Live Workshops & Events


Workshops and events will be presented live, but they will be recorded and uploaded in the On-Demand Education Library a few days after the live event. The On-Demand Library will be available for attendees until 2021.

Colorado State University Pueblo in partnership with the AEE is proud to offer attendees of the 2020 AEE International Conference the opportunity to gain Continuing Education Units (CEU) issued under the seal of CSU Pueblo’s Division of Extended Studies. Demonstrating your earned CEUs to your organization or employer can help increase your chance for promotion, salary raises, or chance to make a career transition as it demonstrates your commitment to continued education, enhancing your marketability as an employee.

ATTENDEES: Two weeks before the conference begins, you will be able to log in, customize your personal profile, explore the platform, register for events, and network. Registration for individual events does not open until two weeks before the conference!

Workshops are the foundation and the fulcrum from which attendees and presenters alike are able to rejuvenate and sustain momentum in this great work. They provide a time to present our collective resources and knowledge to elevate and advocate for EE. Presentations are rigorously reviewed and evaluated, as we strive to make sure our workshops are the most informative, innovative and entertaining in our industry. 

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Taller de Risoterapia para mejorar la salud mental (Laughter therapy workshop to improve mental health)
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Presenter Paul Zamora  Psicologo, Instituto de Risoterapia Psicología y Arte [Psychologist, Institute of Laughter ...
General Audience, Paul Zamora
PresenterPaul ZamoraPsicologo, Instituto de Risoterapia Psicología y Arte [Psychologist, Institute of Laughter Therapy Psychology and Art]
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Beyond Lecturing Outdoors: Using Effective Teaching Strategies in Outdoor Education
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Co-Presenters Christian Bisson  Professor of Adventure Education, Plymouth State University Julie Bisson ...
Christian Bisson, Julie Bisson, Outdoor and Adventure Education
Co-PresentersChristian BissonProfessor of Adventure Education, Plymouth State UniversityJulie BissonSant-Bani School Lecturing indoor or outdoor is still lecturing. As outdoor educators, it is essential that we keep striving to improve our teaching strategies. This workshop is intended to be a celebration of many of the best pedagogical practices in outdoor education as well as exploring new strategies and variations on classic teaching practices.The teaching strategies showcased in this workshop are integrating the recent theoretical work in brain-based theory, cooperative learning, and place-based education. The workshop will present an exhaustive list of 32 different effective teaching strategies and showcase through direct experience 6 to 8 teaching strategies on various topics in outdoor education. Participants in this workshop should acquire the skills to apply various teaching strategies as well as properly select a teaching strategy base do the topic on instruction. Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSession 1
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Demystifying Responsive Facilitation
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Co-Presenters Meg Bolger  Co-Founder, Facilitator Cards Sam Killermann  Co-Founder, Facilitator Cards ...
General Audience, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Meg Bolger, Sam Killermann
Co-PresentersMeg BolgerCo-Founder, Facilitator Cards Sam KillermannCo-Founder, Facilitator Cards Many of us have had the experience of watching a facilitator pivot from their planned agenda effortlessly in a new direction, continuously meeting the group exactly where they’re at with just the right process. If you found yourself thinking, “I want to do that,” come to this workshop for a simple tool and a mindset that will allow you to be more flexible in your agenda planning and more responsive to your groups. Whether you’re a seasoned or new facilitator, come learn how to find just the right process for any moment.Participants will learn how to create modular facilitation agendas (will be adaptable regardless of the content or context that they facilitate within). Participants will learn how look for and analyze the process level problems within a facilitation context. This will allow them to understand how to pivot for the needs of the group and what tools and processes would be useful. Participants will understand a variety of flexible facilitation processes that can be used to address a wide array of possible scenarios.Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSession 1
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Creativity is the name of the game
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Presenter Daniel cape  Creativity Consultant, Experience To Creativity  ...
Daniel Cape, General Audience, K-12 Education
PresenterDaniel capeCreativity Consultant, Experience To Creativity  Teambuilding, communication, problem solving, and leadership. These are common terms and goals specifically addressed in experiential education programs. Creative terms such as divergent thinking, limitations, combining ideas, and incubation are not as prevalent, however. This workshop will demonstrate how experiential educators can teach and promote creativity with intentionality, and in a way the actually helps clients apply these terms to their work and lives – as opposed to just “going off and being creative” or “thinking outside the box”. Participants will be shown how to teach the SUBJECT of creativity.The goals of the workshop are to present learners with creative concepts they can use to intentionally teach creativity along with several original activities they can use in their work to teach creativity.Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSession 1
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The engaging leader: Creating an atmosphere of success, productivity, and fun in your team.
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Presenter Brian Croft  Assistant Director of Outdoor Education and Recreation, Touch of Nature SIUC  ...
Brian Croft, General Audience
PresenterBrian CroftAssistant Director of Outdoor Education and Recreation, Touch of Nature SIUC  The content will be divided into 3 sections:1. Various theoretical principles in leadership2. Facilitation Tools to help the suppport the theory3. Creation of a strategy to leave the conference with. Theories include work from Piaget, Tuckman, and works from various books including the 5 dysfunctions of a team. Facilitation techniques will include easy activities to help start conversations regarding these theories. Examples include the No-Doze leadership assessment.Finally, we'll discuss a three pillar model to set up our teams for success which included clear expectations, setting up your team, and holding people accountable. Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSession 1
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How Puzzles, Kenny Rogers, and a Royal Flush Transformed Ballrooms of Skeptics Into Collaborators
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Co-Presenters Jennafer Miller  Principal of Community Engagement, Evans Consulting Seth Adelsberg  Director of ...
Experience-Based Training and Development, Jennafer Miller, Seth Adelsberg
Co-PresentersJennafer MillerPrincipal of Community Engagement, Evans ConsultingSeth AdelsbergDirector of Outdoor Education and Retreats at Camp Ramah  Seth and Jennafer will take participants through several engagement activities they have developed and successfully executed in the field. Attendees will leave with tools and processes for creating experiences that will engage even the most ardent skeptics. Session 1
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Outsiders
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Co-Presenters Stephen Mullaney  Educator/Mentor, Frog Hollow Outdoors, National Center for Outdoor & Adventure ...
Bo Wolfe, General Audience, Stephen Mullaney
Co-PresentersStephen MullaneyEducator/Mentor, Frog Hollow Outdoors, National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education, Founder of Education in Open Spaces (Durham Public Schools)Bo WolfePinnacle Behavioral Health  The goal of this workshop is to inspire individuals and organizations to look through a reflective lens, “mirrors and windows”. This lens will help us consider individual narratives when it comes to how we invite individuals into the profession.What can new and different narratives offer to the field of EE and Adventure ed? What voices are we missing and how can those missed narratives help, to shape a diverse and powerful mosaic to guide us into an ever changing landscape of ideas and methodologies. Session 1
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Team Development in the Shadow of Social Isolation
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Presenter Chris Ortiz  Program Director/ Instructor, Shaver's Creek Team Development  ...
Chris Ortiz, General Audience
PresenterChris OrtizProgram Director/ Instructor, Shaver's Creek Team Development  Participants will debate strategies experiential educators can leverage to help heal communities that have been strained by significant time and space apart due to pandemic protocols.Participants will have a strategy for building community with groups that may be scared to reenter communal situations like classrooms and work environments. Participants will explore some of the social science about the impacts of social isolation and work with those details to create the best approach to recreating community. Session 1
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AEE Accreditation: Organizational Development and International Recognition
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Presenter Steve Pace  Director of Standards Development and Accreditation, The Association for Experiential Education ...
Outdoor and Adventure Education, Steve Pace, Therapeutic Adventure
PresenterSteve PaceDirector of Standards Development and Accreditation, The Association for Experiential Education  Participants will leave with a basic understanding of the AEE accreditation process and how it is both a valuable tool for organizational development and international recognition.Session 1
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Take A Deep Breath and Play! Weaving Mindfulness Into Your Facilitator Toolbox
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Presenter Beth Sandman  Senior Clinician, The Buckeye Ranch  This workshop ...
Beth Sandman, General Audience
PresenterBeth SandmanSenior Clinician, The Buckeye Ranch  1. Participants will understand how basic neuroscience concepts and the growing body of research around the prevalence and impact of trauma support the use of "regulating activities" and "mindfulness" in any setting. 2. Participants will lead or actively engage in 10+ regulatory and mindfulness activities geared for working with individuals, pairs, and groups of any age.3. Participants will choose to practice facilitating activities with fellow participants or to experience the practices delivered by peers while in the role of participant. Participants will increase their understanding of how and when to weave regulatory and mindfulness practices into their work.Session 1
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Resilience, Leadership and Story
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Co-Presenters Eric Boggs  Director, Business Honors Program, Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon ...
Christine Norton, Eric Boggs, General Audience
Co-PresentersEric BoggsDirector, Business Honors Program, Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon Christine NortonProfessor, Texas State University School of Social Work Storytelling matters. Stories impact the lives of others but also shape our own futures and improve our capacity to adapt to challenges, navigate ambiguity and recover from set-backs. Attention to the craft of storytelling emphasizes meaning making as a vital component of the experiential learning cycle and leadership development, which are often ignored.We will follow a "didactic-demo-do-reflect" approach so participants leave with storytelling tools for resilient leadership, resources to develop their own stories, and tools to listen to the experiences of others. This workshop will be highly interactive, as you work to craft your story to share with others. Presentation/Workshop Learning Outcome #1:Demonstrate an understanding of of storytelling methods by applying introduced content through practicing story spines, universal stories, six word stories, haikus, personal best and moments of failure stories.Presentation/Workshop Learning Outcome #2:Demonstrate an understanding of storytelling neuroscience and connection to resilience through crafting compelling stories that connect to emotionally intelligent leadership- and debrifing with facilitators and peers.Presentation/Workshop Learning Outcome #3:Demonstrate an understanding of storytelling for resilience and emotionally intelligent leadership by employing story-listening strategies that improve professional efficacy in storytelling for emotional intelligent leadership by through practice and feedback.Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSessions 1 & 2
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Queering Recovery thru the lens of trauma and resilience
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Presenter Samantha Field  Therapist/Owner, Field Therapy According to the J. Walter ...
General Audience, Samantha Field
PresenterSamantha FieldTherapist/Owner, Field Therapy According to the J. Walter Thompson Innovation Group, in 2016, more than 52% of Gen Z’s (ages 13-20) reported they identify as something other than straight. As this generation paves the way for inclusion, organizations need to catch up in order to best serve this rapidly growing demographic.Through self-reflection, experiential activities, and lecture, this presentation provides tools to build and maintain an inclusive and accessible program for LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults. We will also be defining the word “Queering” as it relates to working therapeutically. We will outline the benefit of designing and facilitating inclusive programming.Understand the Lens of QueeringUnderstand WHY this work of LGBTQ+ inclusion is importantFocus on Youth and Young adults Have a better understanding WHY our community is struggling so muchUnderstand the importance of TRAUMA and INTERSECTIONALITY in this workPractice thru experiential learning and 5 steps to support resilienceAudience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSessions 1 & 2
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Collaborations with the Natural World: Healing Trauma and Fostering Resilience
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Co-Presenters Sandy Newes  Licensed Psychologist, Peak Experience Training/Clear View Katie Asmus  Somatic ...
