AORE - AEE Conference 2019 | Learning Expedition: A prescription for better health and wellness

PRE AND POST CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS



Pre and Post Conference Workshops give attendees a one-stop shop for industry training and certification renewals. These workshops, held before and after the conference, add to the many perks of attending the conference. Activities include trainings, certifications and social events relevant to students and professionals in the industry.

PCIA Outdoor Climbing Course (Single Pitch Climbing Instructor)

Date & Time: Friday- Tuesday, November 8-12th 9 AM - 7 PM

Location: Various Outdoor Spaces within 60 miles of Spokane

Cost: $825.00 for course & exam
         $625.00 for course only
         $200.00 for exam only

Top Rope Climbing Instructor (TRCI):The Top Rope Climbing Instructor course provides instructors and potential instructors with an in depth and standardized understanding of the skills essential to teaching climbing in an outdoor setting. The Top Rope Climbing Instructor course prepares instructors to set-up and manage groups of climbers on technical terrain with non-technical access. This includes the setup of top rope anchors, belay instruction and management, and site evaluation.

Top Managed Climbing Instructor - Module (TMCI): Top managed sites hold different risks and require different skills from base managed sites to effectively manage climbing groups. The PCIA Top Managed Climbing Instructor Course addresses these needs in a one day course designed to build upon skills acquired in the Top Rope Climbing Instructor Course. Like other PCIA courses, the course continues to reinforce the importance of teaching technically accurate information and to debunk many common climbing myths.

Single Pitch Climbing Instructor (SPCI): Upon completion of all Top Managed Climbing Instructor course components and demonstration of proficient 5.6 traditional leading ability, graduates are upgraded to a certified PCIA Single Pitch Climbing Instructor. There is no separate exam for this level unless an individual is challenging the exam.

Pre-Requisites:

  • You are currently at least age 18.
  • The candidate must show an adequate experience level to the course provider illustrating that he/she is ready for the course.  Examples include regular climbing for 2-3 years, a high intensity of climbing in the past few months, etc.
  • Lead climbing experience is highly recommended but not required.
  • You are able to comfortably set-up base managed climbs, to belay, and to rappel without guidance and can demonstrate detailed familiarity with anchoring principles, natural anchors and artificial anchors (wedges, hexes, passive and active cams).
  • These skills may be assessed at the start of the course.
  • You possess the personal equipment necessary for the course.
  • You are capable of comfortably climbinig 5.6 terrain while on a toprope. 
  • Additional skills, based on specific course enrollement.

Workshop Coordinator(s): Lucas Kramer (lkramer@d.umn.edu)

PCIA Top Rope Single Pitch Climbing Instructor Course Provider Training

Date & Time: Sunday- Tuesday, November 10-12th 8:30 AM - 6 PM

Location: Various Outdoor Spaces within 60 miles of Spokane

Cost: $400.00

Bring the PCIA to you. This course lays the foundation for becoming a PCIA Course provider for the Top Rope and/or Single Pitch Climbing Instructor courses. The instructor provider is expected to provide state of the art education and to evaluate and decide about the readiness of instructor candidates to become certified PCIA climbing instructors. Upon successful completion of the provider training, instructor candidates typically begin observing and assisting lead instructors and take on increasing responsibilities until they have fully transitioned to delivering courses on their own. Fully qualified providers are then able to instruct PCIA courses on their own or through institutions.

The PCIA seeks instructor provider candidates who have significant experience in teaching climbing, are well informed about climbing equipment and current techniques, are superb technicians who are highly skilled in the management of clients in hazardous terrain, and be patient, caring educators who continually strive to better their own knowledge and delivery methods.

Individuals interested in attending this program should submit a resume and cover letter to the PCIA prior to registering. Each candidate is reviewed individually by the PCIA Educational Committee and evaluated on the merits of their background.

