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.




Workshops provide a time to present our collective resources and knowledge to elevate and advocate for EE. The value of sharing what you know through a workshop or professional development intensive can have a far-reaching impact. Because of the collaborative nature of our field, presenters find that through the process of sharing their expertise they gain new insights themselves. Being a presenter is also an excellent way to build your professional résumé and speaker profile. While every annual conference is filled with keynotes, plenary sessions, and other events and activities, workshops are the foundation and the fulcrum from which attendees and presenters alike are able to rejuvenate and sustain momentum in this great work. 

View our 2020 workshops and speaker profiles here



Extended Education sessions take place prior to or after the start of the conference, and are in-depth workshops and activities that provide an expanded opportunity for professional development. Extended Education workshops and activities are designed to provide individuals with an opportunity to enhance their Conference experience. 

 We've got some exciting Extended Education Workshops to offer this year! Register below. And, check back soon for more offerings as registration becomes available!


Risk Management for Outdoor Programs - Online Training Course for Outdoor Professionals

November 11 - December 2, 2020
Jeff Baierlein, Director, Viristar Risk Management
Cost: $259
Course Outcomes
  • Gain critical knowledge of best practices in outdoor program risk management

  • Learn procedures, systems and plans essential to meeting key outdoor safety standards

  • Understand how to apply successful risk management strategies to adventure programs, experiential education, wilderness expeditions, and outdoor trips

View more details regarding course dates, format, the syllabus, certification, and more here



The Behavioral First Responder Course

December 2, 3, 4 2020

12:00-4:00PM EST

Curt Davidson, President & CEO Alpenglow Education

Becca Wallingford-Meier, MSW

Cost: $199 **15% off for AEE Members!

Course Outcomes

The 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.


Adult Mental Health First Aid Workshop (and Certification)

Nov 7, 2020; 10:00am-2:30, (with ½ hour break in the middle)
Cost: $29

Presenters: Carol Smith, Carol 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 Small, Evan 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

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 USA
  • The Mental Health First Aid Action Plan
  • Understanding Depression and Anxiety
  • First Aid for Suicidal Behavior
  • What is Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
  • First Aid for Depression and Anxiety
  • First Aid for Panic Attacks and Traumatic Events
  • Understanding Disorders in Which Psychosis May Occur
  • First Aid for Acute Psychosis
  • Understanding Substance Use Disorders
  • Substance Use in Higher Education
  • First Aid for Overdose
  • First Aid for Withdrawal
  • Using Mental Health First Aid

Mental 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 faced

When 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.

 *Registration Deadline is October 26th


Conflict Resolution and Management Training

Program 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
Presenter: Jamie Morris
Jamie Morris is a University of Maryland Extension Specialist with the 4-H Youth Development Program and a certified Trainer of Managing Workplace Conflict.
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 resolution

 *Registration Deadline is October 31


Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group (TAPG) Extended Education Series

The 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)  Registration includes access to the live events below, but also includes access to the session recordings through 2021. The recordings will be posted to a digital library where you can watch the sessions on-demand 24/7.

CEU’s will not be offered this year. 


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, Tommy Gardner

 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 



Holding Up a Mirror For How Masculinity Shows Up for Staff and Participants:  Awareness and Strategies

Presenter: 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 necessary
in 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.



JUMP! Connected: Breaking Digital Barriers

Registration Fee: $250

Dates: November 18 & 19 11:00 - 2:30 EST


Questions? Contact: [email protected]

Build your tool kit! This workshop provides educators with the necessary skills and tools for instructing and connecting through online platforms. By exploring new pathways and stories of success for experiential education in the virtual space, these innovative approaches will inspire you to strengthen your unique programs.

“While trying to keep a positive mind during this time, I'll admit I was struggling to be super psyched about a 6 hour session even though it is an area I am completely interested in. Zoom fatigue is very real and have been feeling it greatly lately, this workshop was absolutely amazing in that I felt engaged and also safe to not engage when I wasn't able to do so. 10/10 would recommend!!! Amazing how the JUMP team has been able to pivot to this platform in what I am sure looks seamless and easy but required lot's of hours of hard work from all involved!”
Breaking Digital Barriers Program Participant 2020

 Build a community of support through personal reflection and sharing of online tools and techniques. You'll discover resources and connections to help you THRIVE in virtual classrooms. 



Designing Experiential Education: An Orienteering Example 

Thursday, January 7 3:00-4:00PM EST
Thursday, January 14 3:00-4:00PM EST
Thursday, January 21 3:00-4:00PM EST
Thursday, January 28 3:00-4:00PM EST
Cost: $85

Barbara Bryant
Executive Director, Navigation Games

The Challenge: teach kids to orienteer using experiential methods
In this workshop, we'll do orienteering remotely and each in their own neighborhoods. We then deconstruct orienteering to determine learning goals, then build a curriculum that is experiential, delivered outdoors, physically healthy, socially engaging, and fun. Our programs build STEM skills, starting with reasoning and observation. We'll discuss mix-ins and missions like environmental science and sustainability. Anyone can take the curriculum and implement it.
Each participant brings their teaching problems to the table, and we create experiential solutions.
(1 - online) 4 1-hour classes in January. Thursdays at 3pm.
(2 - at home) 3 homework packages to be done at home, on the computer, or outside your home
Learn more about Navigation Games by watching this Video !




During the conference, there will be networking time that will also include opportunities for those who wish to present information on research, programs, and ideas in the form of a poster presentation.  Presenters will prepare their poster in advance and answer questions, provide information, and offer follow-up opportunities for those who are interested.

 View the 2020 Poster Presentations here



The Symposium on Experiential Education Research (SEER) provides an outlet and venue for researchers in the field of experiential education to present, share, dialogue, and further develop their research ideas. The symposium occurs concurrently with the International AEE Conference each year and involves the presentation of research papers from leading international scholars in the field of experiential education.

View the 2020 SEER Presentations here