General Audience, Katie Asmus, Sandy Newes
Co-PresentersSandy NewesLicensed Psychologist, Peak Experience Training/Clear ViewKatie AsmusSomatic Wilderness Therapy Institute It is essential for practitioners to recognize the central role of the nervous system in both hurt and healing. Understanding our own nervous systems and developing awareness of the felt-sense in the body of being “in or out of our resilient zone,” is key to teaching clients to do the same. From this framework, we will offer simple ways to teach the neurobiology of trauma. Participants will be guided through a series of nature-connection and mindfulness-based experiential exercises that can be done both in and out of doors to support the healing of trauma through body awareness and self-regulation skills.Our goal is to connect cutting edge clinical knowledge with nature-based experiential practices. We will develop enough of a theoretical framework for participants to follow the intentionality behind the activities we will teach and practice, which will set them up to use activities with their own clients to meet more “traditional” treatment goals. We will also continually stress the concept of “nature as a primary resource,” linking that to skills-based approaches to self-regulation and trauma recovery. With that, our aim for the workshop is to facilitate experiences that incorporate the natural world as a more active part of the process.Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSessions 1 & 2
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The WHAT, HOW & WHY of Clinical Adventure Therapy Certification
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Co-Presenters Steve Pace , Director of Standards Development and Accreditation, The Association for Experiential Education ...
Christine Norton, Fred borroel, Maurie Lung, Nick Magle-Haberek, Patrick McMillion, Steve Pace, Therapeutic Adventure
Co-PresentersSteve Pace, Director of Standards Development and Accreditation, The Association for Experiential EducationFred Borroel, Chair, Certification CouncilPatrick McMillion, Secretary, Certification CouncilMaurie LungNick Magle-HaberekChristine Norton Audience Level: Beginner -- For individuals new to the topic. No previous knowledge required.Session 1
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Claps, Raps and Taps: Hand Clapping Songs and Games From Around the World
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Presenter Aaron Kierbel  RhythmALLogist, RhythmALLogy Hand clapping songs, games ...
Aaron Kierbel, Experience-Based Training and Development
PresenterAaron KierbelRhythmALLogist, RhythmALLogy Hand clapping songs, games and chants are found all over the world on street corners, playgrounds and other places children gather. They tell the story of the people and place they originate from and require coordination and cooperation from all participants. In this immersive rhythmic experience led by rhythmALLogist Aaron Kierbel, participants will explore clapping songs from several different countries using voice, drums and body percussion. In pairs and groups, participants will summon their creativity, improvisation and play as they engage their whole self in rhythmic play.Participants will gain new cultural knowledge about people from countries around the world as well as themselves, through learning hand clapping songs/games. They will learn activities that engage their whole bodies by using their voice, drumming and body movements simultaneously. They will build communication and cooperation skills by working with partners and groups. They will exercise their creativity and improvisation skills by being given the task to create their own original hand-clapping song in a group format. Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 2
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“Bully” is a Stereotype: How to Teach Your Students to be Strong without Being Mean
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Co-Presenters Lara Mendel  Executive Director, The Mosaic Project Brian Lowe The Mosaic Project ...
Brian Lowe, General Audience, Lara Mendel
Co-PresentersLara MendelExecutive Director, The Mosaic ProjectBrian LoweThe Mosaic Project “Bully” is a huge buzzword amongst parents, teachers, and children. While “bullying” is a serious issue we want to address, what happens when we describe children as bullies? Mean girls? Bad kids? Victims? This interactive workshop will explore different ways of responding to aggressive behavior and what it really means to be assertive. Participants will learn new language and tools for handling emotional and physical violence, and gain new insights into what it means to be a peacemaker. They will come away with games and activities they can do with their students to share these insights and tools.Participants will learn new language and tools for handling emotional and physical violence, and gain new insights into what it means to be a peacemaker. They will come away with games and activities they can do with their students to share these insights and tools. Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 2
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Supportive Skills for an Escalated Outburst: When Early Intervention and Prevention Fails
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Co-Presenters  Josh Orphanidys  Eckerd Connects  Logan Walters  Life Adventure Counseling ...
Experience-Based Training and Development, Josh Orphanidys, K-12 Education, Logan Walters, Outdoor and Adventure Education, Therapeutic Adventure
Co-PresentersJosh OrphanidysEckerd ConnectsLogan WaltersLife Adventure Counseling When a client’s fight, flight, or freeze response is activated, staff or other participants are often the target of screaming and threatening verbal abuse from the escalated participant. This episode can be intimidating and challenging for facilitators to manage. This workshop will focus on specific strategies, tools, and steps to take when facilitators find themselves supporting highly escalated participants. How we respond will determine if the person and the team recover at a higher or lower level and if this incident is an opportunity for growth versus a negative event.Participants will walk away with knowledge, skills, strategies and techniques of how to intervene with a highly escalated participant. We will start with foundational knowledge grounding, including the hand model of the brain, stress model of crisis, and the regulation-relating-resolving model. We will review common triggers and situations which can lead to escalated outbursts. Some strategies participants will walk away with include knowing the four elements of a potentially violent situation, understanding and practicing the importance of non-verbal behavior, and practicing crisis co-regulation intervention strategies. Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 2
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Play, Experience, and Learning: Introduction to the Finnish Nature School Model
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Co-Presenters  Stephen Quigley  University of Pittsburgh  Tommy Means  University of ...
Cassie Quigley, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Outdoor and Adventure Education, Stephen Quigley, Tommy Means
Co-PresentersStephen QuigleyUniversity of PittsburghTommy MeansUniversity of Wisconsin - La CrosseCassie QuigleyUniversity of Pittsburgh Drawing on Finish Nature Schools, the presenters will provide the audience with insights into the connection between Finnish Educational policy and experiential teaching practices. The presenters will do so by sharing a multimodal project that utilizes documentary filmmaking and virtual reality experiences. This presentation will challenge participants to think about how they might use technology to foster experiential learning in nature and communicate those experiences with others. Participants will depart with a better understanding of why we might draw on the affordances of digital tools to facilitate experiential learning and a methodology for integrating technology into experiential learning and communicating.The goals of this workshop are 1. To provide an opportunity for the audience to understand the policies and cultural practices of Finnish Nature schools. 2. To provide an example of how “making” might be used in experiential education to explore nature and to communicate nature to others. 3. To share a methodology for using tools in experiential education and communication. 4. To provide the audience with opportunities to connect with their environment and to explore how nature is a platform for learning and play. 5. To help participants extrapolate this ethos to the audience’s own communities. Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 2
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Disaster Based Experiential Learning: Establishing the Critical Role of Reflection
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Presenter Billy Osteen  Associate Professor, University of Canterbury Christchurch, ...
Billy Osteen, General Audience
PresenterBilly OsteenAssociate Professor, University of Canterbury
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Outdoor Education and Program Administration in K-12 Independent Schools: Chadwick Outdoor Education as a Case-study
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Presenter Deborah Powers  Assistant Professor of Adventure Education, Fort Lewis College ...
Deborah Powers, K-12 Education, Outdoor and Adventure Education
PresenterDeborah PowersAssistant Professor of Adventure Education, Fort Lewis College
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Empowering Students Through Digitally Enabled Work-Integrated Experiential Learning
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Presenter Dana Stephenson  CEO, Riipen This interactive session presents ...
Dana Stephenson, Experience-Based Training and Development, Higher Education
PresenterDana StephensonCEO, Riipen
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[DAY 1] Adventure Group Psychotherapy: The Facilitated Wave Model
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Co-Presenters Kim Sacksteder   Anita Tucker  Maurie Lung Tony Alvarez Bobbi Beale ...
Anita Tucker, Bobbi Beale, Gary Stauffer, Kim Sacksteder, Maurie Lung, Therapeutic Adventure, Tony Alvarez
Co-PresentersKim SackstederAnita TuckerMaurie LungTony AlvarezBobbi BealeGary Stauffer DAY 1, PART 1The authors of a newly published book, Adventure Group Psychotherapy: An Experiential Approach to Treatment, present the Facilitated Wave Model that forms the basis for their book. This model provides a foundation for understanding how to guide client learning, assess client needs and goals, develop and match interventions with client goals, facilitate adventure therapy interventions, and evaluate the results of your work. In this workshop, presenters will teach these steps and explore fundamental “how-to’s” in a mix of didactic and experiential formats. Participants will leave with an improved understanding of adventure therapy and several tools to incorporate into practice.This workshop will present the Facilitated Wave Model for adventure therapy practice. Goals and learning objectives for participants include:-Understand the adventure group psychotherapy practice approach-Learn how to guide client learning, assess client needs and goals, develop and match interventions with client goals, facilitate adventure therapy interventions, and evaluate the results of your work. -Gain specific techniques and tools to incorporate into their adventure therapy practice. -Attend a training that can contribute to workshop attendees’ efforts to attain Adventure Therapy Certification through AEE. Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicDAY 1: SESSION 2 DAY 2: SESSIONS 3, 4, & 5
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Planning in the Wake of COVID-19: Post-Crisis Strategic Planning and Organizational Re-Development
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Co-Presenters Julia Alvarez CEO, Point b(e) Strategies Tony Alvarez AVPro Global There ...
General Audience, Julia Alvarez, Tony Alvarez
Co-PresentersJulia AlvarezCEO, Point b(e) Strategies Tony AlvarezAVPro Global There is no denying that the educational and nonprofit sectors will be changed forever by the COVID-19 pandemic and our global response. If your organization had to make significant changes or programmatic/service pivots in order to continue meeting the needs of your target constituents, you are probably in the midst of post-crisis rebuilding. Join us as we explore key organizational and strategy questions you should be asking as we all emerge into a new way of being. This workshop will integrate theory with practice and aims to help you think creatively, innovatively, efficiently and sustainably as we all rebuild together.Goals Include: Introduce theories related to post-crisis organizational development and strategic planningExplore real-life examples of theories in practiceDiscuss how the pandemic and post-crisis rebuilding are specifically impacting experiential educatorsBegin developing individual organizational plans for post-crisis strategic planningAudience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSession 4
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The Role of Safety Culture in Experiential and Outdoor Program Risk Management
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Presenter Jeff Baierlein  Director, Viristar What is “safety culture?” Why is it ...
General Audience, Jeff Baierlein
PresenterJeff BaierleinDirector, Viristar What is “safety culture?” Why is it important? How is it formed? Is our safety culture ok? We’ll discuss these and other questions, and explore the role of safety culture in preventing outdoor incidents. We will use a case study of a fatality in an experiential outdoor program to launch the discussion. We’ll review the origins of safety culture awareness, explore how safety culture is managed in industries like aviation and healthcare, and look at tools experiential and outdoor programs can use to build and sustain a positive safety culture in their organization.Learning objectives include:1. Participants will understand what safety culture is, and how it affects safety outcomes.2. Participants will learn about tools, including survey instruments, for safety culture assessment, useful for experiential, adventure and outdoor programs.3. Participant will learn about a process for shaping and sustaining a healthy culture of safety.4. Participants will understand specific steps they can take to assess and improve safety culture in their organization. Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSession 4
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Teaching Map Navigation: Designing a Progression of Games
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM EST
Co-Presenters Barbara Bryant  Executive Director, Navigation Games Ethan Childs   Navigation Games ...