Pre-Requisites:

  • Has a professional degree related to outdoor education
  • Has significant professional experience teaching entry level climbing to both individuals and groups that includes base and top managed climbing as well as rappelling
  • At least 5 years of traditional lead climbing experience
  • PCIA, AMGA or similar certification for three or more years strongly suggested
  • Can demonstrate a performance level well above the PCIA exam level

Workshop Coordinator(s): Jon Tierney (climb@acadiamountainguides.com) 

Hybrid WFR & WEMT Recertification Course

Date & Time: Monday & Tuesday, November 11th & 12th 8 AM 6 PM

Location: EWU Spokane Campus

Cost: $295.00

Wilderness Medicine Training Center Internationals Wilderness First Responder certification exceeds the minimum WFR Scope of Practice guidelines established by the Wilderness Medicine Education Collaborative; there are no Scope of Practice guidelines for Wilderness EMT. In order to recertify your WEMT and remain certified as a WEMT, you must have a current NREMT certification or state EMT license. When you have successfully completed WMTCs WFR & WEMT Recertification course, you will receive a WMTC WFR or WEMT certification card; the card acknowledges that you have successfully demonstrated the skills presented during your course according to the above practice guidelines. You will also receive a WMTC Epinephrine certification card confirming that you have been taught how to treat anaphylaxis with injectable epinephrine; some states require an epinephrine certification to permit you to carry and use epinephrine for the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis. And, you will receive a WMTC Adult & Child/AED Wilderness CPR certification. It is your responsibility to stay current with both your understanding and practice. You may continue to recertify via a WMTC WFA, WAFA, WFR & WEMT Recertification, or by taking your original course again. You must recertify before your certification expires; there is no grace period. Our hybrid WFR & WEMT Recertification course requires you to successfully complete our online WFR & WEMT Recertification exams prior to attending the practical session. Use the Wilderness Medicine Handbook and the WFR & WEMT Recertification website to prepare for your online exams and practical session. Access to the course website and your online exams will be sent to you via email from our office; complete directions are on the homepage of the course website.  Course tuition includes instruction, our water-proof, tear-resistant field manual the Wilderness Medicine Handbook, our Patient SOAP notes and access to the hybrid WFR & WEMT Recertification website and your online exams.

Pre-Requisites:

  1. Participant will need a certification from one of the following organizations:
    WMTC, NOLS, WMA, Desert Mountain Medicine, RMI, Aerie, SOLO, and Sierra Rescue. If a company is not on this list, the student must contact our office for permission to register.
  2. The student will also need to pass the online testing portion of the course prior to the two day practical session at the conference.

Workshop Coordinator(s): Leah Hillbrand (lhillbrand@ewu.edu) & Doug Vandenboom (dvandenboom@ewu.edu)

Effective Outdoor Program Design & Management

Date & Time: Monday & Tuesday, November 11th & 12th 8 AM 5 PM

Location: The Davenport Grand

Cost: $550.00

Designing and managing an outdoor program is challenging. This is especially true in todays economy where fiscal responsibility is paramount to survival. Aligning your programs mission with the mission of your parent organization ties your reasons for existence to those of your organizations making it less susceptible to devastating budget cuts. Operationally, an effective mission acts as a touchstone for all programmatic decisions; and further, it enables aligned critical and creative thinking that saves both time and money without a loss of new ideas.

While the term safe has many interpretations depending upon the lenslegal, participant, victim, staff, industry, culture, etc.from which it is viewed, it is still commonly used by the media and the general public to describe an activity or program. Outdoor program safety, typically an important component of most mission statements, depends on the ability of the programs administration to balance the risk inherent in each trip design with the competency of its field staff. There are three essential skill sets (outdoor, human, & educational) that must be taken into account when assessing the competency of field staff and a fourth (an administrative skill set) for administrative positions. Possessing the appropriate skill sets in and of themselves does not ensure operational effectiveness however, there must also be an organizing construct that allows staff to link the concepts and skills represented by each set into a cohesive whole. To be effective an educational model used to design and manage field activities and trips must be both flexible and practical.

The key to efficient management is communication and the key to effective communication within any industry is a systemic operational language and consistent structure. Operational language permits rapid and efficient communication with little room for error. A consistent and systemic structure permits trained staff to focus on their jobs. Our two day workshop examines the complex relationships surrounding outdoor program design & management from both the field instructor and program administration perspectives using digital presentations, interactive whiteboard lecture, video, and small group activities. The overarching goal of the workshop is to introduce a comprehensive outdoor program design and management system using clear operational language and concepts. The workshop is guaranteed to have an positive impact on how you administer and deliver your outdoor trips.

