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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. 

Behavioral First Responder

Date & Time: October 24 & 25 | 12 PM - 8 PM EST

Location: ONLINE

Cost: $275.00

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.

Some sample topics for this workshop include:

  • De-escalation Strategies
  • Strengths-Based Approach
  • Ecological Systems Theory
  • Techniques for Specific Populations
  • The Theory of Reasoned Action
  • Handling Student Medications
  • And many more

Pre-Requisites: None

Workshop Coordinator(s): Curt Davidson []
                                         Becca Meier [] 

Adult Mental Health First Aid Workshop and Certification

Date & Time: October 24 & 25| 3 PM - 5 PM EST

Location: ONLINE

Cost: $40.00

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 â?' 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.

Pre-Requisites: None

Workshop Coordinator(s): Carol Smith []
                                         Evan Small []

Learning through Reflection on Doing 

Date & Time: October 26 | 12 PM - 1 PM EST

Location: ONLINE

Cost: $35.00

Kolb's Experiential Learning Theory (Kolb, 1984) defines experiential learning as 'the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. Knowledge results from the combination of grasping and transforming experience.'

There are five benefits to experiential learning (Cherry, 2019):

  • Ability to immediately apply knowledge
  • Access to real-time coaching and feedback
  • Promotion of teamwork and communication skills
  • Development of reflective practice habits
  • Accomplishments are obvious

Wurdinger and Carlson (2010) found that most college faculty teach by lecturing because few of them learned how to incorporate experiential learning into the classroom. This session will focus on providing the college professor or program administrator the framework for experiential learning and how to incorporate it into their classroom/recreational program. The workshop presenters have experience incorporating experiential learning both in the classroom and in the field making this workshop applicable to outdoor recreation educators. The workshop will be interactive and everyone will be involved in the discussion. Be prepared to get up out of your chairs, network with other participants, and workshop new ideas that you can bring back to your respective programs.

Pre-Requisites: None

Workshop Coordinator(s): Aimee Vlachos []
                                        Addie Waters []

Building Inclusive Connections with Wellbeing and Resilience: Program Development, Research and Facilitation 

Date & Time: October 26 | Time TBD

Location: ONLINE

Cost: $175.00

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. 

Pre-Requisites: None

Workshop Coordinator(s): Julie Laser-Maira []

Risk Management for Outdoor Programs

Date & Time: October 31 - November 1 | 10 AM - 6 PM EST

Location: ONLINE

Cost: $259.00

The Risk Management for Outdoor Programs training is a 16-hour 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 uses the textbook Risk Management for Outdoor Programs: A Guide to Safety in Outdoor Education, Recreation and Adventure ( Participants are provided a certificate of course completion at course conclusion.

Standard Course Syllabus:

Day 1
Getting Started
  Approaches to Risk Management
  Standards & Laws 
Risk Domains, Management Instruments
  Risk Domains
  Risk Management Instruments
  Systems Thinking
  Case Study
Risk Management Planning I
  Incident Management
  Disaster Drill

Day 2
Safety Culture
  Risk Management Planning II
  Human Factors in Incident Causation
  Media Relations
  Risk Decisions Role-Play
  Strategic Transference

Pre-Requisites: None

Workshop Coordinator(s): Jeff Baierlein []

Mind - Body - Breath; Group Facilitation Skills for Nature-based and Experiential Practitioners

Date & Time: Pre- Conference: 3 hours mixed content (live & recorded) - Date TBD
                     During Conference: 1-2 hours (recorded & self-practice) - On your own schedule
                     Post Conference: 3 hours mixed content (live & recorded) - Date TBD

Location: ONLINE

Cost: $170.00

Expert outdoor and experiential facilitators in higher education and the private adventure sector know group dynamics and participant engagement require more than just knowledge. The key to success lies in hands-on trial, error and repetition.

Mind-Body-Breath Connection is not something immediately accessible to everyone. Yoga and other meditation modalities have the power to deeply inspire presence and self-awareness in nature but only for those who are lucky enough to encounter the right environment at the right time with the right facilitator.

At AORE 2020 join two tenured professionals from mixed backgrounds who specialize in integrating both fields of mind-body connection and outdoor experiential facilitation. Explore not just WHAT skills and approaches strengthen participant awareness and connection to nature, but HOW to apply these skills.

Discover simple stepping stones for introducing your participants to a deeper connection with themselves, the outdoors and one another. Current trends in program design, facilitation and implementation will be discussed. Primary focus will be practical application. Attendees of this training will take home popular breathwork techniques and confidence of how to integrate mind-body connection in their own group facilitation.

Phase 1 - PreCon: I DO [Gabor & Michael do] 

  • History, Basic Concepts, Techniques and Potential Use

  • Live & Pre-recorded Sessions

  • Group Breakouts

Phase 2 - During: WE DO [you & us together youre not alone yet!]

  • Program Design & Planning

  • Self Practice & Home Fun (not homework) 

Phase 3 - PostCon: YOU DO [while were still here to help]

  • Facilitation Best Practices

  • Environmental & Risk Management

  • Resources & Tools

Free Materials Included: recorded audio guided facilitation, basic breathwork presentation materials (PPT & notes), curriculum design/customization templates, facilitator tools (PDF)

Pre-Requisites: None

Workshop Coordinator(s): Gabor Boczonadi & Michael Hooten []
                                social media: @breathworxnow


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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