Barbara Bryant, Ethan Childs, K-12 Education
Co-PresentersBarbara BryantExecutive Director, Navigation Games Ethan ChildsNavigation Games How do we transform passive lesson plans into active learning? Navigation Games teaches map skills using a progression of games. We start with no map, and no compass. Instead, we emphasize exploration, search, remembering, and building up a mental map before we advance to a paper map. In this workshop, participants will learn about our elementary school orienteering curriculum. You will come away with orienteering lesson plans, as well as ideas for transforming how you teach your own subjects.Attendees will (1) know the value of orienteering-based education, (2) know how to execute one of our core elementary school lesson plans, (3) envision how to include map navigation in their own programs, (4) re-write a lesson plan to transform it from passive to active, (5) discuss three forms of transfer of learned material to the students’ future (specific, non-specific and metaphorical).Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSession 5
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Virtual Reflection Cards for Experiential Educators
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM EST
Presenter Amy Climer  Speaker, Trainer, Coach, Creativity and Innovation Thought Leader; Climer Consulting ...
Amy Climer, K-12 Education
PresenterAmy ClimerSpeaker, Trainer, Coach, Creativity and Innovation Thought Leader; Climer Consulting Activity cards and reflection cards have been popular tools for experiential educators for decades. Using them virtually hasn’t been easy, until now. The new Virtual Climer Cards tool allows facilitators to use images in countless ways with groups. In this fast-paced workshop, learn how to use Climer Cards and other reflection cards in a virtual setting. We’ll look at how to help your participants engage in deeper conversation, connect with the content, and generate new ideas all with the new Virtual Climer Cards tool. Activities will be applicable and adjustable for adults, college students, high school and middle school students.Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSession 5
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Positive Behavioral Support and Intervention Systems for Experiential Education Programs
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM EST
Co-Presenters Curt Davidson  Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach Becca Meier  Alpenglow ...
Becca Meier, Curt Davidson, General Audience
Co-PresentersCurt DavidsonAssistant Professor, California State University, Long BeachBecca MeierAlpenglow Education This workshop will explore the Positive Behavioral Support and Intervention System utilized to manage and mitigate behavioral issues in Experiential Education programs. This system was developed in the field of social work and clinical mental health counseling and is now being utilized in k-12 education throughout the country. By utilizing the three-tiered system, workshop attendees will learn how to prevent and manage behavioral issues common in Experiential Education. Further, this workshop will explore strategies to restructure organizational expectations and policy as well as redesign staff training to incorporate the PBIS system.Participants in this workshop will learn how to asses their organizations for their ability to manage and mitigate behavior intervention strategies. Additionally, we will explore positive behavioral intervention strategies and provide insight into how best to utilize these strategies to promote pro-social behaviors. Workshop attendees will also learn how to implement the PBIS system which allows for a minimization of behavioral intervention needs as well as how to curtail impacts on the organization when evacuations occur as a result of behavioral or mental health issues.Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSession 5
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Male Elephant in the Room: Exploring the Influence of Masculine Norms Under the AEE Umbrella
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 2:00 PM - 5:15 PM EST
Presenter Nick Cardone  Registered Counseling Therapist, Free Range Therapy Traditional ...
Experience-Based Training and Development, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Nick cardone, Outdoor and Adventure Education, Therapeutic Adventure
PresenterNick CardoneRegistered Counseling Therapist, Free Range Therapy Traditional masculine gender expectations are entrenched in the minds and hearts of many students, clients, participants and campers. These prescribed norms lead to unhealthy expressions of masculinity, play out everywhere, and are detrimental to men’s health and well-being.This influence of masculine gender norms also extends into the world of facilitators, educators field staff and clinicians under the AEE umbrella, including examining our existing programming. As such, it is vital that we too ‘do our own work’ to explore influences of such norms on our personal and professional selves, so as not to perpetuate these unhelpful norms.Agenda for this interactive and experiential workshop:•Examine the current wellness data on our male-identified community;• Experience some specific tools, strategies and imagery, used in T.O.N.E.;• Explore the presence and influence of gender-norms in the various professional realms of AEE, focusing more deeply on our own work spaces; and hopefully• Inspire helping professionals to find their own unique gendered lens, using adventure, expressive and experiential techniques in their own wellness settings.Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSessions 4 & 5
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Lines in the Sand: A closer look at how we think about Sexuality and Gender
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 2:00 PM - 5:15 PM EST
Presenter Tobi Christoffels  Unity College Lines in the Sand will provide a safe space to ...
General Audience, Tobi Christoffels
PresenterTobi ChristoffelsUnity College Lines in the Sand will provide a safe space to discuss difficult topics surrounding the LGBTQ+ community. Modeled after Safe Zone Trainings, we will spend time on gender and sexuality terminology as well as the common biases and social influences faced by those in the community. Diving a little deeper, we will also discuss categorical thinking processes and their influence on ourselves and the groups we work with. Through activities, open dialogues, and more, we will gain an understanding on how to navigate the societal influence in our daily lives and explore tools to become more inclusive facilitators and educators.The workshop will include a mixture of mostly activities and dialogues in small and whole groups, with some lecture style presentation for content. The goals and objectives are for participants to gain a better understanding of terminology and topics within the LGBTQ+ community, have a better understanding of their own thinking surrounding Gender and Sexuality, and explore ways to frame our facilitation in a more inclusive way.Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSessions 4 & 5
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Team Building From the Toy Aisle
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 2:00 PM - 5:15 PM EST
Co-Presenters Michelle Cummings  Founder / Facilitator / Big Wheel, Training Wheels Trevor Dunlap  CEO of Nuhop ...
General Audience, Michelle Cummings, Trevor Dunlap
Co-PresentersMichelle CummingsFounder / Facilitator / Big Wheel, Training WheelsTrevor DunlapCEO of Nuhop It's time to open grandma's game closet and re-see some of the many toy and game classics (and new to you crowd favorites) in a new light. Using elements design, game-based, and experiential theories, we will deconstruct a wide range of existing mass-market games and re-envision them for use as purposeful and engaging tools for team building applications.As a result of their participation, session attendees will be able to: 1. Recognize and apply the central design elements that facilitate the development of successful experiential tool. 2. Recognize and apply game-design elements into a re-envisioning of existing resources. 3. Utilize existing experiential theory to develop a new structure and outcome for an existing game or learning tool. 4. Participate in a maker-space experience that synthesizes all three objectives above in the production of a new and unique experiential tool. 5. Facilitate and debrief a self-designed new and unique experiential tool with the group.Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSessions 4 & 5
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The Heart of Experiential Education: Facilitation
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 2:00 PM - 5:15 PM EST
Presenter Dr. Christian Itin  MSU Denver Many would suggest that experience is at the ...
Christian Itin, Experience-Based Training and Development, Outdoor and Adventure Education, Therapeutic Adventure
PresenterDr. Christian ItinMSU Denver Many would suggest that experience is at the core of experiential education; but what moves experience from experiential learning to experiential education is facilitation. This workshop will build on this premise to explore a set of skills to intentionally engage clients in a transformative experiential process whether you are working in educational, therapeutic or corporate contexts. This workshop will guide participants through the process of establishing mutually agreed upon goals, selecting appropriate activities, pairing these with appropriate facilitation techniques and understanding the cyclical nature of the process. This hands on experiential workshop will ignite your creative facilitation skills.1) Participants will come away with a greater understanding of the philosophy of experiential education and how it differs from experiential learning.2) Participants will be exposed to a model for facilitating experiential processes applicable to educational, therapeutic and corporate contexts.3) Participants will get a chance to explore the application of this model to the population or context they work with.4) Participants will come away with a tangible set of skills including goal setting, selecting appropriate activities and choosing appropriate facilitation techniques.5) Participants will enhance their ability to be intentional and creative in their facilitation.Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSessions 4 & 5
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Mindfulness and Positive Psychology in Facilitation
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 2:00 PM - 5:15 PM EST
Presenter Lizzie Lange  Circle Up Consulting This workshop will be a journey in utilizing ...
General Audience, Lizzie Lange
PresenterLizzie LangeCircle Up Consulting This workshop will be a journey in utilizing mindfulness and positive psychology with clients. Meditation has been proven to have many benefits in the research, including decreasing stress, enhancing self worth, improving concentration, and ultimately bringing awareness to ones unconscious beliefs. Combining positive psychology knowledge with mindfulness is powerful for an individual and a group, creating a unique team development tool.(1) Learn about the science of positive psychology and the benefits of mindfulness(2) Learn how to use meditation with clients as a team development process and build team cohesion(3) Experience meditation techniques themselves during the workshop(4) Learn how to be present in the momentAudience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSessions 4 & 5
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Conflict and You: How to Deal with It!
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 2:00 PM - 5:15 PM EST
Presenter Jamie Morris  Extension Specialist- 4-H Youth Development, University of Maryland Extension ...
General Audience, Jamie Morris
PresenterJamie MorrisExtension Specialist- 4-H Youth Development, University of Maryland Extension
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Inspired Educator, Engaged Learner: Brain-Based Methods for Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Academics
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 2:00 PM - 5:15 PM EST
Presenter Jen Stanchfield  Educator, Author; Experiential Tools Join this interactive ...
Higher Education, Jen Stanchfield, K-12 Education
PresenterJen StanchfieldEducator, Author; Experiential Tools
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Preparing Youth to be Agents of Social Change
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Presenter Christen Clougherty  Executive Director, Nobis Project A challenging part of ...
Christen Clougherty, K-12 Education
PresenterChristen CloughertyExecutive Director, Nobis Project A challenging part of teaching global citizenship is exposing students to the imperfections of the world and then guiding them to become change agents. Implementing meaningful service-learning projects that address our communities’ challenges requires that we prepare ourselves and our students to engage in critical conversations about equity, diversity, and global justice. Learn tools for engaging students in critical service-learning with a social justice framework. Hear about projects that foster a deep respect for community partners by engaging students in conversations around race, class, and power. Participate in activities, share practices, and brainstorm ways to change, or enhance, curriculum. Participants will • Learn tools for fostering critical conversations about equity, inclusion, diversity, and social justice in our schools, classrooms and programs.• Have conversations with other educators about how to foster reflective and active listening between students and community partners as well as between teacher and community partner. • Experience activities that engage students in addressing global challenges in a way that honors and celebrates cultural differences.• Receive a free copy of the Nobis Global Action Service-Learning ebook including lesson examples across K-16.Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSession 4
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How to Give Emotionally Intelligent Feedback
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Presenter Marin Burton  Senior Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership While people ...
General Audience, Marin Burton
PresenterMarin BurtonSenior Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership While people know that giving and receiving feedback is an important part of learning and growing, it is often a topic that brings some anxiety or concern for how to do it well. In this workshop, participants will increase their understanding of how to give and receive feedback. We will engage in dialogue, discussion, and practice opportunities as we explore how to create give emotionally intelligent feedback.As a participant, you will:• Consider various facets of feedback as an important aspect of effective communication• Learn and practice a specific tool for giving feedback - SBI• Understand how developing emotional intelligence skills can contribute to effective feedback skills Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 3
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Going Bravely to Online Experiential Education
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Presenter Dr. Matthew Cummiskey  Professor, West Chester University Online ...
