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Masters Degrees (Social And Therapeutic Horticulture)

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Social and therapeutic horticulture is the purposeful use of horticultural activities to promote health and well-being and facilitate social inclusion. Read more
Social and therapeutic horticulture is the purposeful use of horticultural activities to promote health and well-being and facilitate social inclusion.

This exciting new course is designed to offer people, who are working in horticulture or therapy, the opportunity to further develop their skills in social and therapeutic horticulture. They will also reflect upon, debate and critique their current practice.

This programme is the first to be developed in the UK and will build upon Coventry's well-established and vocationally focussed qualification, the Professional Development Diploma.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The development of the MSc course has been actively supported by practitioners in the field, service-users and others; including the national charity, Thrive; Pershore College and the Association of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioners. Its creation will bring this developing profession in line with established international practitioners in the USA, Canada and Japan.

The Social and Therapeutic Horticulture MSc will provide students nationally and internationally with a unique opportunity to gain specialist knowledge and skills in social and therapeutic horticulture. The target market for this programme includes a wide range of working individuals from a variety of backgrounds and sectors related to health, social care and disability.

Expressions of interest and applicants include:
-Occupational therapists
-Social workers
-Horticulturalists, environmentalists and green care workers
-Social and therapeutic practitioners
-Practitioners across education including main stream and special needs
-Charity workers (trustees, practitioners and managers)
-Doctors, nurses (mental health, adult nursing) and psychologists
-Probation officers
-Speech and language therapists
-Teachers of children and adults with special educational needs
-Care managers, private practitioners and project managers

Studying on the MSc Social and Therapeutic programme MSc will help students to:
-Develop as innovative, enterprising, evidence based practitioners of social and therapeutic horticulture
-Critically appraise and reflect on practice within the changing context of health and social care from the service users’ perspective and with deep consideration of their needs
-Critically evaluate the context of social and therapeutic horticulture within service delivery and the wider arenas of health, social care and nature-based care
-Actively engage in and be responsible for the critical analysis of their own learning, recognising areas for development and strengths
-Be a dynamic participant within support networks/communities of practice to develop and promote a deep consideration and further exploration of the potential and use of social and therapeutic horticulture
-Actively engage in the critical analysis and evaluation of the evidence base

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The Social and Therapeutic Horticulture MSc is a blended learning programme that combines experiential and online learning with independent study. Innovative teaching and learning techniques will utilise real site partners, digital technology and practical activities that will focus upon communities and sustainable practice.

Critical discussion and debate with social therapeutic horticulturalists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other health and social care professionals are promoted within the modules of study, enabling students to develop their skills in clinical reasoning, reflection and research. This course will give students the confidence and authority to explore, appraise and critique current and contemporary practice and the evidence base that supports the use of social and therapeutic horticulture. By completing the programme students will be boosting their managerial knowledge, leadership and communication skills in this exciting new area. They will be the first of a new generation of master’s graduates who are able to fulfil leading roles in the social and therapeutic workplace, education or research.

Students can study the programme either full-time across one academic year or part-time. The course consists of six mandatory modules and the research dissertation.

The mandatory modules for this programme are:
-Social and Therapeutic Horticulture: Diversity of Theory and Practice
-The Expert Practitioner: A Practical Analysis
-Nature Assisted Practice
-Evaluating Social and Therapeutic Horticulture in Practice
-Research Methodology, Designs and Methods
-Data Analysis
-The research dissertation which can be based on empirical research study or a systematic review of the evidence to support social and therapeutic interventions

HOW WILL THIS COURSE BE TAUGHT?

The Social and Therapeutic Horticulture MSc will be offered on a full-time and part-time basis and as stand-alone CPD opportunity. It will be delivered in a flexible learning format, comprising face-to-face contact with attendance normally on Tuesdays and Thursdays, guided study, independent studies, and online resources to be completed at home or in the workplace.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

You are assessed in a variety of ways both in groups and individually. You will have a combination of practical, presentation and written assessments. These may include group and conference style presentations, reflective critiques, an online annual report and action plan, project report writing and dissertation.

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This course (previously known as Health Through Occupation) gives you license to register and practice as an occupational therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Read more
This course (previously known as Health Through Occupation) gives you license to register and practice as an occupational therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

It is ideal for graduates of any subject who wish to gain both a professional and academic qualification and start a career in this challenging and highly rewarding field.

You will explore occupational health through our innovative problem-based learning approach, with an emphasis on practical application of skills and knowledge. Through this balance of theory and practice experience you will graduate a capable and confident occupational therapist.

