Foundations of Adventure-Based Learning

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Tue, 06/09/2015 - 9:00am to 9:00pm

For Therapists, Teachers, Group Leaders and Program Facilitators

A professional development training and experiential workshop integrating compassionate communication with Adventure-Based Learning applicable to any learning environment

Re-enchant your personal and professional lives with time honored, cross-cultural ways of learning by expanding your comfort zone through play, adventure, and ceremony. This program is designed to introduce the concepts of adventure and experienced-based learning that can be applied in various locations, with the second day devoted to reinforcing safety practices and rescue techniques of facilitating ropes course elements present at The Ojai Foundation.  We will learn and share a variety of approaches to fine tune our skills as facilitators of Adventure and Experience-Based Learning with the integration of how to use these same concepts in Adventure-Based Counseling. 

Participants will:

  • Deepen a sense of teamwork
  • Expand your ability to integrate ceremony and council as supportive tools to assist in enhancing the experiential adventure
  • Gain practical skills, practices and tools to facilitate on-the-ground team/community building initiatives, including ice breakers, games, intention-setting, debrief techniques, safety practices, spotting, belaying, and more.
  • Learn what is required to become certified as a ropes course facilitator for The Ojai Foundation.

Patrick Talbot, MA, MFT, TOF Ropes Course Manager and Anita Samaha will conduct the Foundations Of Experience-Based Adventure Learning including the Integration of Council and Ceremony, and crossover of skills for facilitation of off-site programs and Adventure-based Counseling. Signature Research and Patrick Talbot will conduct the High and Low Ropes Course Safety /Rescue Training on the second day, which all participants will be able to cite and reference with a certificate of completion in hand.

9:00 am ... Arrival
INTRODUCTION

  • Warm-up Initiative Activity
  • Intro to Adventure-based Programs and Experiential Education: Why do we play?

OPENING COUNCIL, GOAL SETTING FOR THIS TRAINING

  • What do you want to get out of this training?
  • What do you want to be able to offer your students?

SOFT SKILLS OVERVIEW

  • The “40 Developmental Assets” Healthy Communities/Search Institute
  • Recognizing and Creating Teachable Moments, Reading the Field 
  • The Experiential Learning Flow

LUNCH (BRING YOUR OWN ... REFRIGERATION AVAILABLE)

INTRODUCTION TO INITIATIVE ACTIVITIES: Group Decision Making and Problem Solving,   “The What, So What and Now What”

  • Developing Intention: What is the message in the activity?
  • Utilizing Resources
  • The teacher as a Facilitator: What is a Facilitator?
  • Stories: The components of a compelling initiative
  • Metaphors
  • Debriefing Methods
  • Asking Questions: Key to Developing Meaning

“THE GLUE THAT HOLDS RELATIONSHIPS TOGETHER” :   Trust Activities

  • Spotting
  • Framing and Debriefing Trust Activities

COMMUNICATION SKILLS - COUNCIL

  • Listening Exercise – Dyads
  • Blocks To Listening
  • Communication Game

GROUP DYNAMICS / GROUP PROCESSING

  • Forming, Storming, Norming, Transforming 
  • Assessing your Group
  • Sequencing
  • Teambuilding

 

6:30 POT LUCK DINNER AT MAIN PROGRAM KITCHEN

7:30 SUNSET WALK AND INTRO TO CEREMONIAL TRADITIONS

  • Council in Deep Kiva
  • Integrating Ceremony into Adventure-Based Learning

 

JUNE 9 WORKSHOP:  $75.00

This course can be taken as a two-day program, with Signature Research & Patrick Talbot, Ropes Course Manager, conducting the High and Low Ropes Course Safety / Rescue Training on the second day.  All participants will be able to cite and reference this training with a certificate of completion in hand.  Please click here if you would like to come to both days of this training, and register on both pages. 

To stay overnight, please contact our office at 805-646-8343, ext. 123.