Therapeutic Adventure

Lessons from the Field
Presented by Denise Mitten, Mike Gass, Paul Wolf, Jed Williamson, Sky Gray & Pam McPhee

Being an outdoor educator is not always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes things don’t go as planned and the stories that emerge from these experiences are some of the most valuable teaching tools we have. Join six of AEE’s most experienced outdoor leaders as they share their true stories of life, loss, success, and failure in the field.

This webinar series consisted of three 1-hour webinars. During each session, we heard selected stories from our panel of experts and then spent some time distilling the lessons learned from each. Stories touched on core concepts of adventure leadership including ethics, risk management, organization and planning, leadership, judgement, and decision-making. Come learn from the best, so we don’t have to make the same mistakes they did. 

Transformational Changes in Adventure Therapy: Now is the Time!
Presented by: Mike Gass, PhD

The practice and profession of adventure therapy has undergone radical changes in the past five years. This workshop will present changes in risk management, accreditation, research, public policy, and return on investment that have contributed to how we offer adventure therapy as a professional practice as well as how we are received and integrated by more established behavioral healthcare systems. This will include radical perception changes around risk management, the increase of higher quality research, the evolution of advancing program review processes, and the use of routine outcome monitoring to enhance client treatment. This webinar will increase your ability as an adventure therapist to answer the questions “Is it safe?”, “Does it work?”, “How can I tell a good program from a bad program?” And “is it worth the money?"


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The Community Resilience Model: Wellness-Based Skills for Self-Regulation
Presented by Dr. Sandy Newes

The Community Resilience Model (CRM) is a set of six wellness-based skills specifically designed to reset the natural balance of the nervous system after traumatic events or chronic stress/anxiety have led to physiological dysregulation. Based on the neuroscience of trauma, Somatic Experiencing (SE), and the biology of brain resiliency, participants will be taught about the brain’s “resilient zone,” and how to apply these skills of self-regulation to return to “the zone” when activated.   Straightforward, practical and easily taught, CRM skills can be applied and utilized in all types of experiential programming, including schools.  They can also be used as a powerful tool for self-care.