The two day pre-conference workshop examines the complex relationships surrounding the design and management outdoor program from both the field instructor and program administration perspectives using PowerPoint, interactive whiteboard lecture, video, and small group activities; it is guaranteed to have an positive impact on how you administer and deliver your programs and courses. Tuition includes Effective Outdoor Program Design & Management (text) and workshop small group exercise book (sent as pdf file prior to conference).

Pre-Requisites & Preparation:
Participants will get the most from this workshop if:

  1. They are currently training field staff, have trained field staff and are currently administrating an outdoor education or recreation program at their college, university, or organization, or are currently responsible for designing (or redesigning) an outdoor program.
  2. They have mastery of at least one technical outdoor activity (paddling, climbing, skiing, biking, etc.). Its not the activity that matters but the experience gained through learning and teaching the activity.
  3. They attend the workshop with a coworker. Co-workers will have the opportunity to discuss aspects of their current (or desired) program in depth during the workshop. Participants who have attended the workshop in the past with a coworker, find significantly added benefit.
  4. Upon registrationor prior to the start of the workshopeach participant will receive a pdf file workbook. While not required its to their benefit to read through the workbook and complete the assigned homework. Participants need to make sure that your email permissions include mail from wildmedcenter.com.

Workshop Coordinator(s): Paul Nicolazzo (paul@wildmedcenter.com)

Behavioral First Responder Certification

Date & Time: Monday & Tuesday, November 11th & 12th 9 AM 5 PM

Location: The Davenport Grand

Cost: $275.00

The Behavioral First Responder certification is designed for instructors, administrators, and students of all varieties that want to gain understanding in common behavioral issues and useful responses. Our course will teach overarching theories, models, and techniques adapted from the fields of social work, counseling, and psychology to help increase understand 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 is for any person 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. This certification is designed to give insight into what is happening on the individual level, increase understanding of group behaviors, and help ensure your student's emotional safety while they have an impactful, life changing experience.

Pre-Requisites: None

Workshop Coordinator(s): Curt Davidson (curt@alpengloweducation.com)

NOLS Risk Management Training for Administrators

Date & Time: Monday & Tuesday, November 11th & 12th 8 AM 5 PM

Location: The Davenport Grand

Cost: $730.00

Using lecture, discussion, exercises, and hands-on scenarios, this two-day training will provide a structured approach and the necessary tools to build a risk management plan appropriate for your organization. You will walk away with a detailed action plan designed to improve your curriculum, administrative process, staff hiring, field support services, and crisis planning.

Pre-Requisites: None

Workshop Coordinator(s): Gabi Jackson (gabi_jackson@nols.edu)

2019 AEE/TAPG Pre-Conference: (Spreading the Light: Sharing our Knowledge of How Adventure Work Ignites Change)

Date & Time: Monday, November 11th 12-9 PM & Tuesday, November 12th 8:30 AM 6 PM

Location: The Davenport Grand

Cost: 
TWO DAY OPTIONS:                                                ONE DAY OPTIONS (Select Monday/Tuesday):
Member $195.00                                                      Member $100.00
Non Member $225.00                                               Non Member $130.00
Student Member $150.00                                         Presenter $80.00
Student Non Member $180.00
Presenter $155.00
First Timer $100.00

Therapeutic Adventure is the professional group for those AEE members who work within the fields of health, mental health, corrections, education, and other human service fields. Our primary purpose is to facilitate networking for professionals within our various fields and share information, techniques, and concerns regarding the therapeutic use of adventure. We define therapeutic as moving toward healthy change with intentional interventions. The theme for 2019 is "Spreading the light: Sharing our knowledge of how adventure work ignites change".

Pre-Requisites: None

Additional Considerations: There is an offsite climbing option on Day 2 at Wild Walls Climbing Gym (within walking distance to the conference hotel). The cost to attend this option will be an additional $20 to be paid on Day 1 when you register onsite and pick up your conference packet.  Please note that seats are limited to the first 20 participants.

Workshop Coordinator(s): Tuesdey Spangler (tuesdeyspangler@gmail.com) & Christy Brock (christybrocklisws@gmail.com)

Using Experiential Methodologies to Enhance Social Emotional Learning

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 12th 9 AM 4 PM

Location: The Davenport Grand

Cost: $100.00

Using Experiential Methodologies to Enhance Social Emotional Learning Though a Trauma-Informed Lens is a WSU Extension training program targeted at educators who want to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to transform their classrooms into dynamic, high achieving learning communities. This program spans across curriculum, grade levels, and programs, establishing a scaffolding to support educators, resulting in increased student performance and decreased disruptive behaviors. Participants experience best practices, learn the latest research, and understand the theory behind it - gaining new tools and techniques.  Join us for a jam-packed session that is sure to reignite your passion for teaching.

