Keynote Speaker: Barb Kreski, HTR, M.H.S., OTR/L

We are pleased to introduce the 2018 keynote speaker, Barb Kreski. Barb is the Director of the Horticultural Therapy Services at the Chicago Botanic Garden. She is a registered horticultural therapist, has a master’s degree in health sciences and a BA in occupational therapy. She has incorporated plant and nature based interventions in a wide range of clinical settings including pediatric rehabilitation, public schools, skilled nursing facilities, psychiatric hospitals and with veterans. We are honored to have her share her knowledge and experiences with us at the MHTA annual conference.

Keynote Presentation: Horticultural Therapy: Let’s Get Ready and Get Going  

Interest in nature based activities and the people-plant interaction continues to grow as research shows the positive impact on human health and well-being. “Let’s get ready” by learning the basis for horticultural therapy, current research studies and the many benefits of utilizing horticultural and nature activities as therapy. “Let’s get going” by hearing practical suggestions and the many opportunities awaiting those that share this interest.

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