Facilitation and Group Development

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.  

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.

Complimentary Webinars

Tag...You're it!
Presented by Michelle Cummings

Who doesn’t love a good game of tag?! In this free webinar, Michelle Cummings of Training Wheels will share several of her favorite tag games that can be used as icebreakers or energizers in your programs. A variety of games from small group, large group, and a few that target specific behaviors will be covered. On your marks, get set, GO!

The Developing Adolescent Brain with Respect to Education and Safety Management
Presenter: Steve Creech
October 2015


Creative Problem Solving: How to Innovate on Demand
Presenter: Amy Climer
October 2015

Moving towards gender inclusive environments: How and why affirming gender non-conforming and trans* participants can help you in the field and beyond
Presenters: Meg Bolger and Perry Cohen
September 2015

Resources from Webinar
Genderbread Person & LGBTQ Umbrella

Wilderness to Virtual
Presenter: Matt Morin
April 2015