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1986 Oregon Episcopal School Tragedy on Mt. Hood: What Have We Learned?
Presented by: Jed Williamson & Lorca Smetana

Members of the Oregon Episcopal School tenth-grade class were attempting to complete the school’s required climb of Mt. Hood in May of 1986 when a fierce storm caused eleven of them – two teachers, eight students, and a guide – to bivouac. The guide and one student descended the next morning for help. Two days later, rescuers found the remaining nine members. Only two survived. In this Webinar, Jed Williamson and Lorca Fitschen Semtana, a student who was on the mountain but had turned back early on, will discuss key aspects of the incident.

Effective Communication Activities
Presented by Michelle Cummings

Using games and activities to learn a skill is a fun, focused way to increase communication competence.  Wouldn’t it be great if your participants were better listeners and communicators?  Join Michelle Cummings as she describes in detail her favorite communication activities that focus on giving or receiving directions, listening and resolving problems.  These activities are easy to replicate and facilitate.

Lessons from the Field
Presented by Denise Mitten, Mike Gass, Paul Wolf, Jed Williamson, Sky Gray & Pam McPhee

Being an outdoor educator is not always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes things don’t go as planned and the stories that emerge from these experiences are some of the most valuable teaching tools we have. Join six of AEE’s most experienced outdoor leaders as they share their true stories of life, loss, success, and failure in the field.

This webinar series consisted of three 1-hour webinars. During each session, we heard selected stories from our panel of experts and then spent some time distilling the lessons learned from each. Stories touched on core concepts of adventure leadership including ethics, risk management, organization and planning, leadership, judgement, and decision-making. Come learn from the best, so we don’t have to make the same mistakes they did. 

Hiring for Racial Diversity: Increasing Racial Equity to Better Meet Your Mission
Presented by Fleur Larsen

This is an engaging webinar on hiring practices to increase racial diversity and ensure a supportive culture to retain your staff of color.  Recruitment and retention of people of color are often the biggest challenges organizations face when striving to increase racial diversity within their staff. A personal commitment and relationship to racial equity is the foundation for getting the results you are looking to create.

Training with the Brain in Mind
Presented by Richard Rutschman, Ed.D

Do you strive to provide rich, engaging, and memorable professional development opportunities for others in your field? This webinar will provide some simple strategies to improve your facilitation and training skills. Participants will review ways to facilitate workshops from start to finish that engage emotions (the save button), encourage neural integration, support cognitive ease, and reinforce learning. It will be useful for anyone who presents at conferences, leads trainings, or facilitates professional development workshops. 

Serious Fun: How to Create Remarkably Fun Experiential Programs That Make A Difference
Presented by Mark Collard, experiential trainer, best-selling author based and founder of playmeo

Mark describes a unique, yet simple, four-step process he calls The Difference Model that will transform your programs from "Oh, no, not that again," to "Wow, that was amazing!" This webinar will help you create remarkably fun programs that will leave your group feeling engaged, valued and meaningfully connected to one another. 

Outdoor Orientation Programs: Current Research and Trends 
Presented by Dr Brent Bell and Dr Michael Gass

Dr.’s Brent Bell and Michael Gass discuss their latest research on outdoor orientation programs in the United States and Canada. Outdoor orientation programs are one of the most important entry points for college students to discover outdoor education. Recent outdoor orientation research demonstrates some important social and educational gains for participants and leaders. This has led to new theories about how outdoor orientation programs work. During this webinar, we will examine the question: How can we maximize the efficacy of our programs based on this new information. Participants should expect to gain a deeper understanding of how outdoor orientation gains are realized. Those who purchase this webinar will gain access to 15 research papers including: The State of Knowledge of Outdoor Orientation Programs: Current Practices, Research, and Theory.

Transformational Changes in Adventure Therapy: Now is the Time!
Presented by Mike Gass, PhD

The practice and profession of adventure therapy has undergone radical changes in the past five years. This workshop will present changes in risk management, accreditation, research, public policy, and return on investment that have contributed to how we offer adventure therapy as a professional practice as well as how we are received and integrated by more established behavioral healthcare systems. This will include radical perception changes around risk management, the increase of higher quality research, the evolution of advancing program review processes, and the use of routine outcome monitoring to enhance client treatment. This webinar will increase your ability as an adventure therapist to answer the questions “Is it safe?”, “Does it work?”, “How can I tell a good program from a bad program?” And “is it worth the money?"  

Beyond Operator Error: Internal Systems Analysis to Improve Safety
Presented by Jeff Jackson

The emerging systems based approach to risk management planning has altered the way we conceive, organize, and implement risk systems. This workshop provides an internal systems perspective to looking beyond operator error and understanding the latent and organizational causes of accidents. In effect, we examine how our organizations can sometimes set up our staff to fail. The analysis framework in this webinar hinges upon event analysis (both positive or negative) to create structures that reduce variability in delivery and improve safety.  

Effective Debriefing Tools and Techniques
Presented by Michelle Cummings, M.S.

Are you good at the games but not so good at the debrief?  Do you ask questions and get blank stares from your participants? Do you picture a debrief as a ‘sit down’ circle where the Facilitator asks questions and the participants answer?  Although this can be an effective debriefing technique, if it is the only technique used, participants can become bored with it and can become easily distracted. This 60-minute webinar will focus on 10 effective debriefing tools and techniques that are simple and easy to use. We will break each technique down and demonstrate different games or activities teaching the concept.  These techniques for processing are sure to liven up your debriefing circles.  