Pre-Requisites: None

Workshop Coordinator(s): Brian Brandt (bbrandt@wsu.edu) & Jeff Willis (jeffw@creativetoolbox.ca)

Craft Breweries, The Experience Economy, and the Art of the Taste

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 12th 2-7 PM

Location: Mountain Lakes Brewing Company

Cost: $110.00

The experience economy is a driving factor for craft breweries and beer tourism. The concept of the experience economy includes four realms of experience: entertainment, education, esthetics, and escapism. Craft breweries allow for unique experiences through the developed connection with the company or organization as well as a connection to place in general.  This greater connection can also lend itself to visitor brand loyalty and craft brewery attachment.  A number of factors including, accessibility to the company, green practices, connection with the local community, a desire for unique consumer products, and quality and satisfaction can affect a patrons experience and loyalty to a brand. 

The purpose of this workshop is to gain a clearer understanding of how the experience economy is tied to brand loyalty and attachment to microbreweries. The workshop also looks at why visitors choose to visit and purchase from certain microbreweries instead of other breweries.  We will use a number of realms from the experience economy model to explore a local Spokane brewery and its connection to place.  A brewery tour, review of the brewing process, understanding styles of beer, as well as exploring the art of tasting beer will be a primary component of this workshop.  Product sampling as well as a locally sourced dinner are included in this workshop.   

Hosted at Mountain Lakes Brewing Company, voted Spokanes best new brewery for 2018-19.

Catered by The Grain Shed, local brewer, baker and social-bond maker.

Pre-Requisites: All registrants must be at least 21 years of age.

Workshop Coordinator(s): Chris Cindric (ccindric@ewu.edu)

Deepening the Art of Experiential Facilitation

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 12th 9 AM 5 PM

Location: The Davenport Grand

Cost: $100.00

The Double Black Diamond Model of facilitation provides a framework and set of tools to deepen the facilitation of all forms of experiential practice. This highly experiential workshop will use the model to guide participants in how to develop their ability to facilitate, even in the most difficult situations.  Practitioners will come away with a better ability to conceptualize and implement the facilitation of experience regardless of their context (school, therapeutic or corporate).

Pre-Requisites: None

Workshop Coordinator(s): Christian Itin (citin@msudenver.edu)

Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium (OOPS)

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 12th 9 AM - 5 PM

Location: The Davenport Grand

Cost: $149.00 for Students / $199.00 for Professionals

The Outdoor Orientation Program Symposium is dedicated to bringing program directors, school administrators, student leaders, researchers, and land managers together to discuss strategies for supporting students in wilderness pre-orientation programs.

Every Symposium provides context for program development and growth, best practices, new program techniques, and nuts and bolts information that help established and aspiring outdoor orientation programs. Attendees will learn from multiple presenters and a keynote speaker in multiple presentation formats including experiential formats.

The outdoor orientation experiences provide students and young leaders with the unique opportunity to develop supportive peer groups during transition to college. These intensive, adventure-based experiences impact over 25,000 students a year, providing many students with their first intensive outdoor recreation experience. These experiences have also become a burgeoning area of growth for outdoor recreation leaders.

View the symposium schedule here. 

Please note that a boxed lunch is included.

Pre-Requisites: None

Workshop Coordinator(s): AORE National Office (nationaloffice@aore.org)

WLMI - Health and Wellbeing and Outdoor Recreation through a Women's Leadership Lens

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 12th 4-7 PM (OPTIONAL Networking Component to Follow)

Location: The Davenport Grand

Cost: $50.00

This presentation will focus on the Centered Leadership model, with a deep dive into the five dimensional model, discussing Meaning, Framing, Connecting, Engaging, and Energizing. This research driven model was "tested in two worldwide quantitative surveys of executives working in a range of industries and companies.  A small segment of men and women about one hundred peopleregularly practiced four or all five of Centered Leaderships dimensions and reported a high level of leadership effectiveness, a high level of satisfaction at work and at home, and a high level of preparedness for the current challenging environment" (Barsh, 2014).