Experience-Based Training and Development, General Audience, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Matthew Cummiskey, Outdoor and Adventure Education
PresenterDr. Matthew CummiskeyProfessor, West Chester University Online experiential education may seem like a contradictory, even insulting term, but as the field moves forward from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that providers be able to offer both face-to-face and online experiences. This workshop will introduce participants to activities and technology platforms that can approximate the meaningful processes taking place during an adventure experience. Fittingly, it will be delivered partly online and partly face-to-face. Come prepared to expand your comfort zone!- identify the reasons for, benefits of and potential drawbacks of online experiential education- adapt their current activities to online delivery- identify new activities from those presented that can be incorporated- utilize technologies in real-time during the session to simulate a realistic adventure experience- describe best practices in online experiential education and how to maximize participant involvement- adapt and utilize technologies to promote a processing dialogue Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 3
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Bringing Social Justice to Facilitation & Facilitation to Social Justice
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Co-Presenters Jyler Donovan  Challenge Course Manager, Life Adventure Center Meg Bolger Co-Founder, Facilitator ...
Experience-Based Training and Development, General Audience, Higher Education, Jyler Donovan, K-12 Education, Meg Bolger, Outdoor and Adventure Education
Co-PresentersJyler DonovanChallenge Course Manager, Life Adventure CenterMeg BolgerCo-Founder, Facilitator Cards Have you ever found yourself asking, “How does social justice fit into my work?” This workshop will address that question and explore the intersection of social justice and facilitation. Through exploratory discussions and examination of your current programs, we will explore how social justice can inform your work as an experiential educator. Additionally, we’ll explore how to use facilitation skills to inform your approach to social justice and create opportunities for transformative change.Our workshop will help participants better understand how to bring social justice into their facilitation and bring facilitation into their social justice work. We’ll think through specific sets of questions practitioners can ask when they are designing curriculum and materials to ensure they are considering all that needs to be considered. We’ll also explore the facilitator skill set and discuss how it can serve social justice outcomes. More broadly, we will address how facilitators can consider their assets and apply them toward making interpersonal, institutional, and systemic change.Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 3
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EBTD Toolkit: Psychological Safety and Project Aristotle
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Presenter Dr. Hutch Hutchinson  Boston University Questrom School of Business EBTD ...
Experience-Based Training and Development, Hutch Hutchinson
PresenterDr. Hutch HutchinsonBoston University Questrom School of Business
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A Free For All With Adventure Free Play
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Presenter Rich Keegan  Trainer/Program Designer, High 5 Adventure Learning Center ...
General Audience, Rich Keegan
PresenterRich KeeganTrainer/Program Designer, High 5 Adventure Learning Center Participants will become familiar with some of the latest research and leading-edge thoughts as to why free play is important for child development and why free play theory should be integrated into every program. Ideas and methods to seamlessly include free play to every program will discussed in order to have participants be equipped to use free play immediately upon their return to their program. Participants will also view a series of videos demonstrating various kinds of play that they will be able to use for future free play presentations.Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 3
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Sequencing for Positive Outcomes
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Presenter Lucinda Martinelli  Creator, Director; Whole Planet Consulting Whether in person ...
General Audience, Lucinda Martinelli
PresenterLucinda MartinelliCreator, Director; Whole Planet Consulting Whether in person or online, intentionally sequencing activities and discussion is a must! Good sequencing can improve the experience of learning for the teacher, facilitator and student alike. In this highly interactive workshop, we’ll experience a sequence of activities, many of which can be used in the classroom or any experiential program, virtual or in person. Then we’ll take apart the experience and discover the power hidden in the sequence. Leave this workshop ready to make sequencing work for you!The goal of this workshop is to highlight the facilitation skill of sequencing, specifically considering the readiness of participants in choosing activities for the best impact.By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:1. Identify aspects of sequencing that make it effective by naming them in small group discussion.2. Identify techniques for good sequencing by naming them in small and large group discussion.3. Identify aspects of participant identity, ability, culture and knowledge that affect participant readiness.4. Apply sequencing to their own practice by constructing an effective sequence of their own.Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 3
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Transforming a K-12 School’s Culture and Curriculum to Embrace Experiential Education
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Presenter Rosanne Mistretta  Director, Center for Experiential Learning, Abington Friends School ...
K-12 Education, Rosanne Mistretta
PresenterRosanne MistrettaDirector, Center for Experiential Learning, Abington Friends School Many experiential learning programs at K-12 schools are add-ons or a supplement to existing programming and curriculum. At Abington Friends School, through the development of the Center for Experiential Learning, experiential learning is becoming an integral part of the mission of the school and at the core of its curriculum. In this workshop, you'll learn about the various programming that the school has implemented. Participants will have an opportunity to envision how to create immersive, interdisciplinary and experiential programming at their own schools, in collaboration with classroom teachers and administrators.The workshop will give an overview of the programs at Abington Friends School and how they were developed in collaboration with teachers and administrators. The workshop will help participants identify where they can connect experiential learning to their own curriculum. Participants will leave with a template for designing innovative experiential learning programs in their school. Programs include senior capstones, high school ex-term experiences, service learning, travel programs, environmental programs and cohort learning.Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 3
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Getting Published in Experiential Education
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Presenter Jayson Seaman  Editor in Chief, Journal of Experiential Education, AEE - JEE ...
Higher Education, Jayson Seaman
PresenterJayson SeamanEditor in Chief, Journal of Experiential Education, AEE - JEE
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SEL through Boomwhackers: Using Music Exploration & the Experiential Learning Cycle to teach SEL Skills
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Presenter Greg Urban  Trainer & Staffing Coordinator, Project Adventure In this ...
Greg Urban, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Music Teachers, Outdoor and Adventure Education
PresenterGreg UrbanTrainer & Staffing Coordinator, Project Adventure Audience Level: Beginner -- For individuals new to the topic. No previous knowledge required.Session 3
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Exploring 'The Six Declines of Modern Youth' in Contemporary Society
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Co-Presenters T Grant Lewis  Director of Adventure Recreation Management, WVU Tech Melanie Seiler Executive ...
General Audience, K-12 Education, Melanie Seiler, Outdoor and Adventure Education, T Grant Lewis
Co-PresentersT Grant LewisDirector of Adventure Recreation Management, WVU TechMelanie SeilerExecutive Director of Active Southern West Virginia Kurt Hahn and Marina Ewald are considered as significant contributors to the foundations of experiential and outdoor education. As a response to the dilemmas confronting youth of their time, the two educators believed in the need for authentic challenges to support the development of character. The lasting impact of these beliefs can be explored within the context of contemporary society. In this workshop, participants will review and explore how the Declines are still relevant today. Through discussion and co-creation, participants will determine means to prevent and reduce current Declines, while considering how to apply ‘Antidotes’ to programs and professional practice.The focus of this workshop is to openly examine, explore, and discuss the impact of challenges facing youth and young adults in today’s society. The discussion will include an exploration of potential solutions to these challenges, grounded in the work of Hahn and Ewald. Participants will:•Recognize the contributions of Hahn and Ewald to the field of experiential education •Identify the 'Six Declines of Modern Youth and Four Antidotes' •Review current demographics related to issues and challenges in current society •Determine how these Declines are present in current society•Co-create potential solutions/antidotes to help support positive youth development/character building Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 3
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[DAY 2] Adventure Group Psychotherapy: The Facilitated Wave Model-Copy
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 10:30 AM - 5:15 PM EST
Co-Presenters Kim Sacksteder   Anita Tucker  Maurie Lung Tony Alvarez Bobbi Beale ...
Anita Tucker, Bobbi Beale, Gary Stauffer, Kim Sacksteder, Maurie Lung, Therapeutic Adventure, Tony Alvarez
Co-PresentersKim SackstederAnita TuckerMaurie LungTony AlvarezBobbi BealeGary Stauffer DAY 2, PART 2The authors of a newly published book, Adventure Group Psychotherapy: An Experiential Approach to Treatment, present the Facilitated Wave Model that forms the basis for their book. This model provides a foundation for understanding how to guide client learning, assess client needs and goals, develop and match interventions with client goals, facilitate adventure therapy interventions, and evaluate the results of your work. In this workshop, presenters will teach these steps and explore fundamental “how-to’s” in a mix of didactic and experiential formats. Participants will leave with an improved understanding of adventure therapy and several tools to incorporate into practice.This workshop will present the Facilitated Wave Model for adventure therapy practice. Goals and learning objectives for participants include:-Understand the adventure group psychotherapy practice approach-Learn how to guide client learning, assess client needs and goals, develop and match interventions with client goals, facilitate adventure therapy interventions, and evaluate the results of your work. -Gain specific techniques and tools to incorporate into their adventure therapy practice. -Attend a training that can contribute to workshop attendees’ efforts to attain Adventure Therapy Certification through AEE. Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicDAY 1: SESSION 2DAY 2: SESSIONS 3, 4, & 5
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Effective Adventure Therapy using Solution Focused Theory
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Presenter Dr. Mark Gillen  University of Wisconsin-River Falls Adventure therapists utilize ...
Mark Gillen, Therapeutic Adventure
PresenterDr. Mark GillenUniversity of Wisconsin-River Falls Adventure therapists utilize an array of resources in order to do their jobs effectively. Solution Focused Theory provides adventure therapists with a solid foundation for working with clients. The presentation will include an overview of the basic tenets of SFT, including issues focusing beyond the miracle question and exploring foundational options related to understanding and utilizing SFT. Part of the session will include small group and large group discussion on the effective utilization of SFT related to actual cases.Participants will be able to: 1. Explore the interface between adventure therapy and Solution Focused theory (SFT).2. Explore and define SFT foundational concepts and beliefs for effectively working with clients.3. Explore use of SFT in adventure therapy settings. Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSession 4
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The Quiet Factor: Integrating Silence and Introvert-Focused Activities into Practice
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Co-Presenters Callie Auman Assistant Director, UNC Charlotte Robyn Handley AVPro Global Session Type K-12 In a world where extroversion is the ideal, and business and activity are ...
Callie Auman, General Audience, K-12 Education, Robyn Handley
Co-PresentersCallie AumanAssistant Director, UNC Charlotte Robyn HandleyAVPro GlobalSession TypeK-12 In a world where extroversion is the ideal, and business and activity are the norm; how do we find the space for silence and the awareness to prioritize introversion as well as extroversion? In this workshop we will explore how to incorporate silence into our facilitation and activities. We will also work toward de-constructing our internalized bias toward extroversion and how to incorporate more introvert-friendly activities into our lives and practices.In this workshop our goal is to expose participants to a variety of silent and introvert-friendly practices using a hands-on approach. We hope to broaden participants’ horizons in terms of how to incorporate silence into their activities and how to make activities more accessible for introverts. We would like participants to leave with a better understanding of the variety of practices that exist, the benefits of those practices, and how they can apply them in their lives and with those they work with or facilitate.Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSession 7
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Positive Psychology and Theatre to Improve Agility Collaboration, Communication and Imagination
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Presenter Vikram Badhwar Founder, Syngrity Transformation Solutions In our workshop, we use two principles. One is called “yes, and”, and the second one “makes the other person look good” . ...
