Workshops provide a time to present our collective resources and knowledge to elevate and advocate for EE. The value of sharing what you know through a workshop or professional development intensive can have a far-reaching impact. Because of the collaborative nature of our field, presenters find that through the process of sharing their expertise they gain new insights themselves. Being a presenter is also an excellent way to build your professional résumé and speaker profile. While every annual conference is filled with keynotes, plenary sessions, and other events and activities, workshops are the foundation and the fulcrum from which attendees and presenters alike are able to rejuvenate and sustain momentum in this great work. 


Extended Education sessions take place prior to or after the start of the conference, and are in-depth workshops and activities that provide an expanded opportunity for professional development. Extended Education workshops and activities are designed to provide individuals with an opportunity to enhance their Conference experience. 



The Behavioral First Responder Course

December 2, 3, 4 2020

12:00-4:00PM EST

Curt Davidson, President & CEO Alpenglow Education

Becca Wallingford-Meier, MSW

Cost: $199 **15% off for AEE Members!

Course Outcomes

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.


Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group (TAPG) Extended Education Series

The Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group is committed to the development and promotion of adventure-based programming and the principles of experiential education in therapeutic settings. We are also committed to the professional development of our members and the profession as a whole.

Registration will stay open through October 31, 2021. Registrants will have access to the live events below as well as the On-Demand Library that will have recordings of the live events and other resources until October 31, 2021.

Fee: $35 (includes access to ALL FIVE live sessions, including the opening and closing circles, and the on-demand recording library where you can watch recordings 24/7 until October 31, 2021)  

CEU’s will not be offered this year. 


10/27 7-10PM EST: Opening Circle 

Circles are at the heart of experiential learning. Join us as we connect and engage with one another while learning how the virtual conference will function and ways to get involved with TAPG. This will be part experiential, part didactic 

10/29 12-3PM EST: “Come As You Are: Creating a dialogues for culturally rooted approaches to healing inter-generational and systemic trauma”

Presenter: Johanna Ancheta

Trauma does not occur in a silo, this is particularly true for youth of color (YOC). This workshop focuses on the importance of empowering youth from marginalized communities to create and assert a cultural identity as a pathway towards healing historical trauma and center on their well-being. By utilizing culturally- rooted practices we honor the stories of marginalization, learn ways to encourage YOC to process the abuse of their history, and actively make space to acknowledge that the political is a deep seated personal trauma. By re-embracing the practice of feeling comfortable with the uncomfortable, and challenging our own beliefs as clinicians we can learn to shift our good intentions away from “come as you are - as you were - as [ I ] want you to be”.

11/5 7-10PM EST:  “Adventure and Recreation: Rediscovering Therapeutic Recreation in Therapeutic Adventure”

Presenters: Thomas Means, Christine Norton, Tommy Gardner

 Therapeutic Adventure is composed of a wide range of professionals operating in a variety of fields to provide adventure-based programming within the principles of experiential education. Therapeutic Recreation, a systematic process that utilizes recreation and leisure interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals, is one of these fields. The purpose of this panel presentation is to reintroduce Recreational Therapy to TAPG and to initiate a discourse surrounding the intersections of Therapeutic Adventure, Therapeutic Recreation, and Adventure Therapy. Discussion topics include: scope of practice, contemporary professional trends and issues, collaboration, and disability, co-morbidity, and universal design in adventure.

11/9 12-3PM EST:  “Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Use Your JEDI Skills To Amplify Voices Of The Unheard"

Presenter: Tracy Hopkins

 Defining a problem, brainstorming ideas, evaluating and selecting a solution, and implementing and following up on solutions are all key steps in problem solving. This clearly outlined process is used to tackle complex situations in order to yield positive results and change in outcomes. Yet, what happens when the steps towards problem solving do not involve the lived experiences, perspectives, and voices of those who are being impacted? This workshop will focus on examining the unmentioned gaps of institutional problem solving and the impact it has on underrepresented populations as it relates to race.

11/11 6-9PM EST: Closing circle/Social/Awards

During the closing circle we will reflect back on our learning to guide our way forward while also providing time for virtual socializing and celebrating the Heart of Adventure Therapy Award winner. This will be part experiential, part didactic 


Designing Experiential Education: An Orienteering Example 

Thursday, January 7 3:00-4:00PM EST
Thursday, January 14 3:00-4:00PM EST
Thursday, January 21 3:00-4:00PM EST
Thursday, January 28 3:00-4:00PM EST
Cost: $85

Barbara Bryant
Executive Director, Navigation Games

The Challenge: teach kids to orienteer using experiential methods
In this workshop, we'll do orienteering remotely and each in their own neighborhoods. We then deconstruct orienteering to determine learning goals, then build a curriculum that is experiential, delivered outdoors, physically healthy, socially engaging, and fun. Our programs build STEM skills, starting with reasoning and observation. We'll discuss mix-ins and missions like environmental science and sustainability. Anyone can take the curriculum and implement it.
Each participant brings their teaching problems to the table, and we create experiential solutions.
(1 - online) 4 1-hour classes in January. Thursdays at 3pm.
(2 - at home) 3 homework packages to be done at home, on the computer, or outside your home
Learn more about Navigation Games by watching this Video !




During the conference, there will be networking time that will also include opportunities for those who wish to present information on research, programs, and ideas in the form of a poster presentation.  Presenters will prepare their poster in advance and answer questions, provide information, and offer follow-up opportunities for those who are interested.



The Symposium on Experiential Education Research (SEER) provides an outlet and venue for researchers in the field of experiential education to present, share, dialogue, and further develop their research ideas. The symposium occurs concurrently with the International AEE Conference each year and involves the presentation of research papers from leading international scholars in the field of experiential education.