Our high quality teaching and research are renowned, and have an applied focus. We have established strong links with specialist practice educators to ensure the provision of support and guidance both within the university and in practice.

Successful completion of the professional elements of the programme leads to the award of a postgraduate diploma in Occupational Therapy.

Course structure

This intensive programme runs over 45 weeks per year, for two years. Your time on the course will be balanced between campus-based study and clinical practice.

Sessions are held in small groups, they are interactive, integrated, self-directed, and focus on problem-solving, to examine real-life situations. The use of problem-based learning is considered crucial to students' fast attainment of masters-level standards, and for critical evaluation.

Other learning experiences are arranged according to the need of the problem; these may be lectures, practical sessions, skills classes, debates or seminars. Most importantly, all subjects are integrated around the problems.

Our postgraduate programmes are taught by a wide variety of methods – small active learning groups, seminars, action learning sets, PBL, lectures, self-directed literature searches.

Understanding the relationship between occupation and human health and wellbeing is also explored through student participation in a variety of activities such as cooking, craft, horticulture, performing arts and pottery.

Assessments allow for individual feedback in essential professional skills including written critique, report writing, team working, presentation skills, and verbal/written presentation of intervention.

Areas of study

You will examine topics such as:

• theories of occupation and occupational science (causes of occupational problems)
• occupation related to population health
• clinical reasoning
• occupational therapy process (assessment, treatment, and evaluation)
• occupational therapy skills (creative, productive, leisure and daily living)
• research methods and professional issues.

Syllabus

Year 1 modules:

Human Occupation (including two-week beginner practitioner placement)
Assessing Occupational Capacities
Novice Practitioner (practice placement)
Maximising Occupational Capacities
Intermediate Practitioner (practice placement)
Evaluating Occupational Therapy

Year 2 modules:

Occupational Therapy: Teams
Diverse Practice (practice placement)
Occupational Therapy: Settings
Competent Student Practitioner (practice placement)
Occupational Therapy: Consumers
Achieving Best Practice
Research project

Facilities

There are a range of skills rooms which are equipped so that students can learn and practise practical skills with each other prior to working with patients and clients.

Human Movement Laboratory:

The high-tech Human Movement Laboratory is used widely in teaching and research for students in the school of health professions studying physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry, and is also used for commercial consultancy.

In the lab you will use the latest technology to measure and assess all aspects of human movement, joints, muscles, soft tissue structure and nerves. The laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment for conducting cardio-pulmonary investigations including Cosmed metabolic system and spirometry.

Exchange

The student exchange programme is for occupational therapy students registered on the Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) MSc at the University of Brighton, Occupational Therapy MSc students at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse (UWC) and Occupational Therapy BSc students at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen (RGU).

There are two options:

• Host option (year one)
• Travel option (year two)

First year students host visiting students during their Maximising Occupational Capacities module which runs from February to April each year. During the second year students have the option of visiting either UWC or RGU during their spring break.

Please see the website for more information
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/occupational-therapy-pre-reg-msc-pgcert-pgdip.aspx

Our philosophy

The pre-registration occupational therapy programmes incorporate the experience of doing and making, in order to engage analyse and develop skill in therapeutic media. We have creativity studios for cooking, ceramics, crafts, and performing arts, and we have developed gardens for the practice of horticulture.

Around the world, many academic courses in occupational therapy are losing this aspect of their education, to give over more time to ‘theory’, but here at Brighton we believe that it is vital to retain these embodied learning experiences – which utterly link theory and practice - as they are indeed central to the understanding of the true essence and potential of occupation.

Recent research has revealed the connection between skilled hand use and the development of thinking. As one student, who could not imagine a course without these sessions, said “how can we learn about doing without doing?” These classes are central to the philosophy of our occupational therapy education at Brighton and they have become one of its hallmarks.

Careers and Employability

After professional registration with the HCPC graduates are eligible to take up opportunities in health and social care, in the NHS, social services, and the private sector. There are now many new and exciting possibilities for occupational therapists nationally and worldwide.

Occupational therapists work in an ever-widening range of mental health and physical disability settings including acute hospitals, long-term rehabilitation, social care, local communities, schools, factories, residential homes, institutions for older or more profoundly disabled people, voluntary organisations and prisons.

Completion of the Occupational Health (Pre-Registration) MSc will also prepare you for further study at MPhil and PhD level if you wish to continue pursuing an academic path.

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