Going High When Others Go Low: How Educators Can Promote “Courageous Compassion”
Presented by Marilyn Levin, MSW

Society is currently caught up in a high level of divisiveness that hampers people’s ability to work together in all kinds of arenas, including education. Join Marilyn Levin, Author of Experiential Activities for a Better World (in English and Spanish) and founder of the We Go High Project for dynamic presentation with tangible take-aways focused on:

  1. What are the most useful tools from the fields of whole-systems change, healing, transformation and spirituality when it comes to addressing divisiveness in society? How do we, as experiential educators, break through the gridlock to solve our biggest challenges?
  2. How does understanding that it is the time of “collective leadership and courage” rather than the time of global leaders of the past like Gandhi and Martin Luther King impact how we behave as experiential educators? How do we effectively inspire people to choose everyday interactions that are unifying instead of divisive. 

Unpacking Diversity: Language and Activities to Help Start your Conversation
Presented by Rohan Shahani

The focus of this webinar is to help those who feel uncomfortable discussing diversity or feel like they don’t have enough knowledge of ‘diversity issues’ to gain the vocabulary and the confidence needed to begin a conversation. Simultaneously, we will provide some tactics for those who are already immersed in these conversations to engage with those who aren’t. By the end of this session, we’ll all have increased our comfort and confidence discussing diversity, and gained some tools to help make those discussions productive and even fun!

Bullying, Empathy & Monkeys
Presented by Jeff Frigon

Empathy is directly linked to bullying; the more empathy we have, the more likely we are to be kind to one another and not bully (or be bullied).  By building healthy, empathetic communities and understanding the connection between empathy, fear, vulnerability, anonymity, and bullying, we can act in a preventative rather than a reactive way.  This workshop will  explore what the research shows to be effective and why using an interactive, multimedia approach.

An Exploration of Risk Management in Outdoor and Adventure Education
AEE Webinar Series - purchase all 3 modules and save $15!

Module 1
Risk Management 101: Introduction to Risk Management
with Angie Moline

Module 2
Building A Culture of Risk Management - The Importance of the Near-Miss
with Steve Smith

Module 3
When Risks Include a Law Suit: Legal Liability Issues in Outdoor Education
with Reb Gregg

How to Build Creative Synergy in Teams
Presented by Amy Climer
Teams have the potential to be more creative than individuals, if they can achieve creative synergy. Creative synergy is the interactions amongst team members where the collective creative results are greater than the sum of their individual efforts. When teams achieve creative synergy the results can be amazing. However, teams are complex. Many fumble because of lack of purpose, poor team dynamics, or not understanding the creative process. This workshop will reveal recent research identifying three components all teams need in order to achieve creative synergy. Based on this research, the Creative Synergy Scale was designed to help teams assess areas to focus on in order to achieve creative synergy. As experiential educators, we often encourage our clients to be more creative. Understanding the research behind what teams need to innovate will help us lead teams to more successful results.

Brain-Focused Strategies for Developing Social Emotional Health
Presented by Heather Bryant, M.Ed. and Michelle Kinder, M.Ed., LPC
Success in the 21st century is defined by the strength of our social emotional health. Skills and characteristics like self-regulation, optimism, empathy, gratitude, perseverance and compassion make all the difference. Social emotional health is predicative of long term success and a key factor in hireability and long-term life satisfaction. Teachers, counselors, parents and program directors are seeking concrete strategies grounded in neuroscience that are designed to help children build and repair social emotional health. This introductory session will look at developing social emotional health with a trauma-informed perspective and will provide participants with a variety of activities and resources. It is no longer realistic to prepare the path for children; this workshop is about preparing children for the path.

More Than Autism: Neurodiversity and Sensory Processing
Presented by Lorilei Dreibelbis
We will look at experiential education through the lens of Sensory Integration Therapy vocabulary and explore the myriad of ways that our neurological diversity shapes our learning and teaching with real life stories and personal experience. Looking at the great variety found in neurological processing, we rediscover that learning is inherently personal.  The study of Sensory Processing gifts us valuable vocabulary and a solid framework from which to not only embrace diversity, but identify very practical strategies for managing behaviors and teaching more effectively.  

Classroom Strategies that Empower Learning
Presented by Andrew Potter
In an educational era focused on workforce readiness and 21st Century skills, attendees will analyze the importance of experiential classroom strategies to the acquisition of critical skills that enable students to compete and cooperate on a global stage. The webinar will explore how experiential pedagogy can energize any existing curriculum, positively impact student engagement, and deliver on both cognitive and affective skill development. Through a review of current research and the emerging links between experiential instructional design and student learning gains, participants will explore strategies that empower student learning and equip them to thrive in our brave, new, flat world.

When Volatile Situations Arise During Processing & Reflection
Presented by Tony Alvarez
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. 

Protecting Your Client and Your Program
Presented by Reb Gregg
Learn about an organization’s legal duty to protect its clients from harm, and the often over-looked obligation to protect the organization itself when bad things happen. Examine elements of the duty owed the client, and how that duty can be reduced and expanded. Explore what can go wrong in the organization’s operations, and how the organization can and should prepare for those circumstances. A brief scenario, taken from a recent lawsuit, allows for further insight on the two prongs of a sound risk management program.

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