When Volatile Situations Arise During Processing & Reflection

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Presented by: Tony Alvarez

Webinar Date: May 24, 2016

Webinar Description:
In experiential education activities, sensitive situations can arise that may challenge the processing and reflection skills of the facilitators.  What can facilitators do to recognize or address when their processing sessions are moving into volatile territory (i.e., rapidly unpredictable, jeopardizing emotional safety, negatively emotionally-charged)?  This webinar will present a "helping model" approach that can help prevent or diffuse such situations.  We will further explore ideas and audience questions addressing sensitive situations that may involve mental illness or emotional disturbance, extreme anxiety, strong outbursts, physical threats, self-harm behavior, revealing illegal or criminal activity, victim or bullying issues, or confidential information.

Presenter Bio:

Tony Alvarez, LMSW serves as the point person for the use of experiential, adventure, and wilderness approaches to social work practice at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Professor Alvarez’s research focuses on the design of effective experiential and adventure-based programs for social workers in multiple settings and with diverse populations. He is active in state, national, and international organizations promoting adventure-based practice and is currently on the Leadership Council of the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group of AEE. He has written several articles on the application of adventure tools and techniques to social work practice, and is co-author of two books on applying experiential practices to individual and family counseling. 

As co-owner of Adventures In Training, Inc., Tony provides training and consults on developing adventure and experiential programs for school-based and social work agencies and programs. He is currently involved with his local VA Hospital’s outdoor program for combat vets with mental health issues, with school districts developing programs for students on the autism spectrum, and with students considered at-risk of continuing in schools.