Experience-Based Training and Development, General Audience, K-12 Education, Vikram Badhwar
PresenterVikram BadhwarFounder, Syngrity Transformation Solutions In our workshop, we use two principles. One is called “yes, and”, and the second one “makes the other person look good” . These principles can be considered as colors of the canvas that we are trying to paint via this workshop. We urge the participants to think out of the box and create an environment of positivity and acceptance, which can further help the participants realize the importance of acknowledging what the other person might have to contribute. The workshop will share with the participants the synthesis between positive psychology, The Thriving Index, a psychometric tool, and improvisational theatre.The goal of this workshop is to experience games that address inclusion and possibilities. Participants interpret a tool called Thriving Index designed by the Talent Enterprise which provides powerful insights on an individual’s unique 34 signature strengths across 6 dimensions. It also helps identify potential blindspots based on their overuse or underuse, providing a clear indicator on the likelihood for future development and change. The insights from the Thriving Index will be used to design activities that use improvisational theatre to address agility, communication, collaboration and imagination. Post this, we will debrief discussing the synthesis of the tool and workshop. Audience Level: Beginner -- For individuals new to the topic. No previous knowledge required.Session 6
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Risk Assessment & Safety Management: Integrating Safety I & Safety II for Accident Intervention
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Presenter Rick Curtis  Director, Outdoor Action Program, Princeton University The Risk Assessment & Safety Management System (RASM) used by programs around the world and provides a ...
Experience-Based Training and Development, General Audience, Higher Education, Outdoor and Adventure Education, Rick Curtis, Therapeutic Adventure
PresenterRick CurtisDirector, Outdoor Action Program, Princeton University The Risk Assessment & Safety Management System (RASM) used by programs around the world and provides a comprehensive approach for identifying the causes of accidents, assessing changing risk levels, and managing risk combing traditional Safety I methodologies (Avoiding That Things Go Wrong) with newer Safety II methodologies (Ensuring That Things Go Right). Learn how to analyze incident data to build graphical accident causation models (Accimaps) and accident prevention models (Preventimaps). Participants will apply these principles through case studies and small group collaboration. Diversity & inclusion, sexual harassment & assault and other safe space issues will be included in our examples.• Learn how to implement the Risk Assessment & Safety Management Model (RASM) of Contributing Factor Analysis and Mitigating Factor Analysis to manage risk more effectively. • Learn how the Safety I framework and Safety II framework are complementary parts of an overall risk management plan. Determine when factors are ‘in scope’ allowing actionable steps to be implemented for managing risk or ‘out of scope’ limiting organizational response. • Understand the role that incident data collection plays in the analysis of accident and near misses through building Accimaps and Preventimaps.Audience Level: Open to All - Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with topicSessions 6 & 7
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Disability Awareness and Universal Program Design
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Co-Presenters Ryan Craven  Program Manager, Indiana University Tommy Gardner  Director of Recreational Therapy & Therapeutic Outdoor Programming Providing experiences for people ...
Experience-Based Training and Development, Outdoor and Adventure Education, Ryan Craven, Therapeutic Adventure
Co-PresentersRyan CravenProgram Manager, Indiana University Tommy Gardner Director of Recreational Therapy & Therapeutic Outdoor Programming Providing experiences for people of all abilities requires a foundational awareness. During this session we discuss disability awareness – terminology, best practices, and how to incorporate it into your training. We will discuss what Universal Design means and common terminology and concepts used when providing inclusive experiences for people of all physical, mental, and cognitive abilities. Participants will learn about the growing importance of universal program design and why all programs can benefit from utilizing this concept when developing their activities. Participants will learn a framework they can use to identify barriers to your program for people of all abilities.Attendees will be able to recognize the importance of person-first and inclusive language within their programs and organizations to create a more universal environment and increase their overall understanding of disability awareness.Attendees will learn about Universal Design as a concept and how it can be used in program design which helps create inclusive experiences for participantsAttendees will learn a framework that can be used to help identify barriers within their programs which will streamline experiences and reduce the need for individualized adaptations.Audience Level: Beginner -- For individuals new to the topic. No previous knowledge required.Session 7
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If 'Adventure' is the Therapy, then what am I?
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Presenter Kyle Horvath  Therapeutic Recreation Wilderness Guide The field of Adventure Therapy asks, "What makes an effective practitioner?" Practitioners, according to research and as ...
Experience-Based Training and Development, General Audience, Higher Education, Kyle Horvath, Outdoor and Adventure Education, Therapeutic Adventure
PresenterKyle HorvathTherapeutic Recreation Wilderness Guide The field of Adventure Therapy asks, "What makes an effective practitioner?" Practitioners, according to research and as noted by the TAPG, can be split into Adventure Therapists, Clinicians, and Paraprofessionals. This workshop will explore the scope of practice for the Paraprofessional in Wilderness and AT programs. Participants of this workshop will examine standards of practice, review job postings for adventure and wilderness therapy field guides, and engage in dialogue regarding competencies, challenges, and current best practices in wilderness settings. The aim of this workshop is to explore creative ways to empower paraprofessionals, those supervising them, and ultimately, our clients. By engaging in critical dialogue during this workshop paraprofessionals may better understand the limits of their role. Similarly, by discussing challenges practitioners face in the field it may shed light on the gap between expected outcomes, training practices, and the effective delivery of therapeutic interventions. Another goal of this workshop is to identify clinically-oriented training consistencies and best-practices that are already in place across programs working with therapeutic populations. Participant contribution to this conversation may help inform what minimum training requirements may be necessary in order for the field of AT to gain more credibility, and validity in research.Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 7
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To Inspire A Nation: The Russian Project 1988-Present
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Co-Presenters Brian Kunz  Alexander Nikolaevich Kamnev Lindsay Putnam Yulia Grishaeva The workshop will describe the innovative program which the Kamnevs developed ...
Alexander Nikolaevich Kamnev, Brian Kunz, General Audience, K-12 Education, Lindsay Putnam, Outdoor and Adventure Education, Yulia Grishaeva
Co-PresentersBrian KunzAlexander Nikolaevich KamnevLindsay PutnamYulia Grishaeva The workshop will describe the innovative program which the Kamnevs developed using marine investigation, scuba, and other challenging activities as a foundation for profound learning about the environment, self, and the group. They will describe their experience with the fundamental power of experiential education to help create societal change in Russia. They will describe the specific psychological basis of their work with Russian children, and take the audience through a few Russian experiential activities. They will propose specific collaborations with educators and programs in the U.S., creating a new and important component to this work which will enrich both sides.Every educator will be impressed with how the Russians have taken to EE and how the Kamnevs are applying it to transforming an ancient and conservative society - a society that has undergone immense changes, from Tsarism to communism, and recently to so-called democracy. What is happening in Russia with this application of EE can happen in much of the developing world. This workshop will open our eyes to much higher goals for ourselves.Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 7
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Empowering Introverts: How To Engage The Quiet Folks
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Presenter Josie Martin  Trainer & SEL Program Coordinator, Project Adventure Have you ever felt stuck trying to engage shy or quiet students? It is estimated that up to 40 percent ...
General Audience, Josie Martin
PresenterJosie MartinTrainer & SEL Program Coordinator, Project Adventure Have you ever felt stuck trying to engage shy or quiet students? It is estimated that up to 40 percent of our students are introverted, yet we persist in methods and activities that don’t support their learning. This workshop will give you insight into the character of introverted students and help you design and adapt programs to get everyone fully involved. We will use experiential activities to explore personal identity, foster small group discussion, and analyze qualities of introvert-friendly activities.In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the character of an introvert and how it differs from shyness. An Introvert Quiz prompts discussion and critical thinking to answer the questions: What are characteristics of an introvert? In what conditions do they thrive? How do introverted teaching practices support shy and extroverted students too? Using this new understanding of introverts, participants will have the opportunity to dissect activities, identify how introvert-friendly they are, and and adapt them to be more inclusive. Introverted participants often gain new confidence in their teaching.Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 7
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Tenkara fly fishing in Outdoor Adventure Education: “Transitioning” the curricula to sustainable skills.
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Presenter Paul Stonehouse  Assistant Lecturer of Outdoor Education, University of Alberta Tenkara fly fishing is a potential means of educating for sustainability. Outdoor ...
General Audience, Higher Education, K-12, Outdoor and Adventure Education, Paul Stonehouse, Therapeutic Adventure
PresenterPaul StonehouseAssistant Lecturer of Outdoor Education, University of Alberta Tenkara fly fishing is a potential means of educating for sustainability. Outdoor Adventure Education (OAE) programs are strategically positioned to assist in the inevitable transition to the post-fossil fuel existence that we must adopt because of the environmental crises we’ve created. In this interactive presentation you’ll learn to: tie knots on "hooks," practice casting techniques, differentiate trout species, identify your home waters, read rivers/spot fish, and watch me tie a simple fly. These hands-on elements will be complemented by a philosophy of sustainable OAE that addresses environmental ethics, social justice issues, and calls for local, place-based microadventures.To provide an ecology of Tenkara fly fishing, a unifying outdoor activity that curricularly brings together: animal ethics; food provision and preparation; contemplative recreation/leisure; environmental health (e.g. of waterways and fish); local, place-based education.To appeal for sustainable practice: rigorous studies (IPCC Report, 2018) point to an immediate environmental emergency. Outdoor Adventure Education (OAE) is strategically positioned to assist in the inevitable “transition” (Hopkins, 2014, Transition Handbook) to a post-fossil fuel existence. Tenkara provides a transition skill that addresses environmental, social and financial sustainability. To teach skills experientially: equipment selection/use, knots, casting, reading water, landing fish, fly-tying, and risk-managed wading.Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 7
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Maximizing Serendipity in Adventure Education
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Presenter Dr. Chad Thatcher  Southern Oregon University As adventure leaders, we have a unique opportunity to create experiences that could lead to serendipity and help shape ...
Chad Thatcher, Experience-Based Training and Development, General Audience, Higher Education, Outdoor and Adventure Education, Therapeutic Adventure
PresenterDr. Chad ThatcherSouthern Oregon University
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“Rethinking Leave No Trace” Experiences from an Indigenous Perspective on Leave No Trace.
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Co-Presenters Heather Yazzie Campbell  Program Manager, National Indian Youth Leadership Project  Neal Ferris National Indian Youth Leadership Project ...
Experience-Based Training and Development, Heather Yazzie Campbell, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Neal Ferris, Outdoor and Adventure Education, Therapeutic Adventure
Co-PresentersHeather Yazzie CampbellProgram Manager, National Indian Youth Leadership ProjectNeal FerrisNational Indian Youth Leadership Project
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Interactive Staff Training Activities
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST
Presenter Michelle Cummings  Founder / Facilitator / Big Wheel, Training Wheels You expect staff to think on their feet, why not train them on their feet? This workshop will cover a ...
General Audience, Michelle Cummings
PresenterMichelle CummingsFounder / Facilitator / Big Wheel, Training Wheels
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Social Emotional Learning in Action- intentional teambuilding to build your students SEL skills
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Co-Presenters Tara Flippo  Youth Director, The Browne Center/UNH Jeff Frigon This workshop will provide the context for social and emotional learning in schools, the important work from ...
Jeff Frigon, K-12 Education, Tara Flippo
Co-PresentersTara FlippoYouth Director, The Browne Center/UNHJeff Frigon This workshop will provide the context for social and emotional learning in schools, the important work from CASEL- the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning- the nation’s leading organization providing evidence based competencies and outcomes. Additionally, we will highlight The Browne Center’s new book- Social and Emotional Learning in Action: Experiential Activities to Positively Impact School Climate, an easy to use sourcebook which addresses the five competencies promoted by CASEL. Objectives:#1 • Recognize how SEL supports academic success & identify SEL competences. #2 • Illustrate the use of experiential activities to address SEL. #3 • Comprehend a rudimentary understanding of scope & sequence of the book, materials required, and the benets of an experiential learning approach. Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 6
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Who Am I? A critical conversation about leadership styles, ethics, and articulating your “why”
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Presenter Alison Jackson Fraiser  Coordinator Student Leadership Programs & Manager North Woods Challenge Course, University of Rhode Island Ever try explaining “what” you do? Ever ...
