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As a professional facilitator hanging from the course, floating on the river or sitting around the campfire, you have likely encountered a wide range of participant personalities and discussion items. Some of which may have turned over hot coals you did not expect were burning or that caught you off guard despite your supreme facilitator debrief skills that usually blow everyone's mind. The truth is, these unplanned moments when burning topics surface carry rich opportunities for cultivating self-awareness, fortifying wellbeing and building resilience.
Join us to expand your toolkit by catching segways to wellness, rolling with resilience and navigating channels of conversations according to your goals, environment and comfort level. Try on a clinical facilitator's lens of Challenge by Choice, intentional activity selection and managing risk. In addition to discussing and experiencing activities with mental health-inclusive debriefs, you will have the opportunity to apply research explaining resilience, wellness and experiential therapy. A workshop portion of the training will provide scaffolding for individualized program design and development.
Challenge by Choice
The Risk Management for Outdoor Programs training is a course that introduces participants to best practices in managing risks in experiential, outdoor, adventure, service learning and travel-based programs.
The course covers principles of risk management, safety standards in outdoor and related programs, and current research related to accident prevention and human factors in incident causation. Participants are provided opportunities to compare their systems and practices with industry standards.
The training format is highly interactive. Numerous case studies are included. Small group discussions are conducted throughout the courses. Multiple role-playing sessions and scenario-based exercises are featured. The course includes written materials, lecture presentation, a wide variety of visual aids, consistent attendee active participation, and opportunities for participants to analyze and discuss their own risk management systems and procedures with respect to those of others and examples presented.
The course is composed of four live video-conference sessions and three independent work periods:
These occur the weeks of October 25-31, November 1-7, and November 8-14, 2020.
Independent work is anticipated to take a minimum of 7-12 hours per week.
Live Session 1
Welcome, Orientation, Introductory Concepts in Risk Management
Live Session 2
Participant Presentations: Self-Evaluation of Risk Management in Risk Management Domains
Live Session 3
Participant Presentations: Self-Evaluation of Risk Management with Risk Management Instruments
Live Session 4
Participant Presentation: Strategic Improvement Plan for Your Organization
Conclusion & Certificates
Independent Work 1
General Concepts in Risk Management
Independent Work 2
Risk Management Instruments
Independent Work 3
Synthesis & Application
Risk Management Plan Development
Strategic Improvement Plan for Your Organization
The course textbook is Risk Management for Outdoor Programs: A Guide to Safety in Outdoor Education, Recreation and Adventure (viristar.com/book). This 208-page text is provided to each student in electronic format.
Participants take short quizzes throughout the course and a final written exam. Individuals who fully participate in learning activities and successfully complete the final exam receive a certificate from Viristar valid for three years.
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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