1. EXPERIENTIAL PHILOSOPHY
Exploration of the foundations, principles, and origins of experiential education. Topics could include, but should not be limited to: Ideas from past and present thinkers (eg. Dewey, Greene, Freire), exploring and expanding one's philosophy of experiential education, connection of philosophy and practice or praxis, integration/overlap of experiential education philosophy with other disciplines, and ethics.
Ways to enact experiential education in a variety of settings. Topics could include but should not be limited to: Service Learning, Inquiry, internships, Adventure-based counseling, wilderness therapy, wellness, environmental or outdoor education, strategic planning, coaching and mentoring, universal and adaptive programming, activity-based instruction, project-based learning, therapeutic adventure, sports psychology, arts therapies, outdoor pursuits, adventure travel, leadership development, challenge/ropes courses, adventure in the classroom, and expeditionary learning.
3. RESEARCH, THEORY, AND APPLICATION
Understanding, utilization, and consideration of relevant theories, research, and assessment models as they pertain to experiential education. Topics could include but should not be limited to: Use of experiential models, system thinking, transformation, creativity, intentionality, group development, sequencing and flow, experiential learning cycle, judgment and decision-making, program and curriculum design, pedagogy, adult education, learning styles, evaluation techniques, clinical assessment, and connecting research and evaluation to practice.
4. PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Exploring ways to grow and develop both personally and professionally in experiential education. Topics include but should not be limited to: Coaching, mentoring, career exploration and opportunities, portfolio development, resumes, networking, self-care, wellness, and inspiration.
5. ENGAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENT
Ways to engage participants, as well as create a safe and respectful space for learning and growth. Topics could include but should not be limited to: facilitation strategies, processing techniques, team building, creating a safe learning environment, group dynamics, observation, technical skills, co-facilitation, empowerment, creating safe space for dialogue, conflict resolution/transformation, use of ritual, norm development, challenge and choice, community agreements/Full Value Contract, sequencing, and flow.
6. ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP
Skills and tools for effective and constructive organizational practice and design. Topics include but should not be limited to: Managing risk, responding to trends, promoting and marketing, maintaining client relations, fiscal management, staff development, grant writing, strategic planning, capital campaigns, partnerships, insurance, internship programs, training, supervision, site development, assessment of clients' needs, and technology.