fellow in the Consortium for Peace Studies at the University of Calgary. Her new book, Field Exercises: How Veterans Are Healing Themselves Through Farming and Outdoor Activities, explores the connections between nature and human health and the impact of stress and trauma on survivors' lives as well as identifying resources and groups that provide "Green Care".

Further information to follow.

Conference Registration Form.

CHTA is on Facebook

You can now follow up-to-date news about CHTA events and items of interest about TH and HT from around the world on the CHTA's Facebook site. The site is open to CHTA members and to the general public. Posts are welcome and encouraged. Check us out at Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association on Facebook.

CHTA Insurance program

Commencing May 1, 2011, individuals who are members of the CHTA and who carry appropriate qualifications for the practice of horticultural therapy become eligible to apply for Professional Liability and Commercial General Liability Insurance with a special program offered through Holman Insurance Brokers Ltd. in Markham, Ontario.

While you may wish to inquire about general and professional liability insurance for horticultural therapists with an agency in your own community, Holman Insurance has indicated that they are willing to serve CHTA members all across Canada. Coverage is available not only to those already practicing HT but also to HT students and HT interns. For more information, please see:

It is the responsibility of the individual CHTA member to ensure that his or her qualifications satisfy the requirements of the policy application. Scope of practice may vary significantly. If, for example, you are a horticultural therapy instructor or routinely supervise HT interns and other healthcare students, there may be a higher premium for your policy. HT students and interns and those who work with children can also anticipate a surcharge.