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Soft Skills Workshop (10-30 hours)

This challenge course soft skills workshop was designed by AE for Experiental Educators, and those who wish to explore strategies in more efficiently "processing" the experience. Processing helps the participants to reflect on their experience, and through transference, apply what they have learned to their personal life. The goals of this challenge course soft skills workshop are twofold, understanding the theory of Experiental Education, and learning the basic skills of processing experiental activities with clients. These skills are often referred to as "Soft" skills. Participants will be involved in a variety of group discussions and practical activities.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Program Design
  • Selecting Group Goals
  • Effective Teaching Strategies
  • Methods of Processing
  • Effective Body Language Techniques
  • Questioning Strategies / Levels Enhancing
  • Communication Skills
  • Group Managament Skills
  • Processing - What it is and is not
  • Group Ground Rules
  • Dealing with Reluctant Individuals
  • Roles within the Group
  • Competition Issues
  • Application and Practice

The Soft Skills Workshop can be one or two days., depending on your needs and prior experience. Certification is recommended prior to developing soft skills. The Soft Skills Workshop may be combined with our 40 hour Technical Certification to create a more comprehensive training.

 

 

Christian Soft Skills Workshop

This Christian Soft Skills Workshop was designed by AE for Christians who wish to explore strategies in more efficiently "processing" the challenge course experience to assist participants and their clients in expanding the Kingdom of God. In addition to growing in our personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the goals of this Christian Soft Skills Workshop are twofold, understanding the theory of Experiential Education to assist the facilitator in applying challenge course experiences to the various needs of your clients, and learning the basic skills of processing experiential activities with clients. These skills are often referred to as "Soft" skills.

With a special focus on Ropes Course and Challenge Course usage, participants will discuss specific approaches and assumptions to be considered when designing a program that strengthens the bond between people and their Creator, Savior, and Lord.

Participants will be involved in a variety of group discussions and practical activities which will develop processing techniques. These processing techniques help participants reflect on their experience through biblical application and transference to their spiritual life. Participants will be asked to share their personal experiences to further the application of the challenge course process.

 

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Prayer
  • Framing the Activities with God in Mind
  • Methods of Processing Effective Teaching Strategies
  • Biblical Metaphors "Be-Attitudes"
  • Challenge Course Bible Study
  • Program Design
  • Enhancing Communication
  • Group Management Skills
  • Application and Practice
  • Fellowship and Retreat

The Christian Soft Skills Workshop is a 20 hour training. The Soft Skills Workshop may be combined with our 40 hour Technical Certification to create a more comprehensive training.

 

Games Workshop (8-16 hours)

Games are a great tool to kick off the challenge course experience and are intended to break the ice between your participants. This games workshop will provide your facilitators with dozens of new tools for working with groups of people while focusing on play, team building, and providing a foundation that can be built upon.

AE offers both 1 and 2 day games workshops. One trainer can handle a group of up to 15 participants. A minimum of 8 to 10 participants are recommended to have a quality workshop. No prior certification is necessary to participate in a Games Workshop.

Belay Workshop (8 hours)

This belay workshop is designed for participants that have not been certified but have certified facilitators available to supervise their belay skills. Workshop participants will only be taught proper belay techniques.

Belay Workshops can accommodate up to 12 participants with one trainer, and there is not a minimum requirement. No prior certification is necessary to participate in this workshop.

 

Rescue Workshop (1 or 2 Days)

This is a one or two day rescue workshop designed to enhance your organization's Risk Management and emergency preparedness. This rescue workshop will cover rescue techniques for a variety of situations, including: single facilitator rescue, multiple belay escapes, traditional cut away, 4:1 pulley system, and out of the ordinary emergencies such as a Zip Line rescue. Technical skills certification is a prerequisite for this workshop.

Accessible Workshop (1 or 2 Days)

This accessible workshop is tailored specifically to your organization, facility, and special needs population. It will include technical skills required to work with special needs and the incorporation of alternative methods for games and initiatives, as well as low and high elements. AE believes in utilizing your existing elements for special populations simply by adapting the use of available equipment. Technical skills certification is a prerequisite for this accessible workshop.

Climbing/Rappelling Tower Workshop

This climbing/rappelling tower workshop focuses on one specific challenge course element - the climbing tower. Whether you just have a climbing tower, or your tower has other elements attached to it, this training can be custom tailored to your needs. From setup to takedown, and everything in between, this workshop is a great way to prepare you, and your staff, for action.

Natural Rock Top Rope Site Management

For those of you who lead rock climbing programs on natural rock sites, or would like to begin doing so, this workshop is for you. Some of the topics discussed in this workshop are as follows:

  • Rope Systems
  • Edge Protection
  • Environment Hazard
  • Group Management
  • Anchors
  • Equipment
  • Rappelling
  • Belay Staff Procedures