Alison Jackson Fraiser, General Audience
PresenterAlison Jackson FraiserCoordinator Student Leadership Programs & Manager North Woods Challenge Course, University of Rhode Island Ever try explaining “what” you do? Ever argue with someone about a person’s “leadership?” Join us as we examine controversial “leaders” throughout history, and through debate, self reflection, and storytelling, define good and bad leadership, connect to our personal code of ethics, and articulate our “why.”Participants will leave this workshop at minimum with a heightened awareness of their own styles of leadership and ethics. Fully engaged participants will leave with examples of activities that can be used to facilitate discussions around ethics and developing personal leadership styles in addition to being able articulate these to others. They will engage in critical dialogue and begin to work to define their “why” through an ethical leadership lens. Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 2
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An Investigation into the Effects of a Wilderness Veterans Program on Veterans’ Psychosocial Functioning
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Co-Presenters Aaron Leonard  Senior Campaign Representative, Sierra Club  Joanna Bettmann Schaefer  Dr. - Professor of Social Work A presentation of preliminary research ...
Aaron Leonard, Experience-Based Training and Development, General Audience, Joanna Bettmann Schaefer, Military/Veteran, Outdoor and Adventure Education, Therapeutic Adventure
Co-PresentersAaron LeonardSenior Campaign Representative, Sierra ClubJoanna Bettmann SchaeferDr. - Professor of Social Work A presentation of preliminary research results assessing the outcomes of veterans who participate in a multi-day therapeutic adventure expedition as a part of a Sierra Club Military Outdoors program. Presentation attendees will examine a therapeutic adventure program design, psychosocial outcomes, the meaning of these outcomes, and participate in an experiential workshop to help identify potential applications to the field.The presentation of preliminary results from our study assessing the outcomes of veterans who participate in multi-day expeditions as a part of Sierra Club Military Outdoors (SCMO) program and presentation of therapeutic adventure program design elements operationalized as an outdoor military veteran program. Participants will examine the psychosocial outcomes from a community based program for military veterans and better understand the meaning, potential application, and program design elements that may be responsible for the outcomes. Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 6
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Broaden Your Perspectives Through Play: Enhancing Student Engagement with Experiential and Cooperative Learning
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Co-Presenters T Grant Lewis  Director of Adventure Recreation Management, WVU Tech Ryan Zimmerman  Weber State University Looking for ways to assist your students with the ...
Higher Education, K-12 Education, Ryan Zimmerman, T Grant Lewis
Co-PresentersT Grant LewisDirector of Adventure Recreation Management, WVU TechRyan ZimmermanWeber State University Looking for ways to assist your students with the retention of knowledge and skills? This workshop focuses on the use of experiential and cooperative learning activities to support knowledge and skill development for students. The aim is to provide participants the tools to assist in the creation of a student-centered learning environment, where activities extend beyond the classroom. As active participants, attendees will gain direct experience with a variety of group development activities, ultimately leading up to a practical session where attendees will discuss ways to adapt and apply activities in order to deliver content in their teaching lessons.Although the content of the workshop is directed primarily toward K-12 teachers, the knowledge and skills to be explored are applicable to a variety of educators. Potential dividends include: increased student activity, learning, and engagement.Participants will:1. identify the importance of utilizing experiential and cooperative activities as a means to increase motivation and enhance learning through movement;2. explore ways in which experiential activities can be implemented for delivering content;3. develop an 'experiential toolbox' that includes a variety of methods to apply in the classroom;4. appreciate how experiential methodologies can contribute to lifelong learning and leadership skills. Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 6
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Autism and the Great Outdoors
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Presenter Jonathan Ringdahl  Behavioral Treatment Technician, Reaching Your Potential Children with autism love the outdoors! Unfortunately, they face barriers to being able to access and ...
Jonathan Ringdahl, K-12 Education, Outdoor and Adventure Education, Therapeutic Adventure
PresenterJonathan RingdahlBehavioral Treatment Technician, Reaching Your Potential Children with autism love the outdoors! Unfortunately, they face barriers to being able to access and enjoy this beneficial outdoor time. We can smash these barriers! Autism can leave the best-intentioned facilitators scratching their heads. We will demystify autism through a focused-process. Group discussions start with safety. Next, we will make a success plan to help these kids and go through proven strategies to add to your toolkit. We will conclude with exploring activities and their modifications that allow kids across functioning levels to participate. The required skill is a desire to help kids with their social and emotional learning.One goal of this workshop is to help facilitators understand how to keep children with autism safe regardless of what environment they are in. Another goal is to equip facilitators with proven strategies to help children with autism succeed with the primary focus on outdoor settings. However, the strategies are applicable to any novel or challenging situation for a child with autism. The third goal is to make facilitators confident in their ability to have children with autism come to their programs. The last goal is to give facilitators experience with activities and modifications that these children can do. Audience Level: Beginner -- For individuals new to the topic. No previous knowledge required.Session 6
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Nature Changes Everything: How Our Highly Evolved Physical Response to Natural Environments Supports Outdoor Programing.
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Co-Presenters Sharon Tessneer  Indiana University Linnea Delucchi Prescott College Even when we can’t describe it, we know that nature adds something special to every program we ...
General Audience, Linnea Delucchi, Outdoor and Adventure Education, Sharon Tessneer, Therapeutic Adventure
Co-PresentersSharon TessneerIndiana UniversityLinnea DelucchiPrescott College Even when we can’t describe it, we know that nature adds something special to every program we run outdoors. In this workshop we will travel through the human body exploring the muscles in our eyes and ears, electrical systems in our brains and hearts, and various hormonal and emotional responses of stress, recovery, and resilience. We will present snapshots of current research and discuss elements of the natural environment that support outdoor education and wilderness therapy. Participants will get hands on experience with common surveys and wearable monitors, as well as ideas for capturing outcomes in their own program.•Participants will be able to identify physical and emotional responses to Interacting with images, objects, and sounds of nature.•Participants will be able to discuss how elements of a natural environment promotes program outcomes and appraise program areas for their contribution to health and wellness. •Participants will be able to use common instruments to measure outcomes associated with the natural environment. Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 6
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Outdoors for All: Exploring accessibility on challenge courses through a Universal Mindset.
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Co-Presenters Melanie Wills  Director, Outdoor Education & Professional Services, Bradford Woods Outdoor Center Carla Hacker Experiential Systems, Inc. Accessibility on ...
Carla Hacker, Experience-Based Training and Development, General Audience, K-12 Education, Melanie Wills, Outdoor and Adventure Education, Therapeutic Adventure
Co-PresentersMelanie WillsDirector, Outdoor Education & Professional Services, Bradford Woods Outdoor CenterCarla HackerExperiential Systems, Inc. Accessibility on challenge courses, zip lines, and adventure parks combine several components including facility amenities, trail access, equipment type, course type, level of experience, training, staffing, activity choice and intent. This workshop will consider “Outdoors for All” from a lens of what we want to offer everyone beyond the ADA. It will focus more specifically on understanding and utilizing a Universal Mindset by answering the question: How can we look at our programs and enable everyone to have an opportunity to learn and grow through similar experiences?This workshop is designed for all levels of practitioners who are interested in learning more about working with a variety of people on courses. It will go through some fundamental concepts at the beginning and ask attendees to help determine the best focus for the session. The main workshop components will include the following learning objectives:• Awareness of fundamental concepts for working with people with disabilities.• Introducing a Universal Mindset related to our courses and programs.• Understanding various components to consider for accessibility on courses • Networking and sharing ideas for your facility, course, and program. Audience Level: Open to All -- Topic does not depend on level of knowledge or involvement with the topicSession 6
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Becoming an AEE Accreditation Reviewer
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Co-Presenters Steve Pace  Director of Standards Development and Accreditation, The Association for Experiential Education Paul Wolf  Professor of Outdoor Leadership Wilderness Therapy, Southwestern Community ...
Outdoor and Adventure Education, Paul Wolf, Steve Pace, Therapeutic Adventure
Co-PresentersSteve PaceDirector of Standards Development and Accreditation, The Association for Experiential EducationPaul WolfProfessor of Outdoor Leadership Wilderness Therapy, Southwestern Community College This workshop provides an orientation for becoming an AEE Accreditation Reviewer. Key points on how to conduct a review, participate in a review team, interact with the organization under review, and write a professional quality report will be introduced. Case studies will provide an opportunity to examine standards and accepted practices in the industry.Open to Individuals that possess quite a bit of experience, enough to have reliable judgement, and to be respected as a reviewer. Audience Level: Advanced -- Has developed a solid base in both theory and practice and has significant experience from which to workSession 6
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Prior to the start and after the closing of the conference, in-depth workshops and activities are offered to provide extended opportunities for professional development and to enhance the Conference experience. Extended Education courses are separate from the International Conference. You do not need to register for the entire Conference to register for Extended Education. *More courses being added soon!

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Behavioral First Responder Course
Wed, Dec 2nd, 2020 11:00 AM EST - Fri, Dec 4th, 2020 12:00 PM EST
Co-Instructors Curt Davidson  President and Co-Founder, Alpenglow Education  Becca Wallingford-Meier, MSW ...
adventure education, Adventure therapy, Becca Wallingford-Meier, behavioral first responder, camp counseling, Curt Davidson, first responder, social work, wilderness therapy
Co-InstructorsCurt DavidsonPresident and Co-Founder, Alpenglow EducationBecca Wallingford-Meier, MSW Dates December 2, 3, 4Cost: $199 *15% off for AEE Members! About the CourseThe Behavioral First Responder certification is designed for instructors, administrators, and counselors of all varieties that want to gain an understanding of common behavioral issues and useful responses. Our course will teach overarching theories, models, and techniques borrowed from the fields of social work, counseling, and psychology to help increase understanding about why a student is demonstrating a particular behavior, as well as some useful techniques that will help the student through their difficult moment and even prevent these issues. Additionally, this certification and pre-conference workshop is for anyone wishing to learn more about behavior and group management. The curriculum is specifically designed for Experiential Educators who work in the fields of Adventure Education, Camp Counseling, Wilderness Therapy, or Adventure Therapy. It is important to note that this certification does not make the individual a therapist or counselor. It is merely designed to give insight into what is happening on the individual level, and help ensure your student's emotional safety until you can recommend future helpful avenues to them.Some sample topics for this workshop include:De-escalation StrategiesStrengths-Based ApproachEcological Systems TheoryTechniques for Specific PopulationsThe Theory of Reasoned ActionHandling Student MedicationsAnd many moreThis certification is good for three years at which point students will be required to take a recertification training course via our website.  Instructor Curt Davidson, President & Co-Founder, Alpenglow Education Language English Cost USD $199.  Registration Enroll at https://aee.memberclicks.net/behavioral-first-responder#/. The course is being offered as an “Extended Education” workshop associated with the annual conference of the Association for Experiential Education, although anyone may enroll (and need not attend any other conference-related activities). Additional AEE conference information is available at aee.org.  For more information, email info@alpengloweducation.com
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Conflict Resolution and Management Training
Mon, Nov 16th, 2020 10:00 AM EST - Mon, Nov 30th, 2020 2:30 PM EST
Instructor Jamie Morris  Jamie Morris is a University of Maryland Extension Specialist with the 4-H Youth Development ...
