Title

Benefits of Green Care for Youth with a Mental Health Diagnosis

Department

Social Work

Date of Paper/Work

2016

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper

Advisors

Rajean Moone

Abstract

Green Care provides therapeutic interventions using both plants and animals. While common in Norway and Holland Green Care is just beginning to take hold in the United States. This research looks at the possible benefits of Green Care to youth who have a mental health diagnosis. This was done through a series of interviews with those providing Green Care services in the United States. Benefits identified include calming, self-confidence, independence, and empathy building. It was also noted that Green Care is a form of care that is adaptable and easily individualized making it a promising type of intervention for those who may have already tried more traditional types of therapy.

Keywords

green care, animal assisted therapy, horticulture therapy

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