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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. 

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

Date & Time: 

  • Monday, October 12 | 11 AM - 1230 PM EST
  • Monday, October 19 | 11 AM - 1230 PM EST
  • Monday, November 2 | 11 AM - 1230 PM EST
  • Monday, November 9 | 11 AM - 1230 PM EST

Includes live discussions, activities & recorded content.

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. 

Key Themes:

  • Trauma-sensitive

  • Challenge by Choice

  • Resilience

  • Wellbeing

  • Risk Management

Pre-Requisites: None

Workshop Coordinator(s): Dr. Julie Laser-Maira []
                                         Michael Hooten []


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Risk Management for Outdoor Programs

Dates & Times for Live Sessions: 

  • Saturday, October 24 | 11 AM - 12 PM EDT
  • Saturday, October 31 | 11 AM - 12 PM EDT
  • Saturday, November 7 | 11 AM - 12 PM EST
  • Saturday, November 14 | 11 AM - 12 PM EST

There will be viewing of pre-recorded video sessions, reading, online discussion group and online experiential activity requirements between each of the sessions. You can view the entire course description here.

Location: ONLINE

Cost: $259.00

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.

Course Format

The course is composed of four live video-conference sessions and three independent work periods:

  1. Live sessions. Four live, video-conference sessions, one hour long, occurring 11 am – noon Eastern Time on consecutive Saturdays.  This include structured real-time small-group and large-group discussions and participant project presentations. These take place starting Saturday October 24, ending November 14, 2020:
  • Saturday October 24, 11 am - 12 noon Eastern Daylight Saving Time (UTC-4)
  • Saturday October 31, 11 am - 12 noon Eastern Daylight Saving Time (UTC-4)
  • Saturday November 7, 11 am - 12 noon Eastern Standard Saving Time (UTC-5)
  • Saturday November 14, 11 am - 12 noon Eastern Standard Saving Time (UTC-5)

  1. Independent work. Between live video-conferences, three independent work periods for individual and remote small-group activity. This work includes:
  • Review of pre-recorded slide presentations with presenter video
  • Completion of readings
  • Participation in online discussion forums
  • Participation in interactive video-based decision-making activities
  • Completion of writing assignments (including writing risk management plan and strategic improvement plan content)
  • Peer review of select classmate writing content
  • Completion of organizational self-assessment
  • Completion of online worksheets
  • Participation in online risk decision-making role-playing scenario
  • Structured analysis of case-study examples
  • Completion of quizzes and final exam

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

Facilitated Discussion

Participant Presentations: Self-Evaluation of Risk Management in Risk Management Domains

Live Session 3

Facilitated Discussion

Participant Presentations: Self-Evaluation of Risk Management with Risk Management Instruments

Live Session 4

Facilitated Discussion

Participant Presentation: Strategic Improvement Plan for Your Organization

Conclusion & Certificates

Independent Work 1

General Concepts in Risk Management

  • Approaches to Risk Management
  • Standards
  • Laws

Risk Domains

  • Organizational Culture
  • Activities and Program Areas
  • Staff
  • Equipment
  • Participants
  • Subcontractors
  • Transportation
  • Business Administration

Independent Work 2

Risk Management Instruments

  • Risk Transfer
  • Incident Management
  • Incident Reporting
  • Incident Reviews
  • Risk Management Committee
  • Medical Screening
  • Risk Management Reviews
  • Media Relations
  • Documentation
  • Accreditation
  • Systems Thinking

Independent Work 3

Synthesis & Application

Risk Management Plan Development

Strategic Improvement Plan for Your Organization

Final Exam


The course textbook is Risk Management for Outdoor Programs: A Guide to Safety in Outdoor Education, Recreation and Adventure ( 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.

Pre-Requisites: None

Workshop Coordinator(s): Jeff Baierlein []

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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 []

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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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  • Click "Continue" then verify the summary is correct and click "Complete this Registration"

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