Conflict Resolution, Jamie Morris, Management Training
InstructorJamie MorrisJamie Morris is a University of Maryland Extension Specialist with the 4-H Youth Development Program and a certified Trainer of Managing Workplace Conflict. *Registration deadline is October 31Program Dates:  Monday, November 16  6:00-9:00 pm Monday, November 23  6:00-9:00 pm Monday, November 30  6:00-8:00 pm Cost: $95 Participants will investigate their personal conflict triggers and responses through the completion of an online assessment (Conflict Dynamics Profile) and learn how they can guide conflict down a productive path. Using the Successful Conflict Conversations seminar and materials from the Mediation Training Institute of Eckerd College, individuals will learn how to identify and classify conflict as well as develop and practice strategies to manage conflict in the workplace. Participants will earn certification and improve their professional interactions with others. Participants will:-learn basic conflict knowledge to help identify and classify conflicts as they arise-find out about their personal reactions to conflict through the results of the CDP-I assessment and how to utilize the results-learn how to pay attention to and use personal signals, especially their triggers, to manage a conflict between themselves and one other person-practice using constructive responses and avoiding destructive responses when managing a conflict-interact in common conflict scenarios to practice how to manage a conflict from setting a time to talk to creating a resolutionENROLL HEREThe course is being offered as an “Extended Education” workshop associated with the annual conference of the Association for Experiential Education, although anyone may enroll (and need not attend any other conference-related activities). Additional AEE conference information is available at aee.org. 
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Elephant in the Room: Addressing the Influence of Masculine Norms Under the AEE Umbrella
Mon, Nov 9th, 2020 1:00 PM EST - Tue, Nov 10th, 2020 2:30 PM EST
Instructor Nick Cardone Nick runs Free Range Therapy, offering mostly male-identified clients an array of activities, ...
Gender, Nick cardone, T.O.N.E. Project, Therapy Outside Normal Environments
Instructor Nick Cardone Nick runs Free Range Therapy, offering mostly male-identified clients an array of activities, environments and experiences while ‘doing’ therapy. Nick has also worked in mental health/addictions for over 15 years, with both adults and adolescents, in private practice, in-patient, day treatment and community-based settings.Elephant in the Room: Addressing the Influence of Masculine Norms Under the AEE UmbrellaPresenter: Nick Cardone, Free Range Therapy and The T.O.N.E. Project Cost: $35 Dates: November 9th & 10th, 1:00-2:30PM EST Traditional masculine gender expectations are entrenched in the minds and hearts of many students, clients, participants and campers. These prescribed norms lead to unhealthy expressions of masculinity, play out in our social, educational and professional lives, and are detrimental to men’s health and well-being. The disruption of these harmful attitudes and behaviours is the kind of social change necessaryin our professional settings, as well as society as a whole. With well-documented poor help-seeking behaviours and high attrition rates in our male-identified community, it is no surprise that it is often difficult to engage men and boys in a conversation that challenges traditional masculine norms. And yet, when facilitators can create these ‘brave and vulnerable spaces’, men and male-identified youth are easily engaged and have a hunger to uncover their true selves, oftentimes in the company of other supportive males. The T.O.N.E. Project (Therapy Outside Normal Environments) is just such a place to do so. This influence of masculine gender norms also extends into the world of facilitators, educators and clinicians under the AEE umbrella. As such, it is vital that we too ‘do our own work’ to examine influences of such norms on our personal and professional selves, before it influences our clients and students, campers and participants. Agenda for this interactive and experiential workshop:• Examine the current wellness data on our male-identified community;• Experience some specific tools, strategies and imagery, used in T.O.N.E.;• Explore the presence and influence of gender-norms in the various professional realms of AEE, focusing more deeply on our own work spaces; and hopefully• Inspire helping professionals to find their own unique gendered lens, using adventure, expressive and experiential techniques in their own wellness settings. 
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Adult Mental Health First Aid Workshop (and Certification)
Sat, Nov 7th, 2020 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM EST
Co-Instructors Carol Smith  Carol holds her PhD in Kinesiology, concentration in Outdoor Education from Texas A&M ...
Carol Smith, Evan Small, First Aid, Mental Health
Co-InstructorsCarol SmithCarol holds her PhD in Kinesiology, concentration in Outdoor Education from Texas A&M University. She is the program coordinator of the Adventure Based Learning concentrations in the Adventure, Health & Physical Education major in the School of Education at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina.Evan SmallEvan is completing his PhD in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As Assistant Director of Campus Recreation & Wellness in Experiential Learning and Outdoor Programs he also teaches in the Adventure Based Learning program at Elon University Nov 7, 2020; 10:00am-2:30, (with ½ hour break in the middle) Cost: $29*Registration deadline: October 26ABOUT THE COURSE: Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. The agenda for Mental Health First Aid course includes learning the risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Topics covered include Depression and mood disorders; Anxiety disorders; Trauma; Psychosis; and Substance Use disorders. Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better and use their strengths to stay well.  This National organization provides a standardized curriculum for veracity of the information yet allows leeway for experiential education. Structure: At home workshop (on your own) followed by virtual learning via Zoom:The breakdown of the curriculum is as follows:What is Mental Health First Aid?Mental Health Problems in the USAThe Mental Health First Aid Action PlanUnderstanding Depression and AnxietyFirst Aid for Suicidal BehaviorWhat is Non-Suicidal Self-InjuryFirst Aid for Depression and AnxietyFirst Aid for Panic Attacks and Traumatic EventsUnderstanding Disorders in Which Psychosis May OccurFirst Aid for Acute PsychosisUnderstanding Substance Use DisordersSubstance Use in Higher EducationFirst Aid for OverdoseFirst Aid for WithdrawalUsing Mental Health First AidMental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. No previous knowledge or skills required. Like a First Aid workshop, participants will leave with skills and increased comfort in knowing how/why/what to do in case of a mental health issue. Certification provided upon successful competition of the 8-hour workshop.Mental health issues are becoming more prevalent with populations with whom we interact. Through scenarios and discussion-based workshop, we will assist the participants (non-clinicians) in increasing their comfort level in situations with which we may be facedWhen you take this course, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing: Panic attacks; Suicidal thoughts or behaviors; Non-suicidal self-injury; Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions); Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use; Reaction to a traumatic event. Through extensive preparation with the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan and the opportunity to practice (role plays, scenarios, and activities) makes it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation.ENROLL HEREThe course is being offered as an “Extended Education” workshop associated with the annual conference of the Association for Experiential Education, although anyone may enroll (and need not attend any other conference-related activities). Additional AEE conference information is available at aee.org. 
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Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group (TAPG) Extended Education Series
Tue, Oct 27th, 2020 7:00 PM EDT - Wed, Nov 11th, 2020 9:00 PM EST
Co-Instructors Johanna Ancheta A'lice Frazier Thomas Means Tracy Hopkins  Christine Norton  ...
Adventure therapy, Christine Norton, JEDI, Johanna Ancheta, Mental Health, TAPG, Therapeutic Adventure, Therapeutic Recreation, Thomas Means, Tracy Hopkins, Trauma
Co-Instructors Johanna Ancheta A'lice Frazier Thomas Means Tracy HopkinsChristine NortonTherapeutic Adventure Professional Group (TAPG) Extended Education SeriesThe Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group is committed to the development and promotion of adventure-based programming and the principles of experiential education in therapeutic settings. We are also committed to the professional development of our members and the profession as a whole.Fee: $35 (includes access to ALL FIVE sessions, including the opening and closing circles)  CEU’s will not be offered this year.  SCHEDULE: 10/27 7-10PM EST: Opening Circle  Circles are at the heart of experiential learning. Join us as we connect and engage with one another while learning how the virtual conference will function and ways to get involved with TAPG. This will be part experiential, part didactic  10/29 12-3PM EST: “Come As You Are: Creating a dialogues for culturally rooted approaches to healing inter-generational and systemic trauma” Presenter: Johanna Ancheta Trauma does not occur in a silo, this is particularly true for youth of color (YOC). This workshop focuses on the importance of empowering youth from marginalized communities to create and assert a cultural identity as a pathway towards healing historical trauma and center on their well-being. By utilizing culturally- rooted practices we honor the stories of marginalization, learn ways to encourage YOC to process the abuse of their history, and actively make space to acknowledge that the political is a deep seated personal trauma. By re-embracing the practice of feeling comfortable with the uncomfortable, and challenging our own beliefs as clinicians we can learn to shift our good intentions away from “come as you are - as you were - as [ I ] want you to be”. 11/5 7-10PM EST:  “Adventure and Recreation: Rediscovering Therapeutic Recreation in Therapeutic Adventure” Presenters: Thomas Means, Christine Norton  Therapeutic Adventure is composed of a wide range of professionals operating in a variety of fields to provide adventure-based programming within the principles of experiential education. Therapeutic Recreation, a systematic process that utilizes recreation and leisure interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals, is one of these fields. The purpose of this panel presentation is to reintroduce Recreational Therapy to TAPG and to initiate a discourse surrounding the intersections of Therapeutic Adventure, Therapeutic Recreation, and Adventure Therapy. Discussion topics include: scope of practice, contemporary professional trends and issues, collaboration, and disability, co-morbidity, and universal design in adventure. 11/9 12-3PM EST:  “Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Use Your JEDI Skills To Amplify Voices Of The Unheard”  Presenter: Tracy Hopkins  Defining a problem, brainstorming ideas, evaluating and selecting a solution, and implementing and following up on solutions are all key steps in problem solving. This clearly outlined process is used to tackle complex situations in order to yield positive results and change in outcomes. Yet, what happens when the steps towards problem solving do not involve the lived experiences, perspectives, and voices of those who are being impacted? This workshop will focus on examining the unmentioned gaps of institutional problem solving and the impact it has on underrepresented populations as it relates to race. 11/11 6-9PM EST: Closing circle/Social/Awards During the closing circle we will reflect back on our learning to guide our way forward while also providing time for virtual socializing and celebrating the Heart of Adventure Therapy Award winner. This will be part experiential, part didactic  The course is being offered as an “Extended Education” workshop associated with the annual conference of the Association for Experiential Education, although anyone may enroll (and need not attend any other conference-related activities). Additional AEE conference information is available at aee.org. 
