Inspire, Engage, Connect, and Reflect: The Art of Experiential Group Facilitation, Teaching, and Social-Emotional Learning
Hosted by the Behavioral Program Team at Ketcha Outdoors • Route 77 Scarborough Maine
Tuition includes lunch and a copy of your choice of the Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner or Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation books.
9:00-3:30 June 26th in-person session with an optional online “application, reflection and tools and techniques” follow-up session to be held in Fall of 2021 TBD. 10 professional development hours available including online follow-up session.
Description: Join this interactive workshop and fill your toolbox with dynamic brain-based techniques to promote engagement, buy-in, social-emotional learning and meaningful reflection. Empower participants of all ages to take ownership of learning and create a positive and supportive group environment. We will focus on ways to thoughtfully design and sequence experiences to increase engagement, meet specific group development, educational, counseling and social-emotional learning goals. Take away experiential methods to get your groups moving, talking, and reflecting, and new perspectives on your role as an educator, facilitator, or leader.
We will explore:
- Experiential, brain-based approaches to actively engage learners physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually in social-emotional learning, academic, training, or therapeutic content
- Interactive activities to build community and promote social and emotional learning while enlivening lessons and differentiating instruction
- Ways to cultivate SEL skills such as communication, social problem-solving, relationship skills, collaboration, self-regulation, decision-making, self-awareness, emotional expression, conflict resolution, and reflection
- Experiential facilitation/teaching fundamentals used to design, sequence, and adapt experiential activities to take advantage of “teachable moments” and create lasting meaningful lessons
- Techniques for increasing participant involvement, buy-in, voice, choice, and ownership in learning experiences
- Compelling research from the neuroscience field that informs facilitation, engagement, and social-emotional skills development
- Innovative reflection tools and techniques to increase relevancy, meaning, depth of understanding, and connection to future learning
- The role of the facilitator/educator as guide, and the importance of flexibility, attitude, adaptation, and awareness of group and individual needs and differences
These activities can be facilitated in any size space with simple materials. They can be adapted to varying ages, settings, and abilities. Participants will take away strategies that will help them build a positive environment for learning, develop social-emotional skills, actively engage learners, and promote a positive culture in their school or workplace.
Workshop is limited to 20 people and will be held in a protected large outside space on the campus of Ketcha Outdoors on the beautiful coast of Southern Maine. We will follow current CDC protocols for social distancing and masking when in indoor spaces.
Tuition includes lunch and a copy of one of Jen Stanchfield's latest books: Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation or Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community and Create Lasting Lessons.