Rosecrance recreational therapist, Carla Roth, recently keynoted and presented a breakout session at the annual Horticulture Therapy Symposium at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville on Aug. 6.
The theme of the symposium was “promoting wellness” and the event included educational materials, instruction and activities, and access to Rotary Botanical Gardens’ grounds. Roth delivered two presentations, For Body, Mind, and Spirit: The Holistic Benefits of Nature-based Therapies and The Use of Outdoor Spaces and Nature-based Therapies: Building Mindfulness and Coping Skills in Adolescents. The presentations covered topics including the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual benefits of nature, introducing horticulture therapy to adolescents experiencing substance abuse and mental illness, and mindfulness, experiential and nature based strategies and approaches to promote well-being.
Roth has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Cleveland State University and a graduate degree in community and therapeutic recreation from University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is a nationally certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS) and she has been at Rosecrance for nearly two years working as a recreation therapist at the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson campus.