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Risk Management for Outdoor Programs Online Training Course for Outdoor Professionals
Fri, Sep 11th, 2020 11:00 AM EDT - Mon, Dec 14th, 2020 12:00 PM EST
Instructor Jeff Baierlein Director, Viristar Risk Management  Dates November ...
adventure programs, Jeff Baierlein, outdoor programs, outdoor tips, risk management, safety, standards, wilderness expeditions
InstructorJeff BaierleinDirector, Viristar Risk Management Dates November 11-December 2, 2020 Four live online sessions:      Wednesday November 11, 11 am - 12 noon ET      Wednesday November 18, 11 am - 12 noon ET      Wednesday November 25, 11 am - 12 noon ET      Wednesday December 2, 11 am - 12 noon ET Independent individual and group work occur between live sessions. Outcomes Gain critical knowledge of best practices in outdoor program risk managementLearn procedures, systems and plans essential to meeting key outdoor safety standardsUnderstand how to apply successful risk management strategies to adventure programs, experiential education, wilderness expeditions, and outdoor trips Valuable for Program Coordinators/Managers, Risk Management officers, Risk Management/Safety Committee members, members of Boards of Directors, executive leadership. Leaders of outdoor, wilderness, travel, experiential and adventure programs. Course Format The course is composed of four live video-conference sessions and three independent work periods: 1. Live sessions. Four live, video-conference sessions, one hour long, occurring 11 am – noon Eastern Time on consecutive Wednesdays.  This include structured real-time small-group and large-group discussions and participant project presentations. These take place starting Wednesday, November 11, ending December 2, 2020:           Wednesday November 11, 11 am - 12 noon Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)           Wednesday November 18, 11 am - 12 noon Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)           Wednesday November 25, 11 am - 12 noon Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)           Wednesday December 2, 11 am - 12 noon Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5) 2. Independent work. Between live video-conferences, three independent work periods for individual and remote small-group activity. This work includes: Review of pre-recorded slide presentations with presenter videoCompletion of readingsParticipation in online discussion forumsParticipation in interactive video-based decision-making activitiesCompletion of writing assignments (including writing risk management plan and strategic improvement plan content)Peer review of select classmate writing contentCompletion of organizational self-assessmentCompletion of online worksheetsParticipation in online risk decision-making role-playing scenarioStructured analysis of case-study examplesCompletion of quizzes and final exam These occur the weeks of November 12-18, November 19-25, and November 25-December 2, 2020. Independent work is anticipated to take a minimum of 7-12 hours per week. Trainer/Facilitator Jeff Baierlein, Director, Viristar Risk Management; past Executive Director at Outward Bound USA.  Language English Cost USD $259. Course fee includes four live sessions, materials for independent work sessions, an electronic copy of the course textbook Risk Management for Outdoor Programs: A Guide to Safety in Outdoor Education, Recreation and Adventure, and certification. Syllabus Live Session 1 Welcome, Orientation, Introductory Concepts in Risk Management Independent Work 1 General Concepts in Risk Management Approaches to Risk ManagementStandardsLaws Risk Domains Organizational CultureActivities and Program AreasStaffEquipmentParticipantsSubcontractorsTransportationBusiness Administration        Live Session 2 Facilitated Discussion Participant Presentations: Self-Evaluation of Risk Management in Risk Management Domains Independent Work 2 Risk Management Instruments Risk TransferIncident ManagementIncident ReportingIncident ReviewsRisk Management CommitteeMedical ScreeningRisk Management ReviewsMedia RelationsDocumentationAccreditationSystems Thinking Live Session 3 Facilitated Discussion Participant Presentations: Self-Evaluation of Risk Management with Risk Management Instruments Independent Work 3 Synthesis & Application Risk Management Plan Development Strategic Improvement Plan for Your Organization Final Exam Live Session 4 Facilitated Discussion Participant Presentation: Strategic Improvement Plan for Your Organization Conclusion & Certificates Textbook The course textbook is Risk Management for Outdoor Programs: A Guide to Safety in Outdoor Education, Recreation and Adventure (viristar.com/book). This 208-page text is provided to each student in electronic format. Certification Participants take short quizzes throughout the course and a final written exam. Individuals who fully participate in learning activities and successfully complete the final exam receive a certificate from Viristar valid for three years. Previous Participants Say: “Viristar delivered a high quality training and I would recommend it to any outdoor program.”  Si Dilks, ChinaClimb“Extremely useful, important and informative course…very enjoyable and worthwhile.” Kelvin Fawcett, Nord Anglia International School“Great insight into risk management—took a lot away to implement back at my workplace. Very well run.  Great course!” Liam Warren, Harrow International School Registration Enroll at https://www.aee.org/workshops-presentations#eesess. The course is being offered as an “Extended Education” workshop associated with the annual conference of the Association for Experiential Education, although anyone may enroll (and need not attend any other conference-related activities). Additional AEE conference information is available at aee.org.  For more information, email info@viristar.com
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ActivatEE
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST
"Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you." - Aldous Huxley And all it takes is you - ...
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"Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you." - Aldous HuxleyAnd all it takes is you - whoever you are. You don't need to have had one million experiences, but rather made meaning of one that you are ready to share with us around the proverbial campfire.ActivatEE is sharing platform designed by the Association for Experiential Education for its members and conference attendees during the International Conference. ActivatEE is a developmental process, both for the speaker and the audience, where we share ideas, test assumptions, and are asked to view a perspective through a different lens. ActivatEE is designed to facilitate the process of creating one’s story, inspiring the use of one’s voice, and launching an idea - all on stage during a conference keynote.Watch and listen to our past ActivatEE speakers on our YouTube Channel2020 ActivatEE SpeakersEsther AyersSanford TolletteSachi SakamotoDiamonique Clark DiamonJoe BoothAbdul Samad Khan SamadCaitlin McCormick Small
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2020 Keynote Address
Fri, Nov 13th, 2020 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM EST
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Ewald & Hahn Address
Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST
About Vishwas Vishwas Parchure has spent over 42 years in the field; 31 of which have been in incorporating, practicing & ...
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About VishwasVishwas Parchure has spent over 42 years in the field; 31 of which have been in incorporating, practicing & teaching, Experiential Education and Methodology in Classrooms, Corporate Organizations and Outdoor Education.He introduced Experiential Education and its Practice in India in 1989; at a time when the methodology was almost unheard of in the country. After his initial introduction to Play for Peace in 1999 at the AEE International Conference; Vishwas spent the next 10 years introducing and training organizations to the Play for Peace model in South Africa, Middle East, Canada, USA, and the UK.He currently owns the Experiential Leadership Institute in Pune (India) and consults with several Fortune 500 companies. He also teaches India’s only program on Experiential Education and Practice, since the past 10 years. His students are a strong and growing community of over a 1000+ Experiential Educators, integrating the methodology in their own fields of practice, in Education, Outdoor and Adventure, Corporate Training, Team Building, Not-for-Profit and Social sectors.Always game for a hike in the Himalayas, an avid biker, occasional guitar strummer, and a wood carving enthusiast, you will often find him around a campfire, with a myriad of stories.Find out more on https://www.experiential.instituteWhat does it mean to you to present the 2020 Address?“ Life is either a daring adventure or nothing” - Helen KellerMy journey with Experiential Education has in many ways, been a daring adventure.Some paths I chose, some chose me. I have been doing what I love without any expectation or hope of acknowledgement in mind. Being honored with the Kurt Hahn address is an unexpected bend in the road; I can only safely assume that I appear to have made a contribution to the EE world that was valuable enough.It is exciting; as many of those honored before, educators whose written work and practices I have respected and followed, for years – Laurie Frank, Sam Smith, Karl Rohnke, Mike Gass, and Craig Dobkin have been my guideposts.It needed a friend (Laurie Frank) observing my work to wake me up to the fact that I had my own style and approach, and that it was different from the west. To nurture it, value it, share it and live it. For that I shall be eternally grateful.Like most adventurers would know, I am going with the flow.About The AddressA Speech Given by an Exceptional Experiential EducatorThe Ewald and Hahn Address is presented annually by a person designated by the Board of Directors who has contributed to the development and advancement of experiential education with the tenacity and conviction exemplified by Marina Ewald and Kurt Hahn.The Ewald & Hahn Address is a formal presentation to the membership of AEE during the annual conference. The purpose for this address is imbedded in the desire of the Board of Directors for members of AEE to hear a tenured participant in the experiential education community. This opportunity is bestowed upon a person that the Board deems reflective of the current vision of the organization and the historical characteristics of Marina Ewald & Kurt Hahn. The recipient is also an individual who has contributed to the development and advancement of experiential education over a significant length of time, has demonstrated the tenacity and conviction that was exemplified by Ewald & Hahn, and is, most often, a leader in experiential education who has demonstrated both individual and global accomplishments that reflect upon the successes of the field and AEE.Click here to learn more about Marina Ewald & Kurt HahnPast Presenters2019 - Dr. Mary Breunig2018 - Dr. TA Loeffler2017 - Tony Alvarez2016 - Jane Panicucci 2015 - Bill Proudman2014 - Karen Warren2013 - Laurie Frank2012 - Jasper Hunt2011 - Denise Mitten2010 - Jude Hirsch & Lee Gillis2009 - Cliff Knapp2008 - Bob Henderson2007 - Nina Roberts2006 - Peter Higgins2005 - Keith V. King2004 - Sanford Tollette2003 - Craig Dobkin2002 - Michael Gass2001 - Faith Evans2000 - Karl Rohnke1999 - Marianne Scippa1998 - Rita Yerkes1997 - Dan Garvey1996 - Tom Smith1995 - McClellan Hall1994 - Robert S. MacArthur1993 - Dick Kraft1992 - Bert Horwood1991 - Dan Conrad for Diane Hedin1990 - Gregory Farrell1989 - Richard O. Kimball1988 - Jim Kielsmeier1987 - Betty van der Smissen1986 - Alec Dickson1985 - Jolene Unsoeld for Willi Unsoeld1984 - Eliot Wigginton1983 - Joe Nold
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Virtual Scavenger Hunt! Session 1
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST
In any experiential program, it’s a good rule of thumb to create a little connection with your group members before diving into content. This conference will be no different! Please join us and conference attendees around the ...
collaboration, leadership, team building, teamwork, training wheels, virtual scavenger hunt
In any experiential program, it’s a good rule of thumb to create a little connection with your group members before diving into content. This conference will be no different! Please join us and conference attendees around the world for a conference kick-off event and a Virtual Scavenger Hunt. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to work in small groups of 3-4 people to solve clues and zip around the internet utilizing teamwork and collaboration. Michelle Cummings of Training Wheels will facilitate a fun hour of connection and creativity in the virtual space.About the facilitator:Michelle Cummings is the Big Wheel & founder of Training Wheels, a known leader in the teambuilding field. She is an accomplished author and sought-after speaker and consultant in the areas of leadership, teambuilding, and experiential learning. Michelle has created a variety of facilitation, debriefing and teambuilding activities that have collectively changed the way trainers work.Michelle will also present the workshops:Interactive Staff Training ActivitiesOpens in new windowTeam Building From the Toy Aisle
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Virtual Scavenger Hunt! Session 2
Thu, Nov 12th, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
In any experiential program, it’s a good rule of thumb to create a little connection with your group members before diving into content. This conference will be no different! Please join us and conference attendees around the ...
collaboration, leadership, team building, teamwork, training wheels, virtual scavenger hunt
In any experiential program, it’s a good rule of thumb to create a little connection with your group members before diving into content. This conference will be no different! Please join us and conference attendees around the world for a conference kick-off event and a Virtual Scavenger Hunt. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to work in small groups of 3-4 people to solve clues and zip around the internet utilizing teamwork and collaboration. Michelle Cummings of Training Wheels will facilitate a fun hour of connection and creativity in the virtual space. About the facilitator: Michelle Cummings is the Big Wheel & founder of Training Wheels, a known leader in the teambuilding field. She is an accomplished author and sought-after speaker and consultant in the areas of leadership, teambuilding, and experiential learning. Michelle has created a variety of facilitation, debriefing and teambuilding activities that have collectively changed the way trainers work. Michelle will also present the workshops: Interactive Staff Training ActivitiesOpens in new window Team Building From the Toy Aisle
Networking Events Networking & General