Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education - Event Information

Event Name:Virtual Clinical First Responder I Training
Description:The Clinical First Responder Training is Uniquely Designed for Outdoor Adventure Leaders
     The Goal of CFR is to provide outdoor leaders with the skills they need to create emotional safety in their groups and to recognize and manage psychological crises in a safe and effective manner.  
     Outdoor Adventure practitioners rely on technical and interpersonal skills to create transformative experiences for their participants. While many formal trainings and certifications focus on technical skills, very few programs focus primarily on the interpersonal skills. To fill this gap, the Clinical First Responder (CFR) was developed to train non-clinician wilderness guides to competently assist in the care and treatment of clients with psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues in adventure/wilderness therapy programs.
     Naturally students in any outdoor adventure program can react similarly when stretching their comfort zones, and adventure leaders must recognize and act decisively to guide their participants through these challenging experiences. CFR provides foundational skills to help with that, including effective communication, emotional regulation and de-escalation, and group dynamics and facilitation, in addition to other essential tools to help facilitate any quality and safe adventure outing.  
     CFR offers 3+-days of action-packed training, loaded with relevant information and hands-on practice that help leaders become more effective at: 
  • Establishing a therapeutic alliance with their participants.
  • Understanding issues and needs that underlie student/guest behavior and symptoms.
  • Using the therapeutic relationship as a tool, resulting in fewer  emotional crises and critical incidents.
  • Recognizing emerging mental health issues and acting decisively
  • Exhibiting greater flexibility in the application of their skills and knowledge.
Event Date:10/28/2021 - 10/30/2021
Event Time:10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern
Contact Person:Scott Bandoroff, Ph.D.
(phone: 5419514329)
Details:Virtual Clinical First Responder Training
3 days of synchronous training with an additional 6 hours of asynchronous learning to be completed online at the participant's leisure
Training day consists of a 3 hr morning session with a 1.5 hour break followed by 3.5 hr afternoon session
Small class size to facilitate learning and interpersonal connection
Led by Scott Bandoroff, Ph.D. and Sandy Newes, Ph.D.
Cost $795
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