The presenters will engage the participants in a discussion of the intersection of the Centered Leadership Model and Wellbeing and facilitate a discussion, either in small group or world cafe style. Further, the presenters will encourage a discussion on how this intersection can define or re-define what it means to cultivate a culture within an organization; how to lead from a place of wellbeing. The presenters will also guide the participants as they explore these topics from a diverse lens, with particular emphasis on women's leadership. This presentation will explore the idea of creating a culture of wellbeing through intentional leadership: the impact and value of leading from "where you're at" (positional leadership) and leading from "who you are" (authentic leadership).

Outcomes

This presentation will present valuable leadership theory and approach and define and discuss the intersection with wellbeing, all in an effort to encourage participants to reflect upon their capacity to lead from a place of wellbeing, and to understand the impact this leadership approach can have on shaping the culture of the workplace, or campus recreation, and even our institutions.

  • Participants will explore and review the concept of creating a culture of wellbeing and wellbeing-based leadership, including analyzing individual, organizational, and societal expectations and impacts.
  • Participants will explore and articulate their capacity as a leader in cultivating a culture of wellbeing considering a variety of theoretical approaches, including Centered Leadership.
  • Participants will explore the impact of women's leadership as it contributes to developing a culture of health and wellbeing, including analyzing the topics of resilience and thriving.

OPTIONAL Additional Networking Opportunities: 

  • Following the education session, participants will have the opportunity to network and engage with other workshop attendees at various local establishments.  These optional meet ups may have additional costs associated for food and beverage, or perhaps rental equipment.
  • WLMI workshop attendees may also choose to reconvene on Friday, November 15 at 1:15 pm to participate as a community at the Demo day, small group reflection sessions, or additional local area activities.  These optional meet-ups may have additional costs associated.

Workshop Coordinator(s): Lisa Lemler (lemler@umn.edu) & Victoria Lopez-Herrera (victoria.lopez-herrera@utsa.edu)

Climbing Wall Instructor Provider Training

Date & Time: Saturday-Monday, November 16-18th 9 AM 6 PM

Location: Eastern Washington University

Cost: $400.00

The PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor Course provides instructors and potential instructors with an in depth, standardized understanding of the skills essential to teaching climbing in an indoor setting. It is the first step in a sequential approach to professional climbing instructor development. The course reinforces the importance of teaching technically accurate information and debunks many common climbing myths. This provider training is one of the first steps to becoming a provider, within the PCIA, of the CWI certification course.

Pre-Requisites:

  • PCIA CWI certification (or equivalent)
  • Several years of experience managing a climbing wall, program, or facility

Also:

  • Shows an adequate experience level to the course provider illustrating that he/she is ready for the course. Examples include periodic climbing for 2 3 years, a high intensity of climbing in the past few months, etc..
  • Has the ability to easily put on a harness and tie in appropriately.
  • Has the ability to belay with an aperture belay device and an assisted locking device in a competent, comfortable and confident manner.
  • Possesses the personal equipment necessary for the course.
  • Is capable of comfortably top roping 5.8 on an artificial climbing wall.

Workshop Coordinator(s): Lucas Kramer (lkramer@d.umn.edu)

PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor (CWI) Certification Course

Date & Time: Saturday-Monday, November 16-18th 9 AM 6 PM

Location: Eastern Washington University

Cost: $325.00

The PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor Course provides instructors and potential instructors with an in depth, standardized understanding of the skills essential to teaching climbing in an indoor setting. It is the first step in a sequential approach to professional climbing instructor development. The course reinforces the importance of teaching technically accurate information and debunks many common climbing myths.

Pre-Requisites:

  • Shows an adequate experience level to the course provider illustrating that he/she is ready for the course. Examples include periodic climbing for 2 3 years, a high intensity of climbing in the past few months, etc.
  • Has the ability to easily put on a harness and tie in appropriately.
  • Has the ability to belay with an aperture belay device and an assisted locking device in a competent, comfortable and confident manner.
  • Possesses the personal equipment necessary for the course.
  • Is capable of comfortably top roping 5.8 on an artificial climbing wall.

Workshop Coordinator(s): Lucas Kramer (lkramer@d.umn.edu)


How to Register for Pre/Post Conference Workshops

NOTE: You do not need to register for the entire conference to participate in any pre